Thursday, August 25, 2016

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

When it comes to exploring the darkest regions of the human soul in search of the reasons we behave in the devastating ways we do, few playwrights are more experienced or gifted than Leslye …

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A DAY BY THE SEA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

The program for the Mint Theater Company's production of N.C. Hunter's A Day by the Sea tells us that the author “took his place among the leading British dramatists of the 1950s,” but i…

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

THE GOOD EARTH - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

There's a closer relationship between the erosion of the land and the erosion of human souls than you may initially assume. . . .

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TOUCH - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

“Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak / Whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break.”

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Interview with Chukwudi Iwuji: "Hamlet," Public Theater Mobile Unit by Beth Herstein

Iwuji is thrilled that through this production Hamlet will be performed for people who may not be familiar with Shakespeare's works, and for those in reduced circumstances and in prison for …

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Book Review "Agnes De Mille: Telling Stories in Broadway Dance" by Kara Anne Gardner by Stanford Friedman

It is a meticulously researched must-read for fans and students of dance, aspiring directors, playwrights, and weekend theatergoers alike; which is to say that de Mille's choreographic contr…

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

TROLIUS AND CRESSIDA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

In one corner: the corrupt government, which uses its chosen arm of force (given that its agents wear black Kevlar and wield powerful pistols, apparently the FBI) to impose its will via stif…

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

SUMMER SHORTS SERIES B - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Two young women, new college students, are unpacking a few personal belongings in their shared dorm room....

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

ENGAGEMENTS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Fantasy and fact collide in modern romantic-comedy terms in Engagements, the amusing but flighty play by Lucy Teitler than just opened at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre as part of the Second Stag…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

LUDO'S BROKEN BRIDE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

There are lots of reasons that jukebox musicals irritate hardcore theatre fans ....

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Monday, August 1, 2016

MEN ON BOATS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Masculinity gets a thorough dunking - almost a drowning - in Men on Boats, the Jaclyn Backhaus play that just opened at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

SUMMER SHORTS SERIES A - Talkin' Broadways Review by Howard Miller

The process of creating short form plays, running under 30 minutes, is as difficult to master as the short story.

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CATS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Now that the show has just opened at the Neil Simon in a largely faithful revival, I will come clean and admit publicly: I like Cats.

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NICKEL MINES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Despite the infinite swath of possibilities the theatre offers, there are some hard limits on just how adventurous your show should be.

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FOREST BOY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Plunging you into the mind of a troubled soul is not easy for the theatre under the best of circumstances, but musicals make it more challenging still: A demented psychology and a damaged mi…

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

QUIETLY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Beer, ball (football that is, or soccer if you live on this side of the pond), and brawling: Are there more quintessential examples of Irish mindset - or at least the Irish theatrical mindse…

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GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The world will never know for sure what it lost when Howard Ashman died of complications of AIDS in 1991.

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EH DAH? - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

"Outsider in our midst" stories can be excellent fodder for musicals - The King and I, The Music Man, and on and on - but that theme alone does not make an ordinary play sing.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

BUTLER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

At the start of Richard Strand’s glittering seriocomic play Butler, opening tonight at 59E59, you may think you are watching one of those comedies about the foibles of the upper class, the…

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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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