The Bridges of Madison County

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There is an old French proverb that translates into “the more things change the more they stay the same.” The Bridges of Madison County, the romantic musical drama at the Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway, is proof of it once again. Its book by Pulitzer Prize playwright Marsha Norman is fashioned from the best selling American […]

London Wall

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The Mint Theatre is minting some gold this month, as it brings us the American premiere of a little known John Van Druten play from the early 1930s. LONDON WALL is its name, which is the address of Walker, Windermere & Co.,  a London law firm, and it is populated with a complete staff, from […]

Sheldon Harnick’s Malpractice Makes Perfect

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Molière (real name: Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) was the mid-seventeenth century French fellow who liked to poke fun at virtually everyone who lived  in his time. He ridiculed hypochondriacs, misers, braggarts and blowhards, and took particular relish at having a go at the medical profession in Le Médecin Malgré Lui, his hit play of the l665-66 season […]

Here’s to them! – Little Me at Encores

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I’ve not written of the Encores! series before, though it’s been entertaining New Yorkers for twenty consecutive years, since 1994. It was intended to be a series of  staged readings  of musicals, with actors carrying scripts, wearing minimal costuming, playing in merely suggested settings, a larger version of those Musicals in Mufti which I described […]

Sheldon Harnick in mufti at The York

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The York Theatre Company, an attractive beehive producing unit, is buried two levels below the ground in the Citicorp Building on East 54th Street just off Lexington Avenue. In addition to mounting new musicals, doing readings and workshops, it sponsors a program called “Musicals In Mufti” (“mufti” is an army term which means ‘out of […]

Outside Mullingar

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Anthony Reilly and Rosemary Muldoon live on neighboring farms in the Midlands of Ireland. Their story is set in time by author John Patrick Shanley, as “recently”.  As played by the perfectly cast Brían F. O’Byrne and Debra Messing, they look very comfortable in today’s clothes, but their attitudes and their lingo speak of a […]

Craving for Travel

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A leading luxury travel consultant named Jim Strong has put together and produced a 75 minute sparkling commercial about his field of expertise. It’s called Craving For Travel, which happens to be the name of the app he’s invented for the iPhone and iPad. It’s not a play, it’s an out and out entertainment, and […]

The Consultant

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The Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven has long been the home of world and regional premieres of new plays by interesting authors, carefully screened and considered to be on the brink of major exposure, and in some cases major acceptance by critics and public alike. One such is Heidi Schreck who has been produced […]

Machinal

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Be warned. The Roundabout Theatre Company has mounted such an effective production of Sophie Treadwell’s expressionistic drama Machinal (originally a Broadway entry in the 1928-29 season) that it may leave you limp and disoriented when you hit the street after seeing it.

Beautiful, The Carole King Musical opens on Broadway

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This musical bio of song writer Carole King might have been called BEAUTIFUL – On Broadway, for though it purports to show us Carole King and her music, the musical includes half a dozen songs by Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, and its book by Douglas McGrath gives almost as much time to the meeting, […]

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