Friday, April 28, 2017

ANASTASIA – It is pure fantasy. Disney style. by Oscar E Moore

  Is she or isn’t she?  Only her Grand-mama knows for sure in this new musical version of the Anastasia legend “inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Pictures” especially …

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

GROUNDHOG DAY – the unsinkable Andy Karl by Oscar E Moore

Knee brace comes to the rescue.  Andy Karl brave heart that he is should be awarded a medal for performing above and beyond the call of duty despite a torn ligament in his left knee.  Maki…

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Monday, April 10, 2017

COMIC RELIEF – two versions of comedy tonight by Oscar E Moore

From the ridiculous to the sublime.  Two shows have recently opened on Broadway.  Both are very funny.  Both are completely different.  They are THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG and PRESENT LAUG…

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

AMELIE – the musical that goes wrong by Oscar E Moore

I did not see the 2001 movie of the same title that has been adapted to the stage of the Walter Kerr Theatre by Craig Lucas (book) and score by Daniel Messe (rambling unmemorable background …

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM – the return of Harvey Fierstein by Oscar E Moore

  Can a 62 year old gay expatriate ex-cocktail pianist lounging around in a book lined London flat find true love – finally find his soul mate – again – after so many heartbre…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

SWEAT – Blood, threats and fears by Oscar E Moore

Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage along with her longtime director Kate Whoriskey did extensive research in 2011 traveling to Reading Pennsylvania interviewing locals – especially factory…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ARTHUR MILLER’S THE PRICE – devious tactics in the attic revived by Oscar E Moore

  Who knew that Arthur Miller could be so funny?  Leave it to Danny DeVito making his Broadway debut at 72 in this Roundabout production of THE PRICE to pull the rug out from under his…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SIGNIFICANT OTHER – The second time around by Oscar E Moore

Not much has changed for the feel sorry for himself, sad and bewildered Jordan Berman (Gideon Glick) in this production that has transferred from off-Broadway to the larger Booth Theatre.  …

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Monday, March 20, 2017

COME FROM AWAY – From Canada with love by Oscar E Moore

  You are on an International flight.  Heading back to the USA.  Suddenly you are being diverted because of an emergency in NYC.  It is September 11, 2001.  American airspace has be…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SAM GOLD’S THE GLASS MENAGERIE – Controversial Revival Stuns by Oscar E Moore

What the world needs now is NOT another revival of Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE so soon after the excellent Cherry Jones/Zachary Quinto revival of 2013 superbly directed by John…

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

SUNSET BOULEVARD – Revival starring Glenn Close – a magic in the making moment by Oscar E Moore

I can’t ever remember witnessing a world famous star or anyone for that matter eliciting such a thunderous and prolonged ovation as Glenn Close did on Thursday (2/16/2017) evening after si…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

MAN FROM NEBRASKA – Past Pulitzer Prize finalist at Second Stage Theatre by Oscar E Moore

It’s not a traditional play.  More of an odyssey.  A man searching for “something” – a man who has been married, happily it seems until the routine of married life wears thin.  Is…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

THE MOTHER OF INVENTION – Abingdon off-Broadway by Oscar E Moore

What’s it all about Alfie?  A question we should be asking James Lecesne the award winning author of this 95 minute no intermission rambling drama/comedy loosely directed by Tony Speciale…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

JITNEY – Timely and timeless MTC production soars by Oscar E Moore

When you know your people, when you are so in tune with how they speak, how they react and interact (or not) with one another; when you have something important to say with compassion, insig…

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Friday, January 13, 2017

THE PRESENT – Chekhov with a down under twist by Oscar E Moore

Some prefer their Chekhov straight up or neat as has been the traditional way of performing his classic tragi-comedies in the past.  Not so for Andrew Upton who has taken on Chekhov’s ver…

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

IN TRANSIT on Broadway – a cappella musicianship trumps all by Oscar E Moore

In October 2010 I reviewed “In Transit” off Broadway at 59 E 59.  It was intimate.  A cast of seven.  All superb singers whose “harmonies were closer than a jam packed subway car du…

