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The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+

The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+

Review By Michael Tingley . . .  While flipping through the program before the show, I stumbled on two quotes that would capture the beauty of this adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest. The first is from Producer/Director/Lighting Designer Maarten Cornelis,...

Lines in the Dust

Lines in the Dust

Review by Carole Di Tosti - - - Lisa Rosetta Strum, Melissa Joyner, Jeffrey Bean . . . The questions that playwright Nikkole Salter raises in Lines in the Dust, directed by Awoye Timpo, are subtly drawn and powerfully developed. One of the key issues raised is...

Off Broadway

Off Broadway

by Carole Di Tosti . . . Institutions, including the institution of American theater, do change. However, the transformation often is at a snail’s pace. The unique digital media presentation, which streamed for four evenings, Off Broadway, written by Torrey Townsend...

Chick Flix

Chick Flix

By Adam Cohen . . . Want your relationship brought to life by a set of improv comedians who will sing and joke about it?  If the answer is “yes”, get yourself to the Players Theater and check out “Chick Flix.”   Each night musical improvisers create a...

My Cyrano Inspired ‘By Baroque’

My Cyrano Inspired ‘By Baroque’

by Melissa Griegel . . . Curtain Call The Center at West Park at the historic West Park Presbyterian Church on 165 West 86th Street was the scene for a multi-cultural and multi-lingual live theatrical event on Friday, June 11th, and Saturday, June 12. For VIP ticket...

Love Stevie Loving Linda

Love Stevie Loving Linda

By Myra Chanin . . . Stevie Holland, a gifted, elegant, acclaimed jazz singer, playwright, songwriter and lyricist has, for the last two decades, been happily married to Gary William Friedman, the gifted, generous, handsome and heterosexual theater, symphonic, film...

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

By Marcina Zaccaria . . . Is trying on a new dress like trying on a new identity?  In Metamorphosis, a dancer brilliantly moves fabric, wrapping herself like a goddess, like a silks-trained acrobat, and like a woman warrior. Refreshed and inspired by the work of...

chekhovOS/an experimental game/

chekhovOS/an experimental game/

The Best of Virtual By Marcina Zaccaria . . . Embracing the virtual format, chekhovOS/an experimental game/ offers live, interactive performance, reimagining The Cherry Orchard. Jessica Hecht, Anna Baryshnikov, Anna Bortnick, Darya Denisova, Jeffrey Hayenga,...

Success at Lincoln Center’s Restart Stages

Success at Lincoln Center’s Restart Stages

By Marcina Zaccaria . . . On May 10, Restart Stages began at Lincoln Center.  Entering and exiting the Plaza, I got the unwavering sense that we can finally tell everyone to show up again to witness great dance. On June 1, after about a half hour in the...

The Niceties

The Niceties

(From the Live 2018 Production) By Carol Rocamora... So what have we learned? That’s the question I ask myself, after watching The Niceties, Eleanor Burgess’s riveting, lacerating 2016 drama about racism and elitism in America. Set in the spring of 2016, the play...

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

“Filmed in an empty theatre, over seventeen days, during a global pandemic…”  by Carol Rocamora This brief message flashes by, momentarily, on PBS’s screen at the conclusion of Simon Godwin’s breathtaking Romeo & Juliet.  Yet that phrase’s simplicity and...

Lilies in Spring

Lilies in Spring

By Ron Fassler . . . Hartley Parker, J.P. Ross . . . It was a pleasure to return to the theatre this week and see a play again after fourteen months. Like many, the great joy of discovering new writing, actors, directors and craftspeople behind the scenes ended...

Two Sisters and a Piano

Two Sisters and a Piano

Reviewed by Yani Perez . . . Gary Perez, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Florencia Lozano, Jimmy Smits New Normal Rep digitally streams Two Sisters and a Piano written and directed by Pulitzer Prize Winning playwright, Nilo Cruz. The play features an all-star cast, with Emmy...

The Producers

The Producers

12 Fun Facts We Learned about The Producers on Stars in the House by Matt Smith . . . It was certainly “Springtime” for Mel Brooks and alumni of The Producers on April 19th when the 12-time Tony-winning smash hit celebrated its monumental 20-year anniversary. To mark...

Collision Shop

Collision Shop

A Multimedia Exhibit By Marcina Zaccaria . . . A mash-up of movement to questions posed by a computer form, this presentation is not for Instagram wannabees. It’s a built-for-movement display for people of all ethnicities and body types.  A team of artists,...

