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Friday, May 24, 2024

All of Me by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Laura Winters’ "All of Me" is a lively rom-com of rich boy meets poor girl much on the lines of 1930’s film comedies. However, the new wrinkle here is that Lucy is disabled using a motor…

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

A Groundbreaking Achievement of Outrageous Importance That People Scroll By, Barely Impacted by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Playwright Jake Shore has something serious on his mind but his scatter-shot take on Artificial Intelligence does not make the case. The repetitious dialogue and events only undercut the int…

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Monday, May 20, 2024

The Actors by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Ronnie Larsen, Allen Lewis Rickman and Jeni Hacker in a scene from Larsen’s “The Actors” at Theatre Row (Photo credit: Russ Rowland) Playwright and actor Ronnie Larsen, best known for …

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Just Another Day by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Dan Lauria’s "Just Another Day" is quite leisurely in its delivery but Lauria and McCormack inhabit their roles. While the play could use some pruning, it is a charming portrait of two eld…

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Saturday, May 18, 2024

The Actors by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Playwright and actor Ronnie Larsen, best known for his series of erotic plays with titles like "Making Porn" and "Sleeping with Straight Men," has now switched to a charmingly humorous Neil …

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

The Wiz by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The eye-filling sets by Hannah Beachler and video and projection design by Daniel Brodie include subtle tributes to Black Culture that not all theatergoers may notice on a first look. When D…

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The lead of the show is film star Eddie Redmayne, who won the Olivier Award for his performance as the Emcee in the London production and is also Tony nominated for this show. Director Rebec…

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

Jordans by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In fact, the play which ought to be hilarious is almost devoid of jokes as the premise which is politically incorrect will make many white playgoers uncomfortable – unless this is the poin…

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

I Ought to Be In Pictures by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Director Nicholas Viselli has done well with the characterizations but is unable to resolve the thinness of the backstories which are not fleshed out by the script. The shallow set which has…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

La Musica Deuxième by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Jessica Burr’s Blessed Unrest production of Marguerite Duras’ "La Musica Deuxième" in the 1992 translation by Barbara Bray is like a violent Jean Paul Sartre short story directed in th…

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Friday, May 3, 2024

Hell’s Kitchen on Broadway by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The new musical "Hell’s Kitchen" has made a successful transition to Broadway from The Public Theater and the new version seems to have corrected some of the flaws from before. This juke-b…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Uncle Vanya by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Things are not helped by Mini Lien’s bland setting that looks more like a furniture showroom than the family manse held for decades and passed down to the present inhabitants. The new adap…

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Monday, April 29, 2024

Sally & Tom by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In the very first scene it becomes apparent that we are watching "The Pursuit of Happiness," a new play from the Good Company, an indie theater group that has been known for radical and expe…

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Friday, April 26, 2024

Scarlett Dreams by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

A good deal of fun is had by Brian Pacelli’s projection design which is shown on the modern and chic living room/dining room set by Christopher and Justin Swader. It takes us to the virtua…

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Monday, April 22, 2024

Macbeth (an undoing) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In attempting to make a feminist statement out of Shakespeare’s "Macbeth", Harris has made Lady Macbeth into the same murderous monster that her husband became in the original. This does n…

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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Lempicka by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In telling the life story of Tamara de Lempicka, the show begins with a fascinating premise. Unfortunately, neither the score nor the book lives up to her high standards. Unlike "Sunday in t…

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Las Borinqueñas by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Nelson Diaz-Marcano’s "Las Borinqueñas," the latest play in the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Science and Technology Project, has a fascinating, little known stor…

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

The Reef (opera workshop) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

On April 10, 2024, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center presented a tantalizing teaser of a musical evening with the world premiere workshop of only the first act of 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winni…

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Fish by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Aside from its attempt to cover too much at one time (drug addiction, pregnancy, incarceration, high school dropouts, gun violence, lack of health care, underfunded ghetto schools), "Fish" d…

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Water for Elephants by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Playwright/bookwriter Rick Elice has written the greatest jukebox musical (so far) in his 2005 Jersey Boys. In his adaptation of Sara Gruen’s bestselling novel Water for Elephants, he may …

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

The Notebook: The Musical by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While the characters age, the use of diversity here has them switch races, so that while one couple has a Black Allie and a white Noah, another has a white Allie and a Black Noah, as well as…

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

An Enemy of the People by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The concept of alternate facts was not created under the Trump Administration. In 1882 Henrik Ibsen wrote "An Enemy of the People" in which a medical report that a town’s new spa is pollut…

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

Eddie Izzard: Hamlet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In this tour de force, Izzard has come up with a different voice and stance for each character: King Claudius is a baritone, Lord Polonius has a limp, Lady Ophelia has a somewhat breathy spe…

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

Corruption by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Playwright J.T. Rogers ("Oslo", 2017 Tony Award for Best Play) specializes in dramatizing the backstories to true scandals of which the real details behind the facts never made the news. His…

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Illinoise by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While "Illinoise" does not seem bigger than its individual parts nor transcend them, it is both satisfying and moving. Peck’s inventive and derivative choreography at the same time seems t…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

The Effect by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Soutra Gilmour’s setting is a sort of empty runway with the audience sitting on either side. The other props are two black chairs at either end for the two doctors. Scenes are created enti…

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

Bedlam’s The Assassination of Julius Caesar as Told by William Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The play is treated like a rehearsal (a conceit also used by Bedlam in their incomprehensible and lame "Henry IV" workshop in Brooklyn in 2023) with the director (Andrew Rothenberg who also …

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Sunday, March 10, 2024

The Ally by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Itamar Moses’ 'The Ally" is a play of ideas not only torn from today’s headlines but tomorrow’s as well. Ostensibly dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian question on college campuses to…

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Saturday, March 9, 2024

Brooklyn Laundry by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

John Patrick Shanley has become our poet of lonely, desperate working class people trying to make a connection despite their inadequacies and hang-ups in such plays as "Danny and the Deep Bl…

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Monday, March 4, 2024

The Script in the Closet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Playwright Joyce Griffen’s idea of farce in her new play "The Script in the Closet" is a series of 48, mostly very short scenes in which to keep the plot going she continually introduces n…

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

The Seven Year Disappear by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While "The Seven Year Disappear" may challenge and confuse many theatergoers, people used to performance art may get the in-jokes. Jordan Seavey whose play "Homos, or Everyone in America" wa…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards