Linda Lavin’s role in Too Much Sun is pure gold


The first ladies of the New York stage have been having a rough time of it of late. They have been finding rich and meaty roles in plays that come close, but don’t make it to the finish line. They offer employment, and we are grateful to them for that, but for total fulfillment we’ve […]

Special Drama League Awards for Barbara Cook and Neil Patrick Harris at New York’s most glamorous luncheon

The glamorous Drama League Luncheon (Photo: Jessica Fallon Gordon)

Each year, the Drama League bestows awards on all sorts of worthy talents who have contributed to the season just passed. On May 16th, I attended this year’s luncheon, the social event of the theatrical community, the one place where all those artists can meet and greet each other, to mingle with them for an […]

Mothers and Sons


Tyne Daly has found herself a rich and demanding role, and she inhabits it with all of her considerable talent in peak condition. The role is Katherine Gerard, who first appeared in public in a short play, and then in an Emmy winning teleplay called “André’s Mother”, both written by Terrence McNally, now revisited by […]

Violet, a minority opinion


If you like country music, bluegrass, lowdown rock and lots of gospel, you’ll find yourself moved by Jeanine Tesori’s score which was first heard off Broadway in 1997 in a well received Manhattan Theatre Club production that found critical favor. Based on a story by Doris Betts, the musical has a book and lyrics by […]

The City of Conversation, Georgetown play is “crackling good theatre”


Every once in a while a play is announced for Broadway production with names attached to it that are not familiar to me. Such a case is The City of Conversation by Anthony Giardina, with a cast headed by the one name I recognized, and that is Jan Maxwell who has been brightening the companies […]

Inventing Mary Martin

The cast of Inventing Mary Martin: (l-r) Emily Skinner, Lynne Halliday, Cameron Adams and Jason Graee

This “revue of a lifetime” is a good idea, well intentioned, occasionally very well executed, but unfortunately off its mark as often as it is on. Conceived and written by Stephen Cole, with its music supervised and arranged by David Krane, it purports to cover Mary Martin’s journey from small Texas town Weatherford to the […]

The Velocity of Autumn


It’s alarming to have to report that Eric Coble’s two hander which starred Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella closed Sunday night after 16 performances on Broadway. A battery of 25 producers could not continue to support this small but intriguing small play which offered the excellent Ms. Parsons a chance to let ‘er rip as […]



Annapurna  is a mountain that rises some 26,000 feet in the northern part of Nepal. It was once climbed by two men who just made it to the peak, only to make one fatal mistake on their way down. One of the men dropped his glove, and watched it fall just before storms arrived, forcing […]

Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina


Harvey Fierstein has recently joined Thomas Meehan and James Lapine on the A list of writers whom the establishment calls upon to crank out a book for a new musical, replacing Terrence McNally and Arthur Laurents who immediately preceded them in that position.

Andy Karl comes up a winner in Rocky


For those of you who remember, and cherish, the original Rocky film that made an instant star of Sylvester “Sly” Stallone, here’s what you have to know.  Thomas Meehan, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, who adapted the movie  to the musical stage, have kept all the key points of the story, and much of the […]

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