Uncle Vanya at The Pearl in New York

Uncle Vanya, now at The Pearl Theater

Chekhov’s play, now at The Pearl Theater for a few more weeks, offers so many unhappy characters, all rusticating in the country (rural Russia, circa 1890) it’s difficult to follow all their through lines as they interact with each other. The estate on which they are presently living is managed by Ivan Petrovich, (Uncle Vanya). […]

A. R. Gurney and The Wayside Motor Inn at Signature, New York


A.R.Gurney is a national treasure, who earned his sobriquet slowly and surely by writing over forty plays in the past 60 years, rivaling his contemporary Sir Alan Ayckbourn in productivity. Like his British colleague, Gurney chose to stick pretty close to home in writing about his own clan — the middle class WASPs and their […]

The Fatal Weakness


There was for a time, in what we call the golden age of Broadway, a genre known as “the drawing room comedy”. A select few of the major playwrights of the day wrote them, dressed them up in sets often designed by Donald Oenslager or Jo Mielziner. These rooms were so opulent they could only […]

Sex with Strangers at Second Stage Theatre

Billy Gunn and Anna Magnussen (Photo:  Joan Marcus)

This new two hander by Laura Eason opened July 31st but I was not available to see it during the press previews, so I apologize for reporting to you on it at this late date. Its run has been extended to August 31st, but that doesn’t give you much time to see it at Second […]

Chita Rivera in new version of The Visit at Williamstown


Full disclosure: I have known and represented John Kander, Fred Ebb and Chita Rivera since before they all three knew each other. As a young agent at the Music Corporation of America, I was beginning my own career and was fortunate enough to land these three gifted artists separately and to have played a role […]

Between Riverside and Crazy


The Atlantic Theatre Company, nestled in its own theatre in a church on East 20th Street, has come up with a winner in Between Riverside and Crazy, a taut and tingling family drama replete with the laughs that often come with bitter feuds and foul play that enliven days and nights of ordinary folks just […]

Piece of My Heart


Bert Berns was an American song writer and producer in the 1960s. An original sixties rock ‘n roller and writer of soul, he made a mark in popular music, particularly with “Here Comes The Night”, “Hang on Sloopy”, “Twist and Shout” and the title song of this latest jukebox revuesical.

Drop Dead Perfect


Erasmus Fenn is a stage magician turned novelist turned playwright, whose first play, Drop Dead Perfect, has been brought to Theatre at St. Clement’s off Broadway, through the combined auspices of the Peccadillo Theater Company and the Penguin Rep Theatre. Producer Morton Wolkowitz is associated as Producer as well.

The Village Bike, still time to take it for a spin


Penelope Skinner’s very dark comedy The Village Bike first appeared in 2011 at the Royal Court’s Upstairs Theatre in London. In 2012 it played the Sheffield Theatres, what we would call a regional theatre. Now it’s at the Lucille Lortel on Christopher Street for a commercial off-Broadway run, this time under the direction of Sam […]

When We Were Young and Unafraid


In recent times playwrights have been inviting us into worlds we would never know without them. Harvey Fierstein has set Casa Valentina in a camp in the Catskills to which certain men like to find themselves among others who like to get into a girdle, a gown, a wig, a  pair of heels and all […]

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