Saturday, November 11, 2017

Almost, Maine by Doug Marino

Even if this was a High School production, it was a play that I had heard of but not yet seen.  The play, written by, now, Broadway musical star, John Cariani, (Something Rotten), just …

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Treasurer by Doug Marino

A touching new play by a terrific American playwright, Max Posner.  The Treasurer tells the tale of an elderly mother, Ida Armstrong (Deanna Dunagan) who is slowly losing her mind, spen…

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Monday, September 11, 2017

For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday by Doug Marino

Sarah Ruhl has a tender, touching new play running over at Playwrights Horizons.  For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday is a story about death and dying, family (the Catholic version of on…

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Monday, August 21, 2017

The Terms of My Surrender by Doug Marino

Self promotion with a purpose.  Theatre?  Only in the abstract sense.  Entertainment, most certainly.  Michael Moore, an unconventional choice for the Broadway stage, mak…

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A Parallelogram by Doug Marino

One of the few magical plays out there this season.  Bruce Norris is a master of subjects tangled up in mystery and time.   A Parallelogram is no different - can we change the outc…

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Spamilton by Doug Marino

The master or parody strikes again.  Gerard Alessandrini has penned yet another spoof - this time based on one show - Hamilton.   However, his shtick involves making fun of the ind…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Hello Dolly! by Doug Marino

Wow, Wow, Wow.  Dancing waiters, gorgeous gowns with gloves, gorgeous sets, fun, frivolity, and a magnificent score by Jerry Herman!  What more could you ask for in a decadent even…

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Fulfillment Center by Doug Marino

With a name like this somehow you expect it to be it's namesake - fulfilling.  On the contrary, the play by Abe Koogler, performed on a too narrow runway stage by actors in ordinary str…

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Darrow by Doug Marino

In what can only be described as a first-ever theatrical event - the indomitable Kevin Spacey (fresh off hosting the Tony Awards in New York City) put on a one man show depicting the life of…

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The Man In The Ceiling by Doug Marino

A new musical isn't easy to nurture and bring to the stage.  Andrew Lippa has penned music and Lyrics to the book by Jules Feiffer to produce a kid-focused yet very adult musical.  …

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Marvin's Room by Doug Marino

This revival of Marvin's Room may leave you wondering why people revive plays at all - especially when there have been a very successful movie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and had well received origi…

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Bella: An American Tall Tale by Doug Marino

Bella - or Isabella Patterson (Ashley D. Kelley) has a vivid and wild imagination indeed.  When she gets on a train to escape the pursuit of the law and heads west to New Mexico it real…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

The Government Inspector by Doug Marino

What do you get when you combine a 200+ year old play, a movie musical with Danny Kaye, and really good contemporary comedic actors?   Most likely something like Nikolai Gogol's The Gov…

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Kennedy's Children by Doug Marino

This is a revival of an older play.  I'm not entirely convinced that it screams "revive me" or "this is all happening again", but it is certainly an interesting, politically relevant, a…

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Monday, May 29, 2017

1984 by Doug Marino

George Orwell's dystopian novel brought to the stage - first in London on the West End, now on Broadway.  The technology and video employed was magnificent.  The direction was cris…

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Animal by Doug Marino

In this new play by Claire Lizzimore, you are expected to think... and connect dots... and solve her riddle....  It's not that complicated but it is open to interpretation to a large de…

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Cost of Living by Doug Marino

In Martyna Majok's new play, Cost of Living, we come to realize the cost she is speaking of is mostly the emotional one.  What does it cost a handicapped person?  Is it cheaper to …

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Oslo by Doug Marino

It's official - I just saw the Tony award winning play of the year.  Oslo, a new docu-play by J.T. Rogers being presented at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center is a bold…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Baghdaddy by Doug Marino

Now playing over at the basement black box Theater at St. Luke's - Baghdaddy. This show has a bit of a split personality disorder.  Act I - over the top silliness and slap-stick comedy.…

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Her Portmanteau by Doug Marino

This is Part II (actually we skip a few of her plays to #4) of Mfoniso Udofia's The Ufot Cycle - Her Portmanteau.   On a creative note - the title is a word that means both a large suit…

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Sojourners by Doug Marino

NYTW has chosen a multi-part play by Mfoniso Udofia as its final installment of the season.  After much debate we decided to see the "marathon" presentation on a Sunday - the two parts …

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Derren Brown: Secret by Doug Marino

Oh, I'm keeping this one a secret for sure.  You see, when I subscribe to a theater company, a non-profit theater company like the Atlantic Theater Company, I expect to see theater. &nb…

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Hamilton by Doug Marino

With all the hype this will be quick.  Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius.  To be fair I did not pay $800 for a ticket.  I waited and waited and finally won the lottery!  My …

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me by Doug Marino

In it's latest installment, it seems that Second Stage Theater either had a "budget gap" that they couldn't afford to produce their own show or just saw an opportunity to bring someone else …

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Her Opponent by Doug Marino

In today's political environment, I'm surprised this show is not getting more airtime and exposure.  Part experiment, part theatrical experience, Her Opponent seeks to open eyes and get…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Six Degrees of Separation by Doug Marino

I just had to see the first preview of John Guare's theatrical classic, Six Degrees of Separation on Broadway. After all, I never saw the movie and knew almost nothing about it except t…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Lilian Hellman's The Little Foxes by Doug Marino

The only thing I did not like about this production was its title.  I hate it when an author feels that their name needs to be attached to the title - ala Edward Albee.  Now, onto …

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Daniel's Husband by Doug Marino

Who on earth WOULDN'T want to marry (Ryan Spahn).... um... i mean Daniel Bixby?  In Michael McKeever's play now in previews at the Cherry Lane Theatre, that would be Daniel's partner, M…

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Church & State by Doug Marino

It's not often that a play grabs you and shakes you to the core. Church & State by Jason Odell Williams is one such play.  Presented 8 times a week over at New World Stages, Mr. Wil…

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Profane by Doug Marino

This one by Zayd Dohrn creeps up on you.  In the beginning you are quite sure there will be some cultural issues - but even up to intermission you are not entirely sure with whom they w…

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Performeteria by Doug Marino

 A very interesting concept to promote off-off-Broadway. Multiple theatre comanies perform skits and short performances in a large space where the audience roams around and sees differe…

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