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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

“Network” at the Belasco Theatre by Richard Seff

T’is the season of the Titans on Broadway: Janet McTeer has tackled the roles of  Hamlet and Sarah Bernhardt; Glenda Jackson is about to play King Lear; Elaine May is monumental as sh…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

“Downstairs” at The Cherry Lane Theater by Richard Seff

The lights come up on a total wreck of a basement room in which a lifetime of junk has been accumulated. It’s under the house in which Irene and Jerry are living out their marriage; and at…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

“The Hello Girls” at 59 East 59th Street by Richard Seff

Ten talented actor-singer-musicians are filling the jam packed tiny stage in Theatre A at 59 East 59th Street. They are five men and five women who play the essential  bi-lingual telephone …

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

“The Lifespan of a Fact” at Studio 54 by Richard Seff

Take three playwrights, each making his Broadway debut, to write a play. Have them base it on a published book and essay by two other writers which described a real event. Mix thoroughly; th…

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

“The Prom” at the Longacre Theatre by Richard Seff

Shout it from the rooftops, “Musical Comedy is back on Broadway!” I mean a NEW musical, not a revival or an adaptation. One that’s all about putting “Your Best Foot Forward” (a…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Two Actors Equals Two Plays; “Thom Pain (based on nothing)” and “The New One” by Richard Seff

In this bountiful Broadway season there is the phenomenon known as the one-man play. Most recently, on November 11th, two of them arrived on the same night. Will Eno’s “Thom Pain (based …

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

“King Kong” at The Broadway Theatre by Richard Seff

My suggestion is that the Tony Awards committee should place King Kong as a nominee for best leading actor in a musical. He doesn’t sing very well, but I think he would win by beating out …

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

“American Son” at the Booth Theatre by Richard Seff

Christopher Demos-Brown, the author of this new play, was unknown to me, although his more than a dozen earlier works for the stage have been recognized by the Laurents/Hatcher Award and mul…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song” at the Helen Hayes Theatre by Richard Seff

Michael Urie is lighting up the stage of the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway eight times a week with his virtuoso performance in Harvey Fierstein’s play. It’s an adaptation of his earlie…

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

“Days of Rage” at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater by Richard Seff

It begins with an explosion of angry rock music that lets us know the play is not misnamed. When the music fades we find ourselves inside the living quarters of a ramshackle old house in ups…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

“The Ferryman” at The Bernard Jacobs Theatre by Richard Seff

The New York theater season has barely begun and already we have several marvelous plays on which theater fans can feast. Some are revivals; some are newly minted; but all have impeccable cr…

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“The Waverly Gallery” at The John Golden Theatre by Richard Seff

Kenneth Lonergan has been writing important and nourishing plays since The New Group presented his “This Is Our Youth” in 1997. That Drama Desk Award nominee was revived in 2015 and won …

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

“Apologia” at the Laura Pels Theatre by Richard Seff

On the cover of the Playbill, it says quite clearly that the title means “vindication, justification, explanation.” It is not, in other words, an apology. Alexi Kaye Campbell has written…

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

“Ordinary Days” at the Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row by Richard Seff

Out of the simplest and most available tools, composer/lyricist Adam Gwon has created an eloquent and moving small musical that does indeed deal with ordinary things. With just four charact…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

“A LOVELY SUNDAY FOR CREVE COEUR” at the Theatre at St. Clements by Richard Seff

How good of La Femme Theatre Productions to mount the little known Tennessee Williams play at Theatre St. Clements, for anything Williams wrote should be of interest to anyone who loves thea…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

“The Nap” at The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre by Richard Seff

For starters, I had expected this oddly titled play to offer information on what went on in someone’s mind during an afternoon siesta. Once the play started I found that no, it deals with …

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

“Bernhardt/Hamlet” at the American Airlines Theatre by Richard Seff

The first of two acts of this new play by Theresa Rebeck invites us all into a rehearsal for “Hamlet” with a company of actors working hard to support Sarah Bernhardt, as played by Janet…

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

“The True” at The Pershing Square Signature Center by Richard Seff

Once upon a time, circa 1977, there was a woman with a powerful voice and a caring mind who had intimate access to the long term mayor of Albany, New York. Her name was Dorothea “Polly” …

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

“Heartbreak House” at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row by Richard Seff

Every now and then, Bernard Shaw’s “Heartbreak House” returns to us in times of national stress to request that we (or the folks in Britain) examine our present life styles and attitud…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

“Days to Come” at the Beckett on Theatre Row by Richard Seff

Lillian Hellman first conceived the idea for this play in 1930 but did not complete it and only went back to it five years later following her first production, the successful “The Childre…

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Friday, August 24, 2018

“Pretty Woman The Musical” at the Nederlander Theatre by Richard Seff

Composers and lyricists have long been attracted to successful films as source material for adaptation into Broadway musicals. “Saturday Night Fever,” “Groundhog Day,” “Rocky,&…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

“Head Over Heels” at the Hudson Theatre by Richard Seff

I admit that forty years ago, when the Go-Go’s female rock stardom was in full bloom, when their punk scene was all the rage amongst the hip, I was very happy with musical theatre as it wa…

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

“Straight White Men” at the Helen Hayes Theatre by Richard Seff

I was confused when I entered the small Helen Hayes Theater for I thought I’d entered the wrong building. I was ushered into the small foyer, and from the auditorium I could hear ear split…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

“SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ: THE SONGS OF LEIBER AND STOLLER” at Stage 42 by Richard Seff

Once again, we have a new production of an old success from the school of “And Then I Wrote…” musicals. This time out the writers are Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller who, over the course…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

“Conflict” at the Beckett on Theatre Row by Richard Seff

The Mint Theatre’s Artistic Director, Jonathan Bank, has an uncanny eye for the best of the old obscure plays that deserve a crack at a contemporary audience for re-examination. A perf…

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Friday, June 15, 2018

I sponsor an award by Richard Seff

I was introduced to professional theater when I was twelve. A friend of my parents worked for the owners of a Broadway playhouse and she invited my mother and me to a matinee of a long runni…

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“Dan Cody’s Yacht” at The Manhattan Theatre Club at City Center Stage One by Richard Seff

The Manhattan Theatre Club has opened this new play by Anthony Giardina, and director Doug Hughes has cast it impeccably, staged it fluidly with help from John Lee Beatty’s rapidly tur…

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

“The Beast In The Jungle” at the Vineyard Theatre by Richard Seff

The Vineyard Theatre off Broadway has once again delivered a worthy new musical play created by uptown talents John Kander, Susan Stroman, and David Thompson and inspired by a Henry James no…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

“The Will Rogers Follies” at the Goodspeed Opera House; East Haddam, CT by Richard Seff

The Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, rises majestically over the Connecticut River. Its mission is to take popular musicals from the past, dust them off, and shape them up …

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Monday, May 14, 2018

“Me and My Girl” at Encores! At New York’s City Center by Richard Seff

If I were asked to come up with a snappy slogan for Noel Gay’s musical “Me And My Girl”— something that might fit on the sides of buses or on the wall of a subway car—IR…

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

“My Fair Lady” at the Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center by Richard Seff

“I have often walked down this street before.” Freddie Eynsford-Hill sings those lyrics as he begins his romantic ode to Eliza Doolittle to whom he is wildly attracted after just…

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