Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Friends! The Musical Parody by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The problem with the show now at The Jerry Orbach Theater is director Tim Drucker’s frenetic, over-the-top staging and the artificially broad presentational style of the acting, similar to…

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Judgment Day by Christopher Caz

As Sammy, Jason Alexander’s exquisite comic genius delivers like gangbusters, a delivery which gets even richer in some subtler moments when Sammy surprises himself with some honest emotio…

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Mandela by David Kaufman

Nelson Mandela’s inestimable value to humanity in general and to the abolishment of apartheid in particular cannot be thoroughly assessed or overestimated, nor are they in a new play that …

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On the Town with Chip Deffaa: As Nightclubs Begin Coming Back by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

Gianni Valenti, who runs one of the city’s best-known and most important nightspots, Birdland Jazz Club on 44th Street, deserves a lot of credit for leading the way.  He was one of the fi…

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

The Two Noble Kinsmen by Joel Benjamin

Hamilton Clancy, the artistic director of The Drilling Company, joins forces with his assistant director Karla Hendrick to stage The Two Noble Kinsmen in a modern-dress version that makes th…

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

The Wake of Dorcas Kelly by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Early in the play, songs are sung by various members of the cast including the anachronistic “The House of the Rising Sun,” (sung twice) set in New Orleans in the twentieth century. The …

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Friday, July 16, 2021

When Broadway Shows Will Be Opening (or Re-Opening) by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

More than 30 Broadway productions are expected to open or re-open before year's end. Producers are gambling that by the fall, audiences will be ready to return. I'll list below the shows and…

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ by Darryl Reilly

For "The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+" which wildly lives up to its title, director Maarten Cornelis updates Wilde’s scenario to present day New York City. Currency is in dollars; …

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Charmed Life: From Soul Singing to Opera Star by Joel Benjamin

She gets to sing everything from the Patsy Kline classic “Crazy,” “Respect” (made famous by Aretha Franklin), and “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess to generous, beautifully acted …

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Friday, July 9, 2021

Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings) by Joel Benjamin

In what might just be the best stage role of her career, Jackie Hoffman plays the multi-faceted Ariana in E. Dale Smith’s "Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings)" at Nancy Manocherian’s the …

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Friday, July 2, 2021

The Watering Hole by Darryl Reilly

There are installations, written words, video projections, and recorded spoken word. One setting is intended as a break area where patrons can dance or play with beachballs. Other interactiv…

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Aporia: “Icarus and Amina” by Joel Benjamin

The Icarus of Icarus and Amina is a poster of Henri Matisse’s brilliantly colorful abstraction of that Greek mythological character who soared too close to the sun, and Amina (Sidney Carut…

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Aporia: “Morning Was Safe” by Darryl Reilly

Two police detective partners have breakfast while working a case at a generic U.S.A. hotel in author Gabriel Nathan’s electric 15-minute play Morning Was Safe. Mr. Nathan’s dialogue cra…

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Two Jack Lemmon Triumphs by Darryl Reilly

He died 20 years ago today at the age of 76. Why am I moved to note this anniversary? For the same reason I was compelled to see "Tribute" onstage. Viewing 1973’s "Save the Tiger" as a chi…

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Friday, June 25, 2021

Audience (The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre) by Joel Benjamin

Havel’s Audience represents CAMT’s first foray into modern Czech literature having previously staged imaginative productions of folk material.  This visit to contemporary theater, unfor…

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Sloppy Bonnie: A Roadkill Musical for the Modern Chick by Joel Benjamin

Written by Krista Knight and Brinegar, Sloppy Bonnie follows its title character (played with irresistible zest by Amanda Disney) as she lays waste to everything and everyone in her path, le…

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

The Alcestiad by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Aside from the unevenness of the acting, Drance’s production has no consistent tone, shifting from comedy to drama to tragedy and back again. Not all of his interesting ideas are carried t…

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Darryl Reilly: Podcast Guest by Darryl Reilly

During Mr. Reilly’s breezy segment his life, career and views on theater were discussed. The Bronx-born Reilly has been a critic for seven years, is a member of the Drama Desk and has a BF…

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Grodin on Letterman by Darryl Reilly

Grodin created his meta gag in 1973, which was that he was playing a snide and combative version of himself. He was so good at it that some audience members gasped at his rudeness and home v…

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

George Rose Recalled by Darryl Reilly

Highlights of Ed Dixon’s sharp writing and grand acting inlcude joyous recreations of George Rose in My Fair Lady and The Pirates of Penzance, a sad mini portrait of Ray Walston and being …

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Blindness by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Read by unseen British stage star Juliet Stevenson, "Blindness" is as timely as Albert Camus’ "The Plague" with its story of an epidemic which affects first a community, then a city and fi…

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Monday, May 31, 2021

New Chamber Ballet: “Sea” & “Sun” by Joel Benjamin

“Sea,” according to Magloire’s program notes is “loosely inspired by the movement of waves.”  Five dancers—Anabel Alpert, Megan Foley, Amber Neff, Rachele Perla and Alison Tatsu…

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Consider Your Ass Kissed by Darryl Reilly

“We have remained dear friends for 45 years, so I know the stories she has to tell. You’ll love this!” wrote Alex Trebek of Ruta Lee in his foreword. The post Consider Your Ass Kissed…

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Edward Morehouse (1924 – 2021) by Darryl Reilly

The HB Studio Facebook page thread about his death was filled with former students’ testimonials of his greatness. There was mention of a video of him on YouTube, it’s a revelation. The …

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

The Importance of Being Earnest by Darryl Reilly

Of course, there’s Wilde’s brilliance with his ingenious epigrams, the barbed skewering of the British class system and the precise plot. Most importantly, this glorious document preserv…

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Lilies, or The Revival of a Romantic Drama by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Lilies" is an attempt at old-fashioned theater or to couch a modern story in old-fashioned trappings. The problem with the play for modern audiences may be stated in its subtitle, “The Re…

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Gruesome Playground Injuries by Darryl Reilly

Cameron Cueva Clarke and Logan Alexis Troyer , each offer riveting performances energetically rendering the poignant complexities of their dysfunctional characters. Director Tyler Riley’s…

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Tennessee Rising: The Dawn of Tennessee Williams by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While the chronology is somewhat convoluted as the text occasionally skips around grouping some similar events (such as two trips to New York City), if you follow along, the script depicts W…

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

 At Home with Nigeria’s Breakthrough Star AcebergTM and his Debut EP “Far From Home” by Admin

Now ready to take on a global circuit, we started working on promoting AcebergTM’s brand new debut EP "Far From Home" which was just released on April 16th, 2021 along with his music video…

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Housewives of Secaucus: What a Drag! by Darryl Reilly

The captivating cast of actors who are here drag artistes is comprised of Philip McLeod, Ryan Stutz, Cammerron Baits, Jacob P.S. Lemmenes, and Sam Brackley. While striding around and danc…

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Friday, April 30, 2021

Sutton Foster: “Bring Me to Light”  by Joel Benjamin

Sutton Foster, one of the shining lights of New York City’s currently dimmed theater scene, glowed in Sutton Foster/Bring Me to Light.  Her voice and interpretations were the richest they…

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