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
Monday, March 9, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Endlings" - 3/9/20 by David Hurst

... you'll be thinking about Song's ocean-diving women long after you've stopped worrying about whether her integrity's intact.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 09:43PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Unknown Soldier" - 3/9/20 by Marc Miller

[Friedman's] writing in many styles, from pastiche to operatic to sorta-Sondheim, and he melds them well to tell an affecting story.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:44PM
Friday, March 6, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Review: "Girl from the North Country" 3/5/20 by Howard Miller

... a perplexing amalgam of thin-as-a-reed storytelling and powerhouse performances of reimagined tunes from the vast songbook of America's Nobel Prize-winning troubadour, Bob Dylan.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:50AM
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "About Love" - 3/4/20 by James Wilson

While Will Pomerantz and Nancy Harrow's adaptation may not necessarily raise Turgenev's literary stature, it makes for a lovely and bittersweet night at the theater.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:14PM
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Perplexed" - 3/3/20 by Marc Miller

These debonair individuals aren't easy for us schlubs to identify with, and their problems are neither that acute nor that compelling.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:06PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Coal Country" - 3/3/20 by Howard Miller

Coal Country, then, is the forum through which their voices are finally allowed to be heard. And we are there to listen in fellowship to their disquieting recollections.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:06PM
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "We're Gonna Die" - 2/25/20 by James Wilson

... one of the most exhilarating, reassuring, and life-affirming performances you may experience this year.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:13PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Dana H." - 2/25/20 by David Hurst

... a theatrical tour-de-force...

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:13PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Headlands" - 2/24/20 by Howard Miller

,,, an inventive mix of gradually darkening humor, family drama, and the vicissitudes of memory,

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:46AM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Cambodian Rock Band" - 2/24/20 by James Wilson

In the end, though, the play, overstuffed with ideas and theatricality, does not pack the emotional wallop one might expect.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:46AM
Monday, February 24, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "All the Natalie Portmans" - 2/24/20 by David Hurst

,,, a raw, blistering play that's as hopeful as it is devastating.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:22PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Incantata" - 2/23/20 by David Hurst

The poem, a dark, dense rant at the death of a loved one, is a harrowing journey into the mind of a grieving artist.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 05:36AM
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Review: "West Side Story" 2/20/20 by Howard Miller

... t for anyone willing to separate the wheat from the chaff, there is a great deal of enjoyment to be found by focusing on the performances on the stage.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 11:30PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Mack & Mabel" - 2/19/20 by Howard Miller

... Encores! at New York City Center is back on top, doing what it does best with a beautifully rendered Mack & Mabel...

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:03PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Lady G: Plays and Whisperings of Lady Gregory" - 2/19/20 by David Hurst

... ultimately, Lady G: Plays and Whisperings of Lady Gregory shines a warm glow on an overlooked playwright, producer, and nurturer of the greatest writers of the Irish Renaissance.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 06:22AM
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Frankenstein" - 2/17/20 by David Hurst

... this Frankenstein is a tedious and uninvolving slog. Directed with lackluster inspiration by Timothy Douglas and running 80 minutes without an intermission, Shelley's story about man's i…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:51AM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Dracula" - 2/17/20 by David Hurst

This is a slip-shod, bargain-basement production devoid of any serious stagecraft that squanders its cast's talent and its audience's time.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:51AM
Monday, February 17, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Animal Farm" - 2/17/20 by Howard Miller

Pulling off Animal Farm with four actors is just the kind of dare Seeing Place would gravitate towards.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 03:55PM
Monday, February 10, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories" - 2/10/20 by Howard Miller

... a partial success for the Mint. If nothing else, Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories offers the opportunity to view these rarely seen works based on stories by two giants of Russian literatur…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:34PM
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" - 2/4/20 by James Wilson

... an ambitious musical, but sadly, its appeal is as lasting as a one-night stand.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:09PM
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Review: "Grand Horizons" 1/21/20 by Howard Miller

The play is often quite funny in the way that a well-written sitcom can be, but a thick layer of jokes and punchlines cannot cover up the fact that there is little of credible substance here.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:23PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "The Scourge" - 1/23/20 by David Hurst

A deeply moving testament to the power of emotional resilience, The Scourge is a captivating tribute to the human spirit, and Mahon is an international treasure.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:30PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Romeo and Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn" - 1/23/20 by James Wilson

Romeo and Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn, does not nearly reach the very high bar that Amas has set in its first half century.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 08:26PM
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "17 Minutes" - 1/22/20 by James Wilson

... the play raises complex questions about the desire to assign blame in the wake of a senseless and tragic massacre.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 07:50PM
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Paris" - 1/21/20 by David Hurst

Directed with unfussy simplicity by Knud Adams on a terrific multi-layered set courtesy of David Zinn, the cast of Paris is wonderful in this quiet play that is an indictment against poverty…

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:23PM

Talkin' Broadway Review: "A Soldier's Play" 1/21/20 by Howard Miller

A rock solid cast and a spit-shine production make for a gripping and altogether outstanding revival of Charles Fuller's 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning A Soldier's Play...

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:13PM

Talkin' Broadway Off-Broadway - "Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation" - 1/20/20 by Marc Miller

A New York with a Forbidden Broadway in it is always a happier place. And the franchise's latest incarnation, Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation, currently occupying the York, is a pip.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:57AM
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Talkin' Broadway Review: "My Name Is Lucy Barton" 1/15/20 by Howard Miller

... as it stands, the production seems like a staged book-on-tape.

SOURCE: TalkinBroadway at 10:26PM

All that Chat

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Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre