Tuesday, April 23, 2019

King Lear by Wendy Caster

As you probably already know, in the old days theatre critics wrote their reviews right after seeing the performances. In fact, as the shows ended, the critics ran up the aisles to maximize …

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The Pain of My Belligerence by Wendy Caster

My sister once said that, while the worst men are incredibly sleazy, the worst women are incredibly stupid. In the world premiere of The Pain of My Belligerence at Playwrights Horizons, wri…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Hadestown by Liz Wollman

It's a sad song It's a sad tale, it's a tragedy It's a sad song But we sing it anyway 'Cause here's the thing:  To know how it ends  And still begin to sing it again As if it might turn o…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Bathsheba's Psalms Or, a Woman of Unusual Beauty Taking a Bath by Sandra Mardenfeld

Tanyamaria. Background - Elizabeth Kenny, Marisela Grajeda Gonzalez, C. Bain.Photo credit: Jody ChristophersonA fresh take on the Old Testament’s tale of King David and Bathsheba, April Ra…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Cradle Will Rock by Wendy Caster

Marc Blitzstein's 1937 "play in music," The Cradle Will Rock, uses theatre as a political soapbox. Its scathing depictions of the hypocrisies of capitalism, religion, and other societal icon…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

The White Devil by Wendy Caster

John Webster wrote The White Devil in the early 1600s, and 400 years later it remains relevant and great fun. Red Bull director Louisa Proske underlines its timeliness with a modern-dress p…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

MasterVoices: Night Songs And Love Waltzes by Wendy Caster

MasterVoices (formerly known as the Collegiate Chorale) has a long history of presenting wonderful evenings of song and theatre, and Night Songs and Love Waltzes fit right in. (There's also …

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka by Wendy Caster

First, behold the title: If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka, sparkling with energy. Next, the structure: playwright Tori Sampson's dynamic, emotional play riffs on folklore, Afric…

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Boesman and Lena by Elizabeth Wollman

It often occurs to me, especially lately, just how much the trajectory of any life comes down to dumb luck. Sure, people can work hard to change their lot in life, or screw up enough to piss…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Operating Systems by Wendy Caster

I've had a challenging and satisfying few hours chewing on the ideas and questions posed by Gus Schulenburg's new play Operating Systems, which I saw this afternoon. The description of the…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Wendy Caster

What a difference a director makes. When By the Way, Meet Vera Stark was done at the Second Stage, directed by Jo Bonney, it was hysterically funny, yet hard-hitting and even heart-breakin…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

League of Professional Theatre Women by Wendy Caster

It's easy to discuss the lack of gender parity in theatre, but what can be done about it? The League of Professional Theatre Women exists to answer that question and to make things happen, …

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Price of Thomas Scott by Wendy Caster

The invaluable Mint Theater Company has found another underappreciated playwright from early in the last century. Elizabeth Baker grew up in an extremely religious household and didn't see h…

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Cher Show by Elizabeth Wollman

In lots of ways, The Cher Show is remarkably similar to Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Both are big, shiny, spectacular jukebox musicals about iconic female superstars, created by overwhe…

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Choir Boy by Elizabeth Wollman

Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy, just extended at the Friedman, is poignant, moving, and lovely. A coming-of-age drama set in an exclusive all-male, all-black boarding school, th…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Best Performances of 2018 by Wendy Caster

I am frequently blown away by the depth and quality of the New York acting community. Brilliant performances are everywhere.(I've linked to my reviews for shows I did indeed review.)THE ENSE…

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Best of 2018 by Wendy Caster

In 2018, I saw 74 shows. Only nine of them were on Broadway; those prices, even when discounted, keep scaring me away. However, I've lost little by skipping Broadway shows (as much as I woul…

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Sandra Mardenfeld

Cooper Bates PhotographyBurt Grinstead and Anna Stromberg wore many hats during Blanket Fort Entertainment’s New York premiere of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde from Dec. 6-16 at the Soho Playh…

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Liz's Top Ten of 2018 by Elizabeth Wollman

While I can't say I'll miss a whole lot of things that went down in 2018, it's worth acknowledging just how good the theater was, at least in these parts. Whereas past seasons have been pret…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Net Will Appear by Wendy Caster

At the beginning of Erin Mallon's The Net Will Appear, 75-year-old Bernard climbs out of his second-story window to use the roof of the first floor as a deck. He sets up his camping chair an…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Clueless, The Musical by Wendy Caster

"What, another musical based on a late 20th-century movie?" you may ask. Well, yeah. But here's the thing: it's really good.Zurin Villanueva, Dove Cameron Photo: Monique CarboniWriter/l…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Noura by Wendy Caster

I expected to like Noura, Heather Raffo's play at Playwrights Horizon. I knew it was about a Christian Iraqi family living in the US, which I found intriguing, and that it delves into assimi…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

The Tricky Part by Wendy Caster

Well-deserved raves for Martin Moran's heart-breaking solo piece, The Tricky Part, can be found at the Times, Theater Mania, and the Fordham Observer. I'm more interested in the why of …

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King Kong by Elizabeth Wollman

While I appreciate it as a landmark in both film making and scoring, I've otherwise never much understood the appeal of King Kong. Sure, there's incredibly cool stop-motion animation an…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

The Waverly Gallery by Elizabeth Wollman

A friend of mine often uses the expression "pretty little play" to describe a show that's easy to digest, not especially profound or layered, and pretty satisfying nonetheless. The Waverly G…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Art Times: What We Can Do When We Work Together by Wendy Caster

My latest essay is up at Art Times: I just voted, and I’m a nervous wreck. The sad truth is that no matter who wins, it’s not going to be pretty. We seem to have lost the ability as…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

The Thanksgiving Play by Wendy Caster

I see political correctness as largely a good thing. For me, it connotes trying to honor other people and their needs; calling people by their chosen names; respecting that people with diffe…

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Waiting for Godot by Wendy Caster

The superb Druid production of Waiting for Godot, which is part of the Lincoln Center White Light festival, is damn close to perfect. Garry Hynes's meticulous direction exquisitely bala…

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Inner Voices 2018 by Wendy Caster

Every couple of years, the theatre company Premieres commissions three sung monologues. The writers are given no limitations in terms of content or theme. The latest three monologues, Inner …

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Big Apple Circus by Wendy Caster

If you have any interest in circuses; if you love the daring young people on the flying trapeze; if you are entertained by amazing juggling or impressed by feats of strength or fascinated by…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Oklahoma! by Elizabeth Wollman

Daniel Fish's absolutely stunning Oklahoma, currently at St. Ann's Warehouse where I wish it could somehow live forever, never loses sight of America's gloried past even as it confronts its …

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