Saturday, September 24, 2016

Pillsbury House Premieres "The Children" by Arthur Dorman

Sorcery and magic spells are integral to the plot of Michael Elyanow's 2012 play The Children. Indeed, Elyanow cast a spell of his own, shape-shifting Euripides' classic revenge tragedy Mede…

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

HAMLET - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Hamlet is William Shakespeare's best-known (and most-quoted) play for a reason.

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CHOKEHOLD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The Huffington Post reports that close to 200 African Americans have been shot and killed by the police thus far in 2016. This is a sobering thought by any reckoning. It also serves as the u…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

SAFE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Playwright Penny Jackson may be the queen of the cautionary tale, especially when she is writing about disaffected upper class private school students and the trouble they can get into when …

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN! - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Looking for a foolproof curative for our current contentious (some might say unbearable) election season? Who can blame you?

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

WHAT DID YOU EXPECT? - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Like waves crashing against the rocks on a beach, the force assaulting the Gabriel family of Rhinebeck, New York, is oppressive but gentle, and slowly but surely eroding everything they are.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

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

Late in the first act of Fiorello!, the titular hero does something unheard of in politics in the implosive days through which we're presently living: He strives to unite.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

DEAD SHOT MARY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

That’s our Mary Shanley, impeccably dressed in the latest fashions, toting her stylish white purse, and hefting the police revolver that earned her the nickname that is the title of the bi…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

MARIE AND ROSETTA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

"You give me everything you got." That commandment, handed down from one goddess to another during the electrifying course of Marie and Rosetta, may as well be the theme statement of Georg…

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Monday, September 12, 2016

AUBERGINE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Forget medicine and forget magic - the greatest healing power known to mankind exists within food.

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MECHANICS OF LOVE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

A ballerina without a spine, a lonely and very forgetful man, his perfectionist wife, and an auto mechanic go round and round and round, swapping partners, playing endless games of Charades,…

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

MAESTRO - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Immortality just isn't enough for some people. Take, for example, Leonard Bernstein, or at least the version of him that appears front and center in Hershey Felder's play Maestro, which just…

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BEARS IN SPACE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Bears in Space, the production by Collapsing Horse that is something of a cult hit in Ireland, Scotland, and England, has entered into orbit at 59E59 Theaters as part of Origin’s 1st Irish…

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

SPAMILTON: AN AMERICAN PARODY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Just because you're a phenomenon doesn't mean you're bulletproof.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

CRACKSKULL ROW - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

TWELFTH NIGHT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Twelfth Night, which is playing at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park through tomorrow night, is the best of the three Public Works productions I've seen ...

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

American Premiere of "Life of the Party" - Andrew Lippa by Eddie Reynolds

Life of the Party does not mix and match Andrew Lippa's songs into a contrived storyline (as some Sondheim revues have done) but instead presents several songs of his various musicals, compl…

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Friday, September 2, 2016

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

What’s a hedonistic gay guy to do when he’s turning 40 and the rituals of pleasure have become numbing habit, and the booze, drugs, and sex are no longer doing their job of keeping the w…

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SOMETHING ROTTEN! - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

With The Producers more than a decade ago, Broadway's biggest head honchos learned the hard way about the dangers of putting on a musical with genuine star-casting requirements in an environ…

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Monday, August 29, 2016

MEDEA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Who is Medea? What is it about this tragic figure from Greek mythology that has continued to speak to us in an unrelentingly visceral way through so many stage translations for close to 2,50…

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Sound Advice: A wistful and winning "Waitress" by Rob Lester

While not a typical or titanic type of musical theatre—it tends to musically glide more than soar with its more subtle persuasive attractions—the cast album is quite pleasing.

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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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