Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Review: ‘The Lonely Few’ Mixes Bona Fide Rock Concert With Angsty Love Story by David Cote

This rock musical begins in glorious dive-bar grunge mode, and Lauren Patten and Taylor Iman Jones radiate so much charisma you may not care if the story feels a little generic.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 05:00PM

Kecia Lewis Makes Her Mark On ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ With a Tony Nominated Performance by Joe Levy, Joe Levy

Lewis made her Broadway debut at 18 in the original cast of 'Dreamgirls.' Now the dream continues with her role in the Alicia Keys' musical 'Hell's Kitchen.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:19PM
Monday, May 20, 2024

Review: Pandemic Meltdown Musical ‘Three Houses’ Finds Song in Solitude by David Cote

Dave Malloy juggles book, music, lyrics, and orchestrations in this musical triptych about Covid Times. The score is entertainingly eclectic, but the dramatic tension and character developme…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:01PM
Monday, May 13, 2024

Review: ‘Here There Are Blueberries’ Studies Holiday Photos from Hell by David Cote

This interview-based docu-play revolves around a mysterious photo album donated to the Holocaust Museum that showed the lives of those running Auschwitz.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:01PM

Will Keen On Playing Vladimir Putin On Broadway in ‘Patriots’ by Harry Haun

Keen says that Russia's invasion of Ukraine turned 'Patriots' — a play about the Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky and the rise of Putin — into a show that's in "constant conversation"…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:34PM
Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Review: Flashy and Fake ‘Great Gatsby’ Caps a Weak Season by David Cote

The jazz-based score ventures into funk, Disney princess ballad, and a touch of Britpop. But none of the songs stick, and the staging is busy yet unfocused.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:53PM
Monday, April 29, 2024

Jessica Lange Finds New Ways to Melt Hearts in ‘Mother Play’ by Rex Reed

All of the characters are halfway to madness, but I had a ball going bonkers with them. 

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:01AM

Review: ‘Staff Meal’ Offers Seven Courses of Tasty Disorientation  by David Cote

It’s hard to describe exactly what happens in this show. Scenes zig and zag in dream logic. But the acting and staging are impeccable. Book a table now.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:00AM

Rachel McAdams Invigorates ‘Mary Jane’ (When You Can Hear Her) by Rex Reed

How do you write about a play you cannot hear?

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:23AM
Friday, April 26, 2024

Review: Steve Carell Is a Lovable Loser in a Fragmentary ‘Uncle Vanya ‘ by David Cote

Steve Carrell and a stand-out Alison Pill lead a strong cast in a modern-dress revival of Chekov's 'Uncle Vanya' that never quite gels.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:58PM
Wednesday, April 24, 2024

This ‘Cabaret’ Is the Worst ‘Cabaret’ by Rex Reed

I don’t like Eddie Redmayne; I love Eddie Redmayne. I have admired his work in all of his films and plays and consider him one of the few genuine icons in the world of acting. But not in …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:11PM
Thursday, April 18, 2024

Theater Comes to the Former Bell Labs Complex by Alexandra Tremayne-Pengelly, Alexandra Tremayne-Pengelly

The Bell Theater's programming for 2024 ranges from musicals and dance performances to concerts and film.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:31PM

Len Cariou On a Six Decade Career That’s Included Shakespeare, Sondheim, and Selleck by Harry Haun

The 84-year-old actor—currently off-Broadway in 'Tuesdays With Morrie'—looks for shows without a Wednesday matinee so as not interfere with the shooting schedule for 'Blue Bloods,' now i…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:57PM
Monday, April 1, 2024

Dorian Harewood Returns To Broadway In ‘The Notebook’ After Almost 50 Years by Harry Haun

The veteran film and TV actor on his role in 'The Notebook,' his first Broadway show in 46 years.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:37PM
Monday, March 25, 2024

Toby Stephens Returns to the New York Stage to Investigate the Media In ‘Corruption’ by Harry Haun

Toby Stephens talks about 'Corruption,' the new play about the UK phone hacking scandal. “We’re still living in the aftermath of all the stuff that came out," he says.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 04:55PM
Thursday, March 21, 2024

‘Water for Elephants’ Theater Review: “I’ve Never Hated Any Show More” by Rex Reed

