The name Dennis Kelly didn’t register with me when I noted it in the playbill to his play Taking Care of Baby, which the Manhattan Theatre Club is currently presenting off Broadway. I should have known it for he is the author of the book of the musical Matilda, which is the reigning Broadway hit […]
International stage star Mark Rylance has offered us a holiday season treat by bringing us his remarkable Shakespearean double header of Richard III and Twelfth Night. He’s packed his London production cast and an assortment of chairs, tables, draperies and bric a brac along with several trunks full of gorgeous late 16th century doublets, pantaloons, […]
Some seasons ago, the Roundabout Theatre Company brought us a British import of a stage adaptation called The 39 Steps, which used the Alfred Hitchcock film of 1935 as its source. The play made literal use of almost the entire screenplay which was an achievement, for it told a story that took us all over […]
54 Below is the smart cabaret just underneath Theatre 54 in New York. It features the best of the Broadway performers who show up regularly between engagements on the legit stage, and its lineup has included Chita Rivera (she’s doing two shows on New Year’s Eve), Betty Buckley, Patty LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brian d’Arcy […]
In 1947 when The Winslow Boy first hit Broadway, its author Terence Rattigan was in great favor, churning out hit after hit beginning with 1937′s French Without Tears and continuing well into the 1950s with The Browning Version, Separate Tables, Love in Idleness, Flare Path, O Mistress Mine, The Deep Blue Sea, The Sleeping Prince […]
Bruce Norris won the Pulitzer in 2011 and the Tony Award in 2012 for best play when his Clybourne Park played on Broadway after a successful run off Broadway in 2010. Critics and public alike responded to its insights and accuracy in presenting authentic characters of different races. The press and the public also responded […]
Harold Pinter arrived on the London theatre scene in the mid 1950s along with John Osborne, Shelagh Delaney, Edward Bond, David Storey and Arnold Wesker, among other playwrights who were determined to shake things up. His early plays were dark and mysterious, often obscure, seemingly naturalistic plays with simple titles like The Birthday Party, The […]
A strange thing happens when good actors find themselves cast in a play in which their characters are ill defined or not defined at all. These actors, trapped on their own, make choices in order to help them add meaning to the literate but unrevealing lines their author, in this case Sharr White, gives them.