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Sunday, February 18, 2018

1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE Lives! (Well, in a way …) by Peter Filichia

Of the hundred-plus pre-Broadway tryouts that I’ve witnessed – literally in Philly, Boston and Baltimo’ – one of the most...Continue Reading The post 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE Lives! …

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Monday, February 12, 2018

LOVE NEVER DIES: And This Musical Hasn’t, Either by Peter Filichia

In musical theater, there’s one cliché that doesn’t hold true. “You never get a second chance to make a first...Continue Reading The post LOVE NEVER DIES: And This Musical Hasn’t, E…

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Monday, February 5, 2018

THE HOMECOMING QUEEN: The Character You Love to Hate by Peter Filichia

What a bitch. That’s a terrible thing to say about anyone, of course, but let the punishment fit the crime...Continue Reading The post THE HOMECOMING QUEEN: The Character You Love to Hate …

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

MILES FOR MARY: Much Less Than a Mile Away from Success by Peter Filichia

It doesn’t hit the bull’s eye on the target, but it’s only one mere circle away from it. MILES FOR...Continue Reading The post MILES FOR MARY: Much Less Than a Mile Away from Success a…

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Lithgow Goes Low by Peter Filichia

Alas, John Lithgow has taken a bit of a beating with his one-man STORIES BY HEART at the American Theatre....Continue Reading The post Lithgow Goes Low appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

UP IN CHEAP SEATS to Expensive Ones Down Below by Peter Filichia

Most of the time when people speak of The Golden Age of the Broadway Musical, they start with OKLAHOMA! in...Continue Reading The post UP IN CHEAP SEATS to Expensive Ones Down Below appeared…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

B Street Theatre Is Moving to A-Level Accommodations by Peter Filichia

They came to have a good time, and indeed they did. Once again, playgoers at B Street Theatre in Sacramento...Continue Reading The post B Street Theatre Is Moving to A-Level Accommodations a…

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Monday, January 1, 2018

FARINELLI Hits a High Note by Peter Filichia

Mel Brooks might have been incorrect. It’s not necessarily good to be the king. Take King Philippe V (1683-1746). He...Continue Reading The post FARINELLI Hits a High Note appeared first o…

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Monday, December 18, 2017

The Second Time on This Island for ONCE ON THIS ISLAND by Peter Filichia

  You’re having dinner at someone’s house and are fed one utterly delicious dish after another. Eventually you’re so full...Continue Reading The post The Second Time on This Islan…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

METEOR SHOWER: Oh, the Weather Inside is Frightful by Peter Filichia

  “And then I woke up.” How many times have grammar-school teachers run into this line at the end of...Continue Reading The post METEOR SHOWER: Oh, the Weather Inside is Frightful a…

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

GOD IS ON HER WAY by Peter Filichia

If you read a review of a movie and then go to the multiplex, you’ll see frame-for-frame exactly what the...Continue Reading The post GOD IS ON HER WAY appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

HARD TIMES, GOOD THEATER by Peter Filichia

The audience’s grunt came early. With all the charges of sexual harassment in the news, there was an extra punch...Continue Reading The post HARD TIMES, GOOD THEATER appeared first on Broa…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

This Is ILLYRIA, Ladies and Gentlemen by Peter Filichia

  For the last third of a century, a concerted effort has been made to have children become aware of...Continue Reading The post This Is ILLYRIA, Ladies and Gentlemen appeared first on …

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Monday, October 30, 2017

STRANGE INTERLUDE: Strange, but True by Peter Filichia

It sounds impossible. And it SHOULD be impossible. But David Greenspan is proving that it isn’t. He’s decided to memorize...Continue Reading The post STRANGE INTERLUDE: Strange, but True…

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Monday, October 23, 2017

TIME AND THE CONWAYS: Time and the Wrong Way by Peter Filichia

Only the incarcerated disagree. But all other adults will tell you that time goes fast. A fall from grace can...Continue Reading The post TIME AND THE CONWAYS: Time and the Wrong Way appeare…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

