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Sunday, February 23, 2020

BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY: Finally, in New York! by Peter Filichia

Wouldn’t a play with Josephine Baker, Margaret Sanger, Langston Hughes and Adam Clayton Powell have terrific dramatic possibilities? After all,...Continue Reading The post BLUES FOR AN ALA…

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE & SONGS by Peter Filichia

The first words that we hear come courtesy of an onstage Band Leader. “It’s 1969.” Those who didn’t know that...Continue Reading The post BOB & CAROL & TED & ALICE & …

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Monday, February 10, 2020

MOJADA: A MEDEA IN LOS ANGELES: Met It in St. Louis by Peter Filichia

On my way to baggage claim, I locked eyes with the lovely lady who was sitting at the welcome table...Continue Reading The post MOJADA: A MEDEA IN LOS ANGELES: Met It in St. Louis appeared f…

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

There’s Been a Women’s March on Theater, Too! by Peter Filichia

You may have noticed that Broadway Select wasn’t around for about a week. Damn those hackers! In the interim, I...Continue Reading The post There’s Been a Women’s March on Theater, Too…

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Friday, January 24, 2020

JAMES C. NICOLA KEEPS THE “NEW” IN NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP by Peter Filichia

This week, let’s review an artistic director. James C. Nicola of New York Theatre Workshop gets a rave. He’s been...Continue Reading The post JAMES C. NICOLA KEEPS THE “NEW” IN NEW Y…

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

CATS Unmocked by Peter Filichia

This review will not sport any jokes or puns about the film version of CATS. No, it’s not a very...Continue Reading The post CATS Unmocked appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

THE MIKADO: Well, It IS in the Public Domain … by Peter Filichia

If you wanted to know who they were, they weren’t gentlemen of Japan, but of England. Theatergoers weren’t immediately in...Continue Reading The post THE MIKADO: Well, It IS in the Publi…

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

THE THIN PLACE: Slim and Lean by Peter Filichia

In one way, THE THIN PLACE is a drama critic’s dream – at least for the first 60 of its...Continue Reading The post THE THIN PLACE: Slim and Lean appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

JAGGED LITTLE PILL: Not So Hard to Swallow by Peter Filichia

Sophisticated writers often stack the deck when writing about suburban families. JAGGED LITTLE PILL, now at the Broadhurst, seems to...Continue Reading The post JAGGED LITTLE PILL: Not So Ha…

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Monday, December 16, 2019

IT ISN’T BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS: Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven and Greater Clements by Peter Filichia

December theatergoers can always see a slew of shows that celebrate Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa. How they uplift us and...Continue Reading The post IT ISN’T BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIK…

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

FEFU AND HER FRIENDS: Don’t Fasten Your Seats Belts by Peter Filichia

“I felt while I was writing this play that I was getting away with murder.” So said Maria Irene Fornes...Continue Reading The post FEFU AND HER FRIENDS: Don’t Fasten Your Seats Belts a…

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

PUMPGIRL: And All the Rest Is Talk by Peter Filichia

In 2007 alone, it was produced by the estimable Manhattan Theatre Club and won The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize that...Continue Reading The post PUMPGIRL: And All the Rest Is Talk appeared fi…

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

THE INHERITANCE: The Sum of Its Parts by Peter Filichia

While some shows are famous for second-act trouble, Matthew Lopez’s THE INHERITANCE runs the risk of having both that and...Continue Reading The post THE INHERITANCE: The Sum of Its Parts …

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

The Warren Report on TINA by Peter Filichia

The lights come up on a woman just sitting, not moving and with her back to us. That’s all it...Continue Reading The post The Warren Report on TINA appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Where’s CYRANO’S Nose? by Peter Filichia

With Peter Dinklage as the title character in this new musical simply called CYRANO, you might assume you’ll see a...Continue Reading The post Where’s CYRANO’S Nose? appeared first on …

