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Friday, November 18, 2022

Review: The Excruciating “& Juliet” Fails on Every Level by Rex Reed

Set to the music of Max Martin, this moronic new Broadway show asks the question, "What if Romeo died but Juliet didn't kill herself and lived on to bore everybody else to death?"

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:54PM
Tuesday, October 18, 2022

She Screams, They Scream, We All Scream For Lea Michelle In ‘Funny Girl’ by Rex Reed

The ovations (many of them standing) greeting Lea Michelle as Fanny Brice are contagious.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:20PM
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Review: Billy Crystal Deserves Better Than ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ by Rex Reed

Whatever charm exists in 'Mr. Saturday Night' is due to Mr. Crystal, but even he needs proper material. 

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:00PM
Sunday, April 24, 2022

‘Funny Girl’: Move Over, Barbra. Welcome, Beanie. A New Star Is Born. by Rex Reed

The new production of 'Funny Girl' knocks your socks off before the intermission. By that time, the star's hidden magic has hit you squarely in the heart in ways you didn't see coming.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:37PM
Monday, April 18, 2022

Review: ‘The Minutes’ Is a Haunting Examination of Who We Really Are and Have Always Been by Rex Reed

You will probably leave Tracy Letts' 'The Minutes' with very mixed feelings, but you will talk about it, think about it, and go away with the knowledge that you have never seen anything like…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:17AM
Monday, April 4, 2022

Review: So Little Has Changed in Baseball That It Is Unquestionably the Right Time for ‘Take Me Out’ by Rex Reed

Real life has changed since 2003, but baseball has not. It's still the right time for a brave, powerful, poignant play about a gay professional baseball player who comes out of the closet at…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:03PM
Friday, February 11, 2022

‘The Music Man’: Hugh Jackman Dazzles in the Perfect Role by Rex Reed

This is the kind of corn that never grows stale.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:29PM
Monday, December 13, 2021

‘Flying Over Sunset’ Tries for Introspection but Achieves Self-Indulgence by Rex Reed

It's better than 'Mrs. Doubtfire', but you will not be singing these tunes as you walk home from the theater — unless you love to rhyme "penis" and "Venus" or "smelly" and "Botticelli.”

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:05PM
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

‘Morning’s at Seven’ Revives a Timeless Story About Pretending to be Content by Rex Reed

Old-fashioned in the best way, 'Morning's at Seven' is about the sense of isolation and failure that hides beneath the surface.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:17PM
Friday, January 31, 2020

‘The Confession of Lily Dare’ Is a Side-Splitting Hoot From Charles Busch by Rex Reed

Laughs are abundant and a good time is guaranteed.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:14AM
Monday, January 27, 2020

Even TV Sitcoms Pull Off Dysfunctional Family Humor Better Than ‘Grand Horizons’ Does by Rex Reed

Even if you like the easy, predictable clichés of dysfunctional family comedies, this is very boring theater.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:30PM
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Laura Linney Is a Marvel in Solo Play ‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’ by Rex Reed

The one-woman show gives her a chance to access a darkness she can't often show in her films.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:26AM
Friday, December 6, 2019

Poignant Performances Hoist ‘Harry Townsend’s Last Stand’ Above the Level of TV Sitcoms by Rex Reed

'Harry Townsend's Last Stand' takes a serious subject and dusts it with humor.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:13PM
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Marisa Tomei’s Fiery Performance Makes ‘The Rose Tattoo’ Well Worth Re-Visiting by Rex Reed

She is so fine in a role conceived for the volcanic Italian superstar Anna Magnani that holding center stage amid a swirl of overproduced, over-the-top distractions, she deserves an award of…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:45PM
Friday, October 4, 2019

‘Kingfishers Catch Fire’ Is a Thoughtful and Provocative Theatrical Experience by Rex Reed

It had a profound effect the night I saw it on an audience that was visibly moved

