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(19/09/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Small World (Penguin Rep Theatre/59E59)

Theatre in Review: Small World (Penguin Rep Theatre/59E59)

In Small World, Walt Disney is portrayed as driven, deceptive, and egomaniacal -- in other words, an artist. For him, this is a step up. There is, it seems, a burgeoning dramatic sub-genre devoted to Disney as antagonist. It ...More

(18/09/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Loveless Texas (Boomerang Theatre Company/Sheen Center)

Theatre in Review: Loveless Texas (Boomerang Theatre Company/Sheen Center)

We've seen his works performed in almost every conceivable time frame and context, but Shakespeare and Texas, I fear, make for strange bedfellows. About a decade ago, we had The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas, a boisterous, yet ...More

(14/09/2017)

-Theatre in Review: For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday (Playwrights Horizons)

Theatre in Review: For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday (Playwrights Horizons)

If anyone could convince me to run off to Neverland, it would be Kathleen Chalfant. Stepping out in front of the attractive blue show curtain at the beginning of Sarah Ruhl's wry and rueful little charade, the actress ...More

(13/09/2017)

-Theatre in Review: On the Shore of the Wide World (Atlantic Theater Company)

Theatre in Review: On the Shore of the Wide World (Atlantic Theater Company)

Most psychologists will tell you that the healing process following a terrible loss is a slow one. This is undoubtedly true, but surely it often moves faster than the glacial pace maintained in On the Shore of the Wide World. ...More

(11/09/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Baroness: Isak Dinesen's Final Affair

Theatre in Review: The Baroness: Isak Dinesen's Final Affair

The writer Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen), arguably best known for the book Seven Gothic Tales, gets the gothic treatment herself in Thor Bj°rn Krebs' biographical drama --- produced by the Scandinavian American Theatre ...More

(11/09/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias

Theatre in Review: The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias

It's a brave thing for a male playwright -- even a gay one -- to take on rape and what has come to be known as rape culture, and in The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias, produced by The Playwrights Realm at The ...More

(31/08/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Inanimate (The Flea)

Theatre in Review: Inanimate (The Flea)

The only inanimate thing about Nick Robideau's new play is its premise: The heroine, Erica, has a virulent case of Object¨m Sexuality. This is an apparently real term for people who have an orientation to inanimate love objects. (The ...More

(31/08/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Charolais (Fishamble: The New Play Company/59E59)

Theatre in Review: Charolais (Fishamble: The New Play Company/59E59)

A Charolais cow -- a breed of cattle native to eastern France -- forms the hypotenuse of the romantic triangle at the heart of Noni Stapleton's solo show. I use this geometric term advisedly: Even though the other corners are ...More

(28/08/2017)

-Theatre in Review: If Only... (The American Vicarious/Cherry Lane Theatre)

Theatre in Review: If Only... (The American Vicarious/Cherry Lane Theatre)

As the title suggests, If Only... is an exercise in wistful nostalgia, an evening-length recitation of what-might-have-beens. By the end, I was familiar with the feeling: If only the playwright, Thomas Klingenstein, ...More

(25/08/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Suitcase Under the Bed (Mint Theater Company/Theatre Row)

Theatre in Review: The Suitcase Under the Bed (Mint Theater Company/Theatre Row)

"Most people have a crack in their hearts," remarks one of the characters in "Holiday House," one of the sterling quartet of one-acts being presented under the umbrella title The Suitcase Under the Bed. Their author, Teresa ...More

(25/08/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Prince of Broadway (Manhattan Theatre Club/Samuel J. Friedman Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Prince of Broadway (Manhattan Theatre Club/Samuel J. Friedman Theatre)

There's a lot to like in this fond and often vivid scrapbook of numbers from one of the American theatre's most astonishing careers -- which, not incidentally, provides a showcase for some of today's most gifted musical theatre performers. ...More

(21/08/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Terms of My Surrender (Belasco Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Terms of My Surrender (Belasco Theatre)

"How the f--k did this happen?" So asks Michael Moore at the top of his new Broadway show, a political pep rally-cum-revival meeting for liberals still in shock over the November election. "This," of course, is the election of ...More

(18/08/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Come Light My Cigarette/Van Gogh's Ear

Theatre in Review: Come Light My Cigarette/Van Gogh's Ear

Maybe we can blame it on the Trump Administration. As I have frequently noted, summertime is the theatre's squirrely season, when all sorts of bizarre fancies are aired and vanity producers come out to play. Sensible theatre fans limit ...More

(08/08/2017)

-Theatre in Review: A Real Boy (Ivy Theatre Co. in association with Athena Theatre/59E59)

Theatre in Review: A Real Boy (Ivy Theatre Co. in association with Athena Theatre/59E59)

A Real Boy is a real muddle, a weird tale about the plight of marionettes that gets thoroughly tangled in its own plot strings. It begins with Miss Terry, a kindergarten teacher, worrying that something is wrong with Max, one ...More

(07/08/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Summer Shorts, Series B (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Summer Shorts, Series B (59E59)

Neil LaBute has been one of the mainstays of the Summer Shorts series, so it's good to see him in fine form with "Break Point," the highlight of this year's B program. As the title suggests, the action unfolds in the ...More

(03/08/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Curvy Widow (Westside Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Curvy Widow (Westside Theatre)

For more years than I care to remember, the presence of Nancy Opel in a production has been a gilt-edged guarantee of fun, no matter her surroundings. Her technique is as faultless as it is minimalist: A quarter turn of her head, ...More

(02/08/2017)

-Theatre in Review: A Parallelogram (Second Stage)

Theatre in Review: A Parallelogram (Second Stage)

In plays like Clybourne Park, Domesticated, and The Qualms, Bruce Norris delighted in breaching social norms, putting in his characters' mouths words that would normally be unsayable in polite company. A ...More

(01/08/2017)

-Theatre in Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Public Theater at the Delacorte Theater)

Theatre in Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Public Theater at the Delacorte Theater)

There are so many delightfully mad, moonstruck people running around in Lear deBessonet's new production of Shakespeare's comedy that I almost hesitate to single out any of them. And yet, in this company of equals, three ...More

(31/07/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Summer Shorts, Series A (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Summer Shorts, Series A (59E59)

This annual festival of one-acts usually packs a surprise or two, but a razor-sharp comedy about Ayn Rand? "Acolyte," the highlight of the evening, features Rand at home with her husband Frank O'Connor one night in 1954. Their guests are ...More

(27/07/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Dear Jane (Theatre Row)

Theatre in Review: Dear Jane (Theatre Row)

Dear Jane is a concept in search of a play, a bewildering collection of dramatic bits that pretend to lay bare the soul of playwright Joan Beber while revealing nothing at all. In a program note, Beber says the play is ...More

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