Saturday, December 3, 2016

"This Day Forward" Lacks Momentum by Broadway & Me

The playwright Nicky Silver sat in a seat in the back of the audience the night my theatergoing buddy Bill and I saw Silver's new play This Day Forward, which is running at the Vineyard Thea…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"Sweat" Speaks Up for The Working Class by Broadway & Me

They may not know it but serious theatergoers owe a big debt of gratitude to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which, despite its name, has commissioned a series of dynamic plays that focus o…

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

"My Name is Gideon: I'm Probably Going to Die, Eventually" is as Cutesy as Its Title by Broadway & Me

There's no question that Gideon Irving is a really talented guy. He's been blessed with an ingratiating stage presence, a plangent singing voice and an irrepressible love of music in the Pau…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Taking Time Out for Thanksgiving by Broadway & Me

Let's be honest: it's been a tough few weeks. But there are still things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Among them are the comfort of family, friends—and, of course, good theater. T…

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Hip-Hop Aesthetic Infuses Hipness into Three New Shows: "Othello:The Remix," "Party People" and "Vietgone" by Broadway & Me

Intentionally or not, most shows that make their way to Broadway or the major off-Broadway stages are geared for people who usually go to the theater. Which usually means you get a lot of st…

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

"Plenty" Isn't Nearly Enough by Broadway & Me

Casting, they say, is half the job of putting on a successful play. In the case of Plenty, the revival of the David Hare drama that is running at The Public Theater through Dec. 1, the misca…

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Talented Women Take on Tough Topics in "Notes from the Field" and "Sell/Buy/Date" by Broadway & Me

One of the many things this week's election has revealed is that people in this country have very different beliefs about some very important subjects but tend to talk almost exclusively to …

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Politics as a Blood Sport in "Coriolanus" by Broadway & Me

The presidential campaign that will finally end on Tuesday has been particularly ugly but as the Red Bull Theater's kinetic—and often bloody—production of Coriolanus reminds us, politics…

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

"Love, Love, Love" Badmouths the Baby-Boomer Generation by Broadway & Me

Are we Baby Boomers really so selfish? I ask because over the last few years, young playwrights have been hinting at the resentment and anger they feel toward those of us born in the middle …

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Art of Making Art in "Sunday in the Park with George" and "Tick,Tick...Boom!" by Broadway & Me

In 1984, Stephen Sondheim had already created the game-changing shows Company and Follies but, feeling disillusioned by the failure of Merrily We Roll Along, he was thinking about leaving th…

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

"Stuffed" Isn't Totally Filling by Broadway & Me

Stuffed, the new comedy by Lisa Lampanelli, is a perfect fit for the Women's Project Theater, now known as the WP Theater. It's written by a woman and deals with a subject that just about ev…

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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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