Saturday, October 22, 2016

"The Cherry Orchard" is Too Arid by Broadway & Me

Actors, directors, playwrights and producers are now eager for ways to make theater more inclusive (which is a good thing) but the rules for how to do that are still being worked out. Which …

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"She Stoops to Conquer" Falls Too Short by Broadway & Me

The Anglo-Irish writer Oliver Goldsmith wrote She Stoops to Conquer in 1771 but The Actors Company Theatre's revival of this classic farce works hard to be contemporary. Maybe too hard. Befo…

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Turning on the Ghost Light by Broadway & Me

Well, it's late in the day and I still haven't had a chance to write today's post so I'm going to drag out the old ghost light that theaters turn on when they're temporarily empty. Octo…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Judith Light Provides the Heart—and the Soul—in "All the Ways to Say I Love You" by Broadway & Me

Neil LaBute made his name in the '90s by creating narcissistic characters who do mean and horrible things to the other characters in his films and plays. But over the years, this prolific pl…

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Counting Me Out of "The Encounter" by Broadway & Me

Immersive experience is the phrase that everyone keeps using to describe The Encounter, the unusual one-man show that is playing a limited run at Broadway's Golden Theatre through Jan. 8 whe…

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

"Marie and Rosetta" Revives the Spirit by Broadway & Me

Marie and Rosetta, which has been extended at the Atlantic Theater's Linda Gross Theater through Oct. 16, aims to be a crowd-pleaser—and it certainly is. Just about everyone left the theat…

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Taylor Mac's "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music" is a Sensational Celebration by Broadway & Me

UThe gender-fluid performance artist Taylor Mac isn't so much doing a show as he is hosting a party with A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,which is playing at St. Ann's Warehouse only thr…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Slave Narratives: "Underground Railroad Game" and "Nat Turner in Jerusalem" by Broadway & Me

It may be hard to remember now but many people believed that Barack Obama's presidency would take the country into a post-racial era, where, as Martin Luther King Jr. once dreamed, people wo…

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

"Aubergine" Only Partially Satisfies by Broadway & Me

 Aubergine is both a fancy name for eggplant and the title of Julia Cho's new play, now running at Playwrights Horizons through Oct. 2. The company has been touting it as a savory stew …

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

"The Wolves" Champions Female Ambitions by Broadway & Me

Besides Claire Boothe Luce's catty comedy The Women, Euripides' breast-clawing tragedy The Trojan Women, the feminist cri de coeurs of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls and Ntozake Shange's for co…

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

My Usual Idiosyncratic Fall Theater Preview by Broadway & Me

Maybe we're all still suffering from a Hamilton hangover but excitement about the upcoming theater season seems more muted than it has in past years. Still, the new shows are beginning to op…

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Why "A Day by the Sea" is a Washout for Me by Broadway & Me

In the old days, plays were expected to be well made and largely about people who well mannered and well off. But in the years after World War II the working class playwrights known as the A…

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

A Labor Day Salute to Blue Collar Broadway by Broadway & Me

Even though the theater world slows down in summer, the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is my favorite time of the year. And this year, I kicked back and was even lazier than usual (…

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

"The Layover" Fails to Get Off the Ground by Broadway & Me

People write plays for all kinds of reasons and after we saw the new show that opened at Second Stage Theatre this week, my theatergoing buddy Bill speculated that playwright Leslye Headland…

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

"Quietly" Doesn't Make Enough Noise by Broadway & Me

The intense drama Quietly extended its run this week and is now scheduled to play at the Irish Repertory Theatre thru Sept. 25. I'm always glad to see a show find a larger audience—ev…

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

"Men On Boats" is a Rip-Roaring Ride by Broadway & Me

"Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?" asks the final line of the musical Hamilton. It, of course, famously answers its own question by having black and brown actors play the Foun…

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

"Privacy Takes Interactivty to Another Level by Broadway & Me

The hottest ticket of the summer is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opened at London's Palace Theatre last weekend and is already sold out through next May. But on this side of the …

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

"Butler" Tackles History With Humor by Broadway & Me

You wouldn't think that the subject of slavery would be an obvious choice for comedy. And yet the writer James McBride pulled it off with "The Good Lord Bird," his comedic novel about a youn…

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Who's Going to Get "The Last Word"? by Broadway & Me

Maybe it's the summer heat. Or maybe too many of you are out of town. Or maybe it's a reluctance to take a chance on an unknown show. Whatever the reason, there weren't as many entrants in t…

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Summer Festivals—and a Summer Giveaway by Broadway & Me

We're now in the midsummer of this year's theater festival season. It's the time when small companies and fledgling productions get a chance to strut their stuff. Some of these showcases, li…

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Shifting Into Summer Vacation Mode by Broadway & Me

With temperatures climbing into the 90s, we're in the midst of the summer's first real heat wave. And consequently, everything is slowing down, including show openings—and now B&Me. I'…

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

"Small Mouth Sounds" Makes a Big Noise by Broadway & Me

Since getting her B.A. at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and an M.F.A from Columbia University barely a decade ago, Rachel Chavkin, whose acclaimed production of Natasha, Pierre and the Grea…

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Two Museums Put On Good Stage Shows by Broadway & Me

Spring's incessant flow of show openings slows to a trickle in the summer so theater junkies like me have to look elsewhere for our fixes. I recently found some solace in theater-related exh…

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Theater Books for Summer Reading 2016 by Broadway & Me

The Tonys and all last season's other theater celebrations are now behind us, several original Hamilton cast members (including the show's creator Lin-Manuel Miranda) are scheduled to take t…

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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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