Richard Seff

About Richard Seff

Richard Seff, a true Broadway quadruple-threat - actor, agent, author and librettist- has written the well-received Broadway autobiography, "SUPPORTING PLAYER: My Life Upon the Wicked Stage". Each year, Actors Equity recognizes the year's most outstanding supporting player with, appropriately enough, the Richard Seff Award. He is a member of the Outer Critics Circle.

Lady, Be Good! at Encores


At the conclusion of the Saturday matinee during the seven performance run of each Encores! presentation at New York’s City Center, there is always a talkback with members of the company, or artists connected to the original productions will speak to us. In the case of George and Ira Gershwin’s first collaboration to hit Broadway, […]

Honeymoon in Vegas


I hadn’t been to the Nederlander, the theatre that is the furthest south in the neighborhood called “Broadway”, since Rent opened there in 1996. That musical stayed put for 12 years and was followed by a two year run of Newsies. Marching down the aisle to my 4th row seat at Honeymoon in Vegas, I […]

The Invisible Hand, new play from “Disgraced” author, Ayad Akhtar

Usman Ally and Justin Kirk star in Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand (Photo: © Joan Marcus)

Playwright Ayad Akhtar has Disgraced running on Broadway. It’s found its audience, which responds to the play’s sparkling and insightful dialogue dealing with the complicated relationships among a black woman, a Jewish American, a Muslim Pakistani and a white Protestant, sharply spoken during an elegant dinner party on New York’s upper east side. In a […]

The Elephant Man, now at the Booth Theatre


Bernard Pomerance’s play from 1977 has been revived on Broadway for a fourteen week run, starring Bradley Cooper in the title role, which is the only big news connected with the production.

Hurricane Sandy aftermath in MTC’s By the Water


It’s a few months after Hurricane Sandy hit New York on October 29, 2012. Staten Island took a beating from the storm and when the lights come up on Sharyn Rothstein’s new play, By the Water, we are there in the aftermath. What looks like it might once have been a house is open to […]

On a Stool at the End of the Bar

Timothy John Smith and Sara Kapner in On a Stool at the End of the Bar (Photo: Carol Rosegg)

One of the unexpected pleasures of covering New York theatre for our site is that I have the opportunity to view the wide spectrum of subjects, themes, current issues that playwrights use as source material. In the recent weeks they have dealt with Judeo-Christian-Islamic conflicts (Disgraced) , the search for truth in affairs of the […]

Side Show on Broadway


Another revival has plunked itself down on Broadway . As the original new musicals are mostly half baked, I wonder what the season will be like 20 years from now, when there is nothing to revive? And I wondered as I entered the St. James Theatre: “Haven’t I seen this before?”

It’s Only a Play but it’s the hottest ticket in town


I have to credit Jack O’Brien, the director, and lead producer Tom Kirdahy for delivering what is unquestionably the hottest ticket in town as we hit the mid-season mark. I say that because every element in this production spells “Hit!”. Scott Pask’s set of the upstairs drawing room in a swank New York brownstone, and […]

Hugh Jackman in The River

Hugh Jackman in The River (Photo: Richard Termine)

A full house at the 776 seat Circle in the Square in Manhattan’s theatre district managed to settle in just before 8PM, for there were signs all over the place announcing “No one seated after the opening curtain.” At the last moment, a few empty seats were filled by the ushers with very grateful standee […]

Mike Nichols, a master class in living. Recollections from Richard Seff

Mike Nichols (photo courtesy of PBS)

When Mike Nichols passed away last Wednesday night at the age of 83, I found myself needing to hit the YouTube buttons to have another look at some of the sketches he and Elaine May performed when they were working together in the late 1950s. Watching two teenagers on their first date in the car […]

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