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 […]

The Brightness of Heaven at Cherry Lane Theatre

The cast of The Brightness of Heaven (Photo: John Quilty)

You know this place, although you may have never been here. There is a picture of Jack Kennedy, looking a little mischievous, on one wall. On another, the benevolent smile of His Holiness the Pope – Paul VI. On a recliner, Ed Kilgannon (Peter Cormican) slumbers, a copy of the Buffalo Courier-Express – a newspaper […]

Sarah Ruhl’s latest, The Oldest Boy

Ernest Abuba and Celia Keenan-Bolger (Photo: T. Charles Erickson)

Sarah Ruhl is a writer of imagination and considerable experience. The Lincoln Center Theatre has presented two of her early plays, The Clean House and In The Next Room (The Vibrator Play), and Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Euridice and others have birthed around the country’s regional theatres. She is unpredictable and is clearly interested in […]

Sting’s The Last Ship


We always have high hopes when a gifted writer from one field chooses to drop in on another. Scott Fitzgerald tried it (The Vegetable), so did Henry James (Guy Domville). Ernest Hemingway wrote a play for Spencer Tracy (The Fifth Column).

Pulitzer Prize winner Disgraced opens on Broadway


From the moment Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced begins, we are intrigued. Set in designer John Lee Beatty’s upper east side Manhattan apartment, even the scenery speaks to us. The set captures the absurd notion that if enough rent is charged, one will be forced to take pleasure in the cable outlets, the dimmers on the light […]

A Time for Singing as Musicals in Mufti approaches its 100th


The 100th Musical in Mufti is about to open at the York Theatre, which is a gem of a small space buried under St. Peter’s Church on 54th Street and Lexington Avenue. This very useful series, which was started in 1994 under the aegis of its genial artistic director James Morgan, has now offered us […]

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