Tuesday, April 21, 2015

'Gigi' Takes Broadway, Again by Wqxr

The 1958 movie musical “Gigi,” about a young woman being groomed for a life as a courtesan, won an impressive nine Oscars, including Best Picture. But a 1973 theatrical production did no…

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

'Buzzer' Confronts Neighborhood Dynamics in Brooklyn by Wqxr

Social scientists tell us that relocating and setting up a new home is one of life’s big stresses. So the pressure is really on when a young, upwardly mobile black man moves back to his ol…

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Not-For-Tourists, Dark Comedy 'Hand to God' Opens on Broadway by Wqxr

Robert Askins’s dark comedy Hand to God has already had two productions Off Broadway, at Ensemble Studio Theatre and MCC Theater. Now it’s making the leap to the big time, opening on Bro…

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Off Broadway, Silence Is Golden by Wqxr

The spring theater season is traditionally dominated by Broadway openings, as the deadline for Tony awards considerations arrives at the end of April. But Off Broadway doesn’t go into hibe…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Still Heidi After All These Years by Wqxr

The late Wendy Wasserstein hit the playwright’s jackpot in 1989, when The Heidi Chronicles took home the Tony Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Drama Desk and New York Critic’s Circle Awa…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Larry David on Broadway by Wqxr

Larry David was one of the masterminds behind the megahit sitcom “Seinfield,” but since then he’s become better known for playing a version of himself in the HBO series “Curb Your …

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Queen Elizabeth Comes to Broadway by Wqxr

Helen Mirren won an Oscar for portraying Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 movie “The Queen.” Now she picks up the famous handbag again in the play The Audience, written by Peter Morgan, wh…

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Radiant Darkness in Brooklyn by Wqxr

If you’ve been in a dive bar in New York, or anywhere else, just those simple words are enough to conjure the bleak decor, the smell of stale drink and something more. Eugene O’Neill…

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Musical About the Other Hollywood by Wqxr

A new production from The Civilians, a journalistic theater company, is called Pretty Filthy and is an exploration of the pornography industry centered in Southern California’s San Fer…

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Real Housewife of Russia, Ivan Turgenev Edition by Wqxr

Decades before Anton Chekhov’s plays about the struggles of existence among ostensibly successful and wealthy Russians, Ivan Turgenev wrote A Month in the Country, a play that contains m…

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bloody Terrific by Wqxr

"Boy meets girl” is a fine start for so many stories, including Let the Right One In, a play adapted by Jack Thorne and based on the Swedish novel and film of the same name by John Ajvide…

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Boy Meets Girl, to Infinity and Beyond by Wqxr

What can happen when two people meet? The possibilities are endless, but every relationship winds up following a single path, better known as “what actually happened.” But what about all…

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Songs Trace a Path Through the Past by Wqxr

Courtney Love, a famous rock widow and an actor and rock star in her own right, is making a low-key return to performing in the new musical theater piece Kansas City Choir Boy at HERE Arts …

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Very Important List

Every Brilliant Thing is a one-man show that features a large supporting cast. The show's other big self-contradictory element is its exploration of the impenetrable sadness of depressio…

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Friday, December 19, 2014

A Look at the London Theater Scene

The New York Times recently sent theater critic Charles Isherwood on a trip to London, where he saw Shakespeare, quasi-Shakespeare and Kristin Scott Thomas onstage. While there, Isherwood…

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Illusionists Make Broadway Magic

Theatrical magic acts have a long, long tradition in the world of entertainment. With a name that pays homage to earlier forms of stage trickery, The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible is …

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Life on an Alien World That's Ours

In 2003, Mark Haddon wrote a well-received novel about a 15-year-old boy solving a mystery that's become a literary staple. But “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is at…

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Rodgers and Hammerstein Experiment is Revived

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were riding high in 1947 on the successes of Oklahoma! and Carousel. For their next show they tried something with a Greek chorus and a stage with no…

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Albee's A Delicate Balance Returns to Broadway

Edward Albee’s 1966 play A Delicate Balance won him the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes. It has become one of his most highly regarded and frequently produced works, and returns for its…

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Side Show Out in Front, Again

A musical that spent just a few months on Broadway in 1997 has been re-tooled and returned to the Great White Way. Side Show is based on the lives of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twin…

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Last Ship Sails Onto Broadway

On Broadway right now at the Neil Simon Theatre is The Last Ship, which might as well be called The Sting Musical, since the pop superstar has contributed not only music and lyrics, but most…

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Broadway Graced by Disgraced

A short Off-Broadway run in 2012 was New York’s introduction to Disgraced. Novelist and screenwriter Ayad Akhtar’s drama is about the stresses placed on an American Muslim man struggling…

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

All-Star Cast Makes It's Only a Play a Hot Ticket

The hottest-selling show on Broadway this fall is, surprisingly, not a musical. Instead, it’s the revival of Terrence McNally’s 1982 comedy It’s Only a Play, set in a theater produce…

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Real Life Political Theater Put on Stage

To say that Tail! Spin! is true to life might be a bit of an understatement. Mario Correa’s play uses words taken from the public record to tell the sex-scandal stories of four politicians…

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

An Over-Stuffed Steve Martin Musical

Steve Martin has quite a resume: comic, actor, writer, art collector, banjo player and now, musical book writer and musical theater co-creator. Martin and his collaborator, singer-songwriter…

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Love Letters, It’s All in the Words

In the late 1980s, A.R. Gurney created an unusual play consisting only of a long correspondence between two people. But that play, Love Letters, has endured and has been seen in innumerable…

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Sureal Comedy Explores Being Black and Gay in America

Playwrights Horizons, a New York theater company with a mission devoted to supporting works by American writers, has opened its new season with a bold new play. Bootycandy, written and direc…

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

If These Walls Could Talk

The prolific A.R. Gurney is among the playwrights in residence at the Signature Theatre Company this year. The first of three Gurney plays to be presented is a revival of his 1977 play The W…

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fall Theater Previews and Picks

New York City’s new theater season is a great way to cure those end-of-summer blues. There are plenty of revivals and a few choice new offerings. There are musicals and straight plays. The…

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Great Society Continues the Examination of LBJ's Presidency

Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way, this year’s Tony winner for best play and for its leading actor, Bryan Cranston, was a hefty drama about Lyndon Johnson and the aftermath of the Kennedy a…

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Midsummer Theater Doesn't Slow Down at Canada's Stratford Festival

Summer is the slow season for Broadway, with few shows opening between the Tony Awards in June and the fall season kickoff in September. But it’s high season for theater festivals. New Yor…

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