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  • Buying tickets to LCT3  Apr 24 2015, 12:31:25 PM

    My husband and I didn't get e-mails, and when we log in, we can't get tickets, it's only for LincTix which seems to be only for people under 35.  What the f*ck?  


     


     

  • Something Rotten Previews  Apr 10 2015, 10:16:55 AM

    "Every dance break seems to be pleading "ARE YOU HAVING FUN YET? ISN'T THIS CLEVER AND FUNNY AND ENTERTAINING?""


    This.  This.  Man oh man, this.  I'd expand it to include every line of dialogue, too.  So many able cast members and dancers working so very very very hard to put this over -- I kept worrying that poor old Peter Bartlett was going to flounce himself into a stroke.


    I split at the intermission.  A few too many labored puns on "bottom" a

  • Fun Home Previews  Apr 9 2015, 03:59:54 PM

    Is one song still being performed with the actors sitting on a turntable?

  • HAND TO GOD (B'way) Reviews  Apr 8 2015, 11:15:50 AM

    I'm surprised at these reviews -- such overwhelming support for such an adequate play.  The cast and production do the real heavy lifting here.

  • Seeing It's Only A Play again?  Apr 2 2015, 01:00:30 PM

    I saw IT'S ONLY A PLAY the other night and enjoyed myself, mainly.  Lane is in fine form, landing every single laugh, the rest of the cast, with one exception, rises to his level. 


    But I just have to ask: what's up with Matthew Broderick?  Is there some secret that isn't being shared about some traumatic brain injury that he suffered?  

  • The Visit Previews * Spoiler Alert*  Apr 2 2015, 12:52:35 PM

    I saw the show last night and was very impressed overall.  The score was exceptional, the performances excellent, my interest was held throughout.


    I didn't have a problem with the townspeople turning on Anton, it seemed perfectly clear that they'd toss anybody under the bus to get their hands on that money, their desperation seemed very well established to me.  Their dilemmas weren't depicted quite simply because there was no dilemma -- the're all too busy with their new

  • THE WIZ: 2015 NBC LIVE MUSICAL  Mar 30 2015, 04:13:56 PM
    With Audra McDonald as Glinda, or is that just too easy?
  • Wolf Hall Previews  Mar 27 2015, 08:40:29 AM
    Sat through WOLF HALL Part II: BRING UP THE BODIES last night. The actors knew their lines, and delivered them as if they knew what they meant, and they moved around the stage as if they knew what they were doing. The lights went on and off. The most rock-bottom basic mechanics of Putting On A Play seem to have been mastered by all concerned. Congratulations to all, especially to Ben Miles for having learned so very many lines, so very very many lines, and actually going to the trouble of gettin
  • A STAR IS BORN REMAKE!!!  Mar 26 2015, 03:21:35 PM
    Does THE ARTIST count as a remake of A STAR IS BORN -- the stories are similar, in that rising star/falling star kind of way, and THE ARTIST is as immensely genially charming and entertaining, to me at any rate, as the actual films of the story are not.
  • Wolf Hall Previews  Mar 26 2015, 08:44:03 AM
    Sat through WOLF HALL last night. The actors knew their lines, and delivered them as if they knew what they meant, and they moved around the stage as if they knew what they were doing. The lights went on and off. The most rock-bottom basic mechanics of Putting On A Play seem to have been mastered by all concerned. Congratulations to all!
  • Hand to God Previews  Mar 23 2015, 02:27:45 PM
    Saw it over the weekend -- an entertaining little play with some very good laughs (the line about being so far into the closet that you're in Narnia is kind of brilliant) and expertly performed by an able cast that almost makes the play seem like it actually has more to say than it really does. As entertaining as it is, there's not a lot here. Enjoyable, certainly.
  • On The Twentieth Century Previews  Mar 6 2015, 08:32:19 PM
    Thank you THEATRICAL LANDLADIES for your description of Cy Coleman's score for ON THE 20th CENTURY as being "adventurous" which gave me more of a laugh than anything else in that tedious exercise in dumbing down a rich and original work of art into something utterly boring. It is clear you do like this musical and I'm sure you'll love its most recent incarnation.

    Enjoy.

  • On The Twentieth Century Previews  Mar 6 2015, 02:31:29 PM
    "The story is a fast-paced farce and the score doesn't further that idea very often."

    Voila -- my point in a nutshell, many thanks.
  • On The Twentieth Century Previews  Mar 6 2015, 02:03:27 PM
    True, the film of TWENTIETH CENTURY is a showcase for Barrymore, and it is a showcase for Carole Lombard, and it is a showcase for Walter Connolly and Roscoe Karns, who all do some of their very best work. In it's current form, with an understudy doing frankly lackluster work in a role requiring a far more capable leading man, the musical can't come anywhere near sublimity. Maybe with Gallagher there'll be something approaching the chemistry that Barrymore conjures so memorably, but it sure as
  • AN AMERICAN IN PARIS trailer...  Mar 6 2015, 01:47:19 PM
    Shouldn't they be using music from AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in the trailer?
  • On The Twentieth Century Previews  Mar 5 2015, 04:12:48 PM
    I freely admit that I am not the ideal audience for this musical. I'm a great admirer of the original film, TWENTIETH CENTURY, directed by the sublime Howard Hawks, from a script by the great Ben Hecht and Charles Macarthur, starring the sublime John Barrymore and the sublime Carole Lombard and the sublime Walter Connolly and the sublime Roscoe Karns. Faster, funnier, and a lot better written than the unfortunate watered down slop tossed onstage by Comden and Green and Coleman. That's got to
  • On The Twentieth Century Previews  Mar 5 2015, 10:05:23 AM
    Glad you dug it. I found little to enjoy. Andy Karl doing bicep curls with Kristin C was the evening's highlight.

    Opinions. They're gonna differ.



  • On The Twentieth Century Previews  Mar 5 2015, 09:23:45 AM
    Sat through this last night. God bless that understudy for doing his best, knowing his lines and having all that blocking firmly down, but he's just plain in over his head in playing the role of Oscar Jaffe. He's got zero chemistry with anyone at all on that stage, the relationships among them never demonstrated the real emotional devotion those people feel for each other, certainly not the real dysfunctional passion between Jaffe