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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

King James by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Whether you are a basketball fan or not, Rajiv Joseph’s "King James" is an intriguing depiction of an unlikely friendship over 12 years. Under Kenny Leon’s polished direction, Glenn Davi…

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Monday, May 29, 2023

Bernarda’s Daughters by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The six-member cast creates a believable ensemble though their roles are not all clearly defined. While the play reveals much about the Haitian community living in Brooklyn, as 'Bernarda’s…

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Saturday, May 27, 2023

The Fears by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The world premiere of Emma Sheanshang’s "The Fears" is a hilarious and poignant satire on self-help groups and the sort of people who take their emotional temperature all day long – lite…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Sorry for Your Loss by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As directed by the astute Josh Sharp, Kayne begins his show as a stand-up act, but warns us “This is a comedy show. BUT it is also sad. There will be long stretches where you will not be l…

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Saturday, May 20, 2023

Samuel Clemens: Tales of Mark Twain by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

All of this is told by Baer in Twain’s humorous and inimitable style filled with anecdotes both true and untrue. As we are told from the author himself, “I have never been a man to allow…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023

New York, New York by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"New York, New York" is a big, jazzy show in the style of golden age musicals we have not seen for a while. While it removes the abusive relationship between Jimmy and Francine from the film…

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Sunday, May 14, 2023

Muses by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

However, both every scene as written by Maldonado and directed by Theatre East’s artistic director Judson Jones is staged as though it were the climax. It is one thing to enact a play up t…

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Thursday, May 11, 2023

Iolanthe (MasterVoices) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

MasterVoices concluded its 2022-23 season with a lovely concert staging performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s rarely seen comic opera "Iolanthe (or The Peer and the Peri)" staged and cond…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Good Night, Oscar by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Sean Hayes, up till now best known for his Emmy Award-winning performance as Jack McFarland on "Will and Grace," gives a titanic performance as humorist, raconteur and pianist Oscar Levant o…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

The Knight of the Burning Pestle by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Directors Noah Brody and Emily Young, both of the Fiasco Theater, have neatly trimmed the dialogue and some of the minor characters so that the play comes in at two hours and 15 minutes. How…

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Monday, May 1, 2023

The Thanksgiving Play by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Larissa Fasthorse’s "The Thanksgiving Play" gives a good tweaking to those who are so hung up on political correctness that they dare not make a decision. On the other hand, the play remin…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Play for the Plague Year by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While the playlets seem too slight to have much dramatic weight as they are mainly about one minute long, they do have a cumulative effect summing up a year that was like no other in recent …

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Saturday, April 22, 2023

On the Right Track by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The latest collaboration by composer lyricist Albert M. Tapper and bookwriter Tony Sportiello, "On the Right Track," proves to be a charming chamber musical for three performers playing seve…

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Thursday, April 20, 2023

Camelot by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Unfortunately, though Sorkin may have made this "Camelot" more politically correct, scientifically accurate and less supernatural, it is much less entertaining and magical than earlier produ…

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Friday, April 14, 2023

Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Gunderson uses two actors to play Emilie and writer Voltaire who was her mentor, companion and lover, and then three actors to play everyone else, from Emilie’s mother, husband and daughte…

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Sunday, April 9, 2023

Smart by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Mary Elizabeth Hamilton’s Smart has an interesting premise but does not carry out its goal turning quickly into a domestic drama and later a bittersweet love story. The two acts seem to be…

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Friday, April 7, 2023

Life of Pi by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Life of Pi" is a unique theatrical experience with its animal puppetry, depiction of days on the ocean, and bringing to life an Indian city, circa 1977. It tells a fantastical story with br…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Vanities – The Musical by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although the women grow up and change over the 26 years we see them, Heifner’s book tends to stay away from politics and the women’s movement other than mentioning markers like Kennedy, …

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Friday, March 31, 2023

The Harder They Come by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of its original film release, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks has turned "The Harder They Come," the cult Jamaican film that starred later…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Bad Cinderella by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The book of "Bad Cinderella" plays like a series of unfunny "Saturday Night Live" sketches. Laurence Connor (who also directed the earlier London production) has given the show no particular…

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Saturday, March 25, 2023

The Good John Proctor by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Unfortunately, Monohon’s play which takes its cues from Miller’s drama, assumes a thorough knowledge of "The Crucible" and leaves out a great deal of information that would make it easie…

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Arden of Faversham by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The problem with this production is that although the characters’ behavior is utterly outrageous on the verge of satire, Berger has directed in so flat and bland a style, that shocking lin…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

The Hunting Gun by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Not for everyone, this minimalistic theatrical event is performed entirely in Japanese with English language supertitles above the stage so that for non-Japanese speakers it requires reading…

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Sunday, March 19, 2023

A Doll’s House by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Like Ivo van Hove’s pared-down revival of Arthur Miller’s "A View from the Bridge," Jamie Lloyd’s new Broadway production of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 "A Doll’s House" uses no sets or pr…

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Friday, March 17, 2023

The Rewards of Being Frank by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While playwright Scovell has a facility for language, she does not have the wit to mimic Wilde’s classic one-liners. Instead, she borrows expressions from the play and attempts to imitate …

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Crumbs from the Table of Joy by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While this first New York revival of the 1995 "Crumbs from the Table of Joy" does not reach the heights of Nottage’s later Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, "Ruined" and "Sweat," it proves to …

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Sunday, March 12, 2023

1+1 by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Eric Bogosian’s latest play to reach New York is his 2008 "1+1" which feels like a made for television movie written without taking into consideration the #MeToo movement that has occurred…

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Saturday, March 11, 2023

Public Obscenities by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Shayok Misha Chowdhury’s "Public Obscenities" having its world premiere at the Soho Rep is an immersive story into Bengali culture in Kolkata, formerly known as Calcutta. Directed by the a…

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Monday, March 6, 2023

The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Unfortunately, the latest revival now at the BAM Harvey Theater cannot be counted as having reversed the play’s fortunes. It still seems vastly overwritten and verbose as it attempts to co…

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LOVE by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Alexander Zeldin’s "LOVE" seems much longer than it actually is due to much silence and the reenactment of everyday tasks usually skipped onstage in plays. There is little dialogue and wha…

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Friday, March 3, 2023

The Seagull/Woodstock, NY by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Aside from the problem of which translation from the Russian to use, the  thorny problem with American productions of the plays of playwright Anton Chekhov is how to deal with the fact the …

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