American Psycho on Broadway (review)

American Psycho, a musical about a fashion-conscious serial killer, is not the most misbegotten show ever on Broadway.  It only feels that way for a couple of moments – such as the production number that features zombie-like movements by half-naked cast members smeared in blood.

On 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s demise, companies break out the death scenes

In one way, Hamilton Clancy has outlived William Shakespeare, who died 400 years ago this week at the age of 52. Clancy is older than that. But Clancy has also died many times, and it’s all thanks to the Bard. “My very first death was easy: Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet,” says Clancy. “I died […]

Nathan The Wise: Jews, Muslims and Christians getting along a thousand years ago (review) 

Nathan the Wise, a fascinating old play that recalls an era when Jews, Muslims and Christians got along, begins at Classic Stage with an acknowledgement of the present: All the actors are arguing (in Arabic, Hebrew, Latin, German) — until F. Murray Abraham quiets everybody (in English): “We have a story to tell.”

Head of Passes Review:  Phylicia Rashad as a Biblical Job 

In Head of Passes, Phylicia Rashad portrays Shelah, a woman so religiously devout she objects to Deviled eggs. Her faith is tested in the Public Theater’s well-acted, richly atmospheric production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play, which is inspired by the Book of Job. But the audience’s faith is also tested, in several ways.

Dry Powder Review: Claire Danes and John Krasinski face off in Wall Street play

Dry Powder is a play about a private equity firm that tries to buy a luggage company, but it is not as dry as it sounds, and not just because its cast includes John Krasinski (formerly of The Office), Claire Danes (Homeland) and Hank Azaria (The Simpsons), and it’s directed by Thomas Kail (Hamilton.)

Ironbound Review: An Immigrant’s Search for Love and Money

Darja, the central character in Ironbound, never leaves a barren bus stop on an ugly stretch of post-industrial New Jersey, but Martyna Majok’s rich play about a poor immigrant feels always on the move, determined to take us on a sad and funny adventure that shifts back and forth over 22 years.

“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.

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