Sunday, May 22, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Jews, God, and History (Not Necessarily in That Order)" - 5/21/22 by James Wilson

The evening combines stand-up, humorous guidelines for Jewish rituals, and pointed jabs at cultural stereotypes, but the most powerful moments occur when Takiff addresses his personal religi…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:55AM
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Golden Shield" - 5/17/22 by Marc Miller

Golden Shield has a lot on its mind–too much, perhaps. Anchuli Felicia King's new drama at Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage 1 concerns itself with, on the one hand, the unholy alliances of c…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:40AM
Monday, May 9, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Oh God, A Show About Abortion" - 5/9/22 by James Wilson

, Oh God feels necessary and urgent in a way that it would not have, say, two weeks ago. Now, that's impeccable timing.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:37PM
Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "A Case for the Existence of God" - 5/2/22 by James Wilson

Don't be misled by the title: A Case for the Existence of God, Samuel D. Hunter's gorgeous and heartbreaking new play now running at Signature Theatre, is anything but a theoretical religiou…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:57AM

Talkin' Broadway Regional News & Reviews - Washington, D.C. - "John Proctor Is the Villain" - 5/2/22 by Susan Berlin

John Proctor Is the Villain, receiving its world premiere in the Mead Theater at Washington's Studio Theatre, takes a sharp and entertaining look at modern high school students and how they…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:57AM
Saturday, April 30, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Macbeth" 4/30/22 by Howard Miller

Sometimes, the entire production comes off as if it were being performed by a high school class of mixed talents, assigned to read Macbeth by their popular English teacher. Indeed, that role…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:47PM
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Mr. Saturday Night" 4/27/22 by Howard Miller

The main plot may be melodramatic, even corny at times, but mostly Mr. Saturday Night is filled with joy: Crystal's joy of performing for us (the one-liners crackle and gleam), and our joy i…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:17PM
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "A Strange Loop" 4/26/22 by Howard Miller

"Write what you know" is advice that is given to all new writers. But first you need to "know what you know," and what better place is there to find that out than inside your own head? That'…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:51PM
Monday, April 25, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "The Skin of Our Teeth" 4/25/22 by Wendy Caster

In the tremendous production of The Skin of Our Teeth at Lincoln Center, directed with panache and gusto by Lileana Blain-Cruz, the Antrobus family is Black, and the script has been lightly …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:03PM

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Funny Girl" 4/24/22 by Howard Miller

When you are dealing with an outsize character like Fanny Brice, a certain amount of chutzpah comes in handy. But to be effective, that kind of audacity needs to have a big payoff, with some…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:03PM
Friday, April 22, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Hangmen" 4/21/22 by Howard Miller

A talented cast, funny bits of dark humor, a clever set design, and a dash of Alfred Hitchcock-style suspense add up to an unexpectedly tepid production of Martin McDonagh's Hangmen, opening…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:39AM
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "How I Learned to Drive" 4/19/22 by Howard Miller

Parker and Morse and Day and Brokaw are back, revisiting and digging ever more deeply into their original roles.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:13PM
Friday, April 15, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "American Buffalo" 4/14/22 by Howard Biller

The role of Teach is in mighty fine hands, with Sam Rockwell confidently taking over the reins previously and masterfully held by Robert Duval (1977) and Al Pacino (1983).

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:40AM
Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "To My Girls" - 4/12/22 by James Wilson

To My Girls comprises stock figures recognizable from plays like The Boys in the Band, Torch Song Trilogy, Jeffrey, and Angels in America.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:07AM
Sunday, April 10, 2022

Talkin' BroadwayBroadway Review: "Birthday Candles" 4/10/22 by Howard Miller

... much of the play consists of a ticking off of biographical events. By necessity or by design, it is incumbent on members of the audience to find a personal connection to the ups and down…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:23PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Patsy" - 4/10/22 by James Wilson

