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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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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Review: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ at The Lyceum Theatre by Richard Seff

The Lyceum Theatre on Broadway is playing host to a most unusual guest.. It has brought in the Cornley University Drama Society’s production of The Murder at Haversham Manor and because of…

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Review: ‘ AMÉLIE’ at The Walter Kerr Theatre by Richard Seff

Based on a charming French film, Amélie the musical begins with a narrator letting us know we’re going to be in Paris and its surroundings for the next 90 minutes, and as he and the music…

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Review: ‘Sweat’ at Studio 54 by Richard Seff

It took a while, but the Oregon Shakespeare Festival helped by staging this remarkable play in the summer if 2014. It caused enough of a stir for the Public Theatre in New York to pick it up…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at the Belasco Theatre by Richard Seff

This is the play that introduced me to the writings of Tennessee Williams long ago, in 1945! That was the original production at the Playhouse Theatre on Broadway, and it contained the now l…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Review: ‘The New Yorkers’ at New York City Center’s Encores! by Richard Seff

Producer Jack Viertel and his merry band of music makers at Encores! have unearthed another great example of the beginnings of American dominance in the field of musical theatre. Our heritag…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

‘COME HEAR THE MUSIC PLAY:’ Memories of My Twenty Years as Agent For John Kander by Richard Seff: Part Three: ’70 Girls 70,’ ‘Chicago,’ by Richard Seff

ACT TWO. Two years later, in 1970, I once again tried to put together a package of my clients – in the show that became 70 Girls 70 – for I’d enjoyed looking after Chita Ri…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: ‘Come From Away’ at The Schoenfeld Theatre by Richard Seff

One thing is certain about this new musical, now on Broadway at The Schoenfeld Theatre – it had the youngsters in the audience hooting and hollering and having themselves a fine time f…

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