Friday, March 27, 2015

Sound Advice: "On the Town" Broadway Revival Cast Recording by Rob Lester

It's only taken seventy years for On the Town to get a truly complete recording by a cast who had lived in the roles through an actual run of a production.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

THE NEW YORK SPRING SPECTACULAR AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

For a love letter to... Wait, no, that’s not right. What’s stronger than a love letter? Poetry? A flat-out marriage proposal? A deed to a house? A deed to a small country?

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Signature D.C. Premiere's Nick Blaemire's "Soon" by Susan Berlin

... a musical about what human life means when time is running out, staged with wild inspiration by director Matthew Gardiner and performed to the hilt by its four talented actors.

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Bob Stromber's "That Wonder Boy" by Arthur Dorman

Are you looking for a sobering piece of theater that will put you in touch with the forces tearing our society apart, and expose the hopelessness of existence? If so, you can stop reading. T…

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Friday, March 20, 2015

"How I Learned What I Learned" on Home Turk by Ann Miner

Presenting Wilson's own words, within walking distance of "The Hill," is actor Eugene Lee.

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New Adaptation of "Big Fish" at SpeakEasy Stage by Nancy Grossman

... this smaller, more intimate iteration by bookwriter John August and composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa reduces the size and scope of the Broadway production, directed by Susan Stroman, which…

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

THE HEIDI CHRONICLES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

When Wendy Wasserstein's play The Heidi Chronicles opened in 1988, it was perfectly poised in history.

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PAINT YOUR WAGON - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Since its inception in 1995, City Center Encores! has redeemed failed musicals, and brought to new light others we may have forgotten (or never known) existed.

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Impressive Disney Stage Hunchback: Darker, Deeper and More Authentic by Bob Rendell

By something akin to alchemy, book author Peter Parnell and director Scott Schwartz have transformed the earnest but ultimately bland and timid 1996 Disney animated movie The Hunchback of No…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

LONESOME TRAVELER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

If the names Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, the Weavers, and other heroes of the golden age of folk music strike a resonant chord in your heart, then I can guarantee you will have a truly joyou…

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Dark Humor Fuels World Premiere "The Comparables" by David-Edward Hughes

If you long for the kind of melodrama between women that has tickled audiences ever since Clare Boothe Luce coined the phrase "Jungle Red," then Laura Schellhardt's prickly, witty, and even …

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Beth Henley's "Laugh" by Susan Berlin

Studio Theatre in Washington is presenting the world premiere of Laugh, Beth Henley's zany comedy with a sincere heart.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

PLACEBO - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

More than just illnesses can be psychosomatic.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

POSTERITY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The urge to create is a powerful one, especially when the artist realizes and is in full command of his nearly godlike abilities to articulate and — when necessary — reshape reality.

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ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

When traveling, should luggage handling ever be more than half the fun?

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"First Wives Club" at the Oriental Theatre by John Olson

... though the performances are strong, the piece never gels as a musical and there's no apparent reason for it to be one.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

C.O.A.L. (CONFESSIONS OF A LIAR) - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Beware. C.O.A.L. (Confessions of a Liar), playwright David Brian Colbert’s tale of a charming young man for whom falsehoods have become a way of life, is a trap whose light tone about smal…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

JOSEPHINE AND I - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

There are plenty of takeaways from Josephine and I, the invigorating one-woman show written by and starring Cush Jumbo that just opened at Joe's pub.

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LONG STORY SHORT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

There are years of possibilities in every glance, word, or kiss exchanged by two people who are, or simply may be, in love.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

NJ Rep Premiere's Michael Tucker's "The M Spot" by Bob Rendell

By all means, come to see Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker, come for the sexuality, and come for the laughs, but be sure to stay for the healing.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

THE LIQUID PLAN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Slavery of the soul can be even more violent and deadening a condition than slavery of the body, though, naturally, the two are often tightly interlinked.

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THE AUDIENCE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

No ordinary person can quiet a crowd with a half-turn of the head. Or make your heart skip a beat by stepping into a room just so. Or sit in a chair with far more purpose than most conduct e…

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Sound Advice: "The Last Five Years" Soundtrack by Rob Lester

The original stage cast album and the recent recorded revival have somewhat different tones and the same can be send for the film version. Designed for ears attuned to film, there's a genera…

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

FISH IN THE DARK - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

If your laughs don't go deep, at least they can go long.

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KNOCK: A JOURNEY TO A STRANGE COUNTRY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Welcome to the world of abstract surrealism, as embodied in the Lost & Found Project’s Knock: A Journey to a Strange Country, now on view in a complexly crafted and intensely acted product…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

"Hir" by Arthur Dorman

"Hir," Mac Taylor's two-act play now at Mixed Blood Theatre, is a remarkable achievement, a melding of ideas, performance, direction, and design that is entertaining, disturbing, and though-…

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Monday, March 2, 2015

THE MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The Mystery of Love & Sex, the new play by Bathsheba Doran that just opened at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center, is nothing if not inclusive.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

FASHIONS FOR MEN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

Anyone who knows the work of the Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnár only through his beautiful, deeply moving drama Lilliom or his elegant, thoughtful comedy The Guardsman may be taken abac…

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Nick Gandiellos' "Oceanside" Premiere Production by Nancy Grossman

Beyond the finely tuned performances, attentive direction, and crisp writing, Oceanside works because it is realistic and relevant.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

DELIRIUM'S DAUGHTERS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Farce, slapstick, and general tomfoolery blend beautifully together in Delirium’s Daughters, playwright Nicholas Korn’s new comic and heartfelt romp that lovingly captures the spirit of …

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Friday, February 27, 2015

BRIGHT HALF LIFE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Each of us is constantly adrift on a personal stream of consciousness, but it’s not easy to bring other people along for the ride without drowning them.

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