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Saturday, October 12, 2019

“The Great Society” at The Beaumount Theatre at Lincoln Center by Richard Seff

“All the Way” by Robert Schenkkan dealt with Lyndon Johnson’s efforts to influence the 88th U.S. congress to vote in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It first appeared in 2012 at the Oreg…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

“Fern Hill”, a play by Michael Tucker by Richard Seff

Artists often prepare sketches to guide themselves through the process of creating a painting. Architects draw blueprints which are subject to change before committing to building.  And Pla…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

“Betrayal” at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre by Richard Seff

Master playwright Harold Pinter has left us a fistful of fascinating plays, and their highly original tales will be with us for many years to come. “The Birthday Party,” “The Homecomin…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Hal Prince As I Knew Him by Richard Seff

Top drawer producer-director Hal Prince died on July 31st in the unlikely city of Reykjavic, Iceland. In his case, come to think of it, nothing was unlikely, as he had spent his working life…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

“Sea Wall/A Life” at the Hudson Theatre by Richard Seff

The Hudson Theatre on Broadway is playing host presently to two star actors with two playwrights (Simon Stephens and Nick Payne) delivering two acts of delicate magic. On a virtually bare st…

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

“LOVE, NOËL” The Songs and Letters of Noël Coward by Richard Seff

Let’s take a moment to stroll down memory lane. For some of you it will be more of a history lesson, but join us anyway as we think about a time when New York had something called “café…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” Bigger is not Always Better by Richard Seff

You can tell as you enter the Al Hirschfeld Theatre that you’re going to be seeing a big show. The entire proscenium and a lot of the side walls are covered with gilt and glitter and a hug…

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Hal Prince as I knew him: from back stage apprentice to Broadway producer and director by Richard Seff

Top drawer producer-director Hal Prince died on July 31st in the unlikely city of Reikvik, Iceland, although, come to think of it, nothing was unlikely for this man who spent his working lif…

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Monday, July 22, 2019

“The Rolling Stone” at Mitzi Newhouse at Lincoln Center by Richard Seff

A young British playwright, Chris Urch, is making his Lincoln Center debut with this play—one written in white heat. It’s fiction but is based on incidents that took pace in Uganda ten y…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

“Hadestown” at the Walter Kerr Theatre by Richard Seff

Orpheus is once again descending into hell  in search of his beloved Eurydice; Hermes is  around to keep the plot spinning; and Hades, the King of the Underworld, is madly maneuvering his …

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Nathan Lane, Sole Star above the Title at Last in “Gary—A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” at The Booth Theatre by Richard Seff

Nathan Lane is enjoying one of theatre’s longest running careers. He’s been brightening stages ever since 1975 when at 19 he made his off-Broadway debut, and 1982 when he first bounced o…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

“Hillary and Clinton” at the Golden Theatre by Richard Seff

Playwright Lucas Hnath, has served his apprenticeship in theatre by having work produced at some of New York’s most reputable off-Broadway venues and at many out of town spaces like the Hu…

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Monday, April 29, 2019

“All My Sons” at the American Airlines Theatre by Richard Seff

I saw the original Broadway production of this, Arthur Miller’s second Broadway outing, when I was 20 years old; and it struck me as a sober introduction to a playwright who clearly repres…

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

“Tootsie” at The Marquis Theatre by Richard Seff

“Tootsie” is fun company. “She” is actor Michael Dorsey’s one ally in finding him a job in a New York play or musical. For Michael is a hard-to-cast 40 year old who is unable to ch…

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

“Burn This” at the Hudson Theatre by Richard Seff

Playwright Lanford Wilson began the story in the play, set in New York in 1987, on the day after the death of Robbie, a gay choreographer. His apartment mate Anna, who was a dancer who’d b…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

“William Shakespeare’s King Lear” at The Cort Theatre by Richard Seff

On occasion I marvel at the insight and wisdom shown by the Elizabethan lad Will Shakespeare, not to mention the poetry and imagination and drive that helped him create a basket of enduring …

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

“Ain’t Too Proud” at the Imperial Theatre by Richard Seff

I wasn’t exactly sleeping through the 1960s and 70s, but I seem to have missed most of the pop tunes and great combos that found their place at the time. I blush to admit that I did not kn…

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“Smart Blonde” at 59E59 Theatres by Richard Seff

Andréa Burns has been brightening several recent Broadway and off/Broadway seasons by supplying supporting performances of great variety and equal quality. They range from Daniela in “In …

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Monday, March 25, 2019

“Kiss Me, Kate” by The Roundabout Theatre Company at Studio 54 Theatre by Richard Seff

With thanks to the Roundabout Theatre Company, Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate” is back on Broadway in a fresh and rousing re-examination by director Scott Ellis and choreographer Warren …

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

“Accidentally Brave” at The Daryl Roth 2 Theatre by Richard Seff

Maddie Corman is an actress who has worked extensively in film, TV, and theater proving herself proficient in all of them. In my acting days, I had the pleasure of sharing a stage with her i…

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

“Merrily We Roll Along” at the Laura Pels Theatre by Richard Seff

This Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical first tried to roll along on Broadway in 1981. It did so–not so merrily–for just 17 performances; but the play on  which it was based was a su…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

“The Shadow of a Gunman” at the Irish Rep by Richard Seff

Sean O’Casey was the fifth surviving child of thirteen born into a lower middle class family in  Dublin  in 1880. Suffering from deficiency in his eyesight, he began as a laborer…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

“True West” at the American Airlines Theatre by Richard Seff

Sam Shepard was born in 1943 in Fort Sheridan, Illinois; and by 1964 he was ready to start becoming a highly original and prolific playwright. From his first work (“Cowboys”) to his last…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

“Carmelina” at the York Theatre by Richard Seff

The priceless York Theatre Company, under the excellent leadership of James Morgan, is now presenting three Alan J. Lerner musicals in its series called “Musicals In Mufti” (Mufti is an …

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

“Choir Boy” at Manhattan Theatre Club by Richard Seff

The  Manhattan Theatre Club has dusted off Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play which it first presented off Broadway in 2013, and it is now creating buzz on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedma…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

“Beach Blanket Babylon” at Club Fugazi in San Francisco by Richard Seff

There is a phenomenon in San Francisco that has been running for over 6,000 performances ever since 1974; and, in my recent visit with family, I was  taken to see it.  I went as a …

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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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