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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Twelfth Night by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Played as older than either Viola or Sebastian, Elizabeth Heflin is charmingly eccentric as the strong cougar who becomes lovesick and yielding at the sight of Cesario and then Sebastian. In…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Long Day’s Journey into Night (Bristol Old Vic) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Unlike many of the recent New York stagings, Eyre’s production makes it clear that the thrust of this four act play is an attempt for the Tyrones to exorcise their demons in one alcoholic …

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Marlowe’s Fate by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Hodges’ play is quite lively with each scene dramatizing one point and the cast of characters made up entirely of real people, not all of them still famous. The real problem is with the un…

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Gentleman Caller by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Every once in a while the exactly right actor is matched with the right role and magic occurs. Such is the case with Juan Francisco Villa as the 34-year-old Tennessee Williams (before he bec…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

A Brief History of Women by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although the title covers part of the plot, the play is really a trenchant social history of Britain from 1925 – 1985 in four short sequences, showing the changes that take place in one ho…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

The Jewish King Lear by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Aside from being a tight domestic drama, The Jewish King Lear has several other differences from Shakespeare’s tragedy. Gordin’s Lear has a wife who is sorely put upon and under her husb…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Travesties by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The play is narrated by Carr through his memories as an doddering 80-year-old man, returning him (and us) to his days as a 30-year-old resident of Zurich. As such he both unreliable, alterin…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Transfers by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As Cristofer, Juan Castano is riveting in his honesty and his assurance. You could hear a pin drop during several of his monologue confessions as to why he didn’t do as well as he might ha…

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Miss You Like Hell by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

What makes the storytelling riveting are the performances by the talented cast. As the free-spirited Beatriz fighting for her life, Rubin-Vega is at her fiercest and she is a memorable three…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mean Girls by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Fey has made two successful changes to theatricalize her original screenplay. The story is now cast as a flashback narrated by best friends Goth Janis (Barrett Wilbert Weed) and Damian (Grey…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

One Thousand Nights and One Day by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In performance, "One Thousand Nights and One Day" is a like a play with songs shoehorned in as none of them forward the story but take the emotional temperature of the characters instead. Wi…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest "King Lear," as directed by Gregory Doran, is one that needs no explanation and no program notes. At one and the same time both medieval and contempo…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

ms. estrada by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The Q Brothers Collective (made up of GQ, JQ, Jackson Doran and Postell Pringle) is best known in New York for their hip hop variations on Shakespeare: "Othello: The Remix" in 2016 and "The …

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Lobby Hero by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Ethical integrity versus moral turpitude is the theme of Kenneth Lonergan’s "Lobby Hero" now having its Broadway debut at The Second Stage’s newly renovated home, The Helen Hayes Theater…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Edge of Our Bodies by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Rapp’s plays are so different from each other that it is difficult to classify him. As of now he has written conventional dramas, experimental plays, futuristic and science fiction plays, …

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Frozen by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Disney Theatrical Productions’ long anticipated stage version of the beloved animated film "Frozen" has arrived on Broadway in a lavish and faithful version of the screenplay by Jennifer L…

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Feeding the Dragon by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Under the assured direction of Maria Mileaf in a production which started at the Hartford Stage earlier this year, Sharon Washington is a captivating and entertaining presence both as she na…

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Friday, April 6, 2018

The Stone Witch by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Lauria, best known for his work on "The Wonder Years," makes Simon an immensely private and enigmatic figure. His erratic behavior changes by the moment, keeping Peter (and us) guessing. We …

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Bedlam’s Pygmalion by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Scenic designer John McDermott has turned the black box space at the Sheen Center into an intimate amphitheater with the audience sitting around three sides of Higgins’ laboratory/study wi…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Babette’s Feast by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

aithful to the story and like the film, this stage adaptation uses narration from Dinesen’s story. However, not only are the actors used as storytellers, some of the characters also narrat…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Admissions by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Admissions" is often very funny like when Sherri has to try to explain why Melville’s Moby Dick is not being taught anymore (a book about a white whale by a dead white guy) and when Charl…

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Education by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Education," Brian Dykstra’s new play, is an incendiary investigation into censorship, free speech and responsibility in electric theater. It purports to be about Art as a Weapon but its t…

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Low Road by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Bruce Norris’ plays are so different from each other that you have to take his fingerprints to recognize his hand. His recent New York plays have dealt with racism and gentrification ("Cly…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Calamity Jane by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

It would be a pleasure to say that Musicals Tonight! is going out on a high but that would not be accurate. While the book by Ronald Hanmer and Phil Park based on the play by Charles K. Free…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Is God Is by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

On the basis of “Is God Is,” Aleshea Harris is a new voice in the American theater whose work bears watching in the future. The play is the latest in a long line of revenge stories from …

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Amy and the Orphans by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Casting of Brewer (best known for her several roles on "American Horror Story"), an individual with Down syndrome, is a real coup as she doesn’t have to be inventing a role she knows intim…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Good for Otto by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Except for the frustration level of the characters, there does not seem to be a movement towards change or catharsis which may partly explain why the play seems so long. Harris and Madigan r…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Jerry Springer – The Opera by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Jerry Springer - The Opera" is not for opera purists nor is for people who are easily offended by four letter words and other bad language of which there is a multitude. However, its irreve…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A Marriage Contract by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Originally titled "A Test Case" when the play had its premiere in New York in 1892, it is one of Daly’s many adaptations of European successes, this one based on a German comedy of Blument…

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Amateurs by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Jordan Harrison’s "The Amateurs" is certainly an ambitious new play acted to the hilt by its cast of six. However, at times it bites off more than it can handle, at other times its anachro…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Subways Are for Sleeping by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Subways Are for Sleeping" is a valentine to New York and projection designer Lacey Erb has created atmospheric slides and streaming video of such iconic locations as Grand Central Station, …

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