Friday, March 20, 2020

The Woman in Black - Where Innocence Meets The Unexplainable by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander (Originally scheduled to run through April 19th, The Woman in Black, as well as all other live performances at the McKittrick Hotel have been suspended until fu…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Dana H - Portrait of A Real-Life Nightmare by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Playwright Lucas Hnath unveils a very personal tale which examines one of humankind's deepest fears. Being held captive by another person while you pray for your…

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice - Trying Too Hard To Be What One Is Not by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. Such is the message of the new musical Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice. Presented by The New Group at …

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Mack & Mabel - The Perennial Bridesmaid by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Watching Douglas Sills sing “Movies Were Movies”, the opening number in the recent Encores! production of the 1974 Broadway musical Mack & Mabel, one can …

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Medea - Hell Still Hath No Fury... by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Director Simon Stone has staged his new adaptation of Euripides' classic revenge story Medea, now at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, on a white background. Bob …

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake - Finding The Freedom To Be Yourself by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander One of the basic tenets of people everywhere is the need to express who they are inside. This is the underlying principle beautifully expressed in the absolutel…

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Judgment Day - The Degrees of Responsibility by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander The idea that every person is responsible for their own actions is a basic tenet in most societies. However, when those actions are called into question, uncoveri…

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Greater Clements - Starting Over Is Not For Everyone by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Just about everybody has wished for a second chance at least once in their lives. The opportunity to undo a certain decision, change the direction of one's life o…

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Gospel of John - An Enlightening Tale, Masterfully Told by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander The key to telling a story, no matter how old it may be, is the ability of the one doing the telling to imbue it with passion from the here and now. A particular…

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Slava Snowshow - A Wonderful World to Visit by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Clowns exist in their own pocket universe. A point from which they can project everything from a childlike innocence to a bit of misguided whimsy, a can-do attit…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Big Apple Circus - Thrills and Fun for All! by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander The most important element of any circus is the ability to instill feelings of joy and amazement in its audience. Something Big Apple Circus, now beginning its 4…

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Slave Play - An Attempt At Understanding by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander One of the most important aspects in a committed relationship is one partner’s willingness to help satisfy the emotional needs of the other. Even if those need…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Caesar and Cleopatra - More Intellectual Than Gripping by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Who would have thought Julius Caesar would be turn out to be a moderate sort? At least that’s how he appears in George Bernard Shaw’s seldom-seen comedy, Ca…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Tech Support - When Life Is What You Make It by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Who among us hasn't at one point longed for a break from hi-speed technology and a return to a time when things were simpler? This is the starting point for Debra…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Moulin Rouge! The Musical - Where Love Triumphs by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Love and passion collide with loyalty and responsibility in Moulin Rouge! A stirring powerhouse of a Broadway musical at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. It's 1899 a…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Happy Talk - Portrait of an Unhappy Narcissist by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander When one continually projects a sunny disposition, no matter the circumstances, it’s possible the person in question is trying to hide some deep personal pain.…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

High Button Shoes - Not Reaching Nearly High Enough by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Pretty much relegated to the dustbin of history, the Broadway musical High Button Shoes is mainly remembered by theatre lovers and historians for its “Bathin…

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus - A Missed Opportunity by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander No one involved in the theatre sets out to present a bad play; producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom notwithstanding. However sometimes one gets so enamored of …

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Lady in the Dark - An Enlightening Journey by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander The one thing most people will tell you when it comes to dreams is that they often don't make sense. Either literally or chronologically. Different people from v…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Nantucket Sleigh Ride - A Few Bumps In The Road by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Barely remembered images from childhood collide with recollections others simply don't want to revisit in John Guare's Nantucket Sleigh Ride. The show offering a…

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Do You Feel Anger? - The Dangers of Running with the Herd by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Trying to see things from another's point of view can be an admirable trait. But when one sacrifices their own principles in the process, even if they believe it…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The B-Side: "Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons," A Record Album Interpretation - Where messages can be found between the lines by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander People of a certain age may recall the joy of going through dusty bins of vinyl recordings at a record store or flea market and seeing one that unexpectedly caug…

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Daddy - Looking Behind The Eyes by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Making a relationship work becomes problematic when those involved are not completely honest about what they want in such a union. It's a message that rings loud…

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Monday, February 25, 2019

The Scarlet Pimpernel - Fun and Frivolity Amidst the Mayhem by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander Given the popularity of The Scarlet Pimpernel, whose premise gave rise to numerous latter-day costumed superheroes, it’s somewhat surprising the property has o…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Dance of Death - Two People Praying for the End by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander"Death will come and then perhaps, life begins." A line at the end of August Strindberg's bitter comedy The Dance of Death which best sums up what the two main char…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Call Me Madam - Bright, Bouncy, and at times creaky by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderGiven the state of things in the world today, one would think the time would be prefect for a revival of the 1950 Broadway musical, Call Me Madam. The show currentl…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

"Message in a Bottle" - When love hurts by Byrne Harrison

By Byrne HarrisonMany solo shows have more than a whiff of the psychiatrist's couch about them.  And since much art springs from the struggles of the artists, that can be expected. …

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui - A stirring wake-up call by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderIt's easy to draw parallels between Bertolt Brecht’s blistering political satire The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and the current U.S. presidential administr…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Girl From the North Country - Bleak, Beautiful and Absolutely Brilliant by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderFor those who have known nothing but despair for far too long, the idea of one's survival takes on an almost fervent urgency. A reality brought devastatingly home i…

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Waiting for Godot - The Messages Still Resonate by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander“Extraordinary the tricks that memory plays”, a character exclaims in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. One would be hard pressed to find a truer state…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Provincetown Theater's "The Laramie Project" Sparkles by Byrne Harrison

By Greg WaagnerFrom the moment theatre patrons tender their tickets and enter the performance space for the Provincetown Theater’s production of The Laramie Project, they are transported f…

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