Friday, February 3, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Endgame" - 2/2/23 by Marc Miller

Exactly what Samuel Beckett was up to with Endgame has been the source of much speculation. A meditation on the futility of life? A fever dream about the inevitable journey toward death? A p…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:20AM
Thursday, February 2, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice: Cryer & Ford: Hidden Treasures, Eric Hoffman & Ken Hatfield, and Claudia Acuna - 2/2/23 by Rob Lester

Now we give due appreciation to duos–with a retrospective of the oeuvre of a long-standing, outstanding songwriting twosome, and then it's time for spare pairings of one singer accompanied…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 01:28PM
Friday, January 27, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Smuggler" - 1/26/23 by Marc Miller

Moral ambiguity seeps into, permeates, and ultimately overwhelms The Smuggler, Ronán Noone's intelligent little "thriller in rhyme" downstairs at Irish Rep. The one-hander, performed with s…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:45AM
Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Colin Quinn: Small Talk" - 1/23/23 by Howard Miller

Colin Quinn is as mellow a stand-up comic as they come, a more genial, less cranky version of, say, Jerry Seinfeld, who directed Quinn's The New York Story at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2015…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:52AM
Sunday, January 22, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Memorial" - 1/22/23 by James Wilson

... it was quite illuminating to learn the full backstory behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial through Livian Yeh's Memorial, which is currently playing at A.R.T New York Theatres in a produ…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:40PM
Thursday, January 19, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Sugar Daddy" - 1/19/23 by James Wilson

Stand-up comic and television writer Sam Morrison knows comedy. He has performed on "The Drew Barrymore Show" and has written for Bravo's reality television program "Blind Date." He also is …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:27PM
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Immortal Jellyfish Girl" - 1/18/23 by Howard Miller

The visual theater company known as Wakka Wakka prides itself on "pushing the bounds of the imagination" through the creation of works that are "bold, unique, and unpredictable." The Immorta…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:17PM
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Frankenstein's Monster is Drunk and the Sheep Have all Jumped the Fences" - 1/17/23 by Howard Miller

Frankenstein's Monster is Drunk and the Sheep Have all Jumped the Fences, a production of Big Telly Theatre Company opening tonight at 59E59 Theaters as part of Origin Theatre's 1st Irish Fe…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:12PM
Saturday, January 14, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Heaven" - 1/14/23 by Howard Miller

Parallel midlife crises fueled by booze and an assortment of other superego suppressants feed the literate, comic, poignant, splendidly performed and altogether engaging series of alternatin…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:24PM
Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Far Country" - 12/5/22 by Howard Miller

If you have seen Suh's earlier play, The Chinese Lady, you may come to The Far Country expecting an evening in which history comes wrapped in witty satire and the interplay between its intri…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:31PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Your Own Personal Exegesis" - 12/5/22 by Kimberly Ramirez

Stepping inside Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theatre for Your Own Personal Exegesis instantaneously transports you to "Redacted Church in Redacted New Jersey." Take a seat with the rest of th…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:31PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Nosebleed" - 8/1/22 by Howard Miller

In The Nosebleed, the Japanese-American playwright weaves a story of relationships: between mothers and their children, between adults and their own parents, between sometimes disparate cult…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:31PM

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Some Like It Hot" 12/11/22 by Howard Miller

You'd think the very idea of men dressing as women for comic effect had rather passed its "sell by" date, as the recent wobbly musical adaptations of the films of Tootsie and Mrs. Doubtfire …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:31PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "My Broken Language" - 11/6/22 by James Wilson

In My Broken Language, Quiara Alegría Hudes's autobiographical play produced by the Signature Theatre in New York, the author expresses a desire for a museum that would house the memories, …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:31PM

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man & The Pool" 11/13/22 by Howard Miller

How to describe what it's like to be in the company of the irrepressible storyteller Mike Birbiglia, whose latest Broadway offering, The Old Man & the Pool, has landed with a resoundingly en…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:31PM
Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Collaboration" 12/20/22 by Howard Miller

