Between Riverside and Crazy


The Atlantic Theatre Company, nestled in its own theatre in a church on East 20th Street, has come up with a winner in Between Riverside and Crazy, a taut and tingling family drama replete with the laughs that often come with bitter feuds and foul play that enliven days and nights of ordinary folks just […]

Piece of My Heart


Bert Berns was an American song writer and producer in the 1960s. An original sixties rock ‘n roller and writer of soul, he made a mark in popular music, particularly with “Here Comes The Night”, “Hang on Sloopy”, “Twist and Shout” and the title song of this latest jukebox revuesical.

Drop Dead Perfect


Erasmus Fenn is a stage magician turned novelist turned playwright, whose first play, Drop Dead Perfect, has been brought to Theatre at St. Clement’s off Broadway, through the combined auspices of the Peccadillo Theater Company and the Penguin Rep Theatre. Producer Morton Wolkowitz is associated as Producer as well.

The Village Bike, still time to take it for a spin


Penelope Skinner’s very dark comedy The Village Bike first appeared in 2011 at the Royal Court’s Upstairs Theatre in London. In 2012 it played the Sheffield Theatres, what we would call a regional theatre. Now it’s at the Lucille Lortel on Christopher Street for a commercial off-Broadway run, this time under the direction of Sam […]

When We Were Young and Unafraid


In recent times playwrights have been inviting us into worlds we would never know without them. Harvey Fierstein has set Casa Valentina in a camp in the Catskills to which certain men like to find themselves among others who like to get into a girdle, a gown, a wig, a  pair of heels and all […]

Donagoo at the Mint Theatre


The mission of the Mint Theatre, operating out of a tiny black box theatre on West 43rd Street in an office building, is to unearth, to present and preserve forgotten plays of merit. In notes presented in the program, it is claimed that the programming of the theatre’s  producing artistic director Jonathan Banks is arranged […]

Menzel fans rightfully flock to If/Then


The new musical If/Then, by the same creative team that brought us the prize winning Next To Normal five years ago, is once again an imaginative and impressive piece of work. Written by Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics), directed by Michael Greif, it once again tells the story of a woman […]

James Franco and Chris O’Dowd are outstanding in Of Mice and Men


I find it remarkable that a “well made play” which originally opened on Broadway in 1938 for a moderately successful run of 207 performances should have such an impact on an audience today, more that 75 years later. John Steinbeck wrote the play, based on his novel of the period; that first production was directed […]

Alan Ayckbourn’s polished his Farcicles to a brilliant shine


Sir Alan Ayckbourn was in New York this past weekend polishing up his staging of the three evenings of theatre he has brought us to officially welcome the delights of spring. The weather turned balmy and breezy, but not until the first of the plays opened a week ago, and I’m convinced it did so […]

Applauding Michelle Williams’ performance in Cabaret


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 […]

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