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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Musical World of Maury Yeston by Mark Dundas Wood

The York Theatre Company’s new revue, "Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Musical World of Maury Yeston," reminds us not to take for granted the talents of this vibrant composer/lyric…

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Love Actually? The Unauthorized Musical Parody by Mark Dundas Wood

Now, New Yorkers who know the film (and who love it, hate it or partly love it and partly hate it) have a chance to see a streamlined (at 95 minutes) musical-theatrical spoof of the film, ca…

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Everything Is Super Great by Mark Dundas Wood

Stephen Brown’s "Everything Is Super Great" is a small, unpretentious play about an American family in crisis. That is not a novel theme, of course, but "Everything" rises gracefully to th…

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Weighty Matters, Light Verse: John Lithgow Inks ‘Dumpty’ by Mark Dundas Wood

One day, reaching for this book will be a good way to revisit the escapades of the Trump presidency -- and to be glad that they're over. The post Weighty Matters, Light Verse: John Lithgow I…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Fur by Mark Dundas Wood

Migdalia Cruz’s "Fur" (presented by Boundless Theatre Company at Next Door @NYTW) has the sensibility of a folk tale, the coherency of a fever dream, and the trappings of a horror movie. I…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

One Discordant Violin by Mark Dundas Wood

What this team of artists has created is a serious piece of storytelling that is also a glorious treat for the eyes and ears. If you’ve figured that the show will just be a guy narrating a…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Hope Hypothesis by Mark Dundas Wood

The play’s title comes from Carew’s character. The “hope hypothesis” is the notion that, in our current environment, people have universally given up hope. Consequently, they are eit…

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Bars and Measures by Mark Dundas Wood

The play’s dynamic—with the two brothers trying to stay in sync even as they find themselves polar opposites in nearly all areas of their lives—seems at points to make the play a kind …

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

When It Happens to You by Mark Dundas Wood

As a writer, O’Dell seems to eschew melodramatic elements, including pat endings with fully resolved conflicts. This a work grounded in sober reality, a work that rejects the prevalent ide…

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Fern Hill by Mark Dundas Wood

Tucker’s dialogue is breezy and amusing, and it’s fun to see these talented actors—all mainstays of the New York stage—being playful together. Together, they make interesting stuff o…

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Dining with Ploetz by Mark Dundas Wood

"Dining with Ploetz" at Theater for the New City consists of three short plays by writer, director and teacher Richard Ploetz. The program adds up to slightly under two hours’ running time…

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

See You by Mark Dundas Wood

This production is a rambunctious enterprise, and Hunter and his cast do a reasonably good job of keeping dialogue that’s made up largely of long strings of short declarative sentences (o…

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Waiting for Johnny Depp by Mark Dundas Wood

What’s best about "Waiting for Johnny Depp" is Vivino’s performance. My, does she ever get a workout during the play’s 100-minute running time. She has 15 or so musical numbers (some o…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Measure for Measure (The Acting Company) by Mark Dundas Wood

William Shakespeare’s "Measure for Measure" (circa 1604)—the story of a woman who is sexually victimized by a man in power—seems as though it would lend itself to an adaptation crafted…

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Patience by Mark Dundas Wood

Unfortunately, Daniel’s ambivalence proves to be an impediment to the success of Patience. It would be one thing if he were a strong character, torn about which path he’ll take moving fo…

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

In the Penal Colony by Mark Dundas Wood

Playwright and director Miranda Haymon has, like numerous dramatists before her, dramatized this story—except that she has significantly repurposed it. Working with three African-American …

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Rent Party by Mark Dundas Wood

"Rent Party" is billed as a show for the whole family, but it will be of real interest primarily to preteen children. At that, it seems a rather dull outing. The actors here tend to speak in…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Dog Man: The Musical by Mark Dundas Wood

Kids may love this show—and the Dog Man books themselves—largely because the outlandish situations are similar to scenarios in their own hyper-imaginative make-believe play. Except that,…

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Pip with Pizzazz: Ethan Mordden Assesses Barbra Streisand by Mark Dundas Wood

Diversity, inclusion and curious sins of omission in a new book on the "greatest star." The post Pip with Pizzazz: Ethan Mordden Assesses Barbra Streisand appeared first on Clyde Fitch Repor…

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Imminently Yours by Mark Dundas Wood

The comedy "Imminently Yours," written by the mononymous “Karimah” and staged by The Negro Ensemble Company, is largely about the importance to communities of honoring their “elders.…

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Friday, June 21, 2019

[Veil Widow Conspiracy] by Mark Dundas Wood

The set designer (Yu-Hsuan Chen) and lighting designer (Reza Behjat) have obviously worked collaboratively to create some effective—and often beautiful—stage pictures. Loops of light are…

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Square Go by Mark Dundas Wood

Scottish playwrights Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair explore the murky pre-adult domain with candor and humor in "Square Go," an appealing two-hander directed by Finn Den Hertog and featuring …

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Lone Star by Mark Dundas Wood

Such lukewarm response may be attributable, at least in part, to the changing times. Lone Star focuses on a not-so-old Good Ol’ Boy from rural Texas named Roy (de Rogatis). He’s a Vietna…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Butterflies by Mark Dundas Wood

"Butterflies," which won the Mario Fratti Award at New York’s “In Scena!” theater festival in 2016, has been translated by Carlotta Brentan and directed by Jay Stern in a production at…

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Feral by Mark Dundas Wood

All of this is brought to life via digital camera, which captures the movement of the figures on a quickly assembled “set” that is, in effect, a whole miniature seaside town, with busine…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Hans Christian Andersen: Tales Real & Imagined by Mark Dundas Wood

Eve Wolf’s new play for the Ensemble for the Romantic Century, titled "Hans Christian Andersen: Tales Real & Imagined," suggests that the real-life Andersen might actually have appreci…

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Paul Swan Is Dead and Gone by Mark Dundas Wood

Claire Kiechel’s "Paul Swan Is Dead and Gone" (directed by Steve Cosson) gives audiences a glimpse of the last stand of the author’s great grand-uncle, a dancer-actor-painter-sculptor wh…

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Killing Time by Mark Dundas Wood

This British production is a family effort, as Forsyth and Mills are mother and daughter in real life. The play is worth seeing primarily for the sharp and uncompromising performance of Fors…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Kevin Allison Took a Chance — and the RISK! Paid Off by Mark Dundas Wood

Celebrating 10 years of storytelling and soul-bearing with a great new anthology. The post Kevin Allison Took a Chance — and the RISK! Paid Off appeared first on Clyde Fitch Report.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Miracle in Rwanda by Mark Dundas Wood

The one-woman show "Miracle in Rwanda"—starring Malaika Uwamahoro and directed by George Drance—relates the true-life experiences of Immaculée Ilibagiza. As a young woman, she survived …

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Bathsheba’s Psalms, Or a Woman of Unusual Beauty Taking a Bath by Mark Dundas Wood

Ranger spins the story for a 2019 audience mindful of and vigilant about sex and gender issues—especially those involving consent, privilege and toxic masculinity. The play transpires in a…

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