Shatter from Urban Stages, NYC

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On December 6, 1917 an explosion tore through Halifax, Nova Scotia, obliterating the Richmond District and shattering virtually every window in the City. The ensuing tsunami wiped out the Mi’kmaq First Nations community. Temperature at the core reached nine thousand degrees Fahrenheit. (The surface of the sun is eleven thousand degrees.) The explosive force equaled […]

The Brightness of Heaven at Cherry Lane Theatre

The cast of The Brightness of Heaven (Photo: John Quilty)

You know this place, although you may have never been here. There is a picture of Jack Kennedy, looking a little mischievous, on one wall. On another, the benevolent smile of His Holiness the Pope – Paul VI. On a recliner, Ed Kilgannon (Peter Cormican) slumbers, a copy of the Buffalo Courier-Express – a newspaper […]

Sarah Ruhl’s latest, The Oldest Boy

Ernest Abuba and Celia Keenan-Bolger (Photo: T. Charles Erickson)

Sarah Ruhl is a writer of imagination and considerable experience. The Lincoln Center Theatre has presented two of her early plays, The Clean House and In The Next Room (The Vibrator Play), and Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Euridice and others have birthed around the country’s regional theatres. She is unpredictable and is clearly interested in […]

Sting’s The Last Ship

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We always have high hopes when a gifted writer from one field chooses to drop in on another. Scott Fitzgerald tried it (The Vegetable), so did Henry James (Guy Domville). Ernest Hemingway wrote a play for Spencer Tracy (The Fifth Column).

Pulitzer Prize winner Disgraced opens on Broadway

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From the moment Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced begins, we are intrigued. Set in designer John Lee Beatty’s upper east side Manhattan apartment, even the scenery speaks to us. The set captures the absurd notion that if enough rent is charged, one will be forced to take pleasure in the cable outlets, the dimmers on the light […]

A Time for Singing as Musicals in Mufti approaches its 100th

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The 100th Musical in Mufti is about to open at the York Theatre, which is a gem of a small space buried under St. Peter’s Church on 54th Street and Lexington Avenue. This very useful series, which was started in 1994 under the aegis of its genial artistic director James Morgan, has now offered us […]

“It’s a helluva” On the Town

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I was apprehensive when I entered the central lobby of the vast Lyric Theatre on 42nd Street to see the latest revival of Bernstein-Comden and Green’s On the Town. I have to be one of the few left who vividly remembers the original production, and the mid-WWII lift it gave us when it opened in […]

The Belle of Amherst

Joely Richardson as Emily Dickinson
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In 1976 Julie Harris, at the peak of her onstage career, brought this one woman play to Broadway. She managed to keep it afloat for over 100 performances at the Longacre Theatre where the revival of You Can’t Take It With You is currently enjoying an equally successful run. Joely Richardson, best known for her […]

Deliverance

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James Dickey’s novel Deliverance was a critical and popular success when it was published in 1970. It won the National Book Award, and was the basis of the equally popular film that was released in 1972. The film helped catapult Burt Reynolds into major stardom, and it launched a big film career for character actors […]

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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This title of a new play by Simon Stephens may seem long-winded and awkward, but it is an accurate account of what a child with Asperger’s Syndrome might answer when asked to describe a moment in his recent past. That startling moment in the play happens the moment the lights come up on the figure […]

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