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Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: ‘The Home Place’ at Irish Repertory Theatre by Richard Seff

Brian Friel’s play, The Home Place, has taken its time to find its way to New York, where it arrived in good hands at the newly renovated Irish Repertory Theatre off Broadway. The pl…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Review: ‘Time and the Conways’ at The Roundabout Theatre Company by Richard Seff

The Roundabout Theatre Company has delivered to Broadway an interesting revival of this J.B. Priestley play that intrigued Depression audiences in the mid 1930s when it opened in New York an…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Review: ‘Desperate Measures’ at the York Theatre Company in NYC by Richard Seff

A small, amiable musical, very loosely based on Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure, has opened at the York Theatre Company on Manhattan’s Lexington Avenue. It’s called Despe…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Review: ‘Mary Jane’ at The New York Theatre Workshop by Richard Seff

The New York Theatre Workshop on East 4th Street in the East Village is a small but potent force in the theater community. Its mandate is to offer production of new works which deal with iss…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: ‘For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday’ at Playwrights Horizons by Richard Seff

Sarah Ruhl is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Tony Award nominee. Playwrights Horizons has played host to two of her many play — Stage Kiss and Dead Man’s Cell Phone. He…

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Review: ‘If Only… a Love Story’ at The Cherry Lane Theatre by Richard Seff

The Cherry Lane Theatre, in Greenwich Village, is offering a new play by a New York playwright, Thomas Klingenstein, whose earlier works have been seen at the Lark Theatre Lab, the Atlantic …

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Review: ‘Prince of Broadway’ at the Manhattan Theatre Club by Richard Seff

Hal Prince, producer/director extraordinaire is far too modest. His new offering at the Manhattan Theatre Club is so vastly entertaining that I hereby elevate him from PRINCE to KING OF BROA…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park by Richard Seff

An awful lot goes on in William Shakespeare’s dream play, but here’s all you really have to know. It’s set in Athens at first, later moves into the woods, for that’s …

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Review: ‘Curvy Widow’ at Westside Theatre Upstairs by Richard Seff

Barbara Goldman was married to the Academy Award winning playwright/screenwriter/novelist James Goldman; she’s been called Bobby through their 23-year marriage, which ended when he die…

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Review: ‘1984’ at the Hudson Theatre by Richard Seff

One of the most fascinating items on the Broadway scene is the current production of a British import, 1984. Co-adapted from the 1949 novel of George Orwell by Duncan Macmillan and Robert Ic…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Review: ‘Marvin’s Room’ at Roundabout Theatre Company by Richard Seff

Scott McPherson wrote Marvin’s Room, a play about illness, family ties, and death when he was just a lad of 30. As a gay man, he was of course aware of the AIDS epidemic that had been …

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Review: ‘Napoli, Brooklyn’ at Roundabout Theatre Company by Richard Seff

In Napoli, Brooklyn, playing at Roundabout Theatre Company through September 3, Playwright Meghan Kennedy gets us started with a mimed prologue in which a family sits at the dining table, en…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: ‘Julius Caesar’ at The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park by Richard Seff

We are in the streets of Rome. The lights onstage bump up and immediately we are in the midst of controversy. Flavius and Marullus are admonishing the crowd to break up and get on with their…

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Review: ‘Cost of Living’ at The Manhattan Theatre Club by Richard Seff

The Manhattan Theatre Club is presently offering a 4-character play set in “the urban east of America” in the “near present day.” That description in the Playbill is …

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Review: ‘The Government Inspector’ at Red Bull Theater by Richard Seff

The New York theatre scene continues to offer variety and great fun with this post-Tony production of Nikolai Gogol’s masterpiece, The Government Inspector, as adapted by American play…

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review: ‘Building the Wall’ at New World Stages by Richard Seff

Out of his imaginative mind comes another powerful theatre piece by Robert Shenkkan, author of 15 plays including two dealing with LBJ (All the Way and The Great Society.) This time, he prop…

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review: ‘The Lucky One’ at Mint Theater Company by Richard Seff

Every now and then it’s refreshing to turn on the time travel clock and return to what we then called “civilization” circa 1920. You know, after the war to end all wars, be…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Review: ‘Marry Harry’ at The York Theatre Company by Richard Seff

With apologies to James Morgan and the York Theatre Company (“York Theatre”) for this very late review of their current offering Marry Harry. I saw this new musical on April 30, but in t…

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Review: ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ at the Golden Theatre by Richard Seff

In 1982 a distinguished group of Broadway pros, including Hal Prince, Betty Comden and Aldolph Green, came up with what was then thought to be a misbegotten idea: what happened to Nora Helme…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Review: ‘Bandstand’ at the Bernard F. Jacobs Theatre by Richard Seff

Eleven new musicals have opened since War Paint and here comes the last before the April 30th deadline for Tony Nomination. It’s called Bandstand and it didn’t offer us Bette Mid…

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Review: ‘Anastasia’ at the Broadhurst Theatre by Richard Seff

As the theatre season races to the end of its nomination deadline for the Tony Awards, musical shows are exploding all over the place. We’ve had half a dozen in the last two weeks, and…

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Review: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre by Richard Seff

The night I saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the new musical based on Roald Dahl’s novel, the theatre was packed with moms and dads with little kids in tow. All of them seemed to…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Review: ‘Groundhog Day’ at the August Wilson Theatre by Richard Seff

Andy Karl is a delightful musical theatre leading man, but he’s been having a bit of bad luck lately. During a late preview of Groundhog Day, his latest outing on stage, he suffered se…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review: ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ at the Barrymore Theatre by Richard Seff

John Guare’s masterpiece from 1990 solidly launched his career, earning a run of 155 performances off-Broadway which extended to a run at the Beaumont Theatre on Broadway of 485 additi…

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Review: ‘The Little Foxes’ at the Manhattan Theatre Club by Richard Seff

I’ve seen this play so many times. As a youngster of 19 I played “Horace” at NYU in a production that helped me along in my burgeoning acting career. Someone saw me in it, …

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ at the Shubert Theatre by Richard Seff

I’m going to tell you a short story before I get to my review of Hello, Dolly! which is now playing at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway. I do so to give what’s now called “t…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review: ‘Indecent’ at the Cort Theatre by Richard Seff

Playwright Paula Vogel has been writing plays for almost forty years, in which she has dealt with issues that fueled her life. She’s been particularly interested in exploring the need …

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review: ‘War Paint’ at the Nederlander Theatre by Richard Seff

This project began with a fine title, one that conjurs up a fun musical once you know it’s about the battle for supremacy in the field of female skincare and beauty. It sounded like ev…

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: ‘Oslo’ at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center by Richard Seff

I had only dim memories of the 1993 agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis, which had been secretly arranged by a Norwegian couple, who had spent from April 1992 until September…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Review: ‘Daniel’s Husband’ at The Cherry Lane Theatre by Richard Seff

Family plays have changed so in the past few decades. They once concerned themselves with sibling rivalry for power and control (The Little Foxes), long held lies that are finally unearthed …

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Review: ‘Present Laughter’ at the St. James Theatre by Richard Seff

It doesn’t take much to create a smash Broadway hit. All you need for starters is a  witty script that isn’t in a hurry (not a 90-minute mini-play, but a full-size evening that keeps yo…

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