The Elephant Man, now at the Booth Theatre


Bernard Pomerance’s play from 1977 has been revived on Broadway for a fourteen week run, starring Bradley Cooper in the title role, which is the only big news connected with the production.

Hurricane Sandy aftermath in MTC’s By the Water


It’s a few months after Hurricane Sandy hit New York on October 29, 2012. Staten Island took a beating from the storm and when the lights come up on Sharyn Rothstein’s new play, By the Water, we are there in the aftermath. What looks like it might once have been a house is open to […]

On a Stool at the End of the Bar

Timothy John Smith and Sara Kapner in On a Stool at the End of the Bar (Photo: Carol Rosegg)

One of the unexpected pleasures of covering New York theatre for our site is that I have the opportunity to view the wide spectrum of subjects, themes, current issues that playwrights use as source material. In the recent weeks they have dealt with Judeo-Christian-Islamic conflicts (Disgraced) , the search for truth in affairs of the […]

Side Show on Broadway


Another revival has plunked itself down on Broadway . As the original new musicals are mostly half baked, I wonder what the season will be like 20 years from now, when there is nothing to revive? And I wondered as I entered the St. James Theatre: “Haven’t I seen this before?”

Hugh Jackman in The River

Hugh Jackman in The River (Photo: Richard Termine)

A full house at the 776 seat Circle in the Square in Manhattan’s theatre district managed to settle in just before 8PM, for there were signs all over the place announcing “No one seated after the opening curtain.” At the last moment, a few empty seats were filled by the ushers with very grateful standee […]

Mike Nichols, a master class in living. Recollections from Richard Seff

Mike Nichols (photo courtesy of PBS)

When Mike Nichols passed away last Wednesday night at the age of 83, I found myself needing to hit the YouTube buttons to have another look at some of the sketches he and Elaine May performed when they were working together in the late 1950s. Watching two teenagers on their first date in the car […]

Lost Lake and Billy & Ray, two one acts with disappointments


I bring you my first double header, as play after play opens off Broadway, courtesy of the dozen not-for-profit theatres that have firmly established themselves.

The Band Wagon at Encores! Hey, Broadway producers, scoop up this hit.


The winter winds have just begun to blow, yet spring has arrived at the City Center on West 55th Street, where The Band Wagon is making a lot of people happy. Unfortunately, this version will only play through Sunday, with two final performances on November 16th. If you want to get a glimpse of what […]

Stoppard’s The Real Thing on Broadway


Tom Stoppard is back on Broadway . His Indian Ink is playing at the Cort Theatre and now the Roundabout has produced his 1982 success The Real Thing as part of its season at the American Airlines Theatre on 42nd Street. The new entry has assembled a stellar cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal […]

Shatter from Urban Stages, NYC


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 […]

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