THE HONEYMOONERS: All Hail the Actors! by Peter Filichia

They must have watched each of “the classic 39 episodes” at least 39 times. For Michael McGrath has indeed become...Continue Reading The post THE HONEYMOONERS: All Hail the Actors! appea…

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Monday, October 9, 2017

DESPERATE MEASURES: Better Than Shakespeare! by Peter Filichia

It would seem to be an impossible task. How could two writers take one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays” and have...Continue Reading The post DESPERATE MEASURES: Better Than Shakespeare…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is the new black-hearted play by Peter Filichia

Was this another way of celebrating WEST SIDE STORY’s 60th anniversary? Last week, the venerable 1957 musical was much in...Continue Reading The post A CLOCKWORK ORANGE is the new black-he…

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Monday, September 25, 2017

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG: Redeemed Once Again by Peter Filichia

It’s almost getting monotonous. Every new mounting of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG shows that its many, many assets far outweigh...Continue Reading The post MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG: Redeemed Once A…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD: Family Values by Peter Filichia

One of the first lines you’ll hear is “I could kill a fag right now.” Don’t get up to leave....Continue Reading The post ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD: Family Values appeared first …

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Monday, September 4, 2017

INANIMATE: A Subject Subjected to No Scrutiny by Peter Filichia

But why? In his new play INANIMATE, Nick Robideau tells us about an atypical sexual fetish that may surprise some,...Continue Reading The post INANIMATE: A Subject Subjected to No Scrutiny a…

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Monday, August 28, 2017

PRINCE OF BROADWAY: A Misnamed Mini-Masterpiece by Peter Filichia

What an understatement. PRINCE OF BROADWAY? He became the king a long time ago. But because Harold’s surname is Prince,...Continue Reading The post PRINCE OF BROADWAY: A Misnamed Mini-Mast…

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Michael Moore Strikes a Flint and Lights a Fire by Peter Filichia

Bette Midler may not be getting better or stronger entrance applause. At THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER, a tsunami of...Continue Reading The post Michael Moore Strikes a Flint and Lights a Fire a…

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Monday, August 14, 2017

A PARALLELOGRAM: Four Sides to Every Story by Peter Filichia

Experiencing A PARALELLOGRAM at Second Stage is the theatergoer’s version of walking into a meadow, spotting a butterfly, trying to...Continue Reading The post A PARALLELOGRAM: Four Sides …

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Monday, August 7, 2017

HELLO, DOLLY! — CALL ON DONNA! by Peter Filichia

  Last Tuesday night at HELLO, DOLLY! Beanie Feldstein made the audience adore Minnie Fay; David Hyde Pierce and Kate...Continue Reading The post HELLO, DOLLY! — CALL ON DONNA! ap…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

A New GOLDEN LAND by Peter Filichia

Honor thy great-grandfather and great-grandmother. You can do so by seeing AMERIKE – THE GOLDEN LAND at the National Yiddish...Continue Reading The post A New GOLDEN LAND appeared first on…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

HAMLET: Danish Modern by Peter Filichia

And it starts out so good. After we watch the King of Denmark killed and then lying in state, we’re...Continue Reading The post HAMLET: Danish Modern appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

1984: Or, well … by Peter Filichia

Frankly, it isn’t that scary. And I’m the kind of guy who shuts his eyes tight whenever I’m subjected to...Continue Reading The post 1984: Or, well … appeared first on BroadwaySelect.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

BLOOD ON THE SNOW: History in the Making by Peter Filichia

Talk about being “in the room where it happens” … That’s exactly where you’ll be if you attend BLOOD ON...Continue Reading The post BLOOD ON THE SNOW: History in the Making appeare…

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Monday, June 26, 2017

CLARENCE, IS THAT YOU? by Peter Filichia

  “People thought I was crazy to do this,” he told the audience after he took his final curtain call....Continue Reading The post CLARENCE, IS THAT YOU? appeared first on BroadwaySe…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

JULIUS CAESAR: Can It Be a Play for Our Times? by Peter Filichia

Would they applaud and cheer the assassination? Well, we now know that Delta Airlines and Bank of America didn’t. But...Continue Reading The post JULIUS CAESAR: Can It Be a Play for Our Ti…

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