“It Can’t Happen Here” NYC reading featuring…Donald Trump?

In It Can’t Happen Here, one of the candidates for president of the United States declares “the people are sick to death of political chatter…It’s time to ACT” — and promises to “build a wall of steel.”

Lupita Nyong’o in Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed now on Broadway (review)

What’s most impressive about the Broadway production of Eclipsed, Danai Gurira’s forceful drama about the effect of war on five women in Liberia, is that it is opening on Broadway at all. This has much to do with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o’s decision to portray a girl we first see hiding under a tub.

Richard Nelson’s Hungry Review: one family during the 2016 election year

In a Presidential campaign year that includes headlines like CNN’s recent “Donald Trump defends size of his penis,”  one welcomes the premise behind Richard Nelson’s new three-play cycle, The Gabriels: Election Year In The Life Of One Family, which will unfold in real time at the Public Theater.

Familiar Review: Danai Gurira’s other New York play

Danai Gurira is best known for slicing off the heads of zombies in The Walking Dead,  but that is about to change. Her play Eclipsed is opening on Broadway March 6, starring Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o.  Three days earlier, Familiar, her funny, insightful play about a Zimbabwe family living in Minnesota, has opened Off-Broadway.

Old Hats Review: Bill Irwin and David Shiner’s Clown Medicine for Nasty Times

There are two main differences between the candidate debates on TV and the one in Old Hats, in which Bill Irwin and David Shiner don too-white teeth and try to one-up each other: 1. These clowns do it wordlessly, with mallets. 2. Unlike their real-life political counterparts, that isn’t their whole act. View all production […]

Hughie Review: Forest Whitaker’s Broadway Debut in Eugene O’Neill Relic

The most intriguing element in the new production of O’Neill’s Hughie, which marks Forest Whitaker’s Broadway debut, is Christopher Oram’s set. This is not just because the hotel lobby is meticulously detailed; it also serves as an apt metaphor for the play – a dusty relic now, but never truly grand even at its peak. […]

The Humans, Broadway review: superb performances for Stephen Karam’s Broadway debut

The Humans, Stephen Karam’s nuanced slice-of-life drama that unfolds during a family’s Thanksgiving dinner, has transferred intact to the Helen Hayes, in a production that has become even more timely in its expression of middle class anxieties, but remains most noteworthy for the exquisite performances by some of New York’s finest stage actors.

Prodigal Son Review: John Patrick Shanley’s portrait of himself as adolescent rebel

Robert Sean Leonard was 20 years old when he portrayed one of the boarding school students inspired by teacher Robin Williams in the movie Dead Poets Society. In Prodigal Son, John Patrick Shanley’s autobiographical new play, Leonard now portrays an inspiring boarding school teacher and Timothee Chalomet, 20 years old, his student.

Cabin in the Sky Review: jazzy, corny all-black musical restored at City Center

Five years after the Gershwin brothers debuted Porgy and Bess, a Gershwin protégée born Vladimir Aleksandrovich Dukelsky (aka Vernon Duke) composed the all-black musical Cabin in the Sky, which lasted longer on Broadway. Its restoration by the Encores concert series shows why it was a hit — and why it has since virtually disappeared.

I and You Review: Teenagers Facing Life and Death Through Walt Whitman

I and You, Lauren Gunderson’s two-character play that now has opened in New York, has been produced in some 20 theaters around the country (including Olney Theatre Center), receiving awards and much publicity, yet nobody has revealed the twist at the end. The twist is not just shocking; it makes the play. The acting and directing […]

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