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

LAST DAYS OF SUMMER: Would You Believe … ? by Peter Filichia

Sure, we all want our children to be smart and confident. That includes the kids we see on stage. So...Continue Reading The post LAST DAYS OF SUMMER: Would You Believe … ? appeared first o…

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

SCOTLAND, PA: Cheap at Twice the Price by Peter Filichia

In a way, SCOTLAND, PA is the perfect musical for the Donald Trump era. It says get what you want,...Continue Reading The post SCOTLAND, PA: Cheap at Twice the Price appeared first on Broadw…

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

WIVES AND LOVERS: And Husbands, Too! by Peter Filichia

Drama involves conflict. That’s why so many plays rely on husbands, wives and lovers. As Katharine Hepburn famously said, “Marriage...Continue Reading The post WIVES AND LOVERS: And Husb…

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

CHASING RAINBOWS: The Road to Oz by Peter Filichia

There are occasional mentions of diet pills, appetite suppressants and laxatives. But Judy Garland’s taking such medications aren’t the focus...Continue Reading The post CHASING RAINBOWS…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Join the BOYNTON BEACH CLUB by Peter Filichia

  I know, I know … One of the worst things that a critic can do is tell you how...Continue Reading The post Join the BOYNTON BEACH CLUB appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Theatrical Matchmaker by Peter Filichia

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

See THE PURISTS Near Where the Puritans Once Lived by Peter Filichia

As soon as you walk into the Calderwood Pavilion — Huntington Theatre Company of Boston’s second space — you’ll know...Continue Reading The post See THE PURISTS Near Where the Purita…

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

BETRAYAL 2019 by Peter Filichia

The Playbill doesn’t tell us in what year the new production of BETRAYAL is set, so theatergoers have every reason...Continue Reading The post BETRAYAL 2019 appeared first on BroadwaySelec…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

JUDY: Let’s Hear It for the Rainbow Tour by Peter Filichia

Those Judy Garland fans who hated END OF THE RAINBOW – and Lord knows there were thousands – are about...Continue Reading The post JUDY: Let’s Hear It for the Rainbow Tour appeared fir…

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE: Plenty of Assets in Store by Peter Filichia

I saw Ethel Merman once, Mary Martin twice and Barbra Streisand thrice (for I saw FUNNY GIRL both in its...Continue Reading The post BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE: Plenty of Assets in Store appeared…

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Monday, September 2, 2019

SIDEKICKED: THE (UNPLEASANT) VIVIAN VANCE STORY by Peter Filichia

And to think it starts off so nicely. Projected onto the stage is that famous photo of the scene that...Continue Reading The post SIDEKICKED: THE (UNPLEASANT) VIVIAN VANCE STORY appeared fir…

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Meanwhile, in Long Branch, New Jersey … by Peter Filichia

Show me a person who works in theater, and I’ll show you someone who says something bad about him or...Continue Reading The post Meanwhile, in Long Branch, New Jersey … appeared first on…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

TWO’S A CROWD: Would You Believe …? by Peter Filichia

  No, its creators insist, it’s not “a musical comedy” but “a comedy musical.” TWO’S A CROWD’s collaborators have in...Continue Reading The post TWO’S A CROWD: Would You Be…

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

CHICAGO COMES TO WICHITA by Peter Filichia

So, you may ask, with CHICAGO playing right down the street from where I live, why would I take four...Continue Reading The post CHICAGO COMES TO WICHITA appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

The (Grand) Prince of Grand Street by Peter Filichia

Well, who expected this more than 40 years after the fact? But here’s a studio cast album of THE PRINCE...Continue Reading The post The (Grand) Prince of Grand Street appeared first on Bro…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

A SIX-PACK OF MOSCOW AT MCC by Peter Filichia

If PBS executives ever decide to launch their own version of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, they should choose Halley Feiffer’s new...Continue Reading The post A SIX-PACK OF MOSCOW AT MCC appeared f…

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