Menzel fans rightfully flock to If/Then

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging!

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It’s been several years since Gerard Alessandrini dusted off his skewering sword with which to parody working actors, writers and other well intentioned theatre folk. Now, in the current Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging! he’s back, and the current crop of creators have been spotted cowering in corners, hoping he won’t notice them, although some […]

Linda Lavin’s role in Too Much Sun is pure gold

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The first ladies of the New York stage have been having a rough time of it of late. They have been finding rich and meaty roles in plays that come close, but don’t make it to the finish line. They offer employment, and we are grateful to them for that, but for total fulfillment we’ve […]

Special Drama League Awards for Barbara Cook and Neil Patrick Harris at New York’s most glamorous luncheon

The glamorous Drama League Luncheon (Photo: Jessica Fallon Gordon)

Each year, the Drama League bestows awards on all sorts of worthy talents who have contributed to the season just passed. On May 16th, I attended this year’s luncheon, the social event of the theatrical community, the one place where all those artists can meet and greet each other, to mingle with them for an […]

Mothers and Sons

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Tyne Daly has found herself a rich and demanding role, and she inhabits it with all of her considerable talent in peak condition. The role is Katherine Gerard, who first appeared in public in a short play, and then in an Emmy winning teleplay called “André’s Mother”, both written by Terrence McNally, now revisited by […]

Violet, a minority opinion

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If you like country music, bluegrass, lowdown rock and lots of gospel, you’ll find yourself moved by Jeanine Tesori’s score which was first heard off Broadway in 1997 in a well received Manhattan Theatre Club production that found critical favor. Based on a story by Doris Betts, the musical has a book and lyrics by […]

The City of Conversation, Georgetown play is “crackling good theatre”

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Every once in a while a play is announced for Broadway production with names attached to it that are not familiar to me. Such a case is The City of Conversation by Anthony Giardina, with a cast headed by the one name I recognized, and that is Jan Maxwell who has been brightening the companies […]

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