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Sunday, February 19, 2017

ON THE EXHALE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Enemies are not hard to come by, if only you know where to look.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Theatre is a notoriously chatty medium, and those who create it - and, let's face it, those who watch it - are usually unable to keep their mouths shut.

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MAN FROM NEBRASKA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

A man desperately searching for answers but encountering only silence in response to his pleas is the central issue of Tracy Letts's play Man From Nebraska, which just opened at Second Stage…

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

RING TWICE FOR MIRANDA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

A politically and economically ravaged dystopia, divided into "districts" that are presided over by lord-like dictators who luxuriate in comfort and wealth while everyone below them is barel…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

BIG RIVER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The scenic backdrop for the City Center Encores! concert of Big River, which is playing through this weekend, is a black-and-white photo of the Mississippi River that's about as expansive an…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

THE OBJECT LESSON - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The old axiom that one person's trash is another person's treasure is beautifully illustrated by most of The Object Lesson, a kind of theatrical art installation by Geoff Sobelle that just o…

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SUNSET BOULEVARD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Silent film star Norma Desmond learns the hard way that remaining a legend isn't easy,

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

FADE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

For her play Fade, which just opened at the Cherry Lane Theatre in a Primary Stages production, Tanya Saracho has constructed a fascinating foundation: When social identity and racial identi…

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Monday, January 30, 2017

YEN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

What's going on inside Hench's head? There's no way to be sure, but boy, do you ever want to find out.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

THE LIAR - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Playwright David Ives has long been adept at finding drama - however small the kernels of it may be - within the deepest comedy.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

TELL HECTOR I MISS HIM - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

In the program for her new play at the Atlantic Theater Company's Stage 2 space, Tell Hector I Miss Him, playwright Paola Lázaro references winning the 2011 Arts Entertainment Scholarship A…

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THE OREGON TRAIL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

No one would argue that it's far better to learn about cholera from a computer game than from actually dying from it ...

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

THE GREAT AMERICAN DRAMA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

"Democracy," quipped H.L. Mencken, "is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."

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Friday, January 20, 2017

LONELY, I'M NOT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Falling in love is hard enough, but who knew that not falling in love could be such a struggle?

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

JITNEY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

August Wilson, who built his playwriting name on his "Century Cycle" covering the African-American experience during each decade of the 20th century, eventually proved expert at intertwining…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

THE DORK KNIGHT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Obsessive behavior is usually treated as pitiable, but why shouldn't what we love—or what we love too much—represent who we are?

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Monday, December 19, 2016

BRIGHT COLORS AND BOLD PATTERNS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

There may be no sadder or more sobering experience than getting what you always thought you wanted or needed, only to discover downsides you never imagined possible.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

THE FIRST NOEL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Christmas theatre, like Christmas songs, Christmas movies, and Christmas TV shows, tends to follow a predictably tooth-rotting pattern about bringing people around to the "spirit of the seas…

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

IN TRANSIT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

That New York's MTA subway system is a microcosm of humanity is the closest you'll find to a detectable point - and concept - in In Transit, which just opened at Circle in the Square.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

THE DEAD, 1904 - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Because so much of stage acting is keeping the small small while also allowing it to appear big, it's easy to forget that you can remove the additional amplification and still get a transfix…

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THE BAND'S VISIT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It's a unique characteristic of art that it's capable of being "great" without actually being "good."

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Dialogue is the chief building block of theatre for a reason.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

RANCHO VIEJO - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

When you've landed somewhere you feel you don't belong - or you know you don't belong - everything just seems wrong.

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THE BABYLON LINE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Where better to observe the racing heartbeat of change than the epitome of conformity?

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

DEAR EVAN HANSEN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Anxiety, isolation, and depression, the kinds of feelings that crush inward rather than expand outward, do not naturally sing.

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THE ILLUSIONISTS: TURN OF THE CENTURY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

There is no shortage of captivating magic to be found in The Illusionists: Turn of the Century, which just opened at the Palace.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

A BRONX TALE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

As far as I could tell from scouring the Playbill for the new musical A Bronx Tale, which just opened at the Longacre, Disney Theatrical Productions was not involved in its creation.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

RIDE THE CYCLONE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

At least Ride the Cyclone has style.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

THIS DAY FORWARD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Love and marriage are part of a long game that's getting longer all the time, if Nicky Silver's new play This Day Forward is to be trusted.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

SWEET CHARITY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Poor Charity Hope Valentine: so lovely, so talented, so awash in an identity crisis.

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RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It's been tempting, over the course of this long, hyperpoliticized year, and especially during the past (yikes) tumultuous week and a half, to want to check out entirely.

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