Sunday, December 1, 2019

“A Bright Room Called Day” at the Public Theatre by Richard Seff

Tony Kushner wrote this play in 1985 when he was 29 years old. It deals with the early 1930s in Germany, the years in which the Weimar Republic was beginning to crumble, and Adolf Hitler was…

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

“The Inheritance” at The Ethel Barrymore Theatre by Richard Seff

It’s a good idea to prepare yourself if you plan to see both parts of Mr. Lopez’s play at matinee and evening in the same day. It can be done at 1:00 PM and again at 7:00 PM. Make certai…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

“Tina: the Tina Turner Musical” at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre by Richard Seff

  If you happen to be passing the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on 46th Street any evening around 9:30 (some nights at 10:30), and you hear a roar emanate from the  theatre’s lobby, don’t be a…

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

“Little Shop of Horrors” at the Westside Theatre by Richard Seff

To get right to it—there is an anticipatory glow, even as we settle into our seats, that shouts at us from the house curtain with the musical’s title splashed across it in all its gory g…

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

“The Sound Inside” at Studio 54 by Richard Seff

There are actors who begin their careers with training and early professional outings in regional and stock theatres as understudies  and bit players. Many use live theatre as training grou…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

“The Rose Tatoo” at the American Airlines Theatre by Richard Seff

Broadway will soon have to change its name to “Revival City” for the number of new works (except for juke box musicals and seven hour “events”) has narrowed down to two or three play…

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

“Linda Vista”, a not so pretty view by Richard Seff

Tracy Letts,  who established himself as a playwright with “August: Osage County,”  is a gifted writer  and actor who has an uncanny ear for the unique rhythms, accents, and insights …

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

“The Great Society” at The Beaumount Theatre at Lincoln Center by Richard Seff

“All the Way” by Robert Schenkkan dealt with Lyndon Johnson’s efforts to influence the 88th U.S. congress to vote in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It first appeared in 2012 at the Oreg…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

“Fern Hill”, a play by Michael Tucker by Richard Seff

Artists often prepare sketches to guide themselves through the process of creating a painting. Architects draw blueprints which are subject to change before committing to building.  And Pla…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

“FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN”at Musicals In Mufti by Admin

Once upon a time (circa 1929) the world was young and so was Cole Porter. He’d spent his formative years at Yale, where he began to dash off tunes attached to his own lyrics, some of which…

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

“The Height of the Storm” at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre by Admin

The Manhattan Theatre Club has brought us this play from London’s West End. It serves Eileen Atkins, Jonathan Pryce, and an excellent supporting cast well; but I suggest it will bring rewa…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

“Betrayal” at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre by Richard Seff

Master playwright Harold Pinter has left us a fistful of fascinating plays, and their highly original tales will be with us for many years to come. “The Birthday Party,” “The Homecomin…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Hal Prince As I Knew Him by Richard Seff

Top drawer producer-director Hal Prince died on July 31st in the unlikely city of Reykjavic, Iceland. In his case, come to think of it, nothing was unlikely, as he had spent his working life…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

“Sea Wall/A Life” at the Hudson Theatre by Richard Seff

The Hudson Theatre on Broadway is playing host presently to two star actors with two playwrights (Simon Stephens and Nick Payne) delivering two acts of delicate magic. On a virtually bare st…

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

“LOVE, NOËL” The Songs and Letters of Noël Coward by Richard Seff

Let’s take a moment to stroll down memory lane. For some of you it will be more of a history lesson, but join us anyway as we think about a time when New York had something called “café…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” Bigger is not Always Better by Richard Seff

You can tell as you enter the Al Hirschfeld Theatre that you’re going to be seeing a big show. The entire proscenium and a lot of the side walls are covered with gilt and glitter and a hug…

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Monday, July 22, 2019

“The Rolling Stone” at Mitzi Newhouse at Lincoln Center by Richard Seff

A young British playwright, Chris Urch, is making his Lincoln Center debut with this play—one written in white heat. It’s fiction but is based on incidents that took pace in Uganda ten y…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

“The Ferryman” revisited by Admin

Jez Butterworth’s hit play is so robust and chock full of incident  that I could not assimilate all of it in my one visit. I reviewed it in October, 2018, when  several of its principal…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

“Frankie and Johnny” together again by Admin

Terrence McNally is an acknowledged master whose home must house dozens of  awards including several for a lifetime of achievement, four Tonys, an Emmy, and many more. In 1996 he was induct…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

“Hadestown” at the Walter Kerr Theatre by Richard Seff

Orpheus is once again descending into hell  in search of his beloved Eurydice; Hermes is  around to keep the plot spinning; and Hades, the King of the Underworld, is madly maneuvering his …

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Nathan Lane, Sole Star above the Title at Last in “Gary—A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” at The Booth Theatre by Richard Seff

Nathan Lane is enjoying one of theatre’s longest running careers. He’s been brightening stages ever since 1975 when at 19 he made his off-Broadway debut, and 1982 when he first bounced o…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

“Hillary and Clinton” at the Golden Theatre by Richard Seff

Playwright Lucas Hnath, has served his apprenticeship in theatre by having work produced at some of New York’s most reputable off-Broadway venues and at many out of town spaces like the Hu…

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Monday, April 29, 2019

“All My Sons” at the American Airlines Theatre by Richard Seff

I saw the original Broadway production of this, Arthur Miller’s second Broadway outing, when I was 20 years old; and it struck me as a sober introduction to a playwright who clearly repres…

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

“Tootsie” at The Marquis Theatre by Richard Seff

“Tootsie” is fun company. “She” is actor Michael Dorsey’s one ally in finding him a job in a New York play or musical. For Michael is a hard-to-cast 40 year old who is unable to ch…

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

“Burn This” at the Hudson Theatre by Richard Seff

Playwright Lanford Wilson began the story in the play, set in New York in 1987, on the day after the death of Robbie, a gay choreographer. His apartment mate Anna, who was a dancer who’d b…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

“William Shakespeare’s King Lear” at The Cort Theatre by Richard Seff

On occasion I marvel at the insight and wisdom shown by the Elizabethan lad Will Shakespeare, not to mention the poetry and imagination and drive that helped him create a basket of enduring …

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

“Oklahoma!” at Circle in the Square Theatre by Admin

It’s odd, but true. I still vividly remember certain sounds that wafted up to me in the second balcony of the St. James Theatre on Broadway in 1944 when, as a teenager, I saw the original …

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

“Nantucket Sleigh Ride” at The Mitzie Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center by Admin

The cover of  the Playbill for this John Guare play shows a terrified older gent hanging on to the sides of a small boat that is being tossed about by a wild body of water. By the end of th…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

“Ain’t Too Proud” at the Imperial Theatre by Richard Seff

I wasn’t exactly sleeping through the 1960s and 70s, but I seem to have missed most of the pop tunes and great combos that found their place at the time. I blush to admit that I did not kn…

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“Smart Blonde” at 59E59 Theatres by Richard Seff

Andréa Burns has been brightening several recent Broadway and off/Broadway seasons by supplying supporting performances of great variety and equal quality. They range from Daniela in “In …

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Monday, March 25, 2019

“Kiss Me, Kate” by The Roundabout Theatre Company at Studio 54 Theatre by Richard Seff

With thanks to the Roundabout Theatre Company, Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate” is back on Broadway in a fresh and rousing re-examination by director Scott Ellis and choreographer Warren …

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