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Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: ‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’ at Ensemble for the Romantic Century by Richard Seff

Robert Fairchild, a lead dancer with the New York City Ballet Company, burst upon the Broadway scene two years ago by playing the lead in the stage version of An American In Paris. He was im…

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Review: ‘Farinelli and the King’ at the Bellasco Theatre by Richard Seff

I believe there’s a reason the name of the countertenor Farinelli precedes that of King Philippe V of Spain in the title of the play running currently at the Belasco Theatre on Broadwa…

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Review: ‘The Children’ at Manhattan Theatre Club by Richard Seff

The Manhattan Theatre Club has imported the London Royal Court Theatre’s production of The Children by Lucy Kirkwood, and with it have come the highly acclaimed original cast (Francesc…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Review: ‘The Parisian Woman’ at Hudson Theater by Richard Seff

Drawing room comedy is back for the moment, thanks to Beau Willimon’s The Parisian Woman. Genuine high wattage star Uma Thurman is riding in this vehicle which deals with the powerful …

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: ‘Meteor Shower’ at the Booth Theatre by Richard Seff

This 90-minute sketch by Steve Martin begins as a situation comedy. Until fairly recently there were always several lighting up Broadway; and they were usually written by the likes of Neil S…

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Review: ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ by Richard Seff

At last, a musical version of the SpongeBob family of characters who first appeared in a film cartoon in 1999. The title character and his friends have always lived in the fictional underwat…

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Review: ‘Brigadoon’ at New York City Center by Richard Seff

Just as I was about to resignedly sigh Another tired revival of a favorite musical from the Golden Age?–along came Brigadoon from the remarkable New Yorks City Center “Encores!&#…

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Review: ‘Harry Clarke’ at The Vineyard Theatre by Richard Seff

Only on rare occasion have I found a one-man (or woman) play rich enough for my blood. I do recall John Gielgud’s mesmerizing performance in Shakespeare’s Ages of Man, and there …

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Review: ‘Office Hour’ at The Public by Richard Seff

The playwright Julia Cho now has Office Hour on at the Public Theatre, but she has been a steady and welcome contributor to the contemporary scene for some time. Works of hers have been prod…

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Review: ‘The Portuguese Kid’ at the Manhattan Theatre Club by Richard Seff

Jason Alexander was a Broadway baby long before he achieved fame on Seinfeld, but he’s had trouble re-establishing himself even though he’d appeared in Merrily We Roll Along, The…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Report: ‘The Mousetrap,’ ‘A Woman of No Importance,’ ’42nd Street,’ and ‘Ink’ in London by Richard Seff

A few weeks ago I found myself hankering to have a look at the London theater season, so I spent a day in the friendly skies of United Airlines to spend a week in which our own NY scene was …

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Review: ‘Junk’ at Lincoln Center Theater by Richard Seff

A junk bond is a high-yield, high-risk maturity in the financial markets, and a greedy group of investors bought them and enjoyed the 10-12 percent interest that was sent out semi-annually, …

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: ‘M. Butterfly’ at The Court Theatre by Richard Seff

The characters Song Lilig and her consort René Gallinard are back on Broadway. Their play is M.Butterfly and its tale of a romance between a French diplomat (Gallinard, played by Clive Owen…

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Review: ‘Follies’ at the National Theatre in London by Richard Seff

I was most anxious to see Follies in its current production at the National Theatre in London. Somehow news of it had escaped me, but Imelda Staunton is a great favorite of mine, and sheR…

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Review: ‘The Band’s Visit’ at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre by Richard Seff

David Yazbek has been one of the less publicized composer/lyricists from the generation of writers who followed those who wrote musicals in the “Golden Age” of Broadway. Yazbek h…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Review: ‘Lonely Planet’ at Keen Company by Richard Seff

The setting of Lonely Planet is a “map store on the oldest street in an American city.” I assume the playwright, Stephen Dietz, wrote that into the program to let us know that w…

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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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