Saturday, February 17, 2018

Celebrating B&Me's 11th Anniversary by Broadwayandme

It's hard to believe that I've been writing this blog for 11 years but that's what the calendar tells me. As longtime readers may remember, I posted a "Curtain-Raiser" on Feb. 14, 2007 (I've…

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

"[porto]" is a Romcom for Millennials to Love by Broadwayandme

[Porto],  And judging by the knowing laughter from the 20- and 30-somethings in the audience at the performance I attended, she's hit her intended mark.the oddly punctuated romantic com…

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

"Fire and Air" Fails to Ignite Any Passion by Broadwayandme

The creative ferment at the beginning of the last century rivaled that of the Renaissance. Painters like Pablo Picasso and Vasily Kandisnky restructured painting. Composers like Claude Debus…

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

"Balls" Falls Too Short of Its Ambitious Goals by Broadwayandme

People don't usually make too big a deal about a 45th anniversary. After all, the much more impressive-sounding 50th is so close. But the 1973 match between Billie Jean King, a 29-year-old t…

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Why I Didn't Love "Stories By Heart" by Broadwayandme

When theater lovers want to express their deep devotion to an actor as formidably talented as John Lithgow, they often say they would be content to listen to him if he were just reading the …

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Dethroning "Farinelli and the King" by Broadwayandme

Is Mark Rylance the greatest actor of our time? Over the course of a three-decade career, he's won three Tonys, two Oliviers and an Oscar. Last year, the Queen knighted him for his service t…

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Some of My Favorite Theater Things in 2017 by Broadwayandme

As usual, I'm late to the party of 10 Bests Lists. All the others began going up the moment Christmas trees started sprouting on New York City street corners. But my tardiness matters even l…

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas... by Broadwayandme

...a belated Happy Chanukah, a tardy Good Winter Solstice, a slightly premature Joyous Kwaanza and the all-pervasive hope that however you celebrate it, your holiday season will sparkle with…

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Turning on the Ghost Light, Again by Broadwayandme

It's been a month since I've turned on the ghost light that theaters use when they're empty and that I use to signal that there will be no regular post today. And I'm not happy about doing i…

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

How I Got Stranded by "Once on This Island" by Broadwayandme

It's no fun being a party-pooper. But that's the role I find myself in when it comes to the revival of Once on This Island, the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flahaerty musical that opened this wee…

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

"School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play" Scores High Grades Across the Board by Broadwayandme

The actress Jocelyn Bioh was a total delight in such shows as An Octoroon, Men on Boats and Everybody, bringing an extra zip to every line she spoke. So I figured a play Bioh wrote might be …

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Too Pooped to Turn on the Ghost Light by Broadwayandme

No post today. And I'm too pooped to even turn on the ghost light that usually indicates I'm taking a break. Here's why: Over the past week, I've:•taped my first episode of TheatreTal…

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

"The Portuguese Kid" is Totally Juvenile by Broadwayandme

Nobody bats a thousand. It's unfair of us theater lovers to expect our favorite writers and directors to knock one out of the park (last sports metaphor, I promise) each time they come up wi…

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

"People, Places & Things" is a Good Thing by Broadwayandme

The story that British playwright Duncan Macmillan tells in People, Places & Things isn't new. But the brilliant way in which this tale about a woman's struggles with alcoholism and addi…

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

"After the Blast" Finds Uplift in a Dystopia by Broadwayandme

In these challenging times, a play that makes a convincing argument for why it's important to continue on despite overwhelming odds is especially welcomed. And that's exactly what LCT3's pro…

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

"The Home Place" is Underfurnished by Broadwayandme

All the comments I overhead at the Irish Repertory Theatre Company's revival of Brian Friel's The Home Place seemed to be about the set. Decorated with prettily painted flats and lots o…

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Moments Linger in "Time and the Conways" by Broadwayandme

The word sentimental has become one of the deepest insults you can hurl at a play. But I don't mind a bit of sentimentality if it's done well. And although the Roundabout Theatre Company's r…

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

"Tiny Beautiful Things" is Too Small for Me by Broadwayandme

Sometimes you need to just follow your gut when it comes to deciding whether or not to see a show.  My gut told me Tiny Beautiful Things wouldn't be for me. But I wanted …

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Latest News About "Broadway & Me" by Broadwayandme

Regular readers may have noticed that I haven't been posting as often as I usually do. But that doesn't mean I haven't been seeing shows and having thoughts about them. In fact, I seem to be…

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

"Charm" Celebrates Gender Fluidity by Broadwayandme

It's hard not to be charmed by Charm, the new play about a 67-year-old transgender woman who offers etiquette lessons to underprivileged and gender-fluid youths. For everyone associated with…

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

"The Violin" Plays an Old-Fashioned Tune by Broadwayandme

The instrument that gives The Violin its title is what the film director Alfred Hitchcock used to call a MacGuffin, a plot device to provide some momentum for what in this play, which opened…

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

"For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday" is a Gift for Theater Lovers Ready to Grow Up by Broadwayandme

Ever since a friend died earlier this summer at the relatively young age of 62, I've been preoccupied with death. So For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday, Sarah Ruhl's warm-hearted meditation …

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

A Female-Focused Fall Theater Preview by Broadwayandme

Experience has taught me that I'm a terrible prognosticator. So many of the shows I get all worked up about at the beginning of a theater season end up disappointing me. And then shows that …

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

A Labor Day Salute to Drama Teachers by Broadwayandme

Monday is Labor Day, which for some folks means that the summer is winding down, for others that the school year is starting up and for us theater lovers that a new season is just around the…

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

The "Prince of Broadway" is Too Stately by Broadwayandme

Whether you walk out of Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre feeling as though you got you money's worth after seeing Prince of Broadway is going to depend on what you go into…

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

A "Hamlet" Without a Semblance of Majesty by Broadwayandme

Hamlet is hands down the world's most famous play. People who have never been inside a theater quote its lines "To be, or not to be" and "To thine own self be true." And parodies and homages…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

"Curvy Widow" Plays to its Demographic by Broadwayandme

Women of a certain age (which usually means between 50 and 75) make up the majority of the theater's ticket buying audience. And Curvy Widow, the new musical that recently opened at the West…

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

"A Parallelogram" Doesn't Play It Straight by Broadwayandme

Whimsy has never really been my cup of tea. And alas, A Parallelogramthe Bruce Norris play that opened at Second Stage Theater this past week, is reeking of it.  A dark comedy…

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

"The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds her Chameleon Skin" Didn't Get Time to Show Off Its Star by Broadwayandme

It may seem silly to talk about The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds her Chameleon Skin because it was scheduled for just two performances this past week, half the usual five or six-show run for prod…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Drifting into Summer Vacation Mode by Broadwayandme

It's that time of year again: temperatures have heated up, show openings have cooled down and I've succumbed to summer sloth. So while I'll continue to see a few shows and to share my though…

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

"Ghost Light" is a Love Letter to Theater by Broadwayandme

Although he's usually game for just about anything, my theatergoing buddy Bill declined when I suggested that we see Ghost Light, the immersive theatrical experience that the experimental th…

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