Wednesday, June 21, 2017

An intermission by Broadwayandme

My husband K and I are away on vacation so no posts until we get back next week.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

"The Government Inspector" Triumphs by Broadwayandme

The Red Bull Theater Company has a gift for silliness. Its production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 18th century classic The School for Scandal was one of the best evenings I had in th…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tony Talk Podcast: Episode 12: Wrapping Up by Broadwayandme

The 2016-2017 theater season that ended on Sunday night with the Tony Awards ceremony hosted by Kevin Spacey was one of the best in recent memory. That made the contest for the top prizes on…

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Tony Talk Podcast Episode 11: Final Predictions by Broadwayandme

After enduring 40 days of awards lunches, newspaper ads, TV appearances, magazine interviews and all kinds of social media interactions, the Broadway community (fans included) will finally g…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Shared Promise and Common Failings of "Can You Forgive Her?" "The End of Longing" and "The Whirligig" by Broadwayandme

Has someone been traveling around peddling the idea that all a play now needs to be successful is quirky characters, snappy dialog and a speech at the end about the meaning of life?  I …

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Tony Talk Episode 10: The Broadcast by Broadwayandme

The Tony Awards ceremony, which will air on CBS next Sunday, June 11, is more than just a celebration of the best of the theater season. It's the way that many people, especially those outsi…

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Little Musicals with Big Aspirations: "The Boy Who Danced on Air" and "Ernest Shackelton Loves Me" by Broadwayandme

Over the past few months, I've been bingeing on the big awards-baiting musicals that have opened on Broadway. Several of them are terrific but it was nice last week to see two smaller shows …

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Tony Talk Episode9: The Design Categories by Broadwayandme

Just like everyone else involved in putting on a show, costume and set designers see their main job as telling a story. But that job--and winning a Tony for it--is harder than it looks. Desi…

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Misfortunes of "The Lucky One" by Broadwayandme

Most people know A.A. Milne as the creator of the Winnie-the-Pooh children's stories but in the two decades before he published the first Pooh book in 1926, Milne was best known as a humoris…

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tony Talk Podcast-Episode 8: The Campaign by Broadwayandme

The race is on. It may be done more politely than it was during our last presidential campaign (thank goodness), but the Tony nominees are beginning to elbow one another out of the way as th…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"Seven Spots on the Sun" Sheds Light on the Darkness a Repressive Regime Can Inflict by Broadwayandme

Getting a show in front of a mainstream audience ain't easy and it can be even tougher when you're a playwright of color. Which is why I'm happy to have seen Martín Zimmerman's Seven Spots …

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Tony Talk Podcast-Episode 7: The Other Awards by Broadwayandme

The theater awards season is like a presidential campaign. Everyone has their eyes on the ultimate prize but there are lots of other contests along the way that offer trophies and with them,…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cheering The Outer Critics Circle's Awards by Broadwayandme

I promise to get back to talking about shows I've seen soon but as a card-carrying member of the Outer Critics Circle, I feel honor-bound to tout the awards we announced on Monday. The OCC r…

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Is There Life After the Tony Nominations for "Anastasia," Bandstand" and "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory"? by Broadwayandme

All Tony awards are coveted but the awards for Best Musical tend to be the most coveted of all. And because 13 new musicals debuted during the 2016-2017 season, the odds of getting one this …

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Tony Talk Podcast-Episode 6: The Tony Nominations by Broadwayandme

If you're reading this blog, then you already know that the Tony nominations were announced yesterday.  And depending on how you look at it, this year's nominators had one of the toughe…

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Annie Baker Contemplates the Vagaries of Storytelling in "The Antipodes" by Broadwayandme

Like most talented playwrights these days, Annie Baker has no doubt been asked to spend some time in a writers' room for one of the prestige TV shows. But on the basis of her new play The An…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Parsing the Outer Critics Circle Nominations by Broadwayandme

There's no question that the Tonys are the Oscars, or most desired awards, of the theater world but there are other coveted prizes too. Yesterday, the Outer Critics Circle, of which I'm a pr…

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Tony Talk Podcast, Episode 5: Supporting Players by Broadwayandme

The Tonys may be the top dog in awards season but it's not the only one in the game. Lots of other groups also celebrate the best of the theater season. The nominations for the Lucille …

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"The Profane" Seeks The Moral High Ground by Broadwayandme

Playwrights Horizons hasn't made a big deal of it but over the past year, the company seems to have gone out of its way to tell stories about people whose lives rarely get shown onstage and …

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Tony Talk Podcast, Episode 4: Too Much of A Good Thing by Broadway & Me

If you love musicals, this is the season for you. Fourteen new ones will have opened by the time the season officially ends on April 27. And they range from small edgy chamber pieces to…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Highly Theatrical Hijinks of "Vanity Fair," "The Play That Goes Wrong" and "946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips" by Broadway & Me

Sometimes you want a little sizzle with your theatrical steak. Or at least I do.  Which is why I'm such a fan of shows that take an imaginative approach to their storytelling, using all…

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Tony Talk Podcast, Episode 3: The Pulitzer Effect by Broadway & Me

And we're off: the awards season has officially begun. Nominations for the Lucille Lortel Awards, which honor off-Broadway productions, were announced this week. And since lots of shows run …

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

"How to Transcend a Happy Marriage" Gets Bogged Down in the Metaphysics of Love by Broadway & Me

Happy marriages don't get much love in plays; they don't provide enough dysfunction for drama and there's not enough cutting up in them for comedy. So gratefully ensconced in one myself and …

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Tony Talk Podcast, Episode 2: The New Generation of Music Men (and Women) by Broadway & Me

Spring is always kind of a crazy time for me. I'm happy to see the end of winter weather and excited by all the new shows coming in but am inevitably so busy seeing them (and juggling all th…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Acts of Violence and Meditations on Grief in "When It's You" and "On the Exhale" by Broadway & Me

Mass shootings are now so commonplace that they've spawned a whole subgenre of theater. Over the past decade I've seen The Columbine Project and The Library, both based on the 1999 massacre …

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Introducing B&Me's new Tony Talk Podcast by Broadway & Me

If you read Broadway & Me, then you know how much I love theater. What you may not know is that I also love podcasts and so I've decided to combine the two because this is shaping up to …

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"X, or Betty Shabazz v. the Nation" is a Compelling Requiem for a Complex Man by Broadway & Me

People have been telling me I should see a Marcus Gardley play for years now. But I somehow missed his breakout play The House that Will Not Stand and all the subsequent ones. Until this pas…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Feminism is a Lost Cause in "Linda" by Broadway & Me

Being a woman today can be tough (just ask Hillary Clinton). But it isn't as Job-like tough as Penelope Skinner makes it out to be in the play Linda, which is running through April 2 at Manh…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

"All the Fine Boys" is Fine Enough by Broadway & Me

You may have to be a young woman in your late teens or early 20s to truly appreciate All The Fine Boys, the new play that The New Group is running in the tiny Ford Foundation Studio Theatre …

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Meditations on Death: "Everybody," Wakey, Wakey" and "Evening at the Talk House" by Broadway & Me

Grief is strange. We deal with the loss of someone we love as best we can but sometimes, even months later, the lingering sorrow continues to inform the choices we make. I don't know if…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

"The Skin of Our Teeth" is Wacky—but Wise by Broadway & Me

Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth premiered in 1942, just 10 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor launched the U.S. into World War II. Clearly tapping into the zeitgeist of the mome…

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