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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Present Laughter by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As the ageing matinee idol who never forgets to check his appearance in the mirror, Kline plays a man who is always acting, both on stage and off. His animated physicality in his roles has a…

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Samara by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The play seems to be in the genre of the classic Western movie though highly poeticized and slow-paced. It resembles the 60’s films of Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah but with much less plo…

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Gently Down the Stream by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In between the scenes between the two men in Beau’s living room, Rufus records Beau’s reminiscences of his life and times. In this way, Sherman gives us a review of what things were like…

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Theaterworks NYC’s stage version of Rick Riordan’s best-selling novel, "The Lighting Thief," about Percy Jackson and other demi-gods, first seen in 2014, has returned in an expanded two …

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Vanity Fair by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Tucker’s production uses seven actors playing 20 named characters plus members of the ensemble: the women (Joey Parsons and Hamill play one each, good girl Amelia Sedley and bad girl Becky…

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Miss Saigon by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The scenic design with original concept by the late Adrian Vaux, production design by Totie Driver & Matt Kinley, and projections by Luke Halls is as eye-filling as a movie would be. Th…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Du Barry Was a Lady by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The show has a great many topical references to celebrities of 1939 (Minsky, Sophie Tucker, Tallulah Bankhead, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt) not all of whom still ring any bells for most t…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Church & State by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Rob Nagle (who created the role in the Los Angeles production) plays “compassionate conservative” North Carolina Senator Charles Whitmore who is up for reelection in a statistical dead h…

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Joan of Arc: Into the Fire by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Don’t blame singer Jo Lampert who gives a passionate performance as the Maid of Orleans. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been given anything very interesting to sing in this mostly sung-throug…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Beneath the Gavel by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Bated Breath Theatre Company specializes in original works inspired by and in partnership with museum collections and exhibitions. However, this show about the fate of the “Haddie Weisenbe…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

And what of the play which had its world premiere at the Public Theater in 2005? Parsons’ uneven production cannot keep this long play from seeming unwieldy. In fact, using so many actors …

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Anything Goes by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The score which has been drawn from the four previous New York productions of Anything Goes plays like a Cole Porter greatest hits parade and almost all of the songs are among his most popul…

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The Moors by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although the play demonstrates a surface knowledge of the genre and the period, it wants to have it both ways: it takes place in 1840 in a desolate mansion on the Yorkshire Moors but the cha…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

If I Forget by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Steven Levenson’s "If I Forget" is the kind of family drama that doesn’t get written much anymore: one that has something to say other than just depicting a dysfunctional situation. Not …

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Glass Menagerie by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Sam Gold’s revival of "The Glass Menagerie," the fifth major production of the play in New York since 2005, is such a one. He has decided to remove all of the historical relevance as well …

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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

Thornton Wilder’s "The Skin of Our Teeth" with its benign belief in the resilience of the human condition is unlike any other American play you are likely to see. Both heavily influenced b…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Messenger #1, A New Ancient Greek Tragedy by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In addition to the swiftness of the storytelling and the use of contemporary language, Jackson uses a sort of upstairs-downstairs approach. Aside from what is happening to the royals, we als…

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Kid Victory by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

It would be difficult to imagine anything darker than the content of the second musical collaboration by John Kander and Greg Pierce having its New York premiere at the Vineyard Theatre. Pos…

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Louisiana Purchase by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Based on a story by lyricist/bookwriter/producer B.G. DeSylva (“Good News,” “The Best Things in Life Are Free,” “The Varsity Drag”), this musical satire sends unworldly, teetotal…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dear World by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Having played such indomitable women as Mama Rose and Maria Callas, Daly slips into the role of the Madwoman of Chaillot which fits her like a glove with her crisp, authoritative delivery. A…

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Leah, the Forsaken by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Nevertheless, while the play is startlingly not politically correct, the acting is of a high caliber. In the title role, Regina Gibson (who appeared last season in the rediscovered operetta …

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Evening at the Talk House by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

However, as the title implies it is also a very verbose, long-winded affair giving an excellent cast made up of such veterans as Matthew Broderick, John Epperson (a.ka.a Lypsinka), Jill Eike…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Man from Nebraska by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Birney seems to have cornered the market on sensitive, ordinary guys and his performance is similar to his awarding-winning “Erik” in The Humans. However, here he is extremely sympatheti…

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Life According to Saki by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The evening is narrated by Saki (played by an appealing and suave David Paisley) talking to us from the trenches of France, in 1916. His five soldiers (played by Phoebe Frances Brown, Ellen …

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Object Lesson by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Illusionist/actor Geoff Sobelle’s show is a combination of happening, art installation, and a meditation on the role objects have in our lives. Using audience participation, objects both h…

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Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill: A Musical Voyage by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

One of the remarkable things about the theater songs of Kurt Weill is that like the later songs of Stephen Sondheim they are all really little one act plays which give the performers a great…

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Jonah and Otto by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While the play is at times Pinteresque, it is talky in a way Pinter never is, explaining everything over and over, covering the same ground again and again. Nothing much happens other than t…

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hi-Fi | Wi-Fi | Sci-Fi: Predictions Past Present and Future by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The only real high-tech exchanges take place only three times during the run of the show. At the performances of February 6, 9 and 17, one of the roles in "Camera Obscura" will be performed …

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bound to Rise by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Unfortunately, Policoff’s book is too cluttered with characters too allow for much development. While some of his lyrics are clever, most are prosaic and heavy-handed. As played by music d…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

The Liar by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

However, it is Ives’ joy in language that is the most infectious. The rhymed couplets keep coming and surprising us over and over again (bitter/twitter; prize/rhapsodize, jocular/interlocu…

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

92Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists Series: “Get Happy: Harold Arlen’s Early Years” by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The show began with Arlen’s first hit, “Get Happy,” 1930, and ended with his 1939 score for the MGM film, "The Wizard of Oz." The first half of the evening was devoted to Arlen’s sta…

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