Vancouver- Where IS Home?

Vancouver- Where IS Home?

A contemporary Asian American story with puppetry by Alix Cohen . . . Japanese immigrant Hiro and his Caucasian wife Amy have settled near Portland, Oregon with 19 year-old daughter Ashley (her face looks too old.) who’s on the spectrum and Lucky, a white poodle...

Broadway’s Masked Singer Night III

Broadway’s Masked Singer Night III

by Matt Smith . . . Who doesn’t love a big and brassy, razzle-dazzle finale? Well, that’s exactly what we got when Broadway’s Masked Singer wrapped up on its final night, tallying the total donation numbers and revealing each of the remaining costumed competitors…...

More at BroadwayCon

More at BroadwayCon

by Adam Cohen . . . Making Theater During the Pandemic was a featured session at the 2021 BroadwayCon. Hosted graciously by Melissa Errico (Meet Me in St. Louis) the panel included Drew Gehling (Waitress, Amour), Ann Harada (Avenue Q), Jason Michael Webb (The Last...

Broadway’s Masked Singer Night II

Broadway’s Masked Singer Night II

by Matt Smith . . . It’s Night II of the theatre world’s favorite new who-sung-it guessing game, and performers, votes, and guesses are all comin’ in hot! Dynamic hosts Michael Hull and Dylan Bustamante present four brand-new contenders vying for that winning title,...

Broadway’s Masked Singer

Broadway’s Masked Singer

by Matt Smith . . . Recap of Night 1  It’s the smash hit guessing game that always keeps you guessing… and it’s finally been Broadway-fied!! The  first episode in three-part Broadway’s Masked Singer — a highly-anticipated, fresh and funky, pandemic-friendly...

Puppets at Dixon Place

Puppets at Dixon Place

By Marcina Zaccaria . . . Are we homesick because we are no longer in theater spaces?  That was the question that I asked myself after watching Mine by Shayna Strype. I spent many hours covering plays in Black Box Theater.  Dixon Place, known for...

Martha Graham at the Guggenheim

Martha Graham at the Guggenheim

by Marcina Zaccaria . . . I took my place at Number 31.  With positions notated on the ledge overlooking the Rotunda, spectators remained socially distanced while watching a performance from the Martha Graham Dance Company.  The first indoor event in over a...

BroadwayCon #1

BroadwayCon #1

“Dr. Drama” Discusses Musicals and Mental Health at BroadwayCon 2021 by Melissa Griegel The subject of mental health and theater has never been more relevant than this year. With the closing of Broadway during the pandemic, actors and theater professional suddenly...

Julius Caesar Bridge Theatre London

Julius Caesar Bridge Theatre London

Review by Carol Rocamora - - Have you ever witnessed a theatrical performance so electrifying and energizing that you spring to your feet with excitement? Join (virtually) the hundreds of audience members, who stood for the entire two hours of Nicholas Hytner’s...

Whiterock Cliff

Whiterock Cliff

Book by Ellie Pyle and Ryan McCurdy; Music and Lyrics by Ryan McCurdy Review by Susan Hasho . . . Ryan  McCurdy makes a fine entrance bumbling through music stands, guitars, set of drums. No place to hang the jacket, though there is a camera capturing it all. The...

The Container

The Container

                                             by Carole Di Tosti . . . Currently on BroadwayHD streaming service as part of its April lineup, The Container powerfully captures the emotion of live performance digitally. Written by Clare Bayley the hour-long production...

Blindness

Blindness

By Sandi Durell . . . The much talked about Blindness by Jose Saramago (adapted for stage by award winning Simon Stephens- The Curious Incident of the Dog . . .) whisked to New York City via the Donmar Warehouse, is currently housed at the Daryl Roth Theatre. It’s a...

Easter Parade

Easter Parade

By Brian Scott Lipton The first teaming of legends Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. The timeless tunes of the great Irving Berlin. There was simply no way MGM could possibly have laid an egg with their 1948 movie musical Easter Parade—and, no surprise, this...

Vanya and Sonia . . .

Vanya and Sonia . . .

by Carol Rocamora. . . What would we do, these dreary days, without Christopher Durang?  In a time of darkened theatres, he’s lighting up our computer screens with his wacky and wonderful Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the 2012 production now streaming on...

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