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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Friday, February 8, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Eddie and Dave” at Atlantic Stage 2 by Joseph Verlezza

The entire cast seems to be having a good time as they move through the antics provided by director Margot Bordelon. The result is somewhat of an overlong television comedy sketch that does …

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “I’m Not A Comedian . . . I’m Lenny Bruce” at the Cutting Room by Joseph Verlezza

This one-man show is testament that his stand-up comedy was more abrasive than funny and reinforces the power of words. Mr. Bruce exposed the hypocrisy of humanity in such an unconventional …

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Broadway News: “What the Constitution Means to Me” Comes to Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theater by David Roberts

The Clubbed Thumb, True Love, and New York Theatre Workshop production of "What the Constitution Means to Me: will come to Broadway this spring for a 12-week limited engagement, beginning pe…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Theatre News: Emily Mann to Retire As Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre Center by David Roberts

Award-winning playwright and director Emily Mann, who has served as the Artistic Director and Resident Playwright of the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey since 1990, will ret…

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Blue Ridge” at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater by David Roberts

Abby Rosebrock introduces an interesting mélange of broken characters in her new play “Blue Ridge” currently running at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater. She drops these…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Broadway Review: “Network” at the Belasco Theatre by David Roberts

“Network” addresses important themes and raises equally significant enduring questions. “Network” parses the word ‘network’ in a variety of ways, adding richness and layered dept…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Broadway Review: “The Ferryman” at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

This is a monumental piece of theater that will stand up to the test of time. It is a thrilling drama of crime and passion that infects a peculiar family which is navigating a contentious, p…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Broadway Review: “The Cher Show” at the Neil Simon Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

There is nothing groundbreaking about this show, but it is good solid entertainment with performances that would be hard to beat. It sheds some light on the journey of a musical icon but als…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “The Hello Girls” at 59E59 Theaters by Joseph Verlezza

There is no doubt that the so called “Hello Girls,” the bilingual operators that were sent to the front line to operate secured switchboards, were invaluable to the Signal Corps units in…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Lewsiton/Clarkston” at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater by Joseph Verlezza

Hopefully there will be another extension to the current run in its present state. Playwright Samuel D. Hunter has written a new classic American play, not quite a tragedy, but that being sa…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “The Other Josh Cohen” at the Westside Theatre/Downstairs by David Roberts

Josh Cohen’s year long (Valentine’s Day to Valentine’s Day) struggle with the vicissitudes of life is chronicled in eleven musical numbers by an energetic and talented cast that not on…

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