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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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

"Tennessee Williams 1982": Two Late Plays That May Appeal to Only a Dedicated Few by Broadway & Me

So much of my time is spent trying to keep up with shows that open on Broadway and those produced by the larger off-Broadway companies that I rarely get to see smaller off-off Broadway shows…

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

This "Prodigal Son" Remains Lost by Broadway & Me

Like the playwright John Patrick Shanley, I was a kid from a working-class family who got a scholarship to a New England prep school and it changed my life in all kinds of ways. So I was rea…

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

"Smart People" Strains too Hard to Be Clever by Broadway & Me

Lydia Diamond's Stick Fly, which had a brief Broadway run back in 2011, was such a refreshing look at African-American life in contemporary America that I had to talk myself out of jumping o…

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

An Eighth Anniversary Message by Broadway & Me

I get sentimental around this time every year because tomorrow is Valentine's Day, a chance for me to celebrate how lucky I am to have my husband K in my life.  And because it's also th…

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"Fiddler on the Roof" is a Bit Off-Key for Me by Broadway & Me

Some roles become so identified with one actor that others shy away from doing them. Here I'm thinking of Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (although the British actress Sheridan Smith recently dare…

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Turning on the Ghost Light by Broadway & Me

Health problems (nothing dire but serious enough to have screwed with my schedule) are keeping me from posting today. So as I usually do when I can't write here, I'm putting up the ghost lig…

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

"Tappin Thru Life" is Light On Its Feet by Broadway & Me

Maurice Hines and his younger brother Gregory were barely out of diapers when they started in show business. Known as The Hines Kids (and later as Hines, Hines and Dad when their drummer fat…

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Why "I and You" Isn't For Me by Broadway & Me

Just a couple of days ago I was yapping on in another post about how "as long as a show is well made, it's OK with me even it if isn't what I think of as 'my kind of show.'" So I suppose I'v…

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Standing Up for the Old-Fashioned Fun of "On Your Feet" and "School of Rock" by Broadway & Me

Theater snobs complain that Broadway has become too focused on shows that will appeal to the tourist trade. But the populist in me doesn't have a problem with that. As long as a show is well…

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Turning on the (Vacation) Ghost Light by Broadway & Me

My husband K and I are off for a no-Internet-access vacation so I've put on the ghost light that theaters set up when they're temporarily vacant. But I'm leaving plenty of good stuff for you…

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

"Misery" Isn't Completely Miserable by Broadway & Me

Everything I've read about Stephen King suggests he's a really nice guy. He's been married to the same woman for 45 years. He gives away about $4 million a year to worthy causes. And he work…

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

"The Color Purple" and Its Star are Radiant by Broadway & Me

I'm usually no fan of director John Doyle's work. It always strikes me as too self-congratulatory about how clever it is. But Doyle's revival of The Color Purple knocked me out. And that's a…

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Virtual Realities of "Marjorie Prime" by Broadway & Me

Marjorie Prime, the Pulitzer Prize finalist running at Playwrights Horizons through Jan. 24, is intentionally unsettling. Playwright Jordan Harrison has set it in the near future when today'…

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Shows That Really Got to Me in 2015 by Broadway & Me

Last year was a great year for theater. Lots of things to see. And lots of it good. Really good. And yet, as so often happens, a critical consensus has formed around just a few. The Humans, …

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year by Broadway & Me

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