Friday, February 24, 2017

LATTER DAYS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

A self-proclaimed king, attended to by a single subject, has not stepped away from his throne for 11 years.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

An artist whose brilliance goes unheralded because of other people's inability to put him into any of their conventional boxes?

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KUNSTLER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

If the names Bobby Seale, the Berrigan brothers, the Catonsville Nine, the Chicago Seven, Abbie Hoffman, and Jerry Rubin stir up memories and make your heart thump just a little faster, then…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

KID VICTORY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

From the Nazi occupation of Germany (Cabaret) and the toxic relationship between murder and celebrity (Chicago) to tortured sexuality amid just plain torture (Kiss of the Spider Woman) and e…

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IF I FORGET - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Some things are just too terrible to say, invoking horrifying ghosts and suggesting blood-curdling motives even if the underlying intentions are pure (or something close it, at any rate).

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EVERYBODY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Should Death really be so appealing?

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

ON THE EXHALE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Enemies are not hard to come by, if only you know where to look.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

LEAH, THE FORSAKEN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

A xenophobic assault on immigrants and a forbidden inter-religious love story make the Metropolitan Playhouse’s revival of Augustin Daly’s 19th century melodrama Leah, the Forsaken as ti…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Theatre is a notoriously chatty medium, and those who create it - and, let's face it, those who watch it - are usually unable to keep their mouths shut.

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MAN FROM NEBRASKA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

A man desperately searching for answers but encountering only silence in response to his pleas is the central issue of Tracy Letts's play Man From Nebraska, which just opened at Second Stage…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

GOOD SAMARITANS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

It can be quite disconcerting to view a work by the experimental playwright/director Richard Maxwell, so before heading out to see the revival of his 2004 play Good Samaritans at the Abrons …

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CALDERON'S TWO DREAMS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

If you are a devotee of William Shakespeare and are interested in what was being written by his contemporaries, you are sure to be intrigued by the rare opportunity to see what is a thorough…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

THE DRESSMAKER'S SECRET - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

It is understandable that everyone in Sarah Levine Simon and Mihai Grunfeld’s touching new play The Dressmaker’s Secret, having its premiere production at 59E59 Theaters, would hold thei…

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

RING TWICE FOR MIRANDA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

A politically and economically ravaged dystopia, divided into "districts" that are presided over by lord-like dictators who luxuriate in comfort and wealth while everyone below them is barel…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Guthrie Theater "The Royal Family" directed by Rachel Chavkin by Kit Bix

The Guthrie Theater's latest offering is The Royal Family, a vintage New York comedy by the playwriting team of George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. Cast to perfection, this gem of a productio…

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BIG RIVER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The scenic backdrop for the City Center Encores! concert of Big River, which is playing through this weekend, is a black-and-white photo of the Mississippi River that's about as expansive an…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

THE OBJECT LESSON - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The old axiom that one person's trash is another person's treasure is beautifully illustrated by most of The Object Lesson, a kind of theatrical art installation by Geoff Sobelle that just o…

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SUNSET BOULEVARD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Silent film star Norma Desmond learns the hard way that remaining a legend isn't easy,

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

FADE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

For her play Fade, which just opened at the Cherry Lane Theatre in a Primary Stages production, Tanya Saracho has constructed a fascinating foundation: When social identity and racial identi…

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JONAH AND OTTO - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The plays of Robert Holman are not widely produced outside his native England, but at home he is known as a prolific creator of quirky and enigmatic works about quirky and enigmatic characte…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

BOUND TO RISE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The experimental acting company Medicine Show Theatre Ensemble is paying homage to its late co-founder Barbara Vann with a ramshackle revival of Bound to Rise, a satiric "rags-to-riches" mus…

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Monday, January 30, 2017

YEN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

What's going on inside Hench's head? There's no way to be sure, but boy, do you ever want to find out.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

"We're 20 Years old ... Warn the Duke!" by John Gillespie

In the spring of 1996 the American Theater Wing opened their website and had a message board called "Broadway Talk." I was one of several people who first found a media voice there...

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Friday, January 27, 2017

A GENERATION OF TALKIN' BROADWAY AND ALL THAT CHAT by Talkin' Broadway

20 years ago, on January 29, 1997, a new website called Talkin' Broadway (TalkinBroadway.com) went live on that newfangled invention people were talking about, the World Wide Web. . . .

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

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

Playwright David Ives has long been adept at finding drama - however small the kernels of it may be - within the deepest comedy.

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YOURS UNFAITHFULLY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

It's not surprising that Yours Unfaithfully, Miles Malleson's 1933 play about a couple's attempt to successfully negotiate the terrain of what we would now call an “open marriage,” was n…

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Monday, January 23, 2017

TELL HECTOR I MISS HIM - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

In the program for her new play at the Atlantic Theater Company's Stage 2 space, Tell Hector I Miss Him, playwright Paola Lázaro references winning the 2011 Arts Entertainment Scholarship A…

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THE OREGON TRAIL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

No one would argue that it's far better to learn about cholera from a computer game than from actually dying from it ...

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

THE GREAT AMERICAN DRAMA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

"Democracy," quipped H.L. Mencken, "is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

San Diego Rep World Premiere of Hershey Felder's "Our Great Tchaikovsky" by David Dixon

Felder's latest musical play gives music connoisseurs the chance to hear classic melodies and relevant social commentary. Longtime fans won't be disappointed and those unfamiliar with Felder…

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"Something Rotten!" National Tour Debuts in Boston by Josh Garstka

Even in Something Rotten!, William Shakespeare is the star of the show. As the lyric colloquially states, "the man knows how to write a bitchin' play!"

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