All stories by Michael Sommers on BroadwayStars

Friday, August 19, 2016

Theater | New Jersey: Review: A King’s Long Goodbye in Madison by Michael Sommers

In “Exit the King” by the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, a 400-year-old ruler must go, eventually.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 08:52PM
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Review: ‘Coriolanus’ in Madison Has 20th-Century Costumes and 21st-Century Conflict by Michael Sommers

The rarely produced play, visually updated in this revival by the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, pits a scornful Roman consul against a boisterous populace.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 06:34PM
Friday, June 24, 2016

Arts | New Jersey: Review: Annie Baker’s Drama Is First Show in Mile Square Theater’s Hoboken Home by Michael Sommers

The award-winning ‘Circle Mirror Transformation,’ a study of an amateur drama class, is the inaugural offering of a formerly vagabond company.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 12:01PM
Friday, June 10, 2016

Arts | New Jersey: Review: ‘West Side Story’ Returns to Paper Mill Playhouse After 25 Years by Michael Sommers

This revival in the New Jersey theater stays true to the classic musical with traditional staging, high-flying dances and teenage-fueled emotion.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 06:23PM
Friday, May 27, 2016

Arts | New Jersey: A Three-Character Drama That Keeps You Guessing by Michael Sommers

A trio of shady ladies figure in “Villainous Company,” Victor L. Cahn’s new play, with duplicitous doings and plot twists.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 08:09PM
Friday, May 20, 2016

Arts | Connecticut: Review: ‘A Song at Twilight’ at Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey by Michael Sommers

Noël Coward’s play, about a man whose ex-lover confronts him with details of his dark past, offers conflict, surprise and an affecting conclusion.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 07:19PM
Sunday, May 15, 2016

Arts | New Jersey: Hard Truths About Racism in ‘White Guy on the Bus’ by Michael Sommers

Upbeat suburban scenes are interrupted by travels to a different world in inner-city Philadelphia, with a deadly serious twist.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 01:25PM
Friday, April 22, 2016

Arts | New Jersey: Review: ‘Old Love New Love’ Explores the Pain of Alzheimer’s by Michael Sommers

Poignant moments punctuate “Old Love New Love,” a play by Laura Brienza that is receiving its world premiere at Luna Stage Company in West Orange, N.J.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 06:37PM
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Arts | New Jersey: New Jersey Series Frees Some Playwrights From ‘Developmental Hell’ by Michael Sommers

The new program NJPAC Stage Exchange commissions plays and promises staged readings and eventually full productions in Newark.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 04:45PM
Sunday, March 27, 2016

Arts | New Jersey: In ‘For Worse,’ an Affair Doesn’t Wreck a 30-Year Marriage by Michael Sommers

The play by Deborah Rennard, in its world premiere at the New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, portrays two women in love with a scoundrel.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 12:56PM
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Arts | New Jersey: Review: In ‘Ropes,’ a High-Wire Act of Brotherly Bonding by Michael Sommers

The play, by Bárbara Colio, focuses on three men bound uneasily together by their distant ties to their father, a tightrope walker who abandoned them as boys.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 02:26PM
Friday, February 26, 2016

Arts | New Jersey: Review: Comic Drama in ‘Sister Play’ in Summit by Michael Sommers

Two siblings, one highhanded and the other free-spirited, form the core of Dreamcatcher theater’s staging of John Kolvenbach’s work.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 06:06PM
Saturday, February 13, 2016

Arts | New Jersey: Review: In ‘Nureyev’s Eyes,’ a Bond Between a Painter and a Dancer by Michael Sommers

The play, at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, depicts the friendship between Jamie Wyeth and Rudolf Nureyev.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 09:57AM
Sunday, February 7, 2016

Arts | New Jersey: Taking Stock of a Fixer-Upper in ‘The Substance of Bliss’ by Michael Sommers

Talk of ceiling tiles leads to questions about failings that may have led to a child’s drug addiction in a new play at New Jersey Repertory Company.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 12:25PM
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Arts | New Jersey: Review: Passions Ignite in ‘Lives of Reason’ at Two River Theater by Michael Sommers

In “Lives of Reason,” a play by Robert Rechnitz and Kenneth Stunkel having its world premiere in Red Bank, several academics compete for a deanship .

