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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Photos: Kid Victory Opening Night by Jk Clarke

Thursday March 22 saw the opening night festivities of the new musical, Kid Victory, the latest collaboration from the creators of Vineyard Theatre’s The Landing, composer John Kander (Cab…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Everybody by Jk Clarke

        by Brian Scott Lipton   Is there anything to really be learned from a 15th century Dutch morality play, possibly adapted from a Buddhist fable, and updated t…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Photos: Evening at the Talk House Opening Night Party by Jk Clarke

    Thursday evening, February 16 The New Group celebrated the opening night of Wallace Shawn’s latest play, Evening at the Talk House, at the Green Fig Urban Eatery in the Y…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Evening at the Talk House: Dark Theater by Jk Clarke

      Spoiler Alert: This review contains what some may consider spoilers (and others may not) as some aspects of plot twists are discussed out of necessity. Proceed at your o…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mother of Invention – Coming Down Off the Mountain by Jk Clarke

            by JK Clarke   The ravages of old age—dementia, senility, Alzheimer’s—are prime fodder for playwrights. There have been countless pieces …

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Photos: Ring Twice for Miranda Opening Night by Jk Clarke

    Sunday night, February 12 saw the opening of Alan Hruska’s Ring Twice For Miranda, directed by Rick Lombardo, at New York City Center Stage II.  Ring Twice for Miranda i…

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Photos: Jonah and Otto Opening Night Party by Jk Clarke

    Wednesday, February 8 saw the opening night of Jonah and Otto, the New York debut of playwright Robert Holman at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 West 42 Street. Under the …

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Photos: Sunset Boulevard Opening Night by Jk Clarke

  Norma Desmond was ready for her closeup Thursday, February 9 at Broadway’s Palace Thursday as Glenn Close returned to Broadway, reviving her Tony Award winning role as Norma Des…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Apples and Oranges: Jonah and Otto by Jk Clarke

          by Samuel L. Leiter   A wall is very much in the news these days; however, the crumbling, vine-covered one that fills the upstage area in the New York…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Billy Lykken: Sacred Monster by Jk Clarke

          by Steve Nardoni     The Metropolitan Room was the perfect venue for Billy Likken’s self-described “alt-cabaret experience.” In this intima…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Isaac Mizrahi at the Carlyle: Does This Song Make Me Look Fat? by Jk Clarke

        by Eric J. Grimm   What often drives you to seek out a non-singer’s musical endeavors is morbid curiosity. What would an Isaac Mizrahi cabaret look or soun…

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Nuclear Family Fallout: Orange Julius by Jk Clarke

      by JK Clarke   If you grew up in the 1970s or 80s in the U.S. someone you knew likely had a relative who was a Vietnam Vet. Often they were damaged men with a host …

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54 Salutes Frank Sinatra: The Second Century by Jk Clarke

      A Celebration of Sinatra’s Timeless Hit Songs!   by Elizabeth Ahlfors   Frank Sinatra ruled popular music in the last half of the 20th century and his style …

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Katie Goodman’s Mid-Life Crisis Tour: Uncensored Sense and Sensibility by Jk Clarke

          by Lisa Reitman-Dobi   Wednesday, January 18: high in the mid-40s, scattered thinking and low hanging brain fog. It’s the kind of evening you want t…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Holy Mimics, Batman! The Dork Knight by Jk Clarke

      by JK Clarke   It’s not unusual for a movie to have a lasting and/or overwhelming impact on a young person, especially one on the cusp of adulthood: a high school…

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Made in China: Adult Puppet Adventure by Jk Clarke

    A rare adult puppet show exploring human emotions with grace and humor.       Editor’s Note: Theater Pizzazz has the rare privilege of offering separate re…

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Made in China: Help, I’m a Prisoner in a Chinese . . . by Jk Clarke

        Editor’s Note: Theater Pizzazz has the rare privilege of offering separate reviews of Made in China by two of our esteemed critics. The following is Samuel …

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Visit With David Yazbek by Jk Clarke

    by Susan Hasho   At 54 Below, almost once a month now, you can be exposed to the dervish brilliance of David Yazbek. Monday night he hosted and performed a spirited concer…

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Friday, December 30, 2016

God of Vengeance: A Yiddish Play for Everyone Who Understands Life by Jk Clarke

          by Myra Chanin   God of Vengeance is a century old drama, but one which is very contemporary in its perception of love, lust and ambition. Written in …

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Storm Large: Holiday Ordeal – Faaaabulous! by Jk Clarke

        by Alix Cohen   Storm Large bursts onto the stage at Feinstein’s/54Below, a cross between Janis Joplin and Jessica Rabbit. She wears a soon-to-be-jettisone…

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo by Jk Clarke

    Campy antics informed by love, hard work and brilliant coaching.         by Joel Benjamin   The early, halcyon days of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte …

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Monday, December 19, 2016

The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit by Jk Clarke

      by James Steinman-Gordon   The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit is a lively musical which takes place on a picturesque and wonderfully 19th century set, has me…

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Friday, December 16, 2016

in transit – A Straphanger’s Tale by Jk Clarke

      by JK Clarke & Sandi Durell   The romanticized New York immigrant story is as old as the city itself. The only difference now is that the “immigrant” is fro…

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Photos: The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart Opening Night by Jk Clarke

        Tuesday night, December 13 at the famous McKittrick Hotel (home of the immersive theater spectacle Sleep No More) saw the opening night and New York premiere of T…

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Broken Hip: Lord Buckley by Jk Clarke

          by JK Clarke   One of the core foundations of comedy is also very often one of its pitfalls: it is sometimes inextricably linked to the period in whic…

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

A Bronx Tale – The Musical by Jk Clarke

            by JK Clarke   The timing couldn’t be better for the powers that be to release the musical version of the story of life growing up in the 196…

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Winter’s Tale – It’s a Family Affair by Jk Clarke

        by JK Clarke   Shakespeare must have been getting sentimental in his declining years. His last few plays are generally lumped into a new category that schola…

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Monday, December 5, 2016

The Big Uncut Flick by Jk Clarke

        by Steve Nardoni   The Big Uncut Flick (now playing at the Studio Theatre on Theatre Row) is a droll scramble into the look of early television and film noir…

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Photos: Annette Bening and David Rockwell Honored by NY Stage & Film by Jk Clarke

        Sunday evening, December 4, the New York Stage & Film held it’s annual Winter Gala at the Plaza Hotel, honoring two titans of the entertainment industry…

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Abu Casem’s Slippers: Arabian Nights Sting Strindberg by Jk Clarke

      by Sophia Romma   August Strindberg Rep is currently presenting a performance of the folkloric tale of Abu Casem’s Slippers at The Gene Frankel Theater—a piece …

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Photos: Ride the Cyclone Opening Night by Jk Clarke

  Thursday, December 1, 2016, MCC Theater celebrated the opening night of Ride the Cyclone (reviewed here), a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwel…

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