Monday, May 25, 2015

Modern Orthodox

Review by Marilyn Stasio, Variety

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Size does matter for the guys in 'The Irish Curse' By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Critic

In the end, "The Irish Curse" is a very human and even humane play. You will find yourself rooting for these esteem-building sessions to succeed.

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'The Scottsboro Boys' is powerful, provocative by Mark Kennedy

As confounding as this all sounds, what has emerged is an absolute marvel. The creators — including director and choreographer Susan Stroman and book writer David Thompson — walk…

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Even Beautiful People Get the Blues by Julio Martinez

Review of What I Did for Love by Joe Pintauro in L.A., with Patty McCormick.

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A look at love, death and dirt By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Critic

It's not easy to pull off a comic fantasy, especially one dealing with such monumental subjects as love, death and dirt, but playwright Sarah Ruhl manages to artfully juggle big themes in "T…

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Wallace Shawn examines responsibility By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Critic

Whether you respond to Shawn's 95-minute solo show, which the New Group has revived at off-Broadway's Acorn Theatre, will depend on your connection to the likable performer, whose genial man…

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'Shakespeare in Love' set to be reborn as theater By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press Writer

In a case of life imitating art imitating life, a British theater company has announced plans to rebuild an Elizabethan playhouse using the set from hit film "Shakespeare in Love."

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Melodrama still lives in 'Coram Boy' By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Critic

There is a dreamlike quality to Still's fluid, graceful staging. And like all potent dreams, her vision - and that includes her overseeing of those celestial musical voices - remains vivid l…

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'Soul of Shaolin' mixes sentiment and strength By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Critic Michael Kuchwara, AP Drama Critic

Yet it is the demanding physicality in the show that counts. That movement celebrates an intense kind of discipline that borders on the spiritual and proves to be surprisingly sturdy Broadwa…

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A chilly, high-concept 'Company' By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Critic

The show may not always be joyous, but it shouldn't be funereal, which is what occasionally comes across in this production.

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Frantic international hijinks By ERIN McCLAM, AP National Writer

All you need to know about the style of the musical comedy "How to Save the World and Find True Love in 90 Minutes" is in a three-paragraph note from its writers inside the Playbill.

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Cincinnati Playhouse Wins Regional Tony by JOHN NOLAN, Associated Press Writer

News that the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park had won its first Tony Award for excellence as a regional theater surprised the staff and caused immediate euphoria.

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Edward Albee looks for the real Louise Nevelson By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Critic

Ruehl and company have given Albee's vision of Nevelson a marvellous second chance.

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'110 in the Shade' celebrates the heart By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Critic

There's nothing flashy here, but the emotions are honest and after the insistence of such recent perpetual-motion musicals as "Legally Blonde," its lack of flash is a relief. Director Lonny …

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An overly agitated Hamlet stalks the stage in Central Park By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Critic

It's a showy performance, full of flourish but little real feeling.

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'Downstage Center' Showcasing Theater By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Writer

Ready to hear some theater conversation with the folks who work on Broadway, off-Broadway and beyond.

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Jay Johnson throws his voice on Broadway By MICHAEL KUCHWARA

His amiable, sometimes rambling show is part history lesson, part autobiography and part giddy entertainment, most notably when Johnson's puppets are allowed to take center stage.

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A tension-free 'American Buffalo' arrives on B'way By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Critic

The four-letter words are intact but just about everything else is amiss in the slack, unsatisfying Broadway revival of David Mamet's "American Buffalo."

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