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 02:52PM
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Theater | New Jersey: An Enduring Musical Comedy Gets a Gender-Bending Twist by Michael Sommers

An all-male version of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, N.J., is a delightfully unorthodox production that succeeds on several level…

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 02:00PM
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Theater | New Jersey: In ‘The Seedbed,’ an Uneasy Marital Truce Frays Over Dinner by Michael Sommers

The psychological drama by Bryan Delany is having its world premiere at the New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 06:40PM
Friday, October 23, 2015

Theater | New Jersey: Review: Performances of ‘Comedy of Tenors’ and ‘Bandstand’ by Michael Sommers

Two new shows, a comedy by Ken Ludwig and a musical by Richard Oberacker, evoke the light and dark sides of bygone eras.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 05:27PM
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Theater | New Jersey: Reviews of ‘The Nether’ and ‘Song for the Disappeared’ in New Jersey by Michael Sommers

Two new plays by female writers that explore both the virtual and real worlds have premieres in the Garden State this fall.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 07:27PM
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Theater | New Jersey: When Shakespeare Is the Subject, Not the Scribe by Michael Sommers

In “Equivocation,” Shakespeare, called Shag here, faces a conundrum when King James I asks for him to write a play.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 10:22PM
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Theater | New Jersey: Previewing New Jersey’s Fall Theater Schedule by Michael Sommers

The New Jersey fall theater schedule includes new works by the critically acclaimed playwrights Joe DiPietro, Jennifer Haley and Ken Ludwig.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 10:40PM
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Theater | Madison: A Review of ‘Misalliance’ at the Shakespeare Theater in Madison by Michael Sommers

“Misalliance,” by George Bernard Shaw, takes on big social issues within a zany comedy.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 08:14PM
Friday, July 24, 2015

Arts | Union: Review: In ‘By the Water,’ a Search for Calm After the Storm by Michael Sommers

Hurricane Sandy highlights a family’s strained relations in this production of Sharyn Rothstein’s drama at Premiere Stages at Kean University in Union.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 12:30AM
Thursday, July 23, 2015

'Ruthless!' Off Broadway Review: A Murderous Musical Mash-Up by Michael Sommers

“Ruthless!” is anything but high musical theater art but it certainly delivers any number of low laughs. “Ruthless!” continues at St. Luke’s Theater, 308 W. 46th Street.

Linked From New Jersey Newsroom at 11:47AM
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Theater | New Jersey: Review: ‘The Guardsman,’ at the Shakespeare Theater, Pricks the Heart While Eliciting Laughs by Michael Sommers

The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey delivers a fresh version of Ferenc Molnar’s romantic romp, which successfully seizes the potentially tragic theme of marital mistrust and twists it in…

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 04:08PM
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Theater Review | Long Island: Review: The Nuns Are Back in ‘Sister Act’ at the Gateway Playhouse by Michael Sommers

The Bellport production of the musical stars Rashidra Scott as a singer fleeing hoodlums and Jennifer Allen as the leader of the convent where she hides.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 04:24PM
Sunday, June 21, 2015

Theater Review | Long Island: A Review of ‘All My Sons’ in East Hampton by Michael Sommers

Alex Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf star in the revival of Arthur Miller’s play about a businessman whose irresponsible practices during World War II eventually imperil his family.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 01:07PM
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Theater Review | New Jersey: Review: All the Living Room’s a Stage in Madison Revival of ’27 Play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber by Michael Sommers

The Cavendish clan, who mostly reside in a swank Manhattan duplex, are delightful people, and “The Royal Family” endures as one of the best comedies ever written about show folk.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 11:21AM
Monday, May 25, 2015

For a Plus-Size Show, a Slimmer Backdrop by MICHAEL SOMMERS

"Hairspray" is being staged at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, N.J., but with a less sizable set design than was used on Broadway.

Linked From The New York Times Subscription at 05:58PM

‘In Transit’ vocalizes New York stories by MICHAEL SOMMERS

I was so bored by it that I could scarcely wait to get out of the theater and into the subway for home.

Linked From New Jersey Newsroom at 05:58PM

Great ‘Gatz’ recreates ‘The Great Gatsby’ by MICHAEL SOMMERS

Fitzgerald's classic American novel gets an absorbing marathon staging

Linked From New Jersey Newsroom at 05:58PM