First Daughter Suite Review: Growing Up in the White House

Amy Carter is 47 years old now, but she is forever 12 in history, and also in First Daughter Suite, Michael John LaChiusa’s fanciful musical at the Public Theater.  In the musical, however, unlike in history, Amy travels to Iran to free the hostages and also makes the First Lady quack like a duck.

The Gin Game Review: James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson put their cards on the table

The two characters in The Gin Game do little more than play card games and, once, (spoiler alert) dance. But they’re portrayed by James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson – with some 130 years of acting experience between them – and that’s enough to turn this Broadway revival into a stellar outing at the theater.

Ugly Lies The Bone Review: Mamie Gummer as an Injured Veteran Helped by Virtual Reality

Ugly Lies The Bone, a new play with Mamie Gummer as a severely injured veteran, recalls the original spirit of the Roundabout Theater, which began 50 years ago in the basement below a supermarket. It’s now an empire, its non-profit status more a legal designation than a helpful description, given its three Broadway theaters, generally […]

Kathleen Turner helms Would You Still Love Me If… about a transgender transition (Review)

When it was first announced that a cast including Kathleen Turner and Deborah Cox would be performing in an Off-Broadway play about a woman in a lesbian relationship who is secretly transgender, it made the news.

Joshua Morgan’s got a whole new rule – on Broadway

“I just finished a week of playing Thénardier on Broadway to 1,300 people a night, and it was so beautiful. I feel like my whole persona and world has shifted. I’m in a place of re-discovery: Okay, now I’m here. What does that mean? How do I live my life?”

Old Times review: Clive Owen in a Pinter puzzle

In the lobby of the theater where Clive Owen is making his Broadway debut in a revival of Harold Pinter’s 1971 Old Times, a t-shirt on sale is printed with the single word “pause.”  That’s an inside joke for Pinter fans – which is also a good description for the play itself, although an inside […]

Daddy Long Legs review at the Davenport Theatre

In a program note for Daddy Long Legs, director John Caird wonders why the 1912 novel on which the musical is based isn’t considered a great American classic. I wonder the opposite – why its problematic premise has inspired a 16-character Broadway play, at least seven movies and now a two-character Off-Broadway musical, which has […]

Spring Awakening Review: signing and singing, celebrating sexuality

The Deaf West production of Spring Awakening at the Brooks Atkinson tangibly enhances an acclaimed musical about rebellious and repressed adolescents. By cleverly pairing deaf actors who are signing with hearing actors who are singing, Deaf West has made the show the most accessible on Broadway, but also forged it into something theatrically exceptional.

The Christians Review: Imagine there’s no hell

Do theology and theater mix? Is there an unspoken separation between church and stage?  A day after the announcement that Amazing Grace will close on Broadway after little more than three months, The Christians opens Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, telling the story of a pastor who shocks his congregation with a single sermon.

Hamilton Broadway Review: Revolutionary!

When Hamilton opened Off-Broadway in February, I called it groundbreaking and breathtaking – and I was trying not to gush.  Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical about the life and times of the Founding Father whose face is on the ten dollar bill has drawn exuberant bipartisan praise – from both Obama and Cheney, both Sondheim and […]

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