Sunday, May 22, 2022

Three Sisters by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While this is not an in-depth interpretation and at times seems a bit superficial, Will Pomerantz’s production of "Three Sisters" is a true ensemble making it appear that these people have…

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Friday, May 20, 2022

The Oracle by Darryl Reilly

This premiere five-performance Off-Off-Broadway showcase run of "The Oracle" is best viewed as a tryout, and the production’s presentational flaws are cited with that belief. Co-author El…

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Oh God, A Show About Abortion by Joel Benjamin

Alison Leiby’s "Oh God, A Show About Abortion" is probably the most level-headed work about that much debated subject, perhaps too level-headed.  While the United States is going through …

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Karpovsky Variations by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Adam Kraar’s new drama, "The Karpovsky Variations," is a memory play about a dysfunctional family of driven people and the music that inspired them. Unfortunately, in its current form it i…

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Monday, May 16, 2022

André & Dorine by Darryl Reilly

This charming show comes from the acclaimed Spanish troupe, Kulunka Teatro. The ensemble of Jose Dault, Garbiñe Insausti and Edu Cárcamo all offer awesome physically commanding silent port…

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

¡Americano! by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Tony Valdovinos who grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, was 18 before he found out that he was an undocumented immigrant. The new musical "¡Americano!" is based on the true story of his life and c…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 10:17PM
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Paradise Square by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Based on historical facts, the new and exciting musical "Paradise Square" tells a story of fictional characters caught up in real events which lead up to the Draft Riots that occurred in Man…

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

A Case for the Existence of God by Darryl Reilly

Though there’s two well-delineated characters and a compelling plot, "A Case for the Existence of God" plays out like a 90-minute cerebral exercise, reaching an unsatisfying pseudo-fantast…

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Monday, May 9, 2022

Wedding Band by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Alice Childress’ "Wedding Band," which is a difficult play to stage due to its shifts in tone, is a major rediscovery. However, it straddles a thin line between realism and romance and its…

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

American Buffalo by Joseph Pisano

The 1975 play "American Buffalo," now onstage at the Circle in the Square Theatre in a crackling revival, remains the quintessential Mamet experience, the one that should be seen to fully ap…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 11:01PM

POTUS, Or Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In "POTUS," Selina Fillinger’s first Broadway comedy, all is revealed by its unwieldy subtitle (“Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive”) which leaves litt…

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Our Brother’s Son by Christopher Caz

Liz Larsen, Dan Sharkey, Midori Nakamura and Allen McCullough in a scene from Charles Gluck’s “Our Brother’s Son” at The Pershing Square Signature Center (Photo credit: Russ Rowland)…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 02:11PM

Mr. Saturday Night by Darryl Reilly

Anyone else may find this decent show to be a tired affair which just about sustains its two-and-half-hour running time. The memory-piece book by Crystal, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel is b…

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

A Strange Loop by Joel Benjamin

Deliriously and explicitly profane, Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize winning musical, "A Strange Loop" has—unbelievably—made it to Broadway, produced by Playwrights Horizons, Page 7…

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The Skin of Our Teeth by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

You would think that at the tail end of a pandemic Thornton Wilder’s 1943 Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Skin of Our Teeth" would be the perfect play for our moment. This experimental play wh…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 10:53PM

Wish You Were Here by Christopher Caz

In the 13 years that span this earnest, thought-provoking play, three weddings, fear, war, and death all serve to test the strength and sanctity of these women’s bonds. Toossi’s script i…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 09:40AM
Monday, May 2, 2022

Macbeth by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

This 2022 "Macbeth" appears to be entirely a director’s project, but Sam Gold has done his actors no service with the busy activity he has added to the play. Fine actors like Daniel Craig …

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by Joel Benjamin

This Broadway production, a godchild of a recent 2019 production at The Public Theater (directed by Leah C. Gardiner), is directed and choreographed by modern dance luminary Camille A. Brown…

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Suffs by Joseph Pisano

Unfortunately, while Wells (Nikki M. James) and Mary Church Terrell (Cassondra James), another renowned Black suffragist, occasionally pop up to offer intersectional insights, they mostly c…

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Hangmen by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Taking the law into your own hands can be a risky business as Harry Wade and friends find out in Martin McDonagh’s hilarious dark comedy "Hangmen" which finally made its Broadway debut aft…

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Funny Girl by Darryl Reilly

Beanie Feldstein’s clunky rendition of “I'm the Greatest Star” crystalizes the absurdist dimension of this off-kilter first Broadway revival of the 1964 musical, "Funny Girl." With her…

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Bloom by Christopher Caz

Direction by Victoria Pérez could have better negotiated the script transitions and emotional shaping of the piece; however, script, director and actors, as well as lighting design by Migue…

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Monday, April 25, 2022

The Limón Dance Company (Spring 2022) by Joel Benjamin

The final work was the world premiere of “Only One Will Rise,” a work by a new choreographer Olivier Tarpaga to a colorful score he co-wrote with Tim Motzer who was one of the three on s…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 11:46AM
Sunday, April 24, 2022

The Minutes by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Tracy Letts’ "The Minutes" is both a fine political comedy as well as an indictment of how most Americans live today. It ultimately asks us to look at our values as well as our connection …

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Robert Morse: An Appreciation by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

He won a Tony Award starring in the Broadway masterwork "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."  And fortunately his performance was captured well in the film adaptation of that…

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How I Learned to Drive by Darryl Reilly

A lure of this Broadway premiere revival is 25 years later experiencing the acclaimed performances of much of its original cast. Being a memory play, their current ages are irrelevant, espec…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 12:16PM
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Cyrano de Bergerac by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Playwright Martin Crimp, an adherent of the ”in-yer-face” school of British playwriting, has taken Edmond Rostand’s turn-of-the-last century verse drama, Cyrano de Bergerac, and not on…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 11:31PM
Monday, April 18, 2022

The Little Prince by Joseph Pisano

Essentially, Mouron boils the story down to a couple lines about love and beauty, while eliding any sense of the loss, isolation, and dread that the novella also poetically conveys. Her litt…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 11:27PM

Harmony by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although 25 years have gone by since "Harmony" first tried out at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, the Barry Manilow/Bruce Sussman musical about the Comedian Harmonists is still relevant…

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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Songs About Trains by Christopher Caz

As a piece of theater, "Songs About Trains" is earnest and unique. Lead author (and performer) Beto O’Byrne, along with contributing authors Eugenie Chan, Reginald Edmund, Jay B Muskett an…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 09:11PM
Friday, April 15, 2022

Birthday Candles by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Birthday Candles" also has an unusual theatrical device: we follow Ernestine Ashford from 17 to 107 meeting her on her various birthdays that are depicted.  The other characters come and g…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 10:01PM