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Monday, April 16, 2018

“Carousel” at The Imperial Theatre by Richard Seff

It gives me so much pleasure to be able to begin a review of a Broadway musical from the inside out. By that I mean that in recent weeks, in covering this season’s arrivals, I’ve…

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

“Mean Girls” at the August Wilson Theatre by Richard Seff

The new musical “Mean Girls”, currently playing at the August Wilson theatre on Broadway, is a tough one to write about. There are two ways to approach it as I see it. It’s…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

“Lobby Hero” at the Helen Hayes Theatre by Richard Seff

I’ve often found it difficult to feel much empathy for characters who have little or no redeeming features. The exception that might well prove that rule is the current revival of Kenn…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

“Three Tall Women” at the Golden Theatre by Richard Seff

By now you may well have heard that Glenda Jackson has made a sensational return to the stage as a character simply called “A” in Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women…

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

“Angels in America” at the Neil Simon Theatre by Richard Seff

Tony Kushner’s masterpiece has arrived on Broadway. As it did after its great success twenty-five years ago, it comes to us from London where it was received very well once again. In 1…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

“Frozen” at the St. James Theatre by Richard Seff

The long wait is over. The Disney company has finally delivered the much anticipated stage version of its animated blockbuster film Frozen. A great deal of money has been spent, some of it f…

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Monday, March 26, 2018

“Grand Hotel” by Encores! at City Center by Richard Seff

I wasn’t going to review this Encores! production because it was only presented for 7 performances and it will have closed (on March 27th) before you have a chance to see it. But I mu…

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

(Half of) “The Low Road” at the Public Theatre by Richard Seff

On this pleasant Sunday afternoon I had the pleasure of seeing the first half of Bruce Norris’ play The Low Road at the Public. I say “half” because one of the actors becam…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

“ADMISSIONS” at the Mitzi Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center by Richard Seff

The New York theater season has evolved from the so-called Golden Age, when virtually all new plays meant Broadway, to the current series of not-for-profit productions by the huge list of Of…

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Friday, March 16, 2018

“Escape to Margaritaville” at the Marquis Theatre by Richard Seff

First there was Grand Opera. Then along came Light Opera and finally Operetta. In 1866, because a ballet troupe was left stranded, a new form called “Musical Theater” was born. T…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

“LATER LIFE” at The Clurman Theatre by Richard Seff

A.R.Gurney, who was called “Pete” by all who knew him, passed away at the age of 87 in 2017. He died in his apartment in New York surrounded by his family, which is how he wanted…

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

“Three Wise Guys” at the Beckett Theatre by Richard Seff

In his own time, Damon Runyon (1880-1946) was a sports writer and columnist for the Hearst newspapers but was perhaps best known as the creator of Nathan Detroit, Miss Adelaide, Jedediah Sky…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

“GOOD FOR OTTO” at the Pershing Square Signature by Richard Seff

David Rabe’s Good For Otto, directed by Scott Elliot and presented by The New Group at the Pershing Square Signature Center on West 42nd Street, is a very absorbing play, running almos…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

News: A Farewell Letter from DCMTA Writer Richard Seff by Richard Seff

I didn’t want to slink off into the night without saying so long to you very lovely DC fans at DC Metro Theater Arts. It was time to go, and I’m grateful for the space in which t…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: ‘Fire and Air’ at Classic Stage Company by Richard Seff

Terrence McNally has been a steady contributor as a playwright ever since his first play, And Things That Go Bump In The Night landed on Broadway in 1963. It didn’t bump for long; it p…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: ‘Hey, Look Me Over!’ by Encores! at City Center by Richard Seff

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the very successful Encores! series threw us a party by offering its seven audiences (February 7–11) a potpourri of book scenes and musical numbers from …

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Review: ‘Hindle Wakes’ at Mint Theater Company by Richard Seff

Long buried in a box marked “forgotten” was this remarkable play, now unearthed by Jonathan Banks’ Mint Theater Company, which has brought it back to shimmering life for a …

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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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