Wednesday, July 26, 2017

David Grossman's "To the End of the Land" Compellingly Transported to the Stage by David Finkle

Families at war are a mini-trend at this Lincoln Center Festival 2017. First, there was Mohammad Al Attar’s While I Was Waiting

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Money Talks The Musical," "Me & Ella," Musicals to Know About But Not Rush Off To by David Finkle

David Friedman has written a long series of first-rate songs, many of them having become cabaret standards introduced by

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

In the Deliberately Domestic "While I Was Waiting" Mohammad Al Attar Shows Us Syria Today by David Finkle

Since it’s not every day a New York City stage is host to a Syrian playwright and a Syrian director commenting on conditions

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tony Kushner's Great "Angels in America," Under Marianne Elliott's Direction and Starring Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane, Is Screened World by David Finkle

Tony Kushner’s Angels in America—divided in parts “Millennium Approaches” and “Perestroika—is arguably the great American

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Friday, July 14, 2017

You Are There: Blackout on Broadway by Steven Suskin

A first-hand account of what happened when the lights went out during the 1977 blackout, 40 years ago, onstage at the Broadhurst Theatre--featuring Robert Preston and Jack Gilford.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Three New Manhattan Musicals: One Outstanding, One Okay, One Very Bad by David Finkle

As a follow-up to last year’s National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene hit, The Golden Bride, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

In London Three Worthy Political Entries And One Apolitical Dud by David Finkle

London—Since most plays are to a greater or lesser extent political, there’s no surprise that blatant or only slightly veiled

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Friday, June 30, 2017

London's Mild "Wind in the Willows," Amusingly Scottish "Twelfth Night," Hilariously Four-Mouthed "Our Ladies of Perpetual Su by David Finkle

London—In a town cheered worldwide for theater, there are fewer productions on offer these days. The first explanations could

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Monday, June 26, 2017

London Theater's Summer of Love, Lust and Strife, Including Audra McDonald's Billie Holiday by David Finkle

London—Emma Rice, now ending her short stay as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, is celebrating the fiftieth

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Horton Foote's "Traveling Lady," Yes, Definitely; Isla van Tricht's "Underground," Yes; J. M. Synge's "Aran Islands," Su by David Finkle

Horton Foote, who died at 92 in 2009, devoted most of his playwriting (originally television playwriting) to chronicling

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

LCT3/ThirdRail Projects Immersive "Ghost Light," Yes-No?; Holocaust Drama "Terezin" Very Much No by David Finkle

It might be that today’s young (and younger) theater crowd is just as familiar with immersive theater—sometimes called interactive

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Torben Betts's "Invincible," Yes; Charles Ludlam's "Artificial Jungle," Yes-Yes; Lory Lazarus's "Attack of the Elvis Imperson by David Finkle

Marrieds Oliver (Alastair Whatley) and Emily (Emily Bowker) enter arguing in Torben Betts’s Invincible, at 59E59 Theatres

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kevin Spacey Wins His Case in "Clarence Darrow" at Arthur Ashe Stadium by David Finkle

Kevin Spacey, who keeps on proving he can play anyone and do anything, reveres Clarence Darrow. During his highly successful

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Friday, June 9, 2017

The Urgency Of Indecent Art: Paula Vogel On Love, Creation And Injustice by Helen Eisenbach

Any progress we make, to me, is fleeting because underneath it there’s the smoldering coal about to break out in conflagration of a hatred of women.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Franz Kafka's "Hunger Artist" Eats Up the Stage, "Woody Sez" Tells Guthrie's Folksy Tale by David Finkle

Performer Jon Levin, writer Josh Luxenberg and director Joshua William Gelb have taken A Hunger Artist, Franz Kafka’s difficult

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Anthony Horowitz's "Magpie Murders" Is Two Hot Mysteries for the Price of One by David Finkle

Anyone reading this who’s sold on Foyle’s War and/or Midsomer Murders or, for that matter, the Sherlock Holmes follow-up

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Jordan Tyson Is a Winning Musical "Sweetee" by David Finkle

Drunk, streetwalker, apparently little educated Violet (Katy Blake) doesn’t literally spell the name “Sweetee” any time during

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

"The Boy Who Danced on Air" Dances on Air by David Finkle

Looking for an offbeat musical? A way, way offbeat musical? Look no further than The Boy Who Danced on Air, at Abingdon Theatre

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Broadway Stars Gather to Resist, Raise Money and Sing for Planned Parenthood by Carey Purcell

Sunday night is the one night each week that Broadway actors have free. After a week of performances, including two-show

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Val Vigoda Is a Fiddling Firecracker in "Ernest Shackleton Loves Me," Saheem Ali Celebrates Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" by David Finkle

Val Vigoda is a compact bundle of talent. She plays a strapped-on electric violin like a demon. She sings with a voice that

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Friday, May 5, 2017

J. B. Priestley's Rediscovered "The Roundabout" a Must-See, "Marry Harry," a Musical Less So, Randy Sharp's "Dead End" R by David Finkle

Here’s great news. A forgotten J. B. Priestley play has just resurfaced. It’s The Roundabout, and it hasn’t been seen since

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Dianne Wiest's Winning Winnie in Samuel Beckett's "Happy Days" by David Finkle

Whatever else it is, Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days is without doubt a test that many of our most formidable actresses give

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Stephen Karam's Nerds Revenge "Speech and Debate" Comes to Screens by David Finkle

The nerds have been having their revenge for a few decades, and Stephen Karam introduces three more in Speech and Debate

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

In Lucas Hnath's "A Doll's House, Part 2" Nora Finally Breaks Down That Door by David Finkle

Providing sequels to classics is a great temptation, particularly for authors who don’t necessarily believe that characters

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"Bandstand" Boasts an Upbeat Downbeat by David Finkle

Bandstand is being promoted as “a swing musical,” and that’s what it joyfully is, as director-choreographer Andy (Hamilton

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"The Antipodes," Annie Baker's New Play About Story-Telling, Tells an Only So-So Story by David Finkle

What the hugely gifted Annie Baker is getting at in The Antipodes, her new play at the Signature Center, is something I think

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Anastasia May Not Be an Imposter, But "Anastasia" the Musical Is by David Finkle

Full Disclosure: I have not seen the 1997 20th Century Fox animated cartoon Anastasia for which several screenwriters apparently

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" Encounters Assembly Line Glitches by David Finkle

The 8- or 9-year-old girl farther along the aisle from me at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory told me she was having a good

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Zayd Dohrn's "The Profane" a Fair-to Middling Families Feud by David Finkle

American drama overflows with dysfunctional families, and those plays often require a living room set with a couch facing

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole Slather the Make-Up Excessively in "War Paint" by David Finkle

Friedrich Schiller decided that even though Elizabeth I and half-sister Mary, Queen of Scots never actually met, they really

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Harvey Fierstein Deftly Rows Martin Sherman's "Gently Down the Stream by David Finkle

Forty-two years ago with International Stud, Harvey Feinstein introduced the first of the three plays that eventually became

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