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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Review: Leah, the Forsaken at curtainup.com/ by Paulanne Simmons

John Augustin Daly's once popular melodrama given a new life at the tiny Metropolitan Playhouse. .

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Review:God of Vengeance at curtainup.com/ by Paulanne Simmons

a wonderful opportunity to see the play that inspired Paula Vogel's Broadway bound Indecent.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Review: The Golden Bride at curtainup.com by Paulanne Simmons

Super titles mean you don't have to speak Yiddish to enjoy this operetta. And you don't have to be Jewish. All you need is an open heart, a sense of humor and a love of life

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Review:Death of a Salesman in Yiddish at curtainup.com by Paulanne Simmons

Arthur Miller's drama has come to be seen as a penetrating indictment of the American Dream but New Yiddish Rep's Yiddish translation opens up whole new vistas of interpretation

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: Hapyy 50ish by Paulanne Simmons

often familiar, but well told 2-character musical about aging .

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"Churchill" Triumphs Again by Paulanne Simmons

The warmth and wit that emanates from Churchill the man and Churchill the politician come in great part from the writing, but is also due to Ronald Keaton's very believable portrayal and Kur…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

The Sensational Josephine Baker by Paulanne Simmons

a one-woman show that takes a heartfelt look at a woman who captured the heart of many people whom she touched both personally and professionally

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Nance O'Neil at curtainup.com by Paulanne Simmons

The characters in the drama that surround Lizzie Borden are not much different from the rest of humanity, but minus the hatchet

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Review: The Memorandum at curtainup.com by Paulanne Simmons

Time marches on, and plays, even substantial ones like this one by Vaclav Havel don't always keep in step . . .

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Review: Mistakes Were Made at curtainup.com by Paulanne Simmons

The title of Craig Wright's new comedy refers to a play a small-time producer is desperate to get on stage, but it's clear.that the mistakes in question exist on many levels. . .

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Review: Bells Are Ringing at curtainup.com by Paulanne Simmons

Encores! brings back the telephone switchboard. . .

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Review: Golf: The Musical at curtainup.com by Paulanne Simmons

Having played throughout the United States andaround the world, this sport-y revue returns to the city of its birth

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Review: Golf: The Musical at curtainup.com by Paulanne Simmons

Having played throughout the United States andaround the world, this sport-y revue returns to the city of its birth

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Review: Baby Universe: A Puppet Odyssey at curtainup.com by Paulanne Simmons

If you think puppet entertainment is limited to children's shows don't miss . Wakka Wakka's story of a dying universe reborn.. . .

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Review: Hillbilly Womenat curtainup.com by Paulanne Simmons

this may not be as much fun as a big Broadway musical , but it touches the heart in ways that are not easily forgotten . .

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Review: Treasure Island at curtainup.com by Paulanne Simmons

Stevenson's adventure tale gets a lively, fun production at Brooklyn's Irondale Center . .

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Review: Blood Wedding at curtainup.com by Paulanne Simmons

Marvell Rep has neither the money nor the stage to recreate the galloping horses of escaping lovers or the wild celebration of the ill-fated wedding, but Leibowitz makes the audience see and…

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Off-Broadway Theater Review: SHAKESPEARE’S SONNETS (Berliner Ensemble at BAM) by Paulanne Simmons

SHAKING UP SHAKESPEARE Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, only 25 of which are included in Berliner Ensemble’s Shakespeare’s Sonnets. But that is more than enough to make for an exciting the…

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Off-Broadway Theater Review: UNCLE VANYA (Pearl Theatre Company) by Paulanne Simmons

A MERRY APPROACH TO A MELANCHOLY CLASSIC These days when directors revive a classic, they have to decide whether their approach will be either to modernize the play or mount it as a period p…

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Off-Broadway Theater Review: TRADE PRACTICES (HERE at Pershing Hall on Governors Island) by Paulanne Simmons

DRAMA IN THE MARKETPLACE Trade Practices, which launches HERE’s 2014-2015 season, takes the audience on a tour into the bowels of the corporate world where deals are negotiated, promises a…

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Off-Broadway Theater Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (The Public Theater in Central Park) by Paulanne Simmons

MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO SEE If one were only to see Shakespeare as produced by The Public Theater at the Delacorte Theater, it would be easy to come to the conclusion that all o…

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Friday, May 16, 2014

It’s Time to Boogie at The Chain Theatre by Paulanne Simmons

As long as these men can set the stage on fire, the music that is America’s greatest cultural contribution to the world will never die.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Off-Broadway Theater Review: INVENTING MARY MARTIN (York Theatre Company) by Paulanne Simmons

OUR HEARTS BELONG TO MARY, BUT THE REVUE ABOUT HER LIFE NEEDS REINVENTING The legendary actress and singer Mary Martin would have been 100 years old today, and to celebrate this centennial Y…

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Broadway Theater Review: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (St. James Theatre) by Paulanne Simmons

SOME OF THE GLITZ WORKS, BUT BULLETS BASICALLY SHOOTS BLANKS In keeping with the growing trend of turning films into Broadway musicals, Douglas McGrath and Woody Allen’s 1994 comedy, Bulle…

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Off-Broadway Review: HELLMAN V. MCCARTHY (Abingdon Theatre Company) by Paulanne Simmons

A FAMOUS LITERARY FEUD MAKES GREAT DRAMA In 1980, in a television interview with Dick Cavett, novelist and literary critic Mary McCarthy made an especially biting comment about her longtime …

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Off-Broadway Theater Review: STOCKHOLM (One Year Lease Theater Company at 59E59 Theaters) by Paulanne Simmons

AN UNHAPPY COUPLE – UNHAPPY IN ITS OWN WAY Stockholm Syndrome is a form of traumatic bonding in which hostages develop an irrational sympathy for their captors. The term refers to a ro…

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: Lies My Father Told Me at curtainup.com/ by Paulanne Simmons

a gentle musical with something of a rambling plot line. But thanks to the lively musical numbers and memorable characters, it remains interesting and entertaining.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Zachary Wobensmith Sings from the Heart about Stiff Upper Lips by Paulanne Simmons

Zachary Wobensmith Sings from the Heart about Stiff Upper Lips: In his first solo show in New York City, Stiff Upper Lip at The Duplex (61 Christopher Street), Zachary Wobensmith celebrates …

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John Tartaglia Celebrates His Third Decade at 54 Below by Paulanne Simmons

John Tartaglia Celebrates His Third Decade at 54 Below: John Tartaglia got his start appearing alongside puppets, first on Sesame Street and later in Avenue Q.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review: Awake and Sing! at curtainup.com by Paulanne Simmons

he National Asian American Theatre Co (NAATCO) does Clifford Odets' story of a Jewish family during the Great Depression.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Review: Dancing On Nails at curtainup.com by Paulanne Simmons

The image of dancing on nails is not pretty. It speaks of self-inflicted injuries and the transformation of something that should be pleasurable into something painful. It is the perfect tit…

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