Ah, the art of making art! That, in a nutshell, is the theme of Anthony McCarten's The Collaboration, a well-acted if thinly developed play, whose scheduled opening tonight at the Samuel J. …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:38AM
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice: >A pair of Broadway's bio-musicals and two more holiday treats - 12/20/22 by Rob Lester

Reviews of new Funny Girl cast recording, A Beautiful Noise OBC recording, plus Harry Connick Jr.'s newest holiday album, and The Skivvies' Sleigh My Name.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 11:15AM

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: ">Between Riverside and Crazy" 12/19/22 by Howard Miller

Few can devise dialog as grippingly authentic as playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis is able to do. It's as though he somehow breathes life into a set of characters, places them in some challeng…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:53AM
Monday, December 12, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Merrily We Roll Along" - 12/12/22 by James Wilson

It hasn't even been four years since the last professional revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Merrily We Roll Along. Roundabout Theatre Company presented Fiasco's pared-down prod…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:35PM
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "A Child's Christmas in Wales" - 12/8/22 by James Wilson

Adapted and directed by Charlotte Moore, the musical pageant includes a cast of six immensely appealing performers who give life to a host of Welsh denizens, including a group of mischievous…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:41PM

Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice: 2022 Sounds of the Holidays, Part 1 - 12/8/22 by Rob Lester

Part one of reviews of 2022 Christmas music releases, starting with Million Dollar Quartet Christmas.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 02:59PM
Sunday, December 4, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "A Beautiful Noise" 12/4/22 by Howard Miller

Fans of the inordinately successful pop superstar Neil Diamond will find much to celebrate in A Beautiful Noise, the jukebox musical opening tonight at the Broadhurst Theatre, starting with …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:44PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Becky Nurse of Salem" - 12/4/22 by Howard Miller

Quirky is as quirky does in Sarah Ruhl's Becky Nurse of Salem, opening tonight at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center. It is a play that covers a lot of bases: straight-up comedy…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:41PM
Saturday, December 3, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Ain't No Mo'" 12/3/22 by Howard Miller

By any measure, Ain't No Mo' is an audacious, no-holds-barred satirical stabbing jolt about race and race relations in America. It's also loud and unrelentingly manic in its pacing and deliv…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:49AM
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Stardust Road" - 12/1/22 by Marc Miller

Wedging some 40 songs into a little over 90 minutes, Stardust Road is filled with Great American Songbook treasures, well-known and otherwise. And it mostly sounds terrific, thanks to Lawren…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:17PM
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice: Victoria Clark, Liz Callaway, and Sondheim Unplugged Vol. 3 - 11/30/22 by Rob Lester

Maury Yeston's song cycle and two sets of Sondheim songs: The calendar inching us to December is an apt cue to turn to December Songs, with Victoria Clark taking on Maury Yeston's one-charac…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 12:35PM
Sunday, November 27, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "KPOP" 11/27/22 by James Wilson

It's part backstage musical, part jukebox-bio show, part multimedia extravaganza, and a large part arena-concert spectacle. The components do not cohere nearly as effortlessly as they do in …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:36PM
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "A Christmas Carol" 11/21/22 by Howard Miller

What is the opposite of "Bah! Humbug!"? "Hurrah! Veracity!" maybe? Well, perhaps not. But whatever it is, it needs to be applied to A Christmas Carol, opening tonight at the Nederlander Thea…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:43AM
Monday, November 21, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Cocoon" - 11/20/22 by Kimberly Ramirez

The very title of this play, written and directed by Kotryna Gesait, suggests a protective enclosure, confined isolation, transformation. So spectators might expect to be ushered toward the …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:15AM
Sunday, November 20, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Sandra" - 11/20/22 by James Wilson

[David]Cale's newest solo play, Sandra, currently running at the Vineyard Theatre, stars Marjan Neshat as a forty-something-year-old woman caught in a web of international intrigue, mysterio…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:03PM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "& Juliet" 11/13/22 by Howard Miller

What do you call a jukebox musical with the self-awareness and sense of humor to place an actual jukebox onstage preshow and to put a gumball machine on display as its cast performs tunes th…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:42PM

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