Thursday, March 19, 2020

Girl from the North Country (Broadway) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Set in a dark time, "Girl from the North Country" creates a community on stage as do the best plays and musicals. Its tale of lost souls attempting to keep their heads above water is univers…

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Vincent Price Was Oscar Wilde by Darryl Reilly

There are happy and distracting memories to ponder while the arts and life are in limbo due to COVID-19. Lauren Bacall also appears in this recollection. The post Vincent Price Was Oscar Wi…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Coal Country by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

For "Coal Country," an investigation into the April 5, 2010 West Virginia disaster at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch coal mine which killed 29 men, authors Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen …

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Monday, March 16, 2020

West Side Story by Joel Benjamin

Van Hove's energetic cast is too often lost among the video images which is sad because they are a wonderfully scrappy group of actor/dancer/singers who give their all.  (I’m told that th…

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Unsinkable Molly Brown by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall has given the Transport Group production staged at The Abroms Arts Center a rousing production, the major problem still exists with the stor…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Nederlands Dans Theater 2020 by Joel Benjamin

If one were to come to conclusions about the Netherlands after seeing the three ballets presented by the Nederlands Dans Theater at the New York City Center, the Netherlands would clearly co…

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The Artist Will Be With You in a Moment by Darryl Reilly

With its eloquent nods to conceptual art, good-natured comedic tone and superior performance, "The Artist Will Be With You in a Moment" is an intelligent entertainment. The post The Artist W…

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About Love by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The inspiration for "About Love" is Ivan Turgenev’s "First Love," one of the greatest of all novellas. Subtitled “a play with songs and music,” that is exactly what it is: a dramatic p…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Tomorrow We Love by Christopher Caz

There is plenty of over-the-top acting, physical antics and far-fetched story lines, all perfectly acceptable ingredients for a zany gender-bending farce. The only thing missing are the laug…

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Unknown Soldier by Darryl Reilly

The declarative lyrics are written by Mr. Goldstein and the show’s composer Michael Friedman. Mr. Friedman was a notable musical theater figure who died of HIV-related causes in 2017, at t…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Mr. Toole by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Vivian Neuwirth’s "Mr. Toole" is a fitting tribute to a charismatic teacher and a brilliant author. However, the play, in the form it currently is in, seems to have been shoehorned into a …

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Two Can Play by Mark Dundas Wood

However, it’s not until the second act that the play generates many laughs. Here, the tables turn on Jim. Gloria, returning to Kingston, has gained self-assurance from her escapades in the…

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Cambodian Rock Band by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Mixing fiction and fact, new Signature Theatre Residency playwright Lauren Yee’s "Cambodian Rock Band" is an engrossing, entertaining and appalling  investigation into the Khmer Rouge’s…

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Incantata by David Kaufman

Some books and movies and poems do not lend themselves to theatricalization, and that’s certainly the case with "Incantata," which is currently being given its American premiere at the Iri…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Ballet Vlaanderen by Sheila Kogan

Ballet Vlaanderen was founded in 1969 by dancer/choreographer Jeanne Brabants, and the present artistic director since 2015 is Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who is known for his own award-winning ch…

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Bundle of Sticks by Christopher Caz

One of the most interesting attributes of this play (apart from the clever title being a less common and unharmful definition of the word “faggot”) is playwright J. Julian Christopher’…

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The Hot Wing King by Darryl Reilly

“Spicy. Cajun. Alfredo. With Bourbon Infused. Crumbled. Bacon” is the hoped-for path to victory for the pivotal Memphis cooking competition in award-winning playwright Katori Hall’s up…

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Suicide Forest by Joel Benjamin

This illustrates the biggest problem with "Suicide Forest":  it takes on too many issues, jumping from social to sexual to mythological to intimate family subjects.  Making the play even m…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Tumacho by Joseph Pisano

To review dramatist/lyricist/composer Ethan Lipton's "Tumacho" almost feels like missing the point of this endearingly oddball "play with songs," a comic pastiche of Western and horror trope…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

No Strings by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Following its opening production of Cy Coleman’s equally rarely seen "Seesaw," J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company is presenting a fully staged version of "No Strings" as the second produ…

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Monday, March 2, 2020

All the Natalie Portmans by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

MCC Theater’s New York premiere of C.A. Johnson’s new play "All the Natalie Portmans" is a lovely work which resembles other such modern coming of age plays from Carson McCullers’ "The…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

On The Town…. with Chip DeFFaa: Count Basie and Louis Jordan by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

I'm very glad that a friend and I were able to enjoy the high-spirited, fast-moving revue "Five Guys Named Moe," which is currently playing   at Westchester Broadway Theatre.    A lot o…

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

92Y Lyrics & Lyricists Series: Jerry Herman: You I Like by Joel Benjamin

Music director Andy Einhorn who conceived the show was a genial, informed host.  Having worked as the music supervisor and music director for the most recent revival of "Hello, Dolly!,"  h…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Birthday in the Bronx by Mark Dundas Wood

If the show seems at times to be a bit of a mess, it’s an often entertaining and always lively one, thanks in good part to members of the acting ensemble, most of whom play multiple roles.…

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Blues for an Alabama Sky by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Pearl Cleage’s "Blues for an Alabama Sky" gets a belated New York premiere courtesy of Keen Company in its 20th season. Although seen in many regional theaters since its 1995 premiere at t…

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Dana H. by Darryl Reilly

Wearing costume designer Janice Pytel’s arresting black and red ensemble, Ms. O’Connell mostly sits in a chair on scenic designer Andrew Boyce’s authentically detailed drab and ominous…

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Rules of Desire by Darryl Reilly

"Extremities" on a ship best sums up its playwright William Mastrosimone’s adept, if off-kilter, new psychological thriller "Rules of Desire," that’s been given a tidy production. In it,…

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Dracula (Classic Stage Company) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As the centerpiece of its spring season, Classic Stage Company is presenting a repertory of adaptations of two legendary Gothic horror stories: Bram Stoker’s "Dracula" and Mary Shelley’s…

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Anatomy of a Suicide by Darryl Reilly

"Anatomy of a Suicide"’s title is more than accurate as two suicides are depicted. Dramatizing such subject matter would usually be intrinsically harrowing. However, acclaimed British play…

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Mack & Mabel by Sheila Kogan

The latest offering in New York City Center Encores! concert series was the Jerry Herman musical, "Mack & Mabel." Originally on Broadway during the 1974 season, it received disappointing…

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Friday, February 21, 2020

a photograph / lovers in motion by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Now that The Public Theater’s 2019 revival of the late Nzotake Shange’s "for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf" has been critically acclaimed once again…

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