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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Small Talk: Colin Quinn On the Lost Art of Casual Conversation by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ In his newest one-man show, the comedian reminds us of the importance of informal in-person interaction The post Small Talk: Colin Quinn On the Lost Art of Casual Conversati…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 01:34PM
Thursday, January 19, 2023

The Appointment: Satire at Its Best on Perhaps the Worst Possible Topic by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ A musical satire centered on the abortion debate? Only from the provocative, topical, and always edgy Lightning Rod Special. The post The Appointment: Satire at Its Best on …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Friday, January 13, 2023

Song of Joy: A One-Man Transcontinental Memory Play by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Writer-performer Carol Mazhuvancheril reconciles growing up (and eventually coming out) in India, Austria, and America The post Song of Joy: A One-Man Transcontinental Memor…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 05:21PM
Monday, December 19, 2022

Between Riverside and Crazy: Wild and Wonderful New York Story by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ Eight years after its premiere, the Austin Pendleton–directed production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play is as gripping as ever The post Between Riverside and Crazy: Wild …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:54PM
Monday, December 12, 2022

Merrily We Roll Along: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sondheim Show by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ To quote one of the songs from the much-maligned, but very beloved, musical: It’s a hit! The post Merrily We Roll Along: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sondh…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 06:57PM
Sunday, December 4, 2022

A Beautiful Noise: Reaching Out, Touching Neil Diamond, Touching You by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Will Swenson shines in flashy bio-musical salute to the singer-songwriter with a voice like “gravel wrapped in velvet” The post A Beautiful Noise: Reaching Out, Touching…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:23PM

Becky Nurse of Salem: Do You Believe in Magic? by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Deirdre O’Connell plays a descendant of an accused Salem witch in Sarah Ruhl’s newest play The post Becky Nurse of Salem: Do You Believe in Magic? appeared first on New …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Remembering Michael Feingold by Melissa Rose Bernardo

A link to the final columns of the esteemed critic and our beloved colleague The post Remembering Michael Feingold appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:00PM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

& Juliet: Candy-Colored Glitter-Bomb Musical Romp by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ The hit London musical arrives on Broadway with cannons of confetti and a catalog full of chart-toppers The post & Juliet: Candy-Colored Glitter-Bomb Musical Romp appear…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:25PM
Sunday, November 13, 2022

The Old Man & the Pool: Mike Birbiglia Dives Into Middle Age by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ The popular comic brings his own brand of gregarious, low-level neuroticism back to Broadway The post The Old Man & the Pool: Mike Birbiglia Dives Into Middle Age appear…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:52PM
Thursday, October 27, 2022

Walking With Ghosts: Gabriel Byrne’s Book Makes a Hazy Memory Play by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ The actor’s recent page-turner loses some of its power in its journey to the stage The post Walking With Ghosts: Gabriel Byrne’s Book Makes a Hazy Memory Play appeared f…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:54PM
Thursday, October 20, 2022

Topdog/Underdog: Watch It Close, Watch It Close Now by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Suzan-Lori Parks’ tight two-hander gets an intense Kenny Leon–directed Broadway revival The post Topdog/Underdog: Watch It Close, Watch It Close Now appeared first on Ne…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:53PM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

The Piano Lesson: A Starry, but Off-Key, Rendition by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ August Wilson’s drama—the 1930s entry in his decade-by-decade chronicle of the 20th-century Black American experience—gets its first Broadway revival The post The Pian…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:24PM
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Guys and Dolls: Frank Loesser’s Musical Fable Is No Gamble by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ It’s a probable 12 to 7 that you’ll leave this Kennedy Center production on a musical-theater high The post Guys and Dolls: Frank Loesser’s Musical Fable Is No Gamble …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 01:28PM
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

I’m Revolting: Not-So-Strong Medicine by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Gracie Gardner’s play about skin cancer patients in a surgical waiting room is engaging if unbelievable The post I’m Revolting: Not-So-Strong Medicine appeared first on …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:00PM
Monday, October 3, 2022

