Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Few plays of recent vintage have entered the public consciousness, to say nothing of the public vernacular, the way Six Degrees of Separation has.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

ANASTASIA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It's no wonder that the story of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova continues to fascinate a century after her death: Hers is one of the few modern fairy tales everyone wants to bel…

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

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

With her gripping new play The Antipodes, which just opened at the Pershing Square Signature Center, Annie Baker considers one of the artist's eternal dilemmas: What happens when you give ev…

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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Chocolate has traditionally fallen into the category of things that are pretty good even when they're bad.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

HELLO, DOLLY! - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The real news about the slam-bang revival of Hello, Dolly! that just opened at the Shubert isn't what you think.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WINK - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

It is difficult to know whether Wink, Neil Koenigsberg’s play about a surprising friendship between a homeless teen and a middle-aged former Oscar winning movie star, is intended to be a h…

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THE LITTLE FOXES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Certain distances may seem large, but can in fact be very small: between wealth and poverty, for example, or between importance and meaninglessness, or between being somebody and being nobod…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

INDECENT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It's almost impossible today to imagine a time when a Broadway play would have been shut down for obscenity, especially about the long-since-accepted topic of homosexuality.

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Steppenwolf Premieres Tracy Letts' "Linda Vista" by John Olson

Letts's script is both funny and intense—and edgy in its depiction and discussion of sex. If the topic of midlife crisis among men is not new, Letts treats it freshly and uncompromisingly.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

GROUNDHOG DAY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Andy Karl looked to be in visible pain at the end of the Friday night press performance of Groundhog Day, the new musical at the August Wilson.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

CAMEL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

What becomes of the designated "losers" from high school when they enter into their twenties as rudderless and adrift as they were back in the day?

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

OSLO - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It's a sad fact of the even sadder world we live in that J.T. Rogers's play Oslo, which just opened at the Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center following a run downstairs at the Mitzi E. Newhou…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

IN & OF ITSELF - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Magic acts can get away with being quiet and contemplative, as the magic is usually flashy and showy enough.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

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

The one intriguing twist Zayd Dohrn puts on the traditional culture-clash-marriage plot he uses in The Profane, which just opened at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons, is t…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

WAR PAINT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

You don't need to be obsessed with beauty products to grasp the timeless axiom about makeup: Less is more.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

PRESENT LAUGHTER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

When you need gold-plated ham, who better to turn to than Kevin Kline?

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GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

You already know the tune that gives Martin Sherman's new play at The Public Theater, Gently Down the Stream, its title.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

AMELIE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Charm used to be the glue that held musicals together, but today it's largely unappreciated, if not outright scorned, as antithetical to big products and big budgets that can't (or shouldn't…

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The Play That Goes Wrong, which just opened at the Lyceum, is funny.

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PERVERSION - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

“Is death a bad thing?” asks one of the characters in Judson Blake’s ambitious if rambling dystopian satire Perversion, now at the 13th Street Repertory Theater. Answer: It depends on …

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

RARE BIRDS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

It's tempting to refer to Adam Szymkowicz's new play Rare Birds by another name, perhaps "Dear Evan Wills."

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Monday, March 27, 2017

LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It's rarely fun to have your intelligence demeaned, but you may not mind the way John Leguizamo does it.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

SWEAT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

When Lynn Nottage's new play Sweat opened at The Public Theater last year right before election day (November 3, to be exact) it made one kind of political statement.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

MISS SAIGON - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

At least the helicopter is better. . . .

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"Murder on the Orient Express" Premieres in Princeton NJ by Cameron Kelsall

Ken Ludwig's serviceable but toothless stage adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express at Princeton's McCarter Theatre Company owes more to Sidney Lumet than Agatha Christie.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Sarah Ruhl is a playwright who usually needs an editor, and for the first act of How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, her new play at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center, she seems…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

ARTHUR MILLER'S THE PRICE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Subtlety is no great hallmark of Arthur Miller's plays.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

For their first musical together at The Public Theater in 2013, Here Lies Love, David Byrne and Alex Timbers (working with Fatboy Slim) chose Imelda Marcos to anchor a disco-fueled swirl thr…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Washington's Signature Theatre World Premier: "Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing" by Susan Berlin

Without Debra Monk, Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing, James Lapine's play with music receiving its world premiere production at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, would simply be an amiable…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

THE LIGHT YEARS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Of all the irresistible forces in the universe, progress may be the toughest to slow down.

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THE EMPEROR JONES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Has devolution ever appeared more terrifying - or more vital - onstage than it does in The Emperor Jones?

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