Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What's Not to Love about "Ernest Shackleton Loves Me" by David-Edward Hughes

I am not inclined to gush, but gush away I shall over the most delightful new musical in many a season, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, which blew onto the stage of the Seattle Repertory Theatre…

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Dress it up with all the denim, fake fur, fishnets, and sequins you like, a second-rate talent shouldn't fit easily into a first-rate house.

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"Bubbling Brown Sugar" in Sarasota by William Oser

For its season finale, WestCoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is presenting Bubbling Brown Sugar by Loften Mitchell, a revue that attempts an overview of American black music circa 1920-1940s.

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"Trouble in Mind" Illuminates Chapter of Racial Disharmony in the American Theatre by Bob Rendell

It is set on the stage of a Broadway theatre during rehearsals for the opening of an anti-lynching Broadway play (Chaos in Belleville).

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Walter Mosley's Suspenser "Lift" World Premiere by Bob Rendell

"Lift" is set in an elevator in a large building which is owned and occupied by a large corporation which encompasses varied businesses and financial institutions.

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Stupid F****ng Bird, A Chorus Line, Hello, Dolly! Take Top Honors at 2014 Helen Hayes Awards by Susan Berlin

The 30th Annual Helen Hayes Awards, were held by theatreWashington April 21 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

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ANNAPURNA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The sprawling mountain vistas lurking just at the limits of your vision loom large over Annapurna, the play by Sharr White that just opened at the Acorn Theatre in a production of The New Gr…

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Monday, April 21, 2014

YOUR MOTHER'S COPY OF THE KAMA SUTRA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Given the amorous activities suggested by the play's title, it's probably a good thing that Kirk Lynn's Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra is not significantly about anyone's parents havin…

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THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

One of Anton Chekhov's most widely cited rules about writing concerns waste: If you're going to show a rifle when the curtain goes up, you'd better have fired it by the time the curtain come…

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"Henry IV, Part 1" at Shakespeare Theatre by Susan Berlin

[Stacy] Keach is magnetic as he draws out all the contradictory sides of Falstaff: charming and exasperating, a self-deceiver who tells lies both for fun and for self-preservation, a drunkar…

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

VIOLET - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Special effects don’t get much more special than in Violet, the Brian Crawley–Jeanine Tesori musical that just opened at the American Airlines in a scintillating Roundabout Theatre Compa…

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Palm Beach Dramaworks "Dividing the Estate" by Jeffrey Bruce

Serious theatre is so rare these days, with the plethora of glitz, laser shows and, not to mention, the ubiquitous chandeliers and helicopters ... But, sometimes there is hope.

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

Best brush up on your Bible stories and make sure you are well rested before heading out to the Flea Theater and director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar’s breathtaking and boldly conceived productio…

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THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Can you ever believe your ears? In the Michael Grandage Company production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, which just opened at the Cort following a London run last year, the answer would seem …

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The Marriage of Figaro Joins The Barber of Seville in Repertory by Bob Rendell

The Marriage of Figaro is the finest production of any play that I have seen in New Jersey this entire season.

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Revitalized "South Pacific" in Peak Form by Bob Rendell

Everything has come up all aces for the Paper Mill Playhouse and its fresh as a daisy new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific."

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

If Ridiculous has begun seeming less ridiculous in recent years, that doesn't mean it still can't be incredibly funny.

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ACT ONE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It's a tale tested (and honored, and wrinkled) by time: a bright-eyed youngster falls in love with art, pursues it to no avail, gets discouraged, plans to quit, and then, at the last possibl…

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Sound Advice: Two Musicals, one fluffy, one frisky by Rob Lester

"Going Up" studio cast recording and "Andy Capp" original London cast recording.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

OF MICE AND MEN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Dreams can be magical, uplifting, portentous, or oppressive — or, sometimes, all four at once.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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

Facts, John Adams wrote, are stubborn things — if not always as trustworthy as we may like.

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"Somewhere" East Coast Premiere by Fred Sokol

Somewhere is, on a certain level, a wistful drama about those who dream on while reality forcibly threatens them.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

"Smash" Is a Smash! by Jeanie K. Smith

Jeffrey Hatcher's theatrical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's novel "An Unsocial Socialist" has all the earmarks of Shaw's better-known plays: witty, erudite dialogue; arch and sarcastic …

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The Barber of Seville: First of The Figaro Plays at the McCarter by Bob Rendell

On stage at the McCarter in a felicitous translation/adaptation of the latter 18th century French commedia dell'arte The Barber of Seville. Originally conceived of as a comic opera, the play…

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Is she the dream, or is it you? It's impossible not to wonder this once the titular star appears in the opening moments of the revival of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, which just opened…

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Bristol Old Vic in association with Handspring Puppet Company presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Terry Morgan

A production of Midsummer that can't make Puck work has a serious problem.

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Two World Premieres: "Painting the Clouds with Sunshine" and "Every Five Minutes" by Richard Connema

42nd Street Moon is presenting its very first world premiere musical at the Eureka Theatre ... Magic Theatre is currently presenting the world premiere of Scottish playwright Linda McLean's …

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Sound Advice: Pairs Alison & Tennessee, Samson & Delilah, Anya & Robert by Rob Lester

Here they area collection paired up for your musical inspectiona formidable musical theatre actress well matched to songs favored by one of our greatest playwrights; lovers from thousand o…

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Has the high price of theatre tickets got you down? Concerned that you don't get enough bang for your buck? Tired of having to pick just one type of show when you may want something more lay…

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Monday, April 7, 2014

THE THREEPENNY OPERA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Life is a musical-comedy cabaret, old chum, in the Atlantic Theater Company's new revival of The Threepenny Opera at the Linda Gross Theater.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

THE REALISTIC JONESES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Humans have long recognized the relationship between laughter and health: “laugh through the pain,” “I laughed so much, it hurt,” and so on.

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