Saturday, February 28, 2015

Brooklynite by Doug Marino

There's a little slice of Brooklyn invading Manhattan at the Vineyard Theatre near Union Square in Manhattan.  Fear not.  The invasion is merely a riff on chemistry, superheroes an…

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Placebo by Doug Marino

There's a new play over at Playwrights Horizons that in 100 minutes gets you thinking about life, decisions you make, and what those decisions are based on.  While the play is well acte…

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard by Doug Marino

Off-Broadway plays, in my humble opinion, will always be a more visceral, poignant, and biting experience than their bigger siblings on the Great White Way.  Why?  Because they can…

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Friday, February 6, 2015

The World of Extreme Happiness by Doug Marino

When a play succeeds in telling a political and social history of another people, you leave the theater with a deeper appreciation of the world around you.  Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig has pe…

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Between Riverside and Crazy by Doug Marino

As its namesake suggests - Second Stage Theater has given a second chance to a first rate off-Broadway production, Stephen Adly Guirgis' Between Riverside and Crazy, originally seen last sea…

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Delicate Balance by Doug Marino

When I returned home from this play I was satiated.  However, In order to not feel like an idiot, I had to something I almost never do - read the other reviews.  Why you might ask?…

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Cafe Society Swing by Doug Marino

A rockin' live Jazz band on stage, cool-as-cats vocalists, and a wildly true story about the first un-segregated Jazz club in New York City are the ingredients in this impressive walk down m…

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Constellations by Doug Marino

For 80 minutes on a Broadway stage, Roland (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Marianne (Ruth Wilson) manage to thoroughly engage you in a pastiche of possibilities, multiple dimensions of the universe, u…

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Into The Woods by Doug Marino

With a blockbuster holiday movie on the horizon in just a few days, I am once again bewildered by Roundabout Theater Company's decisions to put plays on the stage.  But despite the…

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Pocatello by Doug Marino

There's a new play on at Playwrights Horizons and it has a little bit of sexy-star-sizzle.  The always adorable and boyishly handsome T.R. Knight  (Eddie) takes the helm of Samuel …

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Friday, November 28, 2014

The Invisible Hand by Doug Marino

A force to be reckoned with, Ayad Akhtar has penned yet another powerful drama now playing out on the stage at New York Theatre Workshop.  He's currently on Broadway representing his Pu…

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Friday, November 21, 2014

On A Stool at the End of the Bar by Doug Marino

A new play by Robert Callely had its debut over at 59E59 Theaters.  I always enjoy seeing different things over on the east side in the intimate theaters.  The productions that gra…

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Love Letters by Doug Marino

A. R. Gurney admits it right up front in his script - "This is a play, or rather a sort-of-a-play, which needs no theatre, no lengthy rehearsal, no special set, no memorization of lines, and…

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Friday, November 7, 2014

You Can't Take It With You by Doug Marino

Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's stale and dated play is currently exploding (literally) on stage at the Longacre Theatre in a 3rd Broadway revival since it was written in 1936.  This …

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Grand Concourse by Doug Marino

What we have here is one of the most realistic and naturally constructed plays I have seen in a long while.  Heidi Schreck writes like people speak, and think, and wonder.  Kip Fag…

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Found by Doug Marino

Just when you thought all the original ideas have dried up and creativity has gone the way of the Ford Packard, along comes Hunter Bell & Lee Overtree (Book) and Eli Bolin (Music and Lyr…

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Real Thing by Doug Marino

Tom Stoppard is certainly on a roll.  He, like his compadre Terrence McNally, has two plays running concurrently, in this case, both at the Roundabout Theatre Company.  His la…

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lost Lake by Doug Marino

I have to say I was a bit lost at Lost Lake.   For it's first ever public performance, the actors were remarkable.  They writing was as natural and fluid as possible.  Wh…

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lips Together, Teeth Apart by Doug Marino

What a magical time on and off Broadway for Terrence McNally.  Three of his shows - two now running concurrently (Lips, It's Only a Play) and one that just closed (Mothers & Sons) a…

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Scenes From a Marriage by Doug Marino

The effect is jarring.  The result is jarring.  Nothing about Ivo Van Hove's re-imagination of Ingmar Bergman's already jolting TV mini-series and later screenplay involves bliss a…

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Disgraced by Doug Marino

What's going on over at the Lyceum is nothing short of theatrical excellence.  New, fresh, culturally relevant theatre is what Disgraced, a new Pulitzer prize winning drama by Ayad Akht…

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Billy & Ray by Doug Marino

This play had good intentions. I wanted to like it.  I really did.  Especially starting the uber adorable Vincent Kartheiser (Billy Wilder).  But it wasn't.  And he wasn'…

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Indian Ink by Doug Marino

The indomitable and erudite Tom Stoppard is making a big splash both on and off Broadway this season.  The first installment of him is being presented at the Laura Pels Theater by Round…

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On The Town by Doug Marino

It may be just what Broadway needs right now - a lavish, classic, good-'ol song and dance show on the great white way.  Betty Comden and Adolph Green's classic with music by the incompa…

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Country House by Doug Marino

A new play just arrived on Broadway courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Club and award winning playwright Donald Margulies. It's a dash of classic play, a dash of naughty, and a dash of funny. &nb…

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Doug Marino

A dazzling, innovate, and entirely engrossing production by Simon Stephens is making a splash on Broadway this fall while still running their award-winning production in London's West End. &…

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

It's Only a Play by Doug Marino

In full disclosure, I'm looking to recover my investment in this play.  I don't see why I can't sing the praises of this double-over-with-laughter, pee-in-my-pants production at the sam…

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Booty Candy by Doug Marino

Fresh, provocative new American theater relevant to to the fabric of our society.  That's just what you'll get with Robert O'Hara's new work on the Main Stage at Playwrights Horizons. B…

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This Is Our Youth by Doug Marino

I get it.  Cutting-edge theatre, young hot actors, minor (or not-so-minor) indiscretions, drugs and, of course, sex.  What more could you ask for in a smart-off Broadway production…

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Music Man - In Concert by Doug Marino

A benefit concert for Transport Group, The Music Man in Concert brought together some of the biggest and brightest stars on Broadway today at the Signature Theater.Conceived and directe…

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical by Doug Marino

This might be referred to as a juke box musical and I will admit I usually don't go see these very often.  However, someone so embedded in the musical fabric of a generation deserved a …

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