Friday, August 24, 2018

‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Makes a Sad Statement About Women and Fashion by Moze Halperin, Moze Halperin

If you can pull off an Armani cocktail dress, you're worthy of being saved.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:30AM
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Podcast ‘Hey Riddle Riddle’ Shows Your Brain Works Better When You’re Laughing by Joshua Dudley, Joshua Dudley

Take improv, add puzzles, and you've got 'Hey Riddle Riddle,' a new podcast from Headgum.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:00AM
Friday, August 17, 2018

Bryan Adams Is One of Many Reasons ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Is Awful by Rex Reed

There's no song lyric so bad it can't be improved by screaming it into cacophonous incoherence.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:50PM
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Here’s How Broadway Marketers Use Deceptive Tactics to Make Their Shows Look Better by John Bonazzo

'Gettin' the Band Back Together' is the latest show attempting to trick consumers.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:55PM
Monday, August 13, 2018

Review: ‘Gettin’ the Band Back Together’ Is a Sweaty Garbage Fire | Observer by David Cote

Having sat through the sweaty, janky garbage fire Gettin’ the Band Back Together, I strongly suspect that producer and book writer Ken Davenport has a chest tattoo that reads (in Gothic sc…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:06PM
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Trying to Understand Why Dopey, Shrill ‘Be More Chill’ Has So Many Fans by David Cote

'Be More Chill' lacks the yearning and pain of 'Dear Evan Hansen,' the whip-smart satire of 'Mean Girls,' and has a generic score. Why do people love it?

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:00PM

Broadway Star Alexandra Silber Bares Her Soul in a New Memoir About Grief by Charles Isherwood, Charles Isherwood

It was making her Broadway debut, 10 years after her father's death, that prompted Alexandra Silber to write about the lingering aspects of grief.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:20PM
Friday, July 27, 2018

NY Times Theater Critic Under Fire Over Transphobic Review Comments by John Bonazzo

Ben Brantley apologized for the "flippant" remark, but the damage was done.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:40PM
Monday, July 23, 2018

‘Straight White Men’: The Best Play You’ve Ever Seen About Mediocrity by David Cote

This Broadway debut reveals Young Jean Lee as one of our boldest living playwrights.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:00PM
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Don’t See ‘The Damned’ to Escape—It’s the Perfect Mirror of Our Moral Decay by David Cote

It has greed, sex addiction, blackmail and craven excuses for Nazis…no cultural relevance to see here!

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:30PM
Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Joy and Tragedy in ‘Mary Page Marlowe’ Shouldn’t Make For Such Dull Viewing by David Cote

In his latest play you can't help but wonder, what happened to the bad boy Tracy Letts of yesteryear?

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:00PM

John Early’s Passion Project: ‘I Finally Have Enough TV Money to Make This Happen’ by Moze Halperin, Moze Halperin

'I always marvel at the ways that she’s not a bigger star,' said Early of his friend and collaborator Theda Hammel, for whom he produced this play.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:10PM
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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Friday, June 29, 2018

‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’ Revival Proves It’s a Musical Worth Revisiting by Rex Reed

It opened in 1965 as a disappointment, had a movie that flopped and has not aged well, but even so 'On a Clear Day You Can See Forever' is worth revisiting.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:30PM
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Carey Mulligan Magnificently Delivers a Dark New Monologue—Onstage and Via Audiobook by David Cote

This may be Carey Mulligan's toughest role—certainly the most demanding and intense.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:00PM
Monday, June 25, 2018

Playwright Joshua Harmon Makes the Same Big Mistake With ‘Skintight’ by Rex Reed

His problem (and my one caveat) is that he doesn't know when to stop writing.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:53AM
Friday, June 15, 2018

There Is Nothing Good to Say About Off-Broadway’s ‘First Love’ by Rex Reed

It's embarrassing to watch two distinguished artists playing meatheads beyond their prime, stripping down to their underwear and dancing in semi-nude pulchritude around a barbecue grill.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:54PM

Jessica Walker Dominates as Suzy Solidor in ‘All I Want is One Night’ by Rex Reed

'The most famous woman you've never heard of.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:53PM
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Friday, June 8, 2018
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Friday, June 1, 2018

‘The Boys in the Band’ Is Sad, Hilarious, and Gratifying by Rex Reed

Nothing shocks anyone anymore, but 'The Boys in the Band' still resonates with a sound of fury Faulkner never dreamed of.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:08PM
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Audible’s Partnership With NYC Theater Shouldn’t Ape Amazon Bookstores by John Bonazzo

'Customers who enjoyed this show may also like Shakespeare.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:52PM
Friday, May 25, 2018

‘Peace for Mary Frances’ Is So Good It Will Shatter You by Rex Reed

'Peace for Mary Frances' is so beautifully written that it is impossible to believe it's the playwright's first play.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:30AM
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A Ballet Lite Take on Henry James’ ‘The Beast in the Jungle’ Strains to Titillate by David Cote

Henry James would find the nearest string of pearls and clutch them if he saw what’s been done to his 1903 novella 'The Beast in the Jungle.'

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:30PM
Friday, May 4, 2018

A New Revival of ‘My Fair Lady’ Dazzles…Until It Doesn’t by Rex Reed

A new production of 'My Fair Lady' delivers a different ending that is not exactly disastrous, but decidedly disappointing.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:00PM
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Monday, April 30, 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Star-Studded Cast Explains How ‘Frozen’ Broke the Broadway Mold by Harry Haun

'Frozen' star Caissie Levy puts it succinctly: 'It’s a dream role, an amazing show and a love story centered around my sister and not a man.' It's also breaking Broadway records.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 07:00AM
Friday, April 13, 2018

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