All stories by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief on BroadwayStars

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Three Sisters by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While this is not an in-depth interpretation and at times seems a bit superficial, Will Pomerantz’s production of "Three Sisters" is a true ensemble making it appear that these people have…

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Karpovsky Variations by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Adam Kraar’s new drama, "The Karpovsky Variations," is a memory play about a dysfunctional family of driven people and the music that inspired them. Unfortunately, in its current form it i…

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

¡Americano! by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Tony Valdovinos who grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, was 18 before he found out that he was an undocumented immigrant. The new musical "¡Americano!" is based on the true story of his life and c…

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Paradise Square by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Based on historical facts, the new and exciting musical "Paradise Square" tells a story of fictional characters caught up in real events which lead up to the Draft Riots that occurred in Man…

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Wedding Band by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Alice Childress’ "Wedding Band," which is a difficult play to stage due to its shifts in tone, is a major rediscovery. However, it straddles a thin line between realism and romance and its…

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

POTUS, Or Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In "POTUS," Selina Fillinger’s first Broadway comedy, all is revealed by its unwieldy subtitle (“Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”) which leaves litt…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The Skin of Our Teeth by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

You would think that at the tail end of a pandemic Thornton Wilder’s 1943 Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Skin of Our Teeth" would be the perfect play for our moment. This experimental play wh…

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Macbeth by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

This 2022 "Macbeth" appears to be entirely a director’s project, but Sam Gold has done his actors no service with the busy activity he has added to the play. Fine actors like Daniel Craig …

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Hangmen by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Taking the law into your own hands can be a risky business as Harry Wade and friends find out in Martin McDonagh’s hilarious dark comedy "Hangmen" which finally made its Broadway debut aft…

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

The Minutes by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Tracy Letts’ "The Minutes" is both a fine political comedy as well as an indictment of how most Americans live today. It ultimately asks us to look at our values as well as our connection …

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Cyrano de Bergerac by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Playwright Martin Crimp, an adherent of the ”in-yer-face” school of British playwriting, has taken Edmond Rostand’s turn-of-the-last century verse drama, Cyrano de Bergerac, and not on…

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Monday, April 18, 2022

Harmony by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although 25 years have gone by since "Harmony" first tried out at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, the Barry Manilow/Bruce Sussman musical about the Comedian Harmonists is still relevant…

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Friday, April 15, 2022

Birthday Candles by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Birthday Candles" also has an unusual theatrical device: we follow Ernestine Ashford from 17 to 107 meeting her on her various birthdays that are depicted.  The other characters come and g…

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Take Me Out by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As the most respected player in baseball, Williams has a quiet dignity and charm as a man of few words and few outward motions. While his wry remarks do not often come through as humor, he i…

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Penelope, Or How the Odyssey Was Really Written by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The musical gets a great deal of mileage out of its humor particular in its parody of recognizable tropes. "Penelope, Or How The Odyssey Was Really Written" is an entertaining musical comedy…

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Sunday, April 3, 2022

Gong Lum’s Legacy by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

On one level, "Gong Lum’s Legacy" is revealing in that it demonstrates Southern racism against not only African Americans but also Chinese immigrants who were given the same treatment. On …

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

7 Minutes by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Given one hour to decide and vote, the union committee must come to a decision in real time. On one level the play is very much like Reginald Rose’s "12 Angry Men" in which a group of disp…

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Monday, March 28, 2022

Help by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Poet and Yale professor Rankine’s play makes use of a narrator/interviewer as her stand-in played by April Matthis. According to program notes by Rankine herself, “The text spoken by whi…

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Sunday, March 27, 2022

Heartland by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While Gabriel Jason Dean’s "Heartland" is an enlightening play about Afghan culture mentioning the classic poet Rumi and the contemporary novelist Atiq Rahimi, some of it will still be opa…

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Monday, March 21, 2022

what you are now by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As a play about neuroscience, Sam Chanse’s "what you are now" needs a great deal more data and information. As a play about the plight of Cambodian refugees, what are you now needs to be c…

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Sunday, March 20, 2022

Anyone Can Whistle by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although when MasterVoices chose the third of the four Stephen Sondheim/Arthur Laurents collaborations, "Anyone Can Whistle," as part of their 80th season at Carnegie Hall, they had no way o…

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Thursday, March 17, 2022

Bruise & Thorn by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

C. Julian Jiménez’s "Bruise & Thorn" is not for everyone. Older theatergoers may be put off by both the raw language and street slang that they will not know. However, if you want to …

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Man Cave by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Page 73’s world premiere of John J. Caswell, Jr.’s "Man Cave" is an exciting, riveting supernatural horror story. While at times it seems overwrought and overstuffed with too many issues…

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

This Space Between Us by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The world premiere of Peter Gil-Sheridan’s "This Space Between Us" gives itself away in its title: it is about a dysfunctional family that does nothing but argue when they get together. Jo…

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

On Sugarland by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Aleshea Harris’ third New York stage play following her form-bending "Is God Is" and "What to Send Up When It Goes Down" is epic in all senses of the word: it includes poetry, dance, incan…

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Friday, March 4, 2022

Goodbye, Mr. Chips by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The production is a combination of film and theater techniques which keep reminding us that we are watching a dramatization: realistic sets (designed by Jacquelyn Scott) give way to scenes i…

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Monday, February 28, 2022

English by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

You may have never thought about it before but you are defined by your language. Your identity is shaped by the words you have and the words you don’t. You can say certain things in one la…

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

The Daughter-in-Law by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The Mint Theater Company which gave the first New York production of "The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd," Lawrence’s best play and one of the great British tragedies of modern drama, has revive…

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

The Music Man by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Because of changing social mores, some Broadway musicals are assumed to make audiences uncomfortable today. Take for example Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "Carousel" whose protagonist is a wif…

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Saturday, February 19, 2022

Black No More by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Black No More," the new musical inspired by George S. Schuyler’s 1931 Afrofuturist novel, is the most exciting and inventive new show to be seen so far this season in New York though it i…

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

The Merchant of Venice (Theater for a New Audience) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Arin Arbus, resident director at Theatre for a New Audience, staging her tenth classic for them took a great risk with her new production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice: not only …

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