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:35PM
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Broadway’s ‘The Height of the Storm’ Is Enigmatic Gibberish by Rex Reed

The new Broadway season is officially in motion, and so far unofficially underwhelming.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:40PM
Thursday, May 30, 2019

‘Something Clean’ Takes on Painful Topics With a Blend of Awareness and Sensitivity by Rex Reed

As for the author, Fillinger is a brave, commanding new presence—a young American dramatist worth keeping an eye on in the future, and deserving of praise already.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 05:02PM
Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘Lockdown’ Takes on America’s Unjust, Overcrowded Prison System by Rex Reed

Cori Thomas' 'Lockdown' cries out for change in the penal system. It's a good premise, but not a very good play.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:25PM
Friday, April 26, 2019

‘Beetlejuice’ Will Leave You With a Headache No Amount of Excedrin Can Cure by Rex Reed

Everyone in the cast has been hired according to how loud they can scream, which they do in an eardrum-shattering collection of what some people call music.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:39AM
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

‘Tootsie’ Is the Same Kind of Tasteless, Cartoonish Broadway Musical It Sets Out to Satirize by Rex Reed

Its rhyming of 'real good' with 'Gielgud' is a prime example of why 'Tootsie' is dead on arrival.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:54PM
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019

Laurie Metcalf Devours Her Role Like a Room Service Sirloin in ‘Hillary and Clinton’ by Rex Reed

Laurie Metcalf looks and sounds nothing like Hillary Clinton, yet in her role in Broadway's 'Hillary and Clinton' she is, as always, nothing less than mesmerizing.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 05:32PM
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Adam Driver’s Alpha-Male Histrionics Nearly Extinguish the Passion in ‘Burn This’ by Rex Reed

Even if 'Burn This' offers more ashes than flames, it's a fine chance to experience how bracing it is to hear real people saying real things.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:08PM
Sunday, April 7, 2019

Broadway’s Latest ‘Oklahoma!’ Revival Is a Gimmicky Travesty with Corn Bread by Rex Reed

The landmark 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein production that marked the beginning of a new era in American musicals has now been cheapened and vulgarized at New York's Circle in the Square Thea…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:01PM
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

‘Smart Blonde’ Celebrates Judy Holliday’s Sad Life and Dazzling Career by Rex Reed

'Smart Blonde' is a sluggish, uneven work in progress, but still worth seeing if you want to discover a dynamic talent on her way to stardom.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:46AM
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Isabelle Huppert Is a Shrieking, Toxic Pillhead in the Off-Broadway Psychodrama ‘The Mother’ by Rex Reed

Isabelle Huppert's theatrics are quite a display, but you'll go away from 'The Mother' baffled and exhausted.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:17PM
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

‘The Cake’ Is a Tasty-Looking Tale of Acceptance, but It Never Quite Rises to the Occasion by Rex Reed

'The Cake' is easy on the eyes and charming to the ears, but it doesn't provide much nutrition to take home.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:18PM
Saturday, December 29, 2018

In Memoriam: Rex Reed Says Goodbye to the Biggest Stars of 2018 by Rex Reed

Looking back at a catastrophic year, 2019 has got to be better.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 07:00AM
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Aaron’s Sorkin’s Talky ‘Mockingbird’ Has a Fresh Tune, Even if Jeff Daniels Mumbles Most of It by Rex Reed

This is the first time I have not been moved to tears by 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' but that's my can and I'll carry it.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:53AM
Friday, December 7, 2018

Bryan Cranston Is an Excellent Lunatic, but ‘Network’ Feels as Dated as a Payphone by Rex Reed

Much of the antiseptic dilution is the fault of Ivo van Hove, a dour Belgian director.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:22PM
Monday, November 19, 2018

‘Downstairs’ Is a Somber and Riveting Reflection on Family Dysfunction by Rex Reed

'Downstairs' doesn't add up to much, but what's there is suspenseful.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:08AM

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