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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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Thursday, February 22, 2018

A Walk With Mr. Heifetz by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although an interesting idea, James Inverne’s "A Walk With Mr. Heifetz" has lofty ambitions which it is unable to fulfill. While the advertisement proclaims that these two encounters “ch…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

X: Or, Betty Shabazz V. the Nation by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Marcus Gardley’s "X: Or, Betty Shabazz V. The Nation" is a powerful indictment of forces within a movement which help to destroy it. Performed by The Acting Company under the direction of …

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Boys from Syracuse by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The cast seems to have been mostly chosen for their comic skills rather than their singing skills. Nevertheless, Josh Waldren and Matthew Fairless as the visiting travelers turn “Dear Old …

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Friday, February 16, 2018

[Porto] by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: three people walk into a bar where they are known by the drinks they order. Only in Kate Benson’s new play "[Porto]," the unnamed bar is in a gen…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bar Mitzvah Boy by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Bar Mitzvah Boy" may not be a top-drawer Jule Styne musical, but Jack Rosenthal’s original story and David Thompson’s new book are excellently observed to have the ring of truth. The fa…

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Miles for Mary by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Playwrights Horizons has a real winner with the first entry in its new Redux Series bringing back worthy Off Off Broadway plays for a longer run Off Broadway. First up is "Miles for Mary," a…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Imperfect Love by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

We are never told the name of the play being rehearsed or who the characters in the play within the play are. In the second act, the performers dressed in their costumes for Gabriele’s pla…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

He Brought Her Heart Home in a Box by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Whereas Kennedy became famous with plays that use myth, history, surrealism and Theater of the Absurd to tell their stories, this play tells a realistic tale in poetic form, its very brevity…

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Hindle Wakes by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Stanley Houghton’s once controversial "Hindle Wakes" explodes everything you have ever been taught about the double standard and the place of women in society. The irrefutable logic of the…

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Cardinal by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Greg Pierce, the author of "Slowgirl" and "Kid Champion," has often tackled hot button issues. Here in Cardinal being given its world premiere at Second Stage Theater, he takes on urban rene…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Hallelujah, Baby! by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While the new cut-down version (performed concert style with book in hand) with nine actors instead of the original 36, now covers 100 years, rather than the sixty in the original show, it s…

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Party Face by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The best reason to see Isobel Mahon’s "Party Face" is to see the ever-lovely Hayley Mills who used to play mischievous teens and now is playing busy-body mothers. The play is diverting tho…

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Jericho by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The problem with Laura Braza’s production is the lack of chemistry between Vasile Flutur’s Jericho and Hannah Sloat’s Julie. While Jericho should be charming and seductive, Flutur is o…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Disco Pigs by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

John Haidar’s energized production turns this material into a tour de force for Campbell and Lynch who are continually moving about spewing volumes of words, almost choreographed by moveme…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

BrouHaHa by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Washington, D.C.’s acclaimed Happenstance Theater is making is New York debut with its 2015 show "BrouHaHa," which has been seen previously in Baltimore, Maine and New Haven. Taking for it…

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

H.M.S. Pinafore (NYGASP) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Along with some contemporary updating which always gets a laugh, Albert Bergeret’s direction is sharp and shrewd and his conducting of Sullivan’s sprightly and animated score is equally …

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Farinelli and the King by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Giving a performance of the caliber of his earlier Shakespeare’s Globe portrayals of the Countess Olivia in "Twelfth Night" and the title role of "Richard III" which also played Broadway…

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Twelfth Night, or What You Will (Fiasco Theater) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While not as memorable as several previous Fiasco Theater productions, this "Twelfth Night" takes a while to get where it is going. After winding up the plot in the first half, it settles do…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Moses’ famously crowded and contentious career is glossed over except for his final battle with Jacobs over the Lower Manhattan Expressway. "Bulldozer" doesn’t even give a good summary o…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Describe the Night by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The themes of Rajiv Joseph’s latest political play are not only valid but relevant in today’s climate. However, "Describe the Night" is too convoluted for its own good and attempts to ma…

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Downtown Race Riot by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Anton Chekhov once advised that if you show an audience a gun you are required to have it go off. Set on September 8, 1976, Seth Zvi Rosenfeld’s new play, "Downtown Race Riot," being given…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Shadowlands by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

William Nicholson’s "Shadowlands" is one of those subtle plays that grows on you as it evolves and weaves its own spell. Based on a true story of one the most improbable love stories of th…

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