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.

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

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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 […]

Lost Lake and Billy & Ray, two one acts with disappointments

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I bring you my first double header, as play after play opens off Broadway, courtesy of the dozen not-for-profit theatres that have firmly established themselves.

A brush with Sondheim at Saturday Night, Musicals in Mufti

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This is a little bonus notice, because it was a rare showing of Stephen Sondheim’s very first musical, written when he was in his early twenties. Twin brothers Julius and Philip Epstein, had delivered a comedy to Broadway, Chicken Every Sunday, in 1944 and had subsequently written “Casablanca” for the screen, for which they’d received […]

The Band Wagon at Encores! Hey, Broadway producers, scoop up this hit.

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The winter winds have just begun to blow, yet spring has arrived at the City Center on West 55th Street, where The Band Wagon is making a lot of people happy. Unfortunately, this version will only play through Sunday, with two final performances on November 16th. If you want to get a glimpse of what […]

Stoppard’s The Real Thing on Broadway

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Tom Stoppard is back on Broadway . His Indian Ink is playing at the Cort Theatre and now the Roundabout has produced his 1982 success The Real Thing as part of its season at the American Airlines Theatre on 42nd Street. The new entry has assembled a stellar cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal […]

Sarah Ruhl’s latest, The Oldest Boy

Ernest Abuba and Celia Keenan-Bolger (Photo: T. Charles Erickson)

Sarah Ruhl is a writer of imagination and considerable experience. The Lincoln Center Theatre has presented two of her early plays, The Clean House and In The Next Room (The Vibrator Play), and Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Euridice and others have birthed around the country’s regional theatres. She is unpredictable and is clearly interested in […]

Sting’s The Last Ship

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We always have high hopes when a gifted writer from one field chooses to drop in on another. Scott Fitzgerald tried it (The Vegetable), so did Henry James (Guy Domville). Ernest Hemingway wrote a play for Spencer Tracy (The Fifth Column).

Pulitzer Prize winner Disgraced opens on Broadway

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From the moment Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced begins, we are intrigued. Set in designer John Lee Beatty’s upper east side Manhattan apartment, even the scenery speaks to us. The set captures the absurd notion that if enough rent is charged, one will be forced to take pleasure in the cable outlets, the dimmers on the light […]

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