Amazing Grace review: A Broadway Musical about the man behind the hymn

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To see President Obama break into “Amazing Grace” at the June funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney was to witness the continuing force of a hymn written more than two and a half centuries ago. This would lead us to expect a show entitled Amazing Grace about its songwriter John Newton to move us emotionally and […]

Shows for Days Review: Patti LuPone As Community Theatre Tyrant

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Shows for Days, starring Patti LuPone as a ruthless regional diva and Michael Urie as a sweet stand-in for playwright Douglas Carter Beane, dramatizes Beane’s memories of his introduction to the world of the theatre, which he tells us changed his life. The play is unlikely to change anybody else’s.

Act of God review: Jim Parsons as the Almighty rewrites the Ten Commandments

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Basic questions such as the origin of the universe – Big Bang Theory vs. Divine Creation –  may fiercely divide the world, but on stage at Studio 54, they are a source  of jokes by Jim Parsons as the Almighty in An Act of God,  a play whose own origin is less than cosmic: It began life […]

This year’s Tony Awards – here’s who SHOULD win, and who DID win!

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Update:  Tony voters sided with Jonathan Mandell in 17 of the 24 categories.  Compare the winners (in red) with Jonathan’s judgements. – Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming host the 2015 Tony Awards Sunday, June 7 from Radio City Music Hall. If, we asked our New York critic Jonathan Mandell, choosing the winners was completely up to […]

The explosive Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek. Possibly Fugard’s last look at South Africa (review)

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In what he says may be his last play, South African playwright Athol Fugard explores his characters’ fear, humiliation and desperation, as he has in such well-known anti-apartheid works as Blood Knot and MASTER HAROLD … and the Boys. But this time, a white woman, post apartheid, shares those emotions.

What show changed your life? Tony Award nominees respond

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We probably all have an answer to ‘What show changed your life?’  For DCTS editor Lorraine Treanor, her path to being an English teacher changed the day she saw Elaine Stritch perform in Sail Away.

Why one Tony Award nominee won’t give up his day job

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While it’s not hard to find an actor or writer waiting tables or bartending in New York to make ends meet, we found one Tony Award nominee who doesn’t plan to give up his day job. Here’s why.

Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz talks about American in Paris

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The morning after the 69th Annual Tony Award nominations were announced, Tony Award nominee, Brandon Uranowitz, nominated for creating the role of Adam Hochberg in An American in Paris, sat down with DC Theatre Scene’s Jonathan Mandell at the Tony Awards’ Meet the Nominees session.

Fun Home Broadway Review: Alison Bechdel’s moving memoir of her father

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Fun Home is, yes, a musical about a lesbian cartoonist whose closeted father killed himself, but it is also about how we try to figure out the puzzle of our parents; about how we reassemble our childhood; about memory itself. It remains the inventive, entertaining, in places exhilarating, and almost inexpressibly heartbreaking show I saw […]

Airline Highway Broadway Review: Lisa D’Amour’s community of misfits in a New Orleans motel

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Airline Highway, Lisa D’Amour’s loving look at the makeshift family of misfits that hang out at a seedy motel along the old Airline Highway in New Orleans, is not a musical, but it is full of music. The characters often break out into song — and the play itself seems a lesson in jazz.

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