More than a decade after he first performed the piece, and once again directed by Cummings, Greenspan remains a force of nature. Until he climbs off of the stage after eighty breathless minu…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:01PM

Chicago - "Good Night, Oscar" - 4/10/22 by John Olson

Good Night, Oscar might be suspected of being a vehicle for Hayes, and while it succeeds on that level, it's more than that. It's also a touching biography of Levant, told through the lens o…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:42AM
Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Take Me Out" 4/4/22 by Howard Miller

Go for the naked guys if you'd like, but stay for the wonderful weave of stories performed by a terrific ensemble of actors.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 04:11AM
Monday, April 4, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Review: "Paradise Square" 4/3/22 by Ja

While the newest iteration gives proof to the old adage that bigger isn't necessarily better, Paradise Square, with its thrilling vocals, virtuosic choreography, and brash declaration of Ame…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:58PM
Monday, March 28, 2022

Talkin' Broadway on Broadway Review: "Plaza Suite" 3/28/22 by Howa

Welcome to the Hudson Theatre and the revival of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite, pretty much a sure shot to sell those tickets and fill those seats, thanks to the popularity of its stars, married-…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:15PM
Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Chinese Lady" - 3/8/22 by Howard Miller

"... Lloyd Suh's The Chinese Lady, a cleverly conceived satire that stirs its gentle humor with a cutting edge in a beautifully rendered production..."

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:21AM
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "A Touch of the Poet" - 3/8/22 by David Hurst

"... the technical production and supporting cast are superb, but its star, Robert Cuccioli, works far too hard at portraying a common Irish peasant masquerading as an English gentleman."

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:13PM
Friday, March 4, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "On Sugarland" - 3/3/22 by David Hurst

On Sugarland doesn't sound like anything you've heard before, and that's a good thing. It "draws elements from Greek Tragedy, Southern gothic, Afro-surrealism, and hip-hop" in its quest to p…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:34AM
Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "English" - 2/22/22 by David Hurst

Beautifully directed by Knud Adams with welcome touches of levity and cultural humor...

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:26AM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Daughter-in-Law" - 2/22/22 by Michael Portantiere

Almost miraculously, the Mint has given us new-old winners time and again for 30 years now, with only a few re-dos. Its current offering is a revival of a true rarity that the company first …

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:26AM
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Revie "Black No More" - 2/15/22 by James Wilson

The New Group's exhilarating new musical adaptation retains the novel's relevance, and it is the rare show that appeals to the intellect, the heart, and the soul.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:18PM
Thursday, January 20, 2022

Talkin' Broadway Sound Advice: "Girl from the North Country" and "Caroline, or Change" new cast albums - 1/20/22 by Rob Lester

New cast albums from two Broadway shows of this season: "Girl from the North Country" and "Caroline, or Change."

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:55AM
Thursday, December 2, 2021

Talkin' Broadway - Side by Side With Sondheim: My Favorite Stories About Steve - 12/2/21 by Wayman Wong

"... I was fortunate enough to befriend Sondheim, and here are a few memories I've got of the amazing man behind the music and lyrics."

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 01:33PM
Monday, October 11, 2021

Talkin' Broadway Review: "Chicken & Biscuits" by Howard Miller

"Family is a loaded word," to quote one of the characters in Douglas Lyons' Chicken & Biscuits, a mashup of broad comedy and domestic drama opening tonight at Circle in the Square. If the pa…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 01:25PM
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Sound Advice: "Diana Ross & The Supremes Sing and Perform "Funny Girl": The Ultimate Edition" - 11/10/20 by Rob Lester

Don't expect Funny Girl's twin sister, but more of a distant cousin who's so cute and enthused that one don't want to rain on her parade.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:02AM
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "72 Miles to Go..." - 3/10/20 by Marc Miller

Hilary Bettis's new play, 72 Miles to Go..., kind of sneaks up on you. It begins in a Tucson church in 2016, where the pastor, Billy (Triney Sandoval), is giving what evidently is his farewe…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:03AM