Saturday, January 18, 2020

Miss America’s Ugly Daughter:  Bess Myerson & Me by Darryl Reilly

More in the spirit of Carrie Fisher than Christina Crawford, performer Barra Grant chronicles her life and that of her famous mother in her engaging and smartly presented self-written solo s…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Maz and Bricks by Joseph Pisano

Created and first performed during the run-up to the 2018 national referendum that eventually led to the amendment's repeal, Maz and Bricks, a part of the Origin Theater Company’s 1st Iris…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre/ Rennie Harris Puremovement American Street Dance Theater by Sheila Kogan

Rennie Harris Puremovement American Street Dance Theater exploded onto the stage with raw vitality. Harris, who choreographed most of the works, combined various styles of street dancing (mo…

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Love, Medea by Mark Dundas Wood

The production is unapologetically irreverent. At the beginning, we see a masked Greek chorus wearing long robes, shuffling ever-so-slowly around the stage of the Center at West Park (the sa…

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The Unknown Dancer in the Neighborhood by Joel Benjamin

Wataru Kitao in Suguru Yamamoto’s “The Unknown Dancer in the Neighborhood” at The Japan Society (Photo credit” Ayumi Sakamoto) Joel Benjamin, Critic Suguru Yamamoto’s solo dance/th…

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

In Praise of Frances Sternhagen on her 90th Birthday by Darryl Reilly

As a seasoned New York theatergoer, I experienced her immense talents many times and today is cause to recall a few of her unheralded performances. The post In Praise of Frances Sternhagen …

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Friday, January 10, 2020


The festival has given birth to musicals that have gone on to Broadway ("Next to Normal," "Chaplin," "[title of show]," "In Transit") and Off-Broadway ("Altar Boyz," "The Other Josh Cohen,"…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Wild Dogs Under My Skirt by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Speaking alternately, the six women talk of food, traditions, love, family, beliefs, ethics, dreams, abuse and New Zealand men. They speak of their dreams of a future and a better life. The …

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Or, An Astronaut Play by Darryl Reilly

A lively cast comprised of Harrison Unger, Caturah Brown, Tay Bass and Jonathan Cruz not only deliver exceptional performances during the inconsequential "Or, An Astronaut Play," they also…

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Friday, January 3, 2020

On The Town … with Chip Deffaa: Jerry Herman and Michael Feinstein by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

Composer/lyricist Jerry Herman was, of course, a Broadway legend.   He gave us such unforgettable shows as "Hello, Dolly!," "Mame," and "La Cage Aux Folles." These musicals were all  huge…

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

DAVID CASSIDY… BEHIND THE SCENES by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

David Cassidy’s autobiography “C’Mon Get Happy”–which I ghost-wrote for him at his request–has now come out as a Kindle E-book, with a brand new afterword by me. (It’s availabl…

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Mikado or, The Town of Titipu (NYGASP) by Mark Dundas Wood

The framing device is not a completely elegant solution to the problem, but it gets the job done. Gilbert gets knocked out cold while examining the contents of the trunk. While incapacitated…

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

London Assurance by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Dion Boucicault’s "London Assurance" is still a witty and lively play after almost 180 years. With its farcical elements laid over a drawing room comedy plot, Charlotte Moore’s adroit pr…

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Friday, December 27, 2019

one in two by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Leland Fowler, Jamyl Dobson and Edward Mawere in a scene from Donja R. Love’s “one in two” in a world premiere production by The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center (Phot…

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Sing Street by Joel Benjamin

By stripping the story of local color—even the projections show little but an anonymous seascape—the creative team does ill by "Sing Street. " Take away the Irish accents, the 1980’s …

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The Inheritance by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Samuel H. Levine, Kyle Soller and Andrew Burnap in a scene from Matthew Lopez’s “The Inheritance” at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (Photo credit: Marc Brenner) Victor Gluck, Editor-in-Ch…

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Judgment Day by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

A product of the tumultuous thirties whose work was banned by the Nazis even though he was not Jewish, Von Horváth was particularly interested in social criticism of the middle-class and wa…

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Remembering Denise Winters (1953 – 2019) by Darryl Reilly

Elaine Stritch and I were among the many stars and strivers whom this preeminent and gracious NYC photographer vividly rendered by her profound portraits. The post Remembering Denise Winte…

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Dorrance Dance: The Nutcracker Suite by Sheila Kogan

The music included the catchy, familiar tunes of "The Nutcracker Suite" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, first featured in classical ballet. The Dorrance version uses the absolutely wonderful ja…

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

One November Yankee by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Beloved television stars Harry Hamlin (L.A. Law) and Stefanie Powers (Hart to Hart) return to the New York stage in Joshua Ravetch’s "One November Yankee" which they previously performed a…

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

ZviDance: MAIM (“Water” in Hebrew) by Joel Benjamin

Israeli-born choreographer Zvi Gotheiner created "Maim ('Water' in Hebrew)," a somber meditation on water, drought, misery, community and survival for seven members of ZviDance, all brillian…

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A 2019 Ten Best List by Darryl Reilly

These superior revivals, bold new plays and a terrific solo show were the most fascinating and memorable productions I experienced this year. The post A 2019 Ten Best List appeared first on…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Pockets by Darryl Reilly

Frothiness abounds in "Pockets," an amusing spoof of British musicals that’s presented by the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe Robot Teammate.  The rollicking score is a collaboration betw…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Greater Clements by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Told in leisurely style, Greater Clements is about the decline (and possible fall) of the American dream. Hunter appears to be saying that this is a long-time coming and its roots go very de…

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Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven by Darryl Reilly

Besides Mr. Skittles, there are 18 other characters of different races, ages, genders and sexualities. They’re a cross section of the downtrodden and those involved with aiding them. Ex-co…

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A City of Refuge by Christopher Caz

The story itself has potential, yet despite the actors’ heroic attempts to bring truth to it, the script has its characters written to say and do so many unrealistic things that the core a…

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Jagged Little Pill by Joseph Pisano

Given the personal nature of Morissette's artistic output, it might be surprising to learn that the Broadway version of Jagged Little Pill doesn't take the easy biographical route for its bo…

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Where Are We Now by Darryl Reilly

Possessed of an awesome soaring tenor voice, the magnetic Dutch-German Mr. Ratzke offers not a conventional cover band-style tribute show with slavish imitation, but instead a thrilling perf…

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Peter & the Wolf by Joel Benjamin

Ensemble Signal, Marjorie Folkman, Daniel Pettrow and Kristen Foote in a scene from “Peter & the Wolf,” costumes by Isaac Mizrahi, choreography by John Heginbotham (Photo credit: Dan…

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The Thin Place by Darryl Reilly

After pillaging Ibsen in "A Doll's House, Part 2" and lampooning the former First Couple for "Hillary and Clinton," vaunted playwright Lucas Hnath’s latest piffle, "The Thin Place" is a Wa…

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Alyssa May Gold, Rebecca Jimenez, Carmen Berkeley and Malika Samuel in a scene from Alexis Scheer’s “Our Dear Dead Drug Lord” at the McGinn/Cazale Theater (Photo credit: Shira Friedman…

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