Monday, April 16, 2018

IRISH LITERARY REVIVAL by Matt Windman

The Irish Repertory Theatre showcases three one-acts by major turn-of-the-century Irish playwrights.

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FEEL THE BERN by David Cote

Bernadette Peters works her magic in the revival of this joy-stuffed classic.

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BLINK OF AN EYE by Brian Scott Lipton

This well-written, well-acted play will make you laugh and make you think.

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THE ORIGINAL FEMINIST by Matt Windman

Stanley Houghton1912 three-act drama plays surprisingly well today, thanks to this deft production.

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CLASSIC MEETS CLASSICAL by Brian Scott Lipton

Rock hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s get an orchestral twist in this jukebox musical.

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DISNEY ON ICE by Robert Cashill

There s plenty of stage magic to behold, but the Broadway version of Frozen fails to exceed expectations.

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AS ABOVE, SO BELOW by David Cote

Tony Kushner’s two-part mega-drama is high art, but with plenty of sex, laughs and thrills throughout.

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WHITE MAN'S BURDEN by Brian Scott Lipton

Playwright Joshua Harmon proves once again to be funny, daring and unpredictable.

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CIRCUS SIDESHOW by Jessica Branch

This show succeeds in getting the audience to empathize with the heartrending betrayals and unspeakable yearnings of these sideshow characters.

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AN UNOFFICIAL SEQUEL by Matt Windman

In her thoughtful piece of young-adult fan fiction, Alexandra Silber explores the story of Hodel and her fiancé Perchik beyond the events in Fiddler on the Roof.

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BITS AND PIECES by Matt Windman

By presenting parts of a handful of musicals, Encores! has created a clunky and disorienting show.

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ANIMAL IN A CAGE by Matt Windman

Signature Theatre could have chosen a more intimate stage for Edward Albee s double one-act.

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UNHOLY TRINITY by David Cote

At 81, Glenda Jackson still performs with breathtaking bite and vitality.

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TALE OF TWO ACTS by Matt Wolf

Bernadette Peters and company find their voice in the second act of this classic musical.

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HOLDING BACK THE CHAOS by Jessica Branch

Edward Albee’s two-hander works well today under Lila Neugebauer’s deft direction.

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WORDS CAN'T CONVEY by Brian Scott Lipton

This production of Mark Medoff’s 1980 Tony winner feels more lightweight than it should, but through no fault of the cast.

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AN EMPTY STAGE by Matt Windman

John Lithgow ineffectively performs two short stories by himself.

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HIGH NOTES by Matt Windman

For fans of cast albums, Bandstand and The Band’s Visit were among the standouts of this past year.

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BROADWAY SCORES BIG by Brian Scott Lipton

From musicals to dramas to big star turns, there was plenty to celebrate on Broadway this past year.

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GIVING UP THE NOOSE by Brian Scott Lipton

Martin McDonagh brilliantly executed plot gets the gold-star treatment by this director and ensemble cast.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

THE FALLOUT ZONE by Jessica Branch

Lucy Kirkwood’s latest examines the decades-old relationship between three old friends.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

THE MAD KING by Brian Scott Lipton

Mark Rylance takes on a full spectrum of emotion in this impressive performance.

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

CIRCUS DREAMS by Brian Scott Lipton

Though not without its magic moments, this film musical starring Hugh Jackman is at times over-directed and overwrought.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

SAVING BIKINI BOTTOM by Robert Cashill

From the music to the costumes to the four-legged tap-dance, SpongeBob is a hit.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

COSMIC CRAZINESS by David Cote

Steve Martin’s zestless couples comedy is high on wackiness but low on laughs.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

GODS AND GODDESSES by Brian Scott Lipton

Hailey Kilgore makes an exciting Broadway debut in a rich and creative production of this musical fable.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

HOLLYWOOD FOR UGLY PEOPLE by David Cote

A play about greed and scandal in Washington comes across as flat and uninspired.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

EVERY HUNDRED YEARS by Matt Windman

Lerner and Loewe s 1947 musical is a welcome treat for golden-age musical theater devotees.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

STUMBLED STEPS by Matt Windman

Denise Gough delivers an all-out, full-bodied performance in this inventive production.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

UNLIKELY CONNECTIONS by Brian Scott Lipton

This touching tale about universal longings offers musical-theater fans a refreshing taste of something different.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

TIME OF UNCERTAINTY by Matt Windman

Richard Nelson’s slow-moving historical drama depicts Joseph Papp s struggles during the early years of the New York Shakespeare Festival.

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