Tuesday, December 6, 2016

RANCHO VIEJO - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

When you've landed somewhere you feel you don't belong - or you know you don't belong - everything just seems wrong.

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THE BABYLON LINE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Where better to observe the racing heartbeat of change than the epitome of conformity?

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

DEAR EVAN HANSEN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Anxiety, isolation, and depression, the kinds of feelings that crush inward rather than expand outward, do not naturally sing.

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THE ILLUSIONISTS: TURN OF THE CENTURY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

There is no shortage of captivating magic to be found in The Illusionists: Turn of the Century, which just opened at the Palace.

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PRIVATE MANNING GOES TO WASHINGTON - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

When is it appropriate for our government officials to hide information from the public?

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ALLIGATOR - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

If President-elect Trump is still interested in "draining the swamp," he might want to start with that particular part of the Florida Everglades that is the setting for Hilary Bettis's gutpu…

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

A BRONX TALE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

As far as I could tell from scouring the Playbill for the new musical A Bronx Tale, which just opened at the Longacre, Disney Theatrical Productions was not involved in its creation.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

RIDE THE CYCLONE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

At least Ride the Cyclone has style.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Interview with Jeffrey Brian Adams and Monique Hafen in "She Loves Me" by Wayman Wong

Jeffrey Brian Adams and Monique Hafen really know how to make beautiful music on stage and off in She Loves Me, opening November 30 at San Francisco Playhouse.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

THIS DAY FORWARD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Love and marriage are part of a long game that's getting longer all the time, if Nicky Silver's new play This Day Forward is to be trusted.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

SWEET CHARITY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Poor Charity Hope Valentine: so lovely, so talented, so awash in an identity crisis.

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RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It's been tempting, over the course of this long, hyperpoliticized year, and especially during the past (yikes) tumultuous week and a half, to want to check out entirely.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

DEAD POETS SOCIETY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

If you're adapting a film to the stage, so the theory goes, you'd better find a way to make it theatrical.

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A DOG STORY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Leave it to Cupid to melt all the hearts he's not able to pierce with his arrows.

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A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It's been said that the kitchen is the most important room in the house - and why not?

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SHADES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

“Thank you for your service” can be an honest expression of gratitude for members of the military.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

TERMS OF ENDEARMENT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

If you are going to adapt a well-known book or movie for a theatrical production, there are a couple of ways to go about it.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

PARTY PEOPLE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It takes way, way too long, but Party People, the combination play and in-your-face musical art installation that just opened at The Public Theater, eventually comes to ask a fascinating que…

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Monday, November 14, 2016

A NAME FOR A GHOST TO MUTTER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

A Southern Gothic breeze wafts gently through playwright Cyndi Williams’s haunted family saga, A Name For A Ghost To Mutter, a production of Theatre East having its New York premiere at Ur…

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THE GREAT COMET - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

If you couldn't stand reading long and boring foreign novels in school, does Dave Malloy ever have a treat for you.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016

MORE THAN ALL THE WORLD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

From Christopher Marlowe’s late sixteenth century play about a pair of lovers who both happen to be men, writer/composer Erik Ransom has drawn inspiration for an ambitious, sprawling, and …

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Women of a Certain Age, the third and final play in Richard Nelson's series "The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family," is set amid three blighted wastelands.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse Premiere: "Miss You Like Hell" by Bill Eadie

Quiara Alegría Hudes wrote a sweet, street-smart, and somewhat sentimental book for the musical In the Heights, so naturally there is considerable interest in her book for the La Jolla Play…

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Monday, November 7, 2016

"MASTER HAROLD" ... AND THE BOYS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

You might experience a bit of an initial shock at how shocking the Signature Theatre revival of "Master Harold" ...and the boys, which just opened at the Pershing Square Signature Center, is…

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THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JACK STRAW - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

With the historically strange election day of 2016 looming over us, it would not be difficult to imagine a new play depicting a populist uprising by disgruntled citizens, disgusted with the …

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

FINIAN'S RAINBOW - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Maybe it's just late-election malaise talking, but Missitucky is looking pretty darn nice this time of year.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

SWEAT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Few playwrights are as skilled as Lynn Nottage in excavating the souls of the disadvantaged, whether spiritually, emotionally, or economically.

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Art and Politics: "Aunt Raini" by Arthur Dorman

At what point is the line between political work and propaganda crossed? Does crossing that line negate the work's value as art?

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KINGDOM COME - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

As the Internet moves out of childhood and into its uneasy adolescence, stories about it (or at least that use it as a backdrop) have to change as well.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

NOTES FROM THE FIELD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Few of the people Anna Deavere Smith portrays in her new play at Second Stage, Notes From the Field, could be considered articulate in the traditional sense.

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