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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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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Summer Shorts 2018 – Festival of New American Plays: Series A by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Along with its twists and turns, Bohjalian’s "Grounded" is so fully explored that it is hard to believe that it is a first play. On the long wait on the runway at Kennedy Airport for a fli…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The House That Will Not Stand by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Gardley makes use of a little known piece of American history: while Louisiana was under Spanish and later French rule, it had a three-tiered racial system. Aside from white settlers and bla…

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Summer Shorts 2018 – Festival of New American Short Plays: Series B by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The plays in Summer Shorts 2018 - Festival of New American Short Plays have often had a theme running through all the offerings in one evening, however they were concealed or obscured. This …

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Friday, August 3, 2018

American Players Theatre: Midwest Summer Theater Destination by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Having added the 200-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre in 2009 to the outdoor Hill Theater with a capacity of 1,089, the season which began on June 14 now runs until November 18. It currently s…

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Possibilities & The After-Dinner Joke by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

If "The After-Dinner Joke"’s 66 scenes seem cinematic, that is due to the fact that it originally was a teleplay commissioned by BBC for the series "Plays for Today" examining public issue…

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Monday, July 23, 2018

The Originalist by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

n what easily could have become a one-man show, playwright Strand has cleverly created dramatic tension by first introducing us to a second character and later a third. Set during the 2012-2…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Charlotte Moore’s version streamlines the plot somewhat from Lerner’s original by eliminating Daisy’s fiancé for whom she wants to quit smoking as well as a subplot with Greek shippin…

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Teenage Dick by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Add to this list Mike Lew’s new witty and clever "Teenage Dick" (being given its world premiere by Ma-Yi Theater Company in association with the Public Theater), both an update and a parod…

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Cyprus Avenue by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Sixtyish Eric Miller is an angry white man, hating Catholics, Blacks, homosexuals, women, and other groups. He has also become very nationalistic. He not only wants to tell the world, he thi…

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Little Rock by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Using a tremendously talented and versatile cast of nine actors (three black male actors, three black female actors, as well as three white performers) playing from three roles to 12, the st…

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Carmen Jones by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Unlike the musicals "Rent" (an update on Puccini’s "La Boheme"), and "Miss Saigon' (inspired by Puccini’s "Madame Butterfly") both of which had all new music by other composers for their…

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Conflict by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

With Miles Malleson’s 1925 "Conflict," being given its New York premiere, the Mint has uncovered a brilliant political and social drama which has tremendous relevance for today with its di…

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Skintight by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Harmon’s new play resembles "Admissions," his last New York offering seen at Lincoln Center this March, in that it debates a topic from many sides but then fails to give us the author’s …

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Fairview by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Jackie Sibblies Drury is a unique new voice in the American theater. Her use of metatheater is all her own. "Fairview" has a great deal to say about race in America and the angle you see thi…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

The Property by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although the advance publicity for Ben Josephson’s "The Property" refers to it as a comedy, there is nothing funny about it, neither jokes nor comic situations. In fact, the heroine’s de…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Othello (Shakespeare in the Park) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In the recent Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi’s "Otello," Otello was white which left no reason for his jealousy if he was identical to all the Venetians around him. In the current …

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The Maid’s Tragedy by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Director Lucy Gram uses six actors to play 11 roles which has worked for such companies as Bedlam and Fiasco. However, here the four actresses play both men and women, three of them never ch…

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Ivanov (State Theatre of Nations) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The chance to see Anton Chekhov’s first produced play, "Ivanov," not only in the original Russian (with English surtitles) but in modern dress proves to be a revelation. Staged by Russia…

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