Applauding Michelle Williams’ performance in Cabaret

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One of the joys of a long life in theatre is that you get to visit old friends whom you first met decades ago. Cabaret is a true case in point, for back in the middle of the last century (1966) I had my first contact with this Kander and Ebb breakthrough musical, the one […]

Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging!

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It’s been several years since Gerard Alessandrini dusted off his skewering sword with which to parody working actors, writers and other well intentioned theatre folk. Now, in the current Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! he’s back, and the current crop of creators have been spotted cowering in corners, hoping he won’t notice them, although some […]

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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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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 […]

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