Monday, September 17, 2018

Playing to the Gods (Book Review) by Wendy Caster

In the acknowledgements at the end of Playing to the Gods: Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and the Rivalry That Changed Acting Forever, author Peter Rader explains that he (with a …

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Marin Mazzie: 1960-2018 by Wendy Caster

It was 1996. I was visiting from California and only had time for two shows. One, of course, had to be the new Sondheim, Passion. I had heard raves about Donna Murphy, who was, of …

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Heartbreak House by Wendy Caster

George Bernard Shaw's play Heartbreak House has been compared to the works of Chekhov. He himself hinted at the connection via the play's subtitle:  A Fantasia in the Rus…

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Days to Come by Wendy Caster

Is any theatre company in New York more consistently satisfying than The Mint? IMHO, the answer is a great big "No!"Larry Bull, Janie Brookshire, Ted Deasy, and Mary BaconPhoto: Todd Cerveri…

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Band's Visit by Wendy Caster

Last night I went to see The Band's Visit for the second time, with five other people. One had seen it before, the other four hadn't. When the show was over, we were all glowing.We sat …

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Heist! by Wendy Caster

I get invited to a lot of shows, and it's not always easy to decide which ones to see. Often I rely on a familiar name: if person A is directing or person B is acting or person C wrote the m…

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Art Times: Choreography: Intrinsic or Replaceable? by Wendy Caster

My latest Art Times essay is up:In some ways, it’s exciting news: Director Ivo van Hove will stage a production of West Side Story, with new choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersm…

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Possibilities/The After-Dinner Joke by Wendy Caster

No theatre is offering more bang for your buck--or return on your time--than PTP/NYC with their evening of one acts: The Possibilities, by Howard Barker, and The After-Dinner Joke,…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Brecht on Brecht by Wendy Caster

It comes as no surprise that Bertolt Brecht's most incisive and cynical writings are painfully timely, right here, right now. The PTP/NYC production of Brecht on Brecht knows this fact …

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Head Over Heels by Elizabeth Wollman

Head Over Heels is fun, charming, and a lot more complex than it initially appears. It is, after all, no garden-variety jukebox musical, but one based on Sir Philip Sidney's late-16th-centur…

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Brecht on Brecht by Sandra Mardenfeld

Brecht on Brecht takes the work of dramatist Bertolt Brecht, a polarizing post-war Germany writer whose work criticized anti-Semitism and fascism, and compiles a provocative grouping of his …

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

2018 Innovative Theatre Awards Nominees by Wendy Caster

The 2018 Innovative Theatre Awards Ceremony is September 24, 2018. The nominees are as follows:OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLEDanielle Amendola, Jessica Banegas, Ryan Hunt, Kelsey Martin, Joe…

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Straight White Men by Elizabeth Wollman

It's weird to say this about a play that premiered only four years ago (at the Public), but the revival (and first Broadway production) of Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men feels outd…

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Art Times: Theatre Vs. Theater: Does It Matter? by Wendy Caster

My latest essay is up at Art Times:When I was in college, one of my fellow students was Broadway producer David Merrick’s assistant/gofer, which made him a big deal in the Queens…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Blue Room by Sandra Mardenfeld

When David Hare's The Blue Room with Nicole Kidman was on Broadway in 1998, it seemed a thin and cliched story about sexual encounters. The Bridge Production Group at The WhiteBox Art Galler…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Mary Page Marlowe by Wendy Caster

Six women play Mary Page Marlowe, the titular protagonist of Tracy Letts's 90-minute one act at Second Stage Theater. I imagine that developing the show was a fascinating experience for the …

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

My Fair Lady by Elizabeth Wollman

The revival of My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center is much like other Bartlett Sher revivals of musical theater chestnuts at Lincoln Center: it is colorful (if, this time around, more dimly lit);…

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Log Cabin by Wendy Caster

Jordan Harrison's annoyingly didactic Log Cabin presents characters who come across as op-ed essays rather than humans. There's a gay couple and a lesbian couple who have done well in t…

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf by Wendy Caster

The Elevator Repair Service's production of Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf, written by Kate Scelsa and directed by John Collins, is a rollicking feminist take down of/tribute to Ed…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Conflict by Wendy Caster

The wonderful people at The Mint have done it yet again. They have gifted us with a beautiful production of a lost gem of a play, complete with smart and clear direction, wonderful performan…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Lonesome Blues by Wendy Caster

Akin Babatundé, with the outstanding support of guitarist David Weiss, is giving a heck of a concert in Lonesome Blues at the York Theatre Company. Babatundé's voice travels from…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Secret Life of Humans by Wendy Caster

Presented as either a lecture nestled in a drama or a drama nestled in a lecture, Secret Life of Humans focuses on whether evolution is an unbroken line of progress, with each living it…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

2018 Tonys: How'd We Do? by Wendy Caster

Well, we didn't do too badly this year, although we're not going to win any prizes for theatrical prescience. It was very nice to be wrong about Ari’el Stachel and Lindsay Mendez! The…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Spring roundup: Mean Girls, Our Lady of 121st Street, Paradise Blue, Dance Nation by Elizabeth Wollman

Mean GirlsMean Girls is cute and funny, well-staged, a little too long for what it is, occasionally miked too loud, and ultimately better than getting a cavity filled. I wish I'd been thrill…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Desperate Measures by Wendy Caster

I love meaningful musical theatre. I adore Sondheim. Caroline, Or Change is one of my favorite shows. But sometimes an old-fashioned, well-done, energetic, deeply silly musical is the perfec…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

This Is Modern Art by Wendy Caster

As a reviewer, I get invited to dozens of shows each month, and it can be difficult to decide which to see. Sometimes the choice is almost random. I picked This Is Modern Art becau…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

the hollower by Wendy Caster

I saw Liza Birkenmeier's the hollower three days ago and I have been avoiding writing a review because I don't know what to say. Well, yes, I know that the cast is excellent. And, yes, …

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Hello Dolly by Wendy Caster

About 15 minutes into Hello Dolly, I thought, "I love this stupid show." By the end of the first act, I had eliminated "stupid." Hello Dolly has a silly plot, yes, and so…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Peace for Mary Frances by Wendy Caster

Lily Thorne treads familiar ground in her new play, Peace for Mary Frances. Estranged members of a family gather due to the death of a parent. Old grudges are revisited, old wounds are reope…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tony Award Predictions 2018 by Wendy Caster

LIZ: Were I to take awards seasons seriously, I’d join with the city’s professional theater critics in wringing my hands over the purported death of Broadway at the end of this weirdly i…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

League of Professional Theatre Woman presents Chita Rivera in conversation with Richard Ridge by Sandra Mardenfeld

Richard Ridge and Chita RiveraChita Rivera may be known primarily as an actress and a dancer, but she knows how to choreograph a punchline. She provided plenty of laughs as she spoke about h…

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