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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

CLEAR DAY at IRISH REP – Nostalgia is not enough by Oscar E Moore

I’ll make this short and unfortunately not so sweet. You will most probably leave this most recent reincarnation of this mostly problematic musical humming a few of its wonderful songs (mu…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Dramatists Guild Criticizes Marginalization of Writers at the 2018 Tony Awards by Oscar E Moore

Dramatists Guild Criticizes Marginalization of Writers at the 2018 Tony Awards by BWW News Desk BroadwayWorld.com Jun. 14, 2018 Tweet Share      Dough Wright, president of the Dramatists…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

HARRY POTTER and the CURSED CHILD – J.K. Rowling’s magic show by Oscar E Moore

Are you up to the challenge?  Are you willing to commit both time and that all important commodity, money, into seeing this once in a lifetime theatrical experience? This is a stunner of a …

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

THE ICEMAN COMETH – Eugene O’Neill, Denzel Washington & George C. Wolfe by Oscar E Moore

How wise was director Mr. George C. Wolfe in this long night’s journey into a bar – to cut it down somewhat, quicken its pace, mine it for its humor and to cast terrific supporting b…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

SUMMER – the Donna Summer musical – It takes three to boogie, disco style by Oscar E Moore

On April 26, 1977 Studio 54 opened.  On April 26, 2018 I attended the new musical based on the life of the most famous Disco Queen that reigned supreme at Studio 54 – Donna Summer …

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

MY FAIR LADY – 9 well deserved Outer Critics Circle Nominations by Oscar E Moore

After seeing a matinee performance of the sumptuous Lincoln Center Theater revitalized revival of MY FAIR LADY I can only say one thing – that I wish I could have seen it again.  Imme…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

CAROUSEL – a brave new revival of a classic by Oscar E Moore

  Back to basics.  Strong story.  Gorgeous melodies.  Smart lyrics.  Uncomplicated sets.  No projections.  I’ve just about had it with projections.  Incredibly creative choreog…

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

MEAN GIRLS the musical – Is Tina Fey the new Queen of Mean? by Oscar E Moore

Somewhere in the middle or I should say the muddle of the first act of the overly long, much too loud, pulsating and bombastic two act MEAN GIRLS, while being distracted by two twenty-someth…

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Friday, April 6, 2018

THREE TALL WOMEN – ALL ABOUT “A” by Oscar E Moore

  Like the proverbial old gray mare, A isn’t what she used to be.  She is worse.  A is wealthy and ailing.  A is 92 insisting that she is 91.  A is disgruntled and demanding.  A …

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE – Belly up to the bar guys by Oscar E Moore

  Sometimes it takes a volcanic eruption to open your eyes to love and sometimes it takes a shower of beach balls to make memorable a rather silly musical.  The musical in question is …

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

AIDS, ANGST AND ANGELS IN AMERICA – 25th anniversary production imported from London by Oscar E Moore

An almost perfect alignment of writing, casting, design and direction have resulted in a monumental eight hour, double bill theatrical marathon.  It is a fantastical achievement. First prod…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

FROZEN – Disney on Ice or Finding Elsa by Oscar E Moore

Call me a Mouseketeer.  Call me a kid.  Call me a boob.  Whatever.  I am a fan of Disney’s new musical FROZEN on Broadway at the St. James Theatre.  In the great old tradition of Tink…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

AMY AND THE ORPHANS – at some performances ANDY AND THE ORPHANS by Oscar E Moore

What would you do?  You are happily married with two children (a boy and a girl) and have just given birth to a third – a girl who the doctor has, unfortunately, told you is a “Mong…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

HANGMEN – A minor McDonagh off Broadway by Oscar E Moore

You might want to see this Royal Court Theatre production of HANGMEN more than once at the Atlantic Theater Company on West 20th Street.  And not because it is written by Martin McDonagh. …

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

PARTY FACE – Group Therapy Dublin Style Starring Hayley Mills Off-B’way by Oscar E Moore

Five Irish women.  Family and frenemies and one germ-a-phobic manic-depressive obsessive compulsive acquaintance.  Girl talk ensues.  Men in and out of their lives.  Chatty.  Gossipy. …

