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Monday, November 12, 2018

Daniel’s Husband by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

What begins as light comedy in Michael McKeever’s well-made play "Daniel’s Husband" becomes deadly serious in this cautionary tale. If the plot seems familiar, this is a return engagemen…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

India Pale Ale by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus made an auspicious splash with her adventurous and inventive 2016 play Men on Boats about Major John Wesley Powell’s 1868 Colorado and Grand Canyon expedition wh…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Book of Merman by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The witty score with music and lyrics by Schwartz is a collection of both pastiche songs based on numbers Merman made famous and new ones that fit her style that suggest other famous songs. …

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Mother of the Maid by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Jane Anderson’s "Mother of the Maid" would probably not be very compelling without Glenn Close’s Isabelle Arc as the play itself is following the dots in filling in the little that is kn…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Renascence by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In her own time, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 – 1950) was a rock star and a best-selling author until illness and postwar culture dimmed her luster. Still she fascinates with her boh…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Fireflies by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although Donja R. Love describes his new play "Fireflies," his second world premiere in New York in 2018, as a “surrealistic voyage through Queer love during pivotal moments in Black Histo…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Ordinary Days by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Adam Gwon’s song cycle, "Ordinary Days," became a cult hit when it opened the Roundabout’s Black Box Theatre in 2009 for a run of ten weeks. So successful was the show that it is one of …

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Emma and Max by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Solondz’s mordant wit makes this the darkness of tragicomedies. Brooke and Jay’s delusions so typical of white entitlement are entire their own. When we finally hear from Brittany, she t…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Popcorn Falls by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

However, the play’s humor is very mild. The jokes are on the level of “My steeple is drooping! I swear this never happened to me before,” from Pastor Peters, and “George Washington d…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Girl From the North Country by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Set in a dark time, "Girl From the North Country" creates a community on stage as do the best plays and musicals. Its tale of lost souls attempting to keep their heads above water is univers…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Winning Side by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In dramatizing the story of Wernher von Braun, James Wallert’s "The Winning Side" makes compelling the concept of ethics in science: should we admire a mathematical genius who has had anti…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Final Follies by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

It would be a pleasure to report that A.R. Gurney’s last play entitled “Final Follies” performed with two early works, is one of his best, but that is not the case. As directed by Davi…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Bernhardt/Hamlet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Bernhardt/Hamlet" is structured as a backstage comedy. Sarah rehearses with French stage star Constant Coquelin playing both The Ghost and Polonius, worries that she is losing 29-year-old l…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

What gives "A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur" its special cachet in the Williams canon is that its storyline and heroine called Dorothea very much suggest a prequel to A Streetcar Named Desir…

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Previous experiments from this adventurous theater group helmed by artistic director Eric Tucker include two versions of Twelfth Night performed in repertory, Hamlet and Saint Joan performed…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Because I Could Not Stop: An Encounter with Emily Dickinson by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Stranger still is the choice of Angelica Page to play Dickinson who looks rather too healthy to be the famously thin and sallow-faced writer known from the one famous photograph. She makes D…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

The True by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

If these characters sound familiar, they are based on real people who populated Albany politics four decades ago. "The True," a world premiere play by Sharr White ("The Other Place," "The Sn…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Spin Off by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Considering the repetitiveness of the material and the fancifulness of the play, Megan McQueen as Rosie Ramirez and Kevin Rico Angulo as Det. Jimmy Marks make a great deal more of their char…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The actual subtitle of Silverman’s play gives one pause: “In Essence, A Queer and Occasionally Hazardous Exploration; Do You Remember When You Were in Middle School and You Read About Sh…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

You and I by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While Barry was to become famous writing plays about the very rich, the Whites are of the middle class and live on earned money. In the play’s second act, eight months have passed, and mon…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Heartbreak House by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Gingold Theatrical Group’s "Heartbreak House" is an interesting but misguided attempt to update Shaw’s Edwardian masterpiece and make it seem more relevant to our times. Despite the stel…

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Using a format that has worked for him before in his George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein evenings, Hershey Felder has returned to 59E59 Theaters in a charming biographical musical as legen…

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Smokey’s Joe’s Café: The Songs of Leiber & Stoller by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although "Smokey Joe’s Café" has been seen in New York before, the new production now at Stage 42 is an entirely different incarnation of the show that still holds the record for Broadway…

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

1969: The Second Man by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The mellow sound of Brandt’s score proves to be easy listening, but the individual musical numbers do not build to any dramatic climaxes so that the show seems tamer than material concerni…

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Days to Come by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Days to Come" fills in the gap in Hellman’s career between her first play, the controversial "The Children’s Hour," and the immediate successors, the hugely commercial hit and often rev…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Be More Chill by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Be More Chill" is an impressive musical version of Ned Vizzini’s cult novel. Not only does it reproduce the plot on stage, it also gives it a high tech look that dramatizes the story wher…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Neurosis by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The clever invention is that each of them has a best friend who only they can see and hear: Neurosis (Brennan Caldwell) is Frank’s best buddy, a more cautious, nervous version of Frank, an…

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Gettin’ the Band Back Together by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

If the show plays like it was written by a committee, in fact, it has been. The book is by producer/ writer Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz who turn out to be a group of performers and wr…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

The New One by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Comedian/monologist Mike Birbiglia, best known for "Sleepwalk with Me," has the remarkable knack of finding humor in autobiographical crises that shouldn’t be funny but in his hands are up…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Twelfth Night 2018 (Free Shakespeare in the Park & Public Works) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Shaina Taub’s joyful and sunny updated musical version of Shakespeare’s comedy, "Twelfth Night," is back in a full production courtesy of Free Shakespeare in the Park and Public Works wh…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Head Over Heels by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Under Michael Mayer’s fast-paced direction, "Head Over Heels" starts badly and busily but eventually slows down to a delightful Elizabethan parody on love and gender. While not all of The …

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