Monday, June 24, 2019

Opera Review: “Stonewall” at the Rose Theater in Jazz at Lincoln Center by David Roberts

To celebrate its third year of presenting an LGBTQ+ opera in the month of June – and the 50th Anniversary of the Riots at Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn – the New York City Opera co…

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson” at A.R.T./New York Theatre’s Mezzanine Theater by Joseph Verlezza

Director Theresa Rebeck keeps the action moving on the sleek, modern television studio set, created by scenic designers Christopher Swader and Justin Swader, but is undertaking turning a one…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: Final Performances of “The Plough and the Stars” at Irish Repertory Theatre by David Roberts

Charlotte Moore directs the cast of "The Plough and the Stars" with a passionate commitment to excellence. Her staging brings out the best in each actor and assures that each actor’s chara…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “A Strange Loop” at Playwrights Horizons by David Roberts

Last season, two off-Broadway plays – “Daddy” and “Slave Play” (both by Jeremy O. Harris) – highlighted significant issues about the self-identity of young black gay and queer me…

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Enter Laughing: The Musical” at York Theatre Company by David Roberts

After a successful run in 2008 of the musical “Enter Laughing” a revised version of the original “So Long 174th Street” which was a Broadway flop in 1976, The York Theatre Company ha…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Nomad Motel” at Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2 by David Roberts

There is nothing new in “Nomad Motel” and the important themes the play shrouds are ineffectively and weakly developed. The young actors give the play their very best and cannot be held …

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Dying City” at Second Stage Theater’s Tony Kiser Theater by David Roberts

Although Christopher Shinn’s characters are well developed and their conflicts believable enough, the plot developed by those “problems” is not as believable and suffers from a lack of…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Octet” in the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center by David Roberts

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts in Dave Malloy’s a cappela musical “Octet” currently playing in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Cen…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: Primary Stage’s “Little Women” at Cherry Lane Theatre by David Roberts

“I can’t abide seeing a body stuffed into the wrong role.” – Jo to Meg in “Little Women” Kate Hamill’s retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” plays at Primary St…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Broadway Review: “Frankie and Johnny at the Claire de Lune” at the Broadhurst Theatre by David Roberts

“Pretend that we’re the only two people in the entire world, that’s what I’m doing, and it all falls into place.” – Johnny to Frankie Moonlight – the kind of light that shines …

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Something Clean” at the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre by David Roberts

Charlotte and Doug Walker’s son Kai will be home from prison in three months to begin his court remanded probation. Kai is a white university student athlete who was convicted of raping a …

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “The Pink Unicorn” at the Episcopal Actors’ Guild by David Roberts

Because the playwright chooses to include a compendium of LGBTQ history, the script becomes didactic and cumbersome. Elise Forier Edie would have been better off allowing Trisha to take cent…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Original Sound” at Cherry Lane Studio Theatre by David Roberts

What a pleasant surprise to walk into the Studio space at Cherry Lane Theatre and see a fresh, new look developed for the exciting new production “Original Sound” by Adam Seidel. Scenic …

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Happy Talk” at the New Group at Pershing Square Signature Center’s Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre by David Roberts

Happy talk – the type of verbal communication, replete with counterfeit smiles, that too often serves as a replacement for authentic connection between individuals – cascades across the …

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “BLKS” in the Newman Mills Theater at the Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space by David Roberts

Poet-playwright Aziza Barnes puts many ingredients into their script blender to whip up a “comedic look” at the lives of Octavia (Paige Gilbert), Imani (Alfie Fuller), and June (Antoinet…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Broadway Review: “Tootsie” Grapples with Gender at the Marquis Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

“Tootsie” has arrived and the lights on Broadway, especially those the Marquis theater where the musical is in residence, are shining much brighter because of the energy generated by the…

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Broadway Review: “Be More Chill” at the Lyceum Theatre by David Roberts

High school junior Jeremy Heere (an awkward and amiable Will Rowland) would like his chill factor to be higher. He does not want to be “special,” but he just wants “to survive.” From…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Broadway and Off-Broadway News: 69th Annual Theater Awards – Outer Critics Circle Announce 2018-2019 Season Nominees by David Roberts

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators covering New York theater for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, announced toda…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Broadway Review: “Oklahoma!” Fails to Measure Up at Circle in the Square by David Roberts

Daniel Fish’s revival fails to deliver authentic characters with believable conflicts. Despite the admirable and important diverse casting choices, the characters are not interesting – t…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Nantucket Sleigh Ride” in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center Theater by Joseph Verlezza

The utmost effort of the cast and creative team cannot overcome the pitch and roll of this tumultuous ride that never dives beneath the surface to discover the meaning of the contrived story…

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Off-Broadway Preview and News: "Miracle in Rwanda" Opens on April 9, 2019 and Will Play through May 11, 2019 at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row by David Roberts

MIRACLE IN RWANDA – the play by Leslie Lewis and Edward Vilga – scheduled to premiere Off Broadway following an acclaimed world tour, with preview performances beginning April 4 prior to…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “The Mother” in the Linda Gross Theater at Atlantic Theater Company by David Roberts

As “The Mother” plays out, scene after scene – with scene/act changes indicated in projections on the back wall in French – Anne continues to give evidence of her shattered emotional…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka” in the Mainstage Theater at Playwrights Horizons by David Roberts

Thanks to Tori Sampson’s crisp writing style, it is evident from the start that the audience is being engaged in a retelling of an important Nigerian folktale. This retelling begins with a…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s “Fiddler on the Roof” at Stage 42 by David Roberts and Joseph Verlezza

Tradition. Culture. Politics. Love. Tevye grapples with these four and more in National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s “Fiddler on the Roof” currently running at Stage 42.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: Fiasco Theater’s Production of “Merrily We Roll Along” at Laura Pels Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

Director Noah Brady moves the action along at a nice pace and makes the reversal of time clear and entertaining with some clever costume changes but fails to dig deep enough into each of the…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Hurricane Diane” at New York Theatre Workshop by David Roberts

The characters – all of them – are underdeveloped, mostly static, with less than interesting conflicts. So how could there possibly be an engaging plot? They seem not to care for themsel…

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Broadway Preview: “The Cake” Opens at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I by David Roberts

Manhattan Theatre Club’s New York premiere of The Cake, written by Bekah Brunstetter (“This Is Us,” “American Gods,” The Oregon Trail) and directed by MTC’s award-winning Artisti…

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Off-Broadway News: “Avenue Q” to Play an Additional Four Weeks at New World Stages by Popular Demand by David Roberts

AVENUE Q – winner of three 2004 Tony Awards including Best Musical – is extending its previously announced closing date 4 weeks, due to popular demand, with a new end date set for May 26…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Broadway Review and News: “Choir Boy” at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Closes on Sunday March 10, 2019 by David Roberts

After a successful and extended run at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s important and engaging “Choir Boy” closes on Sunday March 10, 2019…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Off-Off-Broadway Review: “The Waiting Game” at 59E59 Theaters by Joseph Verlezza

The play is more about the mechanisms that people use to cope with loss whether it be from death or terminated relationships. The problem here is that we never discover how those people feel…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Mies Julie” at Classic Stage Company by David Roberts

Afrikaans protagonist Mies Julie (Elise Kibler) and Xhosa antagonist John (James Udom), though childhood friends, are from vastly different social orders. Now in their twenties, they are sep…

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