Monday, April 20, 2015

LIVING ON LOVE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Sometimes all you need for your trifle is for a star to give it gravitas.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

FUN HOME - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Not everything that’s beautiful from a distance retains its captivating allure when seen close up.

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THE TAILOR OF INVERNESS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

As World War II ripped its way across Europe from 1939-1945, it left countless victims in its wake. And when the dust settled at war’s end, many of those who survived its ugly claws left t…

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

TRUE BELIEVER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is frequently associated with war-torn military personnel or victims of terrorism, but it can lay equal devastation to those who only bear witness.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE KING AND I - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Though Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's final show together, The Sound of Music, opened on Broadway in 1959, the last 55 years have, if anything, burnished the duo's reputation as …

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Interview with Zainab Jah, who is playing the title role in Hamlet at the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia. by Henrik Eger

"Hamlet?" I asked, aware that African women would never have the chance to play the most daunting of roles in theatre ...

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Sound Advice: "Fortress of Solitude" Off-Broadway Cast Recording by Rob Lester

. Its appealing and soulful intensity and very human heart make it clear early on that this sometimes gutsy and gritty (but ultimately sweet) musical belongs on the list of gratifyingly adve…

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

HAMLET - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Madness can be debilitating, but it's usually not considered an infectious disease. In Austin Pendleton's new production of Hamlet for Classic Stage Company, however, it proves far more comm…

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FINDING NEVERLAND - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Theatre obeys its own unique science, and it's not one that those in the "outside world" will able to recognize or even understand. Take, for example, the small matter of flying.

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Goodman World Premiere of Kristoffer Diaz' "The Upstairs Concierge" by John Olson

What The Upstairs Concierge lacks though, is high stakes.

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"Louis and Keely Live at the Sahara" at Chicago's Royal George by John Olson

Tony Award-winning actor Anthony Crivello (Kiss of the Spider Woman) delivers all the crazy, manic energy Prima gave to his act and matches his performance style most effectively.

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What's New on the Rialto: Marc Kudisch of "Hand to God" by Beth Herstein

Marc's intelligence and energy, his self-proclaimed love of talk, and his enthusiasm for his profession were all evident when we spoke.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

No wedding ever goes off completely without a hitch. (At least no wedding with which I've been involved.)

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IOWA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Admit it: You’ve fallen into the Wikipedia whirlpool once or twice.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

SE LLAMA CRISTINA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

What is it like to seek redemption from a traumatic past as well as from our own destructive choices in life? Is redemption even possible, or, as the psychologists say, is past behavior the …

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THE 39 STEPS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Can you blame Richard Hannay for looking exhausted? He's been running a bloody long time, after all, with investigators hot on his trail every step of the way.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Even when it’s drenched in the unmistakable light of day, the city is astonishingly dreamlike.

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"Carousel" at Lyric Opera of Chicago by John Olson

Ashford mixes presentationalism with realism, musical theater with opera and takes a chance on an artist with no theatrical resume to design the sets. It all comes together to make this 70-y…

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RHINOCEROS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Theater companies attempting the plays of the great absurdist Eugène Ionesco invariably run into the perplexing problem of how to handle some of the lengthy, rambling, and arguably tedious …

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

UNDERLAND - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The quarry is hungry and must be fed.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

CLINTON: THE MUSICAL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Even if two Republican candidates hadn’t already announced (and there weren’t already seemingly dozens of others lined up to do so), the 2016 campaign would now officially be underway, t…

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THE BISCUIT CLUB - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Do you find it impossible to walk by a pet store without stopping to ooh and aah at the puppies in the window? Do you look forward to Broadway Barks more to hang out with the dogs that are u…

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WOLF HALL: PARTS ONE AND TWO - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

No offense to the current troupe—Elizabeth, Charles, William, Kate, and so on—but the British monarchy just ain’t what it used to be.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BUZZER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

We all know you can't go home again, but how many of us know where our true spiritual homes actually are?

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GIGI - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The new production of Gigi, which just opened at the Neil Simon, is a fascinating exercise in exploring just how far a revival can go — and how far it shouldn't.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

HAND TO GOD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Is there any excuse more popular, or more vapid, than “the devil made me do it”?

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Helen Hayes Awards Enter a New Era: Two Sets of Honorees by Susan Berlin

The Helen Hayes Awards, recognizing excellence in Washington professional theater, entered a new era at the 31st annual ceremony, April 6 at the historic Lincoln Theatre.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

"Simply Sondheim" at D.C.'s Signature Theatre by Susan Berlin

... songs by Stephen Sondheim from throughout his solo career, performed by six outstanding singing actors and supported by a sumptuous 16-piece orchestra conducted by Jon Kalbfleisch. By ag…

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Sound Advice: Alysha Umphress Swings Jeff Blumenkrantz; Anika Larsen Sing(s) You to Sleep by Rob Lester

Alysha Umphress has an album that, like her role in On the Town, has lots of moxie and sass, while it's low-key lullabyes on the agenda for Anika Larsen (Cynthia Weil in Beautiful: The Carol…

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Friday, April 3, 2015

LIVE FROM THE SURFACE OF THE MOON - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The battle of the sexes is in full combat mode in playwright Max Baker’s offbeat and disturbing, if uneven, dark comedy Live From The Surface Of The Moon, a production of Stable Cable Lab …

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

SKYLIGHT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

For someone who is constantly carrying a pair of unspeakable burdens, Kyra Hollis moves pretty efficiently.

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