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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Laughing Liberally: Make America Laugh Again by Wendy Caster

Laughing Liberally: Make America Laugh Again, an evening of left-leaning stand-up comedy, provides a bubble of shared beliefs, politically correct (and occasionally incorrect) commentary, …

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Monday, September 9, 2019

American Moor by Wendy Caster

When Keith Hamilton Cobb first took an acting class, he wanted to play Titania from A Midsummer Night's Dream. His acting teacher said no. Cobb continued to make creative suggestions; his t…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Art Times: Whose Opinion Matters? by Wendy Caster

My latest essay is up at Art Times:The holy grail of New York theater is a rave review in the New York Times. It doesn’t guarantee success (and a pan doesn’t guarantee failure), but a …

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Havel: The Passion of Thought by Wendy Caster

Once upon a time, not all that long ago, I watched certain political plays with a sense of distance, deeply sympathetic to the characters and deeply grateful that those awful things weren't …

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Summer Shorts: Series A by Wendy Caster

In Series A, the first part of Summer Shorts at 59E59, all three plays circle around death. This is a lot for a 90-minute evening.The first show, Interior, is the most fully realized of t…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Broadway Bounty Hunter by Wendy Caster

Ya gotta love Annie Golden. She has a sweetness to her, with a wild voice and a slightly goofy vibe. For a creative team to decide to shape a musical around her--even going so far as to name…

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth by Wendy Caster

Tom Stoppard's Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth plays with language and slapstick, presents fascinating mini-versions of two of Shakespeare's masterpieces, vividly depicts the importance of …

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Ladyship by Wendy Caster

Ladyship, the new show by twins Laura Good and Linda Good, exemplifies how difficult it is to write a good musical. There is so much here to like: some beautiful songs, an original story, an…

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Illuminati Lizards From Outer Space by Wendy Caster

It's hard to know what to write about Illuminati Lizards From Outer Space since I was unable to hear ~70% of the lyrics (100% if more than one person was singing). I don't know if it was wh…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Much Ado About Nothing by Wendy Caster

This isn't exactly a review because I wasn't able to see the whole show. But here are some thoughts based on what I saw. The rhythms of African-American casual conversation fit beautifully …

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Monday, June 10, 2019

How'd We Do? 2019 Tony Predictions by Wendy Caster

Well, two of us did okay: Liz and Sandra each had 17 correct predictions. I had decided to be iconoclastic, which was a bad idea: 11 correct predictions. THE WINNERS Liz Sandra …

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Mac Beth by Wendy Caster

I have seen enough mediocre-to-bad high-concept productions of Shakespeare's plays to shudder at the very idea of "high-concept." Then along comes Mac Beth, the amazing Red Bull Production …

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Happy Talk by Wendy Caster

I suspect that there is a good play inside Jesse Eisenberg's Happy Talk, currently  at The New Group at the Signature Center. The ideas and the situation are intriguing, and there is humor …

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Tony Predictions: 2019 by Wendy Caster

Best MusicalAin’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations Beetlejuice Hadestown The PromTootsie Liz Wollman: Hadestown. Seriously, can we please celebrate a creative team …

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Pink Unicorn by Wendy Caster

Trisha Lee works as a cleaner in a hospital in Sparkton, Texas. She is a church-going Christian. She adored her late husband. The focus of her life is her 14-year-old daughter Jolene. Or is …

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Caroline, or Change by Wendy Caster

One of the themes of the gorgeous and heart-breaking Caroline, or Change, the story of an African-American maid working for a Jewish family in the 1960s South, is that "change come fast, ch…

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Lady in the Dark by Wendy Caster

What an odd show is Lady in the Dark. Consisting largely of three dream sequences, it lacks forward propulsion and is frequently overdone and/or pointless and/or flabby, particularly in the …

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Monday, April 22, 2019

King Lear by Wendy Caster

As you probably already know, in the old days theatre critics wrote their reviews right after seeing the performances. In fact, as the shows ended, the critics ran up the aisles to maximize …

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The Pain of My Belligerence by Wendy Caster

My sister once said that, while the worst men are incredibly sleazy, the worst women are incredibly stupid. In the world premiere of The Pain of My Belligerence at Playwrights Horizons, wri…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Cradle Will Rock by Wendy Caster

Marc Blitzstein's 1937 "play in music," The Cradle Will Rock, uses theatre as a political soapbox. Its scathing depictions of the hypocrisies of capitalism, religion, and other societal icon…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

The White Devil by Wendy Caster

John Webster wrote The White Devil in the early 1600s, and 400 years later it remains relevant and great fun. Red Bull director Louisa Proske underlines its timeliness with a modern-dress p…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

MasterVoices: Night Songs And Love Waltzes by Wendy Caster

MasterVoices (formerly known as the Collegiate Chorale) has a long history of presenting wonderful evenings of song and theatre, and Night Songs and Love Waltzes fit right in. (There's also …

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka by Wendy Caster

First, behold the title: If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka, sparkling with energy. Next, the structure: playwright Tori Sampson's dynamic, emotional play riffs on folklore, Afric…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Operating Systems by Wendy Caster

I've had a challenging and satisfying few hours chewing on the ideas and questions posed by Gus Schulenburg's new play Operating Systems, which I saw this afternoon. The description of the…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Wendy Caster

What a difference a director makes. When By the Way, Meet Vera Stark was done at the Second Stage, directed by Jo Bonney, it was hysterically funny, yet hard-hitting and even heart-breakin…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

League of Professional Theatre Women by Wendy Caster

It's easy to discuss the lack of gender parity in theatre, but what can be done about it? The League of Professional Theatre Women exists to answer that question and to make things happen, …

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Price of Thomas Scott by Wendy Caster

The invaluable Mint Theater Company has found another underappreciated playwright from early in the last century. Elizabeth Baker grew up in an extremely religious household and didn't see h…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Best Performances of 2018 by Wendy Caster

I am frequently blown away by the depth and quality of the New York acting community. Brilliant performances are everywhere.(I've linked to my reviews for shows I did indeed review.)THE ENSE…

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Best of 2018 by Wendy Caster

In 2018, I saw 74 shows. Only nine of them were on Broadway; those prices, even when discounted, keep scaring me away. However, I've lost little by skipping Broadway shows (as much as I woul…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Net Will Appear by Wendy Caster

At the beginning of Erin Mallon's The Net Will Appear, 75-year-old Bernard climbs out of his second-story window to use the roof of the first floor as a deck. He sets up his camping chair an…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Clueless, The Musical by Wendy Caster

"What, another musical based on a late 20th-century movie?" you may ask. Well, yeah. But here's the thing: it's really good.Zurin Villanueva, Dove Cameron Photo: Monique CarboniWriter/l…

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