Sunday, December 4, 2016

NEWSical by Doug Marino

It's not really that good, but it's light hearted, silly, and delivers what it promises - entertainment.  It's not really a musical, nor is it a play - it's really just like an extended…

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Othello by Doug Marino

It's a hoity-toity theatre event.  The East Village.  New York Theatre Workshop.  Shakespeare reimagined.  Sam Gold directed.  Stars.  The audience physically c…

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Love Love Love by Doug Marino

One of the things I most enjoyed about Mike Bartlett's play is the ease at which he gets the audience just before he slides the knife in.  Biting, cunning, humorous, and genuinely quite…

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Ride The Cyclone by Doug Marino

I did not see this show in Chicago  or elsewhere, however after reviewing the photos and old new articles and reviews, it is evident to me just how much a show grows as it steps through…

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

In Transit by Doug Marino

We have a new incarnation of a show I saw off-Broadway in 2010 at 59E59 Theater.  It really does take time to stew, to mature, and frankly to get the funds to mount an attack on Br…

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Babylon Line by Doug Marino

Richard Greenberg has penned yet another fascinating character study - this time 1960's Long Island - Levittown, specifically.  There's quite a storied history to Levittown and apparent…

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Rancho Viejo by Doug Marino

Where do I start?  It was Awful, with a capital 'A'.  Underlined 3 times.  No, it was not the too-late-to-leave notice given by the director (Daniel Aukin)before the show star…

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Band's Visit by Doug Marino

This Atlantic show was supposed to be a Hal Prince directed musical.  Schedules conflicted and alas, we have a David Cromer directed, Itmar Moses penned, adaptation of the Eran Kolirin …

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

This Day Forward by Doug Marino

Upon a bit of reflection this was not the Nicky Silver play I expected.  However, that is not to say that I didn't enjoy it or it wasn't good.  I think Mr. Silver tried some new th…

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Sell/Buy/Date by Doug Marino

In another one-woman show coup - the indomitable Sarah Jones brings her cadre of characters to life in a creative, clever new show Sell/Buy/Date. Mrs. Jones brings a wide variety of characte…

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Falsettos by Doug Marino

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a revival of a much loved show now playing again on Broadway after a long rest.  Falsettos, a book by James Lapine with music and lyrics by William Finn re…

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Notes From the Field by Doug Marino

While they have cut the inappropriate sub-title from the playbill, they have not cut it from the marketing material.  While this play touches on education is is absolutely not about "do…

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Tick, Tick... Boom! by Doug Marino

In what I believe is the first off-Broadway revival since its original 2001 incarnation, Keen Company has brought back Jonathan Larson's pre-rent work, Tick, Tick...Boom! in a magnificent, r…

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Vietgone by Doug Marino

Now playing over at the Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage I at City Center is a remarkable tale - the other side of the proverbial coin - a story about the Vietnam War - told through the eyes o…

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Nat Turner in Jerusalem by Doug Marino

A well acted, heavy two hander (well really 3 but it's only two actors) is playing down at New York Theater Workshop.  Nat Turner in Jerusalem (Virginia, not Israel) is a fictional…

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A Life by Doug Marino

A powerful, humbling new play, A Life,  by Adam Bock is now playing over at Playwrights Horizons.  Mr. Bock explores life through a lonely, gay, introverted, quirky, and obsessive …

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Heisenberg by Doug Marino

It just goes to show you that not every work by great writers is a hit.  The writer of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Simon Stephens) wrote a shorter bit that deals with…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Front Page by Doug Marino

The stellar cast in this what's old is new again production far outshines the material itself.  Director Jack O'Brien is forced to fill almost 3 hours (including 2 intermissions) with a…

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Marie and Rosetta by Doug Marino

The Atlantic Theater Company and Neil Pepe have created a near pitch perfect, smart, toe-tapping, bio-play about a less well known musician who is often coined the original soul sister. &nbs…

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The Encounter by Doug Marino

I'm glad I got just a TDF priced ticket to see this show.  And by show, I really mean performance art in a Broadway theater.  I feel sorry for people buying full price tickets (Ove…

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Aubergine by Doug Marino

In what can be described as a somber, quiet, and delicious entree, Julia Cho's new play, Aubergine, has made its debut over at Playwrights Horizons.  It's about food, memories, family, …

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Layover by Doug Marino

In its summer installment (delayed no doubt due to Second Stage's introduction of Dear Evan Hansen) we are presented a delicious yet bizarre  "3-Act" play.   I say 3 acts as oppose…

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

War Paint by Doug Marino

Look out New York - here comes two powerful women.  I say this about both the characters and the actresses portraying them.  In their latest installment, War Paint, Doug Wright (Bo…

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Waitress by Doug Marino

The all female dynamo creative team of Sara Bareilles (Music & Lyrics), Jessie Nelson (Book), and Diane Paulus (Director) have turned Adrenne Shelly's (Motion Picture) work into a divine…

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Friday, July 15, 2016

A Class Act by Doug Marino

 In a new work by Norman Shabel over at the New World Stages, we are treated to a legal gem.  Well written such that the audience understands the way a class action lawsuit works a…

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Out of the Mouths of Babes by Doug Marino

Now Playing over at the Cherry Lane Theater hidden down on a charming Greenwich Village street is a gem of a situation comedy written by Israel Horovitz.  The story revolves around a de…

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Imbible by Doug Marino

Now running in its second year, this little-known show, Imbible, A Spirited History of Drinking, set in the speakeasy downstairs at the Soho Playhouse on Vandam Street is an appeal…

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Total Bent by Doug Marino

 In their latest installment for the stage, Stew along with Heidi Rodewald will fill your soul with music.  This show is starting much like their last - at The Public Theatre. &nbs…

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Indecent by Doug Marino

There's something playing over at the Vineyard Theatre that is nothing short of spectacular.  Paula Vogel has penned a superb play-within-a -play based on a true story of a Yiddish thea…

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An Act of God by Doug Marino

As far as one man shows goes - this one is a romp.  Spoiler alert - it appears that God might be gay.  Don't go expecting an outer body experience.  This one rakes religion ov…

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Effect by Doug Marino

So... Lucy Prebble has a knack for details.  You might remember her for the musical, Enron.  It was a hit in London, but not so much here. (Those Brits love their American flo…

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