Everything is so exaggerated and phony that it’s hard to believe the director is the same Jessica Stone responsible for the charming, imaginative Tony Award winner 'Kimberly Akimbo'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:00PM

John Patrick Shanley Is This Theater Season’s King Dramatist by Harry Haun

The playwright talks about the revival of his Pulitzer Prize winning 'Doubt' on Broadway and his new show Off Broadway.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:54PM
Wednesday, March 20, 2024

‘Illinoise,’ a Newish Kind of Musical, Is Headed to Broadway by Caedra Scott-Flaherty, Caedra Scott-Flaherty

Justin Peck first suggested a staged adaptation of 'Illinois' in 2014, but it took several years for Sufjan Stevens to agree to it.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:26PM
Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Theater Review: Broadway’s ‘The Notebook’ Is Shallow, Boring and Slow by Rex Reed

Maryann Plunkett and Dorian Harewood deserve a better showcase.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:29PM
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Review: Volunteers In A Drug Trial Just Say Yes In ‘The Effect’ by David Cote

Is it love or a side effect? Lucy Prebble’s 2012 play interrogating the difference between spontaneous emotions and drug-induced moods is given a cool, minimalist makeover in a revival at …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:01PM
Monday, March 11, 2024

Review: New Drama About the Murdoch Phone Hacking Scandal by David Cote

This ripped-from-the-headlines story has a strong cast and a worthy message. But it ought to be more thrilling than it is. 

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:01PM
Thursday, March 7, 2024

Review: A Priest and a Nun Walk into a War in Contemporary Classic ‘Doubt’ by David Cote

'Doubt,' one of the top ten American dramas of this century, is now back on Broadway in an impressive revival.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:01PM
Monday, March 4, 2024

Review: It All Comes Out in the Wash at John Patrick Shanley’s ‘Brooklyn Laundry ‘ by David Cote

The veteran playwright-director tosses together two soiled souls—played by Cecily Strong and David Zayas—adds softener, and gives ’em a whirl.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 06:09PM
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Spring Theater Preview: Navigating a Flood of Shows on Broadway and Off by David Cote

Between now and the end of April a whopping 18 plays and musicals will open on the Great White Way. Here's the best of what's coming, both on and Off Broadway.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:00AM
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Review: Unwinnable Wars Lead to Impossible Debates in ‘The Ally’ by David Cote

Page-filling blocks of strong words are unfurled in this campus drama, as playwright Itamar Moses articulates—passionately and eloquently—each side of weighty issues of the moment, from …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:01PM
Monday, February 26, 2024

Cynthia Nixon On Playing Eight (Out of 10) Roles In ‘The Seven Year Disappear’ by Harry Haun

The "And Just Like That..." and "Gilded Age" star talks about playing a performance artist (and seven other roles) in the Off Broadway show "The Seven Year Disappear."

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:37PM
Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer Puts the Pop Diva In ‘Spamalot’ by Harry Haun

In 'Spamalot,' Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer pays homage to—or shamelessly satirizes—pop icons. “They change every night,” she says. “I do a little Celine Dion—although there are some…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:14AM
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Review: Second Stage Theatre’s ‘The Apiary’: Stinging or Sweet As Honey? by David Cote

Set 22 years from now — as climate change has doomed the bees and thus humanity — this high-concept play mixes sci-fi with black comedy.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:01PM
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Review: Fake News Makes Musical Headlines in ‘The Connector’ by David Cote

This musical about a fabulist at a magazine draws on the Stephen Glass scandal of the ‘90s, but it’s more than a bit of stretch itself.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 07:01PM
Monday, February 5, 2024

David Cromer Juggles Directing and Acting In Some Of This Season’s Most Exciting Work by Harry Haun

"I learn more about directing while acting and more about acting while directing," says David Cromer, who directed 'Prayer for the French Republic' on Broadway and is currently appearing in …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 05:06PM
Tuesday, January 30, 2024

‘The Animal Kingdom’ Review: This Family Therapy Weepie Is a Flat Zoo Story by David Cote

Set entirely at group therapy sessions, this 80-minute exploration of psychodynamics and healing may leave you wishing for characters with more interesting problems.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:01PM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards