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Sunday, April 21, 2019

BURN THIS: Here It Is Again by Peter Filichia

  Before the show, there’s no real need to read the Playbill to learn that BURN THIS takes place some...Continue Reading The post BURN THIS: Here It Is Again appeared first on BroadwaySel…

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

THE CRADLE WILL ROCK Unsteadily by Peter Filichia

The time is right for THE CRADLE WILL ROCK – more’s the pity. Despite the musical’s octogenarian status, many lines...Continue Reading The post THE CRADLE WILL ROCK Unsteadily appeared…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

ACCIDENTALLY BRAVE: It Still Counts as Brave by Peter Filichia

You might assume that when an actor cries on stage, the character’s predicament in the script is the reason. In...Continue Reading The post ACCIDENTALLY BRAVE: It Still Counts as Brave app…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

KISS ME, KATE: One Thing to Be Ashamed Of by Peter Filichia

For all the talk of political correctness, sensitivity to women and changes that had to be made to the inherently...Continue Reading The post KISS ME, KATE: One Thing to Be Ashamed Of appear…

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

SUPERHERO: Well, Yes and No … by Peter Filichia

In the ‘50s, many who bought Playboy would insist “I only read it for the interviews.” So the presence of...Continue Reading The post SUPERHERO: Well, Yes and No … appeared first on …

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Triumphs by Peter Filichia

Why has THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME never played Broadway? As shown in Aubrey Berg’s recent stunning production at the...Continue Reading The post THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Triumphs app…

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

You Can’t Imagine Where IMAGINING MADOFF Goes by Peter Filichia

In a time when so many dramas and musicals are just Wikipedia articles transferred to dialogue, Deb Margolin hasn’t taken...Continue Reading The post You Can’t Imagine Where IMAGINING MA…

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

TOTO TALKS: A Hoot for Those Who Like Hoots by Peter Filichia

My, how Toto has changed over the years! You’d expect from the title TOTO TALKS that Dorothy Gale’s cairn terrier...Continue Reading The post TOTO TALKS: A Hoot for Those Who Like Hoots …

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Yes, MERRILY Is Rolling Along by Peter Filichia

The applause began before the performance did. We’ve heard that increasingly often before a show starts. The practice began at...Continue Reading The post Yes, MERRILY Is Rolling Along app…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Welcome Back, SHADOW OF A GUNMAN by Peter Filichia

The words “Sean” and “O’Casey” often come to mind whenever two other words – “Irish theater” – are mentioned. For...Continue Reading The post Welcome Back, SHADOW OF A GUNM…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

THE TRIAL OF THE CATONSVILLE NINE: Indeed, a Trial. by Peter Filichia

  It sure doesn’t look like a courtroom where a trial would take place. If you go to the Abrons...Continue Reading The post THE TRIAL OF THE CATONSVILLE NINE: Indeed, a Trial. appeare…

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

TRUE WEST: Tried and True and False by Peter Filichia

Some productions wait until the end of the show to dispense Playbills. TRUE WEST should be one of them. For...Continue Reading The post TRUE WEST: Tried and True and False appeared first on …

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Happily, EVER AFTER Is a Hit by Peter Filichia

You’ve got to admire Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler. Nearly four years ago, their musical version of the 1998 film...Continue Reading The post Happily, EVER AFTER Is a Hit appeared first …

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Monday, January 21, 2019

MCC: Welcome to the Neighborhood! by Peter Filichia

By Peter Filichia Perhaps MCC Theater should return to its original name. In 1986, NYU grads Bob LuPone and Bernie...Continue Reading The post MCC: Welcome to the Neighborhood! appeared firs…

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

TO REFRESH A MOCKINGBIRD by Peter Filichia

First, read Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Next, watch Horton Foote’s 1962 Oscar-winning screen adaptation. Even...Continue Reading The post TO REFRESH A…

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Folger Theatre — At Last! by Peter Filichia

