Thursday, August 31, 2017

CHAROLAIS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Truly, you haven't lived until you've heard a lusty French Charolais heifer mooningly mooing a rendition of "La Vie En Rose" while daydreaming about breeding with a "bull of excellent pedigr…

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

PRINCE OF BROADWAY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

When it was first announced that there would be a show celebrating the Broadway career of Harold Prince, some people expressed the opinion that this did not sound like a good idea.

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THE SUITCASE UNDER THE BED - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

In Michael Moore's Broadway show, he makes the powerful point that a single person can effect tremendous change for the better in our world, and he gives several examples. . . .

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

VAN GOGH'S EAR - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

How to categorize the Ensemble for the Romantic Century's new production, Van Gogh's Ear, which opened today at the Pershing Square Signature Center?

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

MICHAEL MOORE: THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER – Talkin’ Broadway’s Review by Michael Portantiere

Have you seen the electoral map of New York City for the 2016 Presidential election?

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Seattle's Taproot Debuts "Persuasion" by David-Edward Hughes

One of the most winning casts in Seattle musical history, and an out of the ordinary, strong adaptation of a Jane Austen novel with sterling silver book, music and lyrics, combine to make Ta…

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JERRY'S GIRLS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

Now that Dolly is back where she belongs, on Broadway and assayed by Bette Midler, it seems fitting to honor Jerry Herman, the composer and lyricist responsible for the show's enduring appea…

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

A REAL BOY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

It's too bad that the New York International Fringe Festival is on hiatus this year, because that would be a perfect venue for Stephen Kaplan's compelling and ambitious satire-with-a-heart, …

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

Would you risk your job to champion a controversial stance on behalf of someone you like and respect but don't fully agree with?

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

REALLY ROSIE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

"Nostalgia" is not the first word that comes to mind when thinking about children's theater.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A PARALLELOGRAM - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Bruce Norris's intriguing and darkly comic science fiction-inspired play, A Parallelogram, has been around for a while, ever since its debut at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in 2010.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

To co-opt a line of lyric from Stephen Sondheim, "anything can happen in the woods."

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

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

Attending an evening of short plays is rather like opening Forrest Gump's famous box of chocolate; you never know what you're going to get.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ARCADIA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by David Hurst

Attention all Tom Stoppard fans! Rising out of the theatrical mist comes an engaging, new staging of Arcadia, Stoppard's time-traveling meditation on art, science and love courtesy of PTP/NY…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

PITY IN HISTORY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by David Hurst

For their 31st repertory season, and their 11th consecutive season in New York City, it should come as no surprise PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project) has included a play by iconoclastic, Brit…

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Friday, July 14, 2017

MY DEAR WATSON - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Marc Miller

Sherlock Holmes hasn't had an easy time of it on the musical stage.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SPOON RIVER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

The 19 talented actors, singers, and musicians who gather onstage at the Pershing Square Signature Center's Linney Theatre kick up such a rip-roaring, rafter-shaking rumpus, they could wake …

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Monday, July 10, 2017

PIPELINE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Black lives matter very much to playwright Dominique Morisseau, not just in terms of surviving the mean streets of America, but, far more deeply, with respect to the quality of lives relentl…

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MARTIN DENTON, MARTIN DENTON - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Jose Solís

Chris Harcum's Martin Denton, Martin Denton is to indie theatre what James Lapine's Act One was to Broadway; an enchanting tale of how one man's deep love for the artform changed the landsca…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

OF HUMAN BONDAGE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Canadian playwright Vern Thiessen's adaptation of Of Human Bondage, W. Somerset Maugham's sprawling 1915 coming-of-age novel, may accentuate the melodramatic nature of the plot, but the acti…

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THE ENCHANTMENT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by James Wilson

As an overlooked piece of theatre history, Victoria Benedictsson's semi-autobiographical The Enchantment, currently receiving its US premiere in a production by Ducdame Ensemble, is a fascin…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

KIM'S CONVENIENCE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

As things stand in the U. S. right now, the primary focus on immigrants seems to be on keeping them out of the country altogether.

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Rarely Produced "Idiot's Delight" in St. Paul MN by Arthur Dorman

Girl Friday Productions must be congratulated on raising a little-known play, heralded in its day, and giving it a mounting with a large and talented cast and design team. There is much to a…

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

MOMIX - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Jose Solís

The question of why shows are revived doesn't always seem to be at the center of the conversation when companies bring back productions that were once praised.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

MARVIN'S ROOM - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Michael Portantiere

Dark comedies don't get much darker that Scott McPherson's funny, sad, beautiful play Marvin's Room, about a caregiver who contracts a serious illness herself.

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"Sunday" at the Guthrie by Arthur Dorman

As for performances, Haj has made great choices in casting Randy Harrison as George and Erin Mackey as Dot/Marie.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Might As Well Be Dead: A Nero Wolfe Mystery Premieres in St. Paul by Arthur Dorman

Now that I had such a thoroughly good time at Might as Well Be Dead, I will be on the lookout for return productions of The Red Box (psst, it's scheduled to be done by Phipps Center for the …

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

NAPOLI, BROOKLYN - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Howard Miller

Meghan Kennedy's immigrant family drama Napoli, Brooklyn, opening tonight at the Roundabout's Laura Pels Theatre, contains a number of emotionally-charged and dramatically explosive moments …

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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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