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

A BRONX TALE – mediocre crowd pleasing coming of age musical by Oscar E Moore

For anyone who hasn’t heard of WEST SIDE STORY with its Jets and Sharks rival New York gangs or the Damon Runyon characters in GUYS AND DOLLS or the near to closing JERSEY BOYS you now hav…

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

SWEET CHARITY – Scaled down Off B’way revival starring Sutton Foster glistens by Oscar E Moore

  I should start by advising you to hasten down to The Pershing Square Signature Center to see SWEET CHARITY running through January 8th 2017.   However I am a bit late.  It’s a ve…

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

RIDE THE CYCLONE – Neither here nor there by Oscar E Moore

The big question is – who of the five dead teenage choir members plus one “Baby Jane” doll-like mysterious girl who lost her head in a tragic accident on the Cyclone roller coaster…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

THIS DAY FORWARD – saying “I do” and not meaning it by Oscar E Moore

This new play by Nicky Silver could be subtitled REGRETS.  In the absurd first act we find Irene (Holley Fain) and newlywed husband Martin (Michael Crane) having a face off in a room at the…

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Monday, November 7, 2016

FALSETTOS – it only gets better with age: the show, our perception by Oscar E Moore

Against a backdrop of the skyline of Manhattan circa 1979 an enormous gray cube sits center stage ready to come apart and miraculously be put back together again – much like the extended f…

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

LES LIAISONS DANGERSNOOZ – Misguided revival with mismatched stars by Oscar E Moore

Oh those idle rich.  Oh how they are so easily bored.  Oh how they can just as easily bore us.  In this newest listless revival of Christopher Hampton’s infamous adaptation of Choderlos…

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE – Me, Me, Me by Oscar E Moore

Last time round, playwright Mike Bartlett skewered the Royal Family in King Charles III and now has tackled a royal-pain-in-the-ass-family in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE off-Broadway at the Laura Pels …

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

THE FRONT PAGE – starring an ensemble of legendary comedic actors by Oscar E Moore

Frozen in time.  And that’s how Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s THE FRONT PAGE begins under the precise and rapid fire direction of Jack O’Brien who keeps this old war horse alive a…

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

THE CHERRY ORCHARD – is the pits – a waste of time, talent and money by Oscar E Moore

In Anton Chekov’s tragic-comedy THE CHERRY ORCHARD aristocratic spendthrift Madame Ranevskaya (a carefree albeit uncomfortable Diane Lane) returns from Paris jilted by her lover only to fa…

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER – 18th century classic comedy droops to the occasion by Oscar E Moore

With all due respect my funny bone failed mightily to be tickled by this 18th century classic comedy of manners from the plumed quill of Oliver Goldsmith – adapted and directed by Scott Al…

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

HEISENBERG – not much meat on the bone by Oscar E Moore

  Two chairs.  Two tables.  Two actors.  80 minutes.  No intermission.  Additional tiered bleacher onstage seating added.  Long narrow acting area.  Is this a table tennis match …

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

HOLIDAY INN – a bonanza of good cheer and talent by Oscar E Moore

Just when you think HOLIDAY INN, the new Irving Berlin Musical can’t possibly get any better – it does.  With an affectionate and respectful wink to the original 1942 film starring Bing…

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

OH, HELLO on Broadway – One man’s trash is another man’s treasure by Oscar E Moore

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney met in college.  They bonded – obviously having something in common.  Something that some people might consider a bizarre sense of humor. Soon after they …

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

THE ENCOUNTER – we’re all ears – Simon McBurney’s surround-sound technological wonder by Oscar E Moore

Well, it sure is different.  And eerie.  And fascinating.  And much too long.  Perhaps as long as the mighty Amazon River where Mr. McBurney – who has co-conceived this oddity with Kir…

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

THE ROADS TO HOME – Horton Foote artifact revisited by Oscar E Moore

Take a trip back to the past with Primary Stages production of Horton Foote’s pleasant and homey play at the Cherry Lane Theatre featuring six excellent actors bringing an honesty and real…

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