Monday, April 23, 2018

One Thousand Nights and One Day by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In performance, "One Thousand Nights and One Day" is a like a play with songs shoehorned in as none of them forward the story but take the emotional temperature of the characters instead. Wi…

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Dress of Fire by Darryl Reilly

The epic myth of the Trojan War gets a fanciful treatment in playwright Nina Kethevan’s "Dress of Fire."  Lasting about 95 minutes, it still packs in a lot of incidents with 12 actors som…

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Martha Graham Dance Company: Spring Season 2018 by Joel Benjamin

"Ekstasis,” danced by PeiJu Chien-Pott, her hair loose, her costume a tight tube of form-fitting jersey (designed by Graham, herself), stood still as eerie clacking percussion and quiet wo…

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Carousel by David Kaufman

If it seemed like no staging could ever top London’s National Theatre production (which was directed by Nicholas Hytner and came to Lincoln Center in the mid 1990’s), this newer version …

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Mangled Beams by Darryl Reilly

Scenic designer Dedalus Wainwright utilizes a simple assortment of benches and office furniture for the first act. For the second, Mr. Wainwright creates a configuration of gray wood platfor…

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King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest "King Lear," as directed by Gregory Doran, is one that needs no explanation and no program notes. At one and the same time both medieval and contempo…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Da Capo Chamber Players: Celebrating Charles Wuorinen’s 80th Year by Jean Ballard Terepka

The Da Capo Chamber Players’ recent concert at Merkin Concert Hall, billed as a celebration for composer Charles Wuorinen’s eightieth year, was an intimate, unexpectedly informal event. …

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The Seafarer by Darryl Reilly

Wearing a funereal suit, a black topcoat and a black fedora, Matthew Broderick as Mr. Lockhart has initial dry pleasantness giving way to chilling steeliness as he takes on the persona of a …

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Ballet Hispánico: Spring Season 2018 by Joel Benjamin

The dancers displayed a new depth of expression, particularly in the world premiere “Espiritus Gemelos,” a sensitive, beautifully acted duet about a brief same sex encounter performed by…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

ms. estrada by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The Q Brothers Collective (made up of GQ, JQ, Jackson Doran and Postell Pringle) is best known in New York for their hip hop variations on Shakespeare: "Othello: The Remix" in 2016 and "The …

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Bob O’Hare: Unfinished Business …a love story by Darryl Reilly

The white-haired O’Hare’s appealing tenor voice with its regional cadences is expressive. His instrument is in the realm of a tuneful storyteller who mines laughs and emotions with vocal…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Children of a Lesser God by Darryl Reilly

A regular on the television series "Dawson’s Creek" and currently appearing on "The Affair," the affable Joshua Jackson plays James. Mr. Jackson’s talents are not showcased in this produ…

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Lobby Hero by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Ethical integrity versus moral turpitude is the theme of Kenneth Lonergan’s "Lobby Hero" now having its Broadway debut at The Second Stage’s newly renovated home, The Helen Hayes Theater…

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Happy Birthday, Wanda June by Darryl Reilly

War, guns, Vietnam, the excesses of capitalism, toxic masculinity, blind American patriotism and feminism are among the targets of Mr. Vonnegut’s characteristically overloaded satire. Such…

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This Flat Earth by Joseph Pisano

But, unfortunately, Ferrentino squanders this intriguing setup, getting lost in existential musings that end up being nowhere near as complicated as her subject matter. The first signs of tr…

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The Lucky Ones by David Kaufman

After the first song, “We are in the house where I grew up,” says Abigail, with the bacon and eggs and toast and tea in the morning, on the first day of a new school year. Adding to the …

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Edge of Our Bodies by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Rapp’s plays are so different from each other that it is difficult to classify him. As of now he has written conventional dramas, experimental plays, futuristic and science fiction plays, …

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dutch Masters by Darryl Reilly

In 70 gripping minutes, Keller takes this familiar premise in a compelling direction. His biting dialogue reflects the divisive era during the mayoralty of the African-American David Dinkins…

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Wicked Frozen by Darryl Reilly

Zoe Farmingdale’s book is a tart and good-natured treatment of the salvation of a high school misfit. The cheery, witty and melodious score has lyrics by Ms. Farmingdale and Toby Singer an…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Frozen by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Disney Theatrical Productions’ long anticipated stage version of the beloved animated film "Frozen" has arrived on Broadway in a lavish and faithful version of the screenplay by Jennifer L…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

The National Chorale: Angela Rice’s “Thy Will Be Done” by Jean Ballard Terepka

"Thy Will Be Done" retains many of the core features of an oratorio, especially in its use of alternating solo arias and choruses to develop the basic story and in its development of choral …

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Feeding the Dragon by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Under the assured direction of Maria Mileaf in a production which started at the Hartford Stage earlier this year, Sharon Washington is a captivating and entertaining presence both as she na…

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Symphonie Fantastique by Joel Benjamin

Twist’s “Creator’s Note” in the program alludes to Wassily Kandinsky’s musical metaphorical paintings and Twist’s youthful attraction to the possibility of using abstract puppetr…

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

C4: Choral Composer/Conductor Collective: Devotion by Jean Ballard Terepka

The evening’s works were loosely organized around the theme of devotion, a big conceptual basket into which works about reverence, affection, awe and loves of all sorts could deftly and ef…

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Goldstein by Darryl Reilly

Michael Roberts’ music is a tuneful assortment of melodies some of which have an appropriate ethnic flavor. Mr. Roberts’ lyrics range from inspired to rudimentary with the overall score …

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The Stone Witch by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Lauria, best known for his work on "The Wonder Years," makes Simon an immensely private and enigmatic figure. His erratic behavior changes by the moment, keeping Peter (and us) guessing. We …

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Bedlam’s Pygmalion by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Scenic designer John McDermott has turned the black box space at the Sheen Center into an intimate amphitheater with the audience sitting around three sides of Higgins’ laboratory/study wi…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Three Tall Women by David Kaufman

If you pay any attention to the Rialto, then you knew that Jackson was going to be in the play--the play that salvaged Albee’s reputation in 1993 and won him his third Pulitzer Prize--sinc…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Babette’s Feast by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

aithful to the story and like the film, this stage adaptation uses narration from Dinesen’s story. However, not only are the actors used as storytellers, some of the characters also narrat…

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Leisure, Labor, Lust  by Darryl Reilly

Besides depicting the upper crust, the lives of the servants are harshly detailed with inspiration from social documentarian Jacob Riis’ muckraking journalism. There are searing descriptio…

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Friday, March 30, 2018

A Walk in the Woods by Joel Benjamin

The two talented, delightfully understated actors have taken on these roles with energy and sincerity.  Manning makes Honeyman both simple and complex at the same time while Van Treuren min…

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