Cost of Living: Worth the Steep Emotional Investment by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Martyna Majok’s award-winning drama explores disability, class, privilege, and loss in a tidy 110 minutes The post Cost of Living: Worth the Steep Emotional Investment app…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:54PM
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Burn: Alan Cumming Goes Into His Dance by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ The Tony-winning actor intrigues as Scottish poet Robert Burns in a solo dance show The post Burn: Alan Cumming Goes Into His Dance appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 06:45PM
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Kate: Comedian-Actor-Shapeshifter Kate Berlant Does It All by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ A 70-minute one-woman show goes beyond the standard stand-up comic style The post Kate: Comedian-Actor-Shapeshifter Kate Berlant Does It All appeared first on New York Stage…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Tuesday, August 30, 2022

As You Like It: A Pastoral Musical Comedy Delight by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ Journey into the Forest of Arden with this bright and breezy Public Works production The post As You Like It: A Pastoral Musical Comedy Delight appeared first on New York St…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:55PM
Monday, August 29, 2022

Two Jews, Talking: Two TV Stars, Two One-Act Plays, Too Few Laughs by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ 1970s TV fans will relish the chance to see Hal Linden and Bernie Kopell together, even in a clichéd comedy The post Two Jews, Talking: Two TV Stars, Two One-Act Plays, Too…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:01PM
Thursday, July 21, 2022

The Kite Runner: Khaled Hosseini’s Literary Sensation Beguiles Broadway by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ The stage version of the 2003 novel proves to be the theatrical equivalent of a page turner   The post The Kite Runner: Khaled Hosseini’s Literary Sensation Beguiles Broad…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:56PM
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Seagull: Did You Hear the One About the Writer? by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Chekhov’s tale of avian metaphors and unrequited loves gets the experimental Elevator Repair Service treatment The post Seagull: Did You Hear the One About the Writer? appe…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:55PM
Thursday, June 23, 2022

Chains: Brit Playwright Elizabeth Baker, in Mint Condition by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ A 113-year-old British drama proves to be an ideal pandemic-era production The post Chains: Brit Playwright Elizabeth Baker, in Mint Condition appeared first on New York Stag…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:00PM
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Corsicana: Will Arbery in a Lone Star State of Mind by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Everything’s bigger in Texas, including this protracted four-character play The post Corsicana: Will Arbery in a Lone Star State of Mind appeared first on New York Stage Re…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:30PM
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Fat Ham: A Nontragic Take on Shakespeare’s Most Popular Tragedy by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ Newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner James Ijames turns the revenge play on its proverbial ear The post Fat Ham: A Nontragic Take on Shakespeare’s Most Popular Tragedy appear…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:00PM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Which Way to the Stage: A Witty Love Letter to the Theater by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Diva worship, drag queens, and Sondheim duets collide in Ana Nogueira’s stagestruck comedy The post Which Way to the Stage: A Witty Love Letter to the Theater appeared firs…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Monday, May 9, 2022

Oh God, A Show About Abortion: Alison Leiby Brings the Funny (Yes, Really!) by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Lila Neugebauer directs a one-woman show on the hottest of the hot-button issues of the moment The post Oh God, A Show About Abortion: Alison Leiby Brings the Funny (Yes, Rea…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Friday, April 29, 2022

Macbeth: Have You Heard the One About the Scottish Play? by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★☆☆☆ Sam Gold’s star-studded production of Shakespeare’s witchiest play is beset by toil and trouble The post Macbeth: Have You Heard the One About the Scottish Play? appeared…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 03:55PM
Monday, April 25, 2022

The Skin of Our Teeth: It’s So Extra by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Thornton Wilder’s epic receives a suitably over-the-top production at Lincoln Center Theater The post The Skin of Our Teeth: It’s So Extra appeared first on New York Stag…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:53PM
Thursday, April 21, 2022

Hangmen: Martin McDonagh’s Slick Comedy Finally Arrives on Broadway by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ A new staging of the dark comedy from a playwright once dubbed theater’s Quentin Tarantino goes for laughs over gore   The post Hangmen: Martin McDonagh’s Slick Comedy F…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:24PM
Sunday, April 17, 2022

The Minutes: So Much Promise, So Little Payoff by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★☆☆☆ Tracy Letts’ new play is part satire, part black comedy, and all head-scratcher The post The Minutes: So Much Promise, So Little Payoff appeared first on New York Stage Rev…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:54PM

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