Wednesday, July 27, 2016

TINK! - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Some mysteries are better left unexplained.

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THE LAST WORD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

A strange thing about theatre: The louder it screams "fun," the less fun it actually generates. ...

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

A SCYTHE OF TIME - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Edgar Allan Poe's unique brand of macabre absurdism crackles on the page, but doesn't always translate perfectly to human voices and emotions.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

ICON - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Icon at The New York Musical Festival

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CHILDREN OF SALT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Children of Salt at The New York Musical Festival

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NORMATIVITY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Normativity at The New York Musical Festival

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Friday, July 22, 2016

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The old magic, once gone, is difficult to get back.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

THE FIRST CHURCH OF MARY... - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The First Church of Mary, the Repentant Prostitute's FIFTH ANNUAL!!! Benefit Concert, Revival, and Pot Luck Dinner at The New York Musical Festival

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

"Under the Gaslight" May End Centennial Showboat Era by Kit Bix

Melodrama often gets a bad rap, for a variety of reasons. It is associated with shameless over-acting, one-dimensional characters, and nostalgic or even reactionary social values. I shared s…

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Monday, July 18, 2016

PRIVACY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Think ticket prices for Hamilton are scary?

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

THE RED ROOM - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

A quest for justice among the members of a barely functional family makes for a disconcerting evening of theater in The Shelter’s overwrought production of Morgan McGuire’s decidedly fre…

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

A MAN LIKE YOU - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Given the extensive global anxiety about terrorism, it should come as no surprise that a number of playwrights have attempted to shed light on the disturbing issue of hostage-taking by terro…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

NO END OF BLAME - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Artists are very dangerous people,” declares Bela Veracek (Alex Draper), the acerbic political cartoonist at the center of Howard Barker’s equally acerbic 1981 drama No End of Blame: Scene…

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GOOD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

With the nationalistic fervor and anti-immigrant rhetoric that seems to be sweeping like an ill wind through much of the world these days, PTP/NYC (the Potomac Theatre Project) has been most…

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Monday, July 11, 2016

OSLO - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The art of writing may be inherently undramatic, but that doesn't mean it contains no possibility of vitality....

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NJ Rep World Premiere "Struck" by Cameron Kelsall

New Jersey Repertory Company, in the shore town of Long Branch, has admirably bucked this trend for close to twenty years, focusing almost exclusively on world premieres. Many of the works t…

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

"Idaho! The Comedy Musical" Underwhelms in Las Vegas by Mary Lafrance

Although the show delivers a handful of lovely ballads and an eco-friendly storyline, these are overwhelmed by the sophomoric and heavy-handed attempts at ribald humor. The Book of Mormon it…

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

RUNAWAYS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Few theatre companies capture the in-the-trenches zeitgeist in their musicals the way The Public Theater does....

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

WTF "Cost of Living" by Fred Sokol

The arresting quality of the extraordinarily unique Cost of Living, a new show on the Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, is undeniable. Moreover, many theatergoers (including …

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Monday, July 4, 2016

LIBERTY: A MONUMENTAL NEW MUSICAL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

One glance at the Statue of Liberty and you instantly understand everything that she, and ostensibly the United States, stands for.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fiddlehead "Show Boat" at Citi PAC by Josh Garstka

The historic Shubert Theatre allows Fiddlehead to create a large-scale production that looks and sounds sumptuous. But in Meg Fofonoff and Stacey Stephens's co-directed production, this swee…

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Sound Advice" and "Brooklyn Crush" cast recordings by Rob Lester

Here are two contemporary musicals whose scores on disc are among Broadway Records' cluster of recent releases. Neither would be mistaken for a Rodgers & Hammerstein-style musical or a whole…

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

STET - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

For a play that contains absolutely no blood or gore, Stet, which was written by Kim Davies and is now receiving its world premiere at the Abingdon Theatre Company's June Havoc Theatre, cont…

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

The Healing, the new play by Samuel D. Hunter that just opened at the Clurman Theatre, could - on the surface, anyway - not be a better match for the company producing it.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Westport "Buyer & Cellar" Bound for PBS by Zander Opper

The production reunites original star Michael Urie, original director Stephen Brackett, and original scenic designer Andrew Boyce from the 2013 Off-Broadway production. What's more, it has b…

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Book Review "Then & Now: A Memoir" by Barbara Cook by Stanford Friedman

There are goodly amounts of backstage lore and music appreciation surrounding her memories of Candide, The Music Man, She Loves Me and Follies—catnip for theater buffs. Her descriptions of…

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Transport Group "I Remember Mama" Now in New Jersey by Cameron Kelsall

But anyone who's sat through a slavishly literal production of a kitchen-sink play can tell you that it's not always a pleasant experience. How wonderful, then, to watch I Remember Mama and …

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Friday, June 10, 2016

SHINING CITY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Not all ghost stories are created equal.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

INDIAN SUMMER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Young love needn't always be confined to adolescents....

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED . . . - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

If laughter really is the best medicine, the afflicted looking for the next, best miracle cure are well advised to stay away from the Lucille Lortel Theatre. ...

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Monday, June 6, 2016

AN ACT OF GOD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Six thousand years is a pretty long run, so who can blame the Powers That Be for calling in a replacement? Wait, sorry, He is the Powers That Be, so... Oh, forget it....

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