No, my 2019 New Year’s Resolution won’t be to diet. Why bother? I make that promise every January 1st and...Continue Reading The post Folger Theatre — At Last! appeared first on Br…

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

CLUELESS: Not Quite, Not Quite … by Peter Filichia

If you were currently writing a musical about teens in high school, would you mention the words “mean girls” in...Continue Reading The post CLUELESS: Not Quite, Not Quite … appeared fi…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Beale Street Can’t Talk, but Beale Can by Peter Filichia

Frankly, if I were Lee Hall, I’d be ashamed to take the money. “Adapted by” is his official credit for...Continue Reading The post Beale Street Can’t Talk, but Beale Can appeared fir…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

THE CHER SHOW with its Chers and Chers Alike by Peter Filichia

How many non-theatergoers – the ideal audience for a musical called THE CHER SHOW – will be furious after they...Continue Reading The post THE CHER SHOW with its Chers and Chers Alike ap…

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

THE PROM: Give This Musical a Big Kiss! by Peter Filichia

Maybe THE PROM should change its name to THE KISS. Television history was made on Thanksgiving Day by two actresses...Continue Reading The post THE PROM: Give This Musical a Big Kiss! appear…

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

THE NEW ONE: Parental Issues by Peter Filichia

A “new one” is usually considered something good, even great — and certainly better than a second-hand item. In the...Continue Reading The post THE NEW ONE: Parental Issues appeare…

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

OKLAHOMA! … Ohhhh-kayyyyy … by Peter Filichia

“Country a-changin’, gotta change with it!” So Curly tells Laurey in Act Two of OKLAHOMA! Director Daniel Fish apparently agreed...Continue Reading The post OKLAHOMA! … Ohhhh-kayyyyy…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

KING KONG: 1933 Variations by Peter Filichia

The first 45 minutes were so engrossing that I didn’t care if the title character ever showed up. Who’d expect...Continue Reading The post KING KONG: 1933 Variations appeared first on Br…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

MOTHERS OF THE MAID AND THE CROSSDRESSERS by Peter Filichia

Last week, two memorable mothers showed up on a stage and a screen in New York. Playwright Jane Anderson wondered...Continue Reading The post MOTHERS OF THE MAID AND THE CROSSDRESSERS appear…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT: Are You Kidding Me? by Peter Filichia

Expect any review you read of THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT to contain a well-worn phrase that’s too often seen...Continue Reading The post THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT: Are You Kidding Me? appeared fi…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

APOLOGIA: Ah, Those Birthday Parties with the Family … by Peter Filichia

You know the joke that starts “How many (collective noun) does it take to change a light bulb?” In APOLOGIA,...Continue Reading The post APOLOGIA: Ah, Those Birthday Parties with the Fam…

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

A Warm Welcome to GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY by Peter Filichia

Actually, I was so involved in the story that I resented when intermission arrived. That’s how arresting GIRL FROM THE...Continue Reading The post A Warm Welcome to GIRL FROM THE NORTH COU…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

BEING EARNEST: Being a Musical by Peter Filichia

Excellent lyricist Anne Croswell once told me how she spent her time on a certain afternoon in the late ‘50s....Continue Reading The post BEING EARNEST: Being a Musical appeared first on B…

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

PAMELA’S FIRST MUSICAL: First Things First by Peter Filichia

As you enter the Two River Theater, you may well be charmed by the set that David Gallo and Viveca...Continue Reading The post PAMELA’S FIRST MUSICAL: First Things First appeared first on …

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

THE TRUE: Too True – and Just as Good by Peter Filichia

Don’t be fooled when the lights come up on THE TRUE. Playwright Sharr White has three people sitting in a...Continue Reading The post THE TRUE: Too True – and Just as Good appeared first…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

HEARTBREAK HOUSE: You Won’t Say “Pshaw” to This by Peter Filichia

That’s one big step for David Staller, and one giant leap for his audience. From 2006-2107, Staller directed once-a-month readings...Continue Reading The post HEARTBREAK HOUSE: You Won’t…

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