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

John Lithgow: STORIES BY HEART – Ham and wry by Oscar E Moore

  There’s some good news and some rather dreary news to report about this Lithgow family “show and tell” Roundabout production that has taken roughly ten years to get to the Ameri…

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

FARINELLI AND THE KING – the music cure: a disappointing experiment by Oscar E Moore

For those of you who can’t enough of Handel sung beautifully by the renowned countertenor Iestyn Davies as the “singing” Farinelli (a renowned 18th century castrato) hie thee over to t…

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

METEOR SHOWER – A Steve Martin conundrum hits Broadway by Oscar E Moore

  Twenty minutes into this 80 minute puzzling and slight but bloated idea penned by Steve Martin, there I sat – fourth row on the aisle – at the Booth Theatre – wonder…

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS – Palace Theatre transformed into Day-Glo theme park for Bikini Bottom by Oscar E Moore

Who knew?  Who knew that a simple sponge living in a pineapple at the bottom of the sea in a town called Bikini Bottom could erupt on Broadway at the Palace Theatre as an ingenious, put-a-s…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

THE PARISIAN WOMAN – Bland: 4 yawns starring Uma Thurman by Oscar E Moore

You might be interested in the fact that ultra-cool socialite Chloe (Uma Thurman) one half of a Washington D.C. power couple – the other half being her successful well connected tax attorn…

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND – spreading an aura of enchantment by Oscar E Moore

A perfect cast.  A perfect score.  A perfect story of forbidden love on a hurricane ravaged island in the French Antilles.  There are no commercials and no intermission at Circle in the S…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS – too much of a good thing at Studio 54 by Oscar E Moore

Remember the ad campaign for real Levy’s Jewish Rye Bread?   “You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s Real Jewish Rye.”  Well you don’t have to be Latino to love John L…

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

A MUST SEE PERFORMANCE – DEC 11 & 12 by Oscar E Moore

TULIS McCALL   ALL IN GOOD TIME Tulis McCall is unbelievable and unabashedly honest and funny to a fault.  If you are feeling the onset of old age (and who isn’t) you will definitely ge…

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

THE BAND’S VISIT – the universal language of music by Oscar E Moore

You will not soon forget THE BAND’S VISIT.  Nor should you.  In a small Israeli town (circa 1996) in the desert – its people are waiting for something different – anything – to hap…

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

M. BUTTERFLY – why tinker with perfection? by Oscar E Moore

In this uneven and unbalanced revisal of the 1988 multiple award winning production of M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang you may find yourself as confused as its leading character Rene Galli…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

TORCH SONG – What is this thing called love? by Oscar E Moore

It’s virtually impossible to fill those bunny rabbit slippers worn so majestically and confidently by Harvey Fierstein in his original production of TORCH SONG TRILOGY some 35 years ago wh…

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

DESPERATE MEASURES – The taming of the lewd – a marriage of the Bard and the bawdy by Oscar E Moore

At the Wednesday evening performance that I attended (10/25/17) James Morgan (Artistic Director of The York Theatre Company) in his opening remarks in his own inimitable style announced that…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

TIME AND THE CONWAYS – an adequate all in the family adventure by Oscar E Moore

  This Roundabout revival of J. B. Priestley’s three act drama is just adequate.   And seems longer than it actually is.  There are some high points and an equal amount of low as d…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

MARY JANE – a young mother copes, along with the audience at NYTW by Oscar E Moore

This newest play by Amy Herzog and directed by Anne Kauffman features a cast of five women spearheaded by Carrie Coon as Mary Jane.  You wouldn’t want to be in her shoes. She is strong, c…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE – the beautiful face of terror by Oscar E Moore

Welcome to the dystopian world of Anthony Burgess as seen through the eyes of Alexandra Spencer-Jones set in England – Today.  It might be better set in 1984. This ultra-violent, unpleasa…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70th BIRTHDAY – Sarah Ruhl’s homage to her mom by Oscar E Moore

Sarah Ruhl’s mom Kathleen grew up playing Peter Pan in Iowa. As in why oh why oh why-o?  Excuse me that’s Ohio.  In any event she played Peter in Community Theater in Iowa.   Now …

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