Wednesday, June 29, 2016

"The Healing" Salves Emotional Wounds by Broadway & Me

Outsiders are Samuel D. Hunter's specialty. But his aren't the heroic or charismatic figures that command center stage in most narratives. Instead, they are the more commonplace misfits soci…

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

"Shining City" Lets Matthew Broderick Shine by Broadway & Me

Now 54, Matthew Broderick made his stage debut as a teenager in the original 1982 production of Torch Song Trilogy, won a Tony Award the next year for his performance in Neil Simon's autobio…

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

"Out of the Mouths of Babes" Ain't P.C. But It's Hard to Resist Its Old-Fashioned Charm by Broadway & Me

The four women who gather for the funeral of a man they all once loved in Out of the Mouth of Babes wouldn't pass the Bechdel test. That feminist litmus test requires tha…

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Why "Indian Summer" is Kind of a Bummer by Broadway & Me

Joe Tippett is a terrific actor. He's particularly good at mining humor when playing "bros" and other kinds of macho guys. But he's also great at revealing how his characters want to be…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"Incognito" is Virtually Incomprehensible by Broadway & Me

The last two minutes are the only fully satisfying ones in Incognito, the new Nick Payne play that is running at Manhattan Theatre Club through July 10. The problem is that while they really…

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Highs and Lows of Three Tony-Nominated Plays by Broadway & Me

As soon as I finished Wednesday's post on the highs and lows of some of the musicals up for Tonys, I realized that I should give some equal hi-lo time to a few of the nominated plays as well…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Highs and Lows of Three Tony-Nominated Musicals Not Named "Hamilton" by Broadway & Me

From the moment that Hamilton's revolutionary troupe stepped onto the stage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre last summer, it was clear that Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop infused celebration of …

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

A "Peer Gynt" Who's Truly Lost Its Way by Broadway & Me

Sometimes I think John Doyle's middle name must be Minimalist. The British director made his reputation with small-scale productions of Stephen Sondheim musicals in which the actors played i…

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

"Hadestown" is a Helluva Fine Destination by Broadway & Me

It's been a long time since I walked out of a musical and couldn't wait to hear the score again. Luckily, the singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell recorded a concept album for Hadestown, t…

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Another Intermission by Broadway & Me

Ooops. I've slipped into a hole again. Not to worry; it's all good stuff. I'm working on a freelance piece for one of my favorite publications (more about that in the future) and gearing up …

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

"Daphne's Dive" Is a Little Too Shallow by Broadway & Me

Daphne's Dive, the bar in the play of that same name which opened this week at Signature Theatre, seems to be a great place to hang out. The bar's genial regulars are diverse ethnically and …

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

History Class: "Shuffle Along" and "Indecent" by Broadway & Me

Show biz people love shows about show business, especially ones in which a band of artists overcome some adversity to put on a show. And right now, two productions about works that broke thr…

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

"Fully Committed" is Satisfying Enough by Broadway & Me

Fully Committed, the one-man show about a reservation clerk at a trendy high-end restaurant, didn't get any Tony nominations. But in a season filled with weightier plays about such downer su…

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

"The Effect" Sets Off a Positive Reaction by Broadway & Me

There's been so much going on in the theater (and in my life) over the past few weeks that I haven't had a chance to talk about one of my favorite shows of the spring season: The Effect, whi…

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

"Dear Evan Hansen" Delivers a Fine Message by Broadway & Me

The nominees for this year's Tony for Best Musical are all the kind of big song-and-dance shows that have for years defined the Broadway musical. But I sometimes think the future of the art …

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Time Out for Tony Talk & "Hamilton's" Effect by Broadway & Me

People are always saying "it's an honor to be nominated" when they get a slot on the ballot for a top award like the Tonys. But that's more true than ever for most of the nominees in the mus…

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

"School for Scandal" Is a Master Class in Wit by Broadway & Me

It's a shame that the Red Bull Theater's production of The School for Scandal is closing May 8, after barely a two-week run because this is one of the most delightful shows I've seen this se…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"The Royale" Sits on an Uneasy Throne by Broadway & Me

Nearly all my theatergoing friends have been asking me if I've seen, and what I think about, The Royale, which has been running at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse theater for the last sev…

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

It's Too Hard Not to Praise the Bard Today by Broadway & Me

If you call yourself any kind of theater lover, then you know that today is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. So, like much of the rest of the world, I'm taking time out …

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Outer Critics Circle Nominations Wrestle With a Strange Theater Season by Broadway & Me

For the first time in years, I attended the announcement of the Outer Critics Circle nominations, which The Algonquin Hotel graciously hosted in its Blue Bar yesterday morning. I wanted to s…

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"Straight" Probes the Zigzags of Modern Love by Broadway & Me

Now that transgender people are popping up on TV shows ("Transparent," "Orange is the New Black") in plays (Hir, Southern Comfort) and even on fashion runways (click here), the one muted let…

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

"Antlia Pneumatica" is as Odd as Its Name by Broadway & Me

Your mood when you walk into a theater can have a lot to do with what you think of a show when you walk out.  And so perhaps because I've been wrestling with some of the issues—the me…

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Defeated by The Perils of "Pericles" by Broadway & Me

Pericles doesn't show up on the lists of Shakespeare's greatest hits. It didn't even make it into the First Folio. And most scholars say the Bard didn't actually write all of it anyway. This…

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

The Virile Appeal of "Hold On to My Darling" by Broadway & Me

Some men sit through plays with the resigned demeanor of boys serving detention and longing for the school bell to ring. But not the men at the performance I attended of Hold On to Me Darlin…

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"Familiar" Puts a New Twist on an Old Story by Broadway & Me

The things I like the most about the new play Familiar are the things I can talk about the least. Unless I want to spoil the experience of your seeing this lovely work by the Zimbabwean-Amer…

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

"Ironbound" Offers an Unyielding Picture of the Woes Confronting Working-Class Women by Broadway & Me

The actress Marin Ireland can do no wrong in my book and she shows why that's so in Ironbound, a drama about a Polish immigrant that's playing at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater through…

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Down-Home Charms of "Southern Comfort" and "The Robber Bridegroom" by Broadway & Me

All of a sudden the rootsy melodies of bluegrass music are being strummed on all kinds of New York stages. There's Southern Comfort, which is playing down at the Public Theater through this …

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Another Intermission.... by Broadway & Me

Yep, I'm back in the hole again so no post today.  But, aside from the bunch of shows I did manage to talk about on Wednesday, I hope you will check out the roundtable discussion I had …

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Highlights and Lowlights of Five Intriguing Shows: "Body of an American," "Smokefall," "Nice Fish," "Boy," and by Broadway & Me

March Madness is the term used to describe this time of the year when college basketball teams compete for their national championship. But for me, it means the time when the spring theater …

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

A (Hopefully) Brief Intermission by Broadway & Me

Heavy loads of work and other obligations have put me in a hole. I'm working my way out but it may take another week or so before I can post again. I'll try to sneak in an occasional tweet (…

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

"Her Requiem" Lacks Harmonic Structure by Broadway & Me

Most parents want their children to have a better life than they did. But a few want to better their own lives by living through their kids. That latter group is the one that interests playw…

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