Thursday, June 22, 2017

THE TRAVELING LADY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

Clara Breedlove's backyard, the setting of Horton Foote's The Traveling Lady, which is currently playing at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village, seems to be the perfect place to sit…

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BASTARD JONES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

There have been several attempts at creating musical adaptations of Henry Fielding's The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, the scandalous British novel first published in 1749, and the basi…

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1984 - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

The dystopia depicted by George Orwell (real name, Eric Arthur Blair) in his chillingly prescient novel 1984 has not come true in all of its nightmarish particulars, at least not to the…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

FULFILLMENT CENTER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Marc Miller

The sad outweighs the funny in Fulfillment Center, at City Center Stage II at Manhattan Theatre Club, but my gosh, there's plenty of both.

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SPAMILTON - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

So, here's a question for you: How does the son of a middle class mother and a father/ Reared, though luckily not lost in a forgotten ‘burb of Boston/ By providence blessed with a recessive…

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Off Broadway Alliance Awards to Be Presented Today at Sardi's by BroadwayWorld

Among the honorees scheduled to appear include producers and casts from all of this year's winners: Best New Play, INDECENT; Best New Musical, ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME; Best Play Revival, …

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Monday, June 19, 2017

GHOST LIGHT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Some two decades ago, I committed to playing a graphic adventure video game called "Myst."

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THE ARAN ISLANDS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by David Hurst

Long before playwright Martin McDonagh put the spotlight on the Aran Islands in a trilogy of plays . . .the islands held a fascination for another Irish playwright, Edmund John Millington Sy…

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

UNDERGROUND - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

New York subway regulars will undoubtedly empathize with the couple who are stuck on a broken-down train in London's Underground at the end of a pleasant/awkward first date, in Isla van Tric…

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Antoinette Nwandu's "Pass Over" Debuts at Steppenwolf by John Olson

... Pass Over is using both realism and absurdism to make a powerful piece of political theater. The three styles are seamlessly blended by director Danya Taymor and her superb cast.

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ATTACK OF THE ELVIS IMPERSONATORS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

Just a few years ago, Broadway audiences witnessed a swarm of Elvis impersonators jumping out of a plane in Honeymoon in Vegas, the Jason Robert Brown and Andrew Bergman musical based on Ber…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

MY EYES WENT DARK - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

"There are no accidents."

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

INVINCIBLE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Invincible, Torben Betts's darkly comic play about the class divide in Britain, places its audience in the company of two very annoying couples, neither of whom we would probably want to spe…

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NOWHERE MAN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

At the height of Beatlemania in the 1960s there was a persistent—and as Mark Twain would say, greatly exaggerated—report of the death of Paul McCartney.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

JULIUS CAESAR - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, which opened tonight at the Public Theater's Delacorte Theater in Central Park, has been given a contemporary makeover by the Public's artistic director …

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BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Marc Miller

Bella: An American Tall Tale wore me down.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

ANIMAL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by David Hurst

Primarily a British theatre director, Clare Lizzimore is also a budding playwright.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

THE END OF LONGING - Talkin' Broadway's Review by David Hurst

The clash between "art" and "commerce" has rarely been on the kind of painful display it is now at the Lucille Lortel in the form of MCC Theater's eye-rolling production of Matthew Perry's T…

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

SWEETEE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

A couple of sparkling performances and the assuring presence of five-time Tony nominated Patricia Birch serving as director and choreographer are not enough to prevent the new musical Sweete…

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THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The Government Inspector, Nikolai Gogol's 1836 satiric play about public corruption in Tsarist Russia, opening tonight at The Duke, has been given the full "Marxist" treatment by Red Bull Th…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

ON STRIVERS ROW - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

A production of Abram Hill's On Strivers Row, opening today at the Metropolitan Playhouse, offers a rare opportunity to see the kind of work that was a specialty of the American Negro Theate…

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR - Talkin' Broadway's Review by David Hurst

Proving once again that inspired ideas for new musicals often come from the most unexpected places, Tim Rosser (music) and Charlie Sohne's (book and lyrics) The Boy Who Danced On Air at the …

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BUILDING THE WALL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Marc Miller

It's called Building the Wall, and yes, the wall referred to is That Wall.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

ROTTERDAM - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

In Jon Brittain's play, Rotterdam, opening today as part of the Brits Off Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theaters, Alice (Alice McCarthy) has finally worked up the courage to come out as gay, vi…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? - Talkin' Broadway's Review by David Hurst

Choosing a title for a show can be fraught with danger, especially when that title poses a question.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

THE WHIRLIGIG - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Questions of blame, shame, and culpability lie just beneath the surface as estranged family members, friends, repentant drug dealers, and casual acquaintances gather to say their last goodby…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

A.R.T. U.S. Premiere of "Arrabal" by Nancy Grossman

... a gorgeous, sensual show that tells its complicated political story through the media of music and dance.

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THE CLEARING - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

If you think of “the troubles” in Ireland and the nationalistic, ethnic, and religious strife that rocked that part of the world as strictly a late twentieth century phenomenon, you may …

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

“Imagination + Structure = Art.” With these words scrawled on a whiteboard, an instructor kicks off the first session of a writing workshop in the premiere production of Lawrence Dial’…

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VENUS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Many years before Joseph "the Elephant Man" Merrick was hauled around London to be gawked at as the "freak du jour," a young black South African woman named Saartjie Baartman was lured from …

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OTHELLO - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

You don't need to have served in the military to know that the old axiom is true.

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