The Encounter Review: a mystical, mesmerizing (mostly head) trip

The eerie true story of National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre’s encounter with the elusive Mayoruna tribe while lost in the Amazon rainforest is made stranger still in Simon McBurney’s one-man play The Encounter. The tribal “headman” communicated with McIntyre telepathically; McBurney communicates with the audience aurally, through individual headphones at each seat.

Holiday Inn Review: Corbin Bleu as Fred Astaire

It is possible to enjoy Holiday Inn, subtitled “The New Irving Berlin Musical,” although there is little new about it. The Broadway adaptation of the 1942 Crosby/Astaire movie features a hard-working, elegantly costumed cast in one pleasantly diverting musical number after another. But it’ll help to check your sense and sensibility in the coatroom. More […]

The Trial of an American President Review: George Bush Accused of War Crimes

President George W. Bush was convicted of war crimes at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, on the night I attended The Trial of an American President, an earnest, informative and flawed mock trial. The jury voted 5-4, which is not bad, considering the circumstances.

All The Ways To Say I Love You review: Judith Light in new Neil LaBute monologue

Those of us who have followed her splendid career since Judith Light returned to the New York stage in 2010 welcomed the news that she would be appearing in a new solo play written by Neil LaBute.  As expected, Light is the best thing about it. What’s less expected is how slight the play is.

Nat Turner in Jerusalem review

Nat Turner in Jerusalem, a new play by Nathan Alan Davis at New York Theatre Workshop, is yet another retelling of Nat Turner’s 1831 slave insurrection, a story that has been told and retold for nearly two centuries – and will be told again in The Birth of a Nation, a film by Nate Parker […]

What Did You Expect? Review: Election year continues for the Gabriel family

What Did You Expect?, the second installment of Richard Nelson’s trilogy at the Public subtitled The Gabriels: Election Year In The Life Of One Family, is literate (the characters tell a story about Melville; read from Edith Wharton and Euripides), aromatic (they cook a meal), and, arguably, misleading: The name “Trump” is uttered only once. […]

Privacy Review: Daniel Radcliffe in playful, interactive look at our surveillance society

Privacy,a play exploring the death of privacy, is inspired by Edward Snowden’s revelations about surveillance. Snowden even appears on stage (via video.) But, for all its alarming info, the show is more playful interactive lecture than cautionary drama: An audience member may even find herself on a date with Daniel Radcliffe.

New York Spectacular Review — The Radio City Rockettes bring NYC Tourist Attractions to Life

New York Spectacular, a new summer show at Radio City Music Hall that features the Radio City Rockettes and some terrific sets, aims to tap into a similar demographic as Broadway, where more than two-thirds of the theatergoers are tourists. But its appeal to tourists is more direct. It’s basically a sightseeing tour of New […]

Public’s all-woman cast takes on Taming of the Shrew in Central Park

The all-female production of The Taming of the Shrew in Central Park, with Janet McTeer as the macho Petruchio and Cush Jumbo as the shrew he starves into obedience, seems to be working hard to make the play more palatable. Director Phyllida Lloyd starts by evoking a certain presidential candidate and former beauty pageant owner.

Who SHOULD win The Tony Awards Sunday night

Update: Hamilton won 11 awards and The Humans four, including best musical and best play respectively. See all the winners: Contrary to popular belief, more than one worthy show opened on Broadway this past season, although admittedly Hamilton has become a much-ballyhooed phenomenon in the culture at large.  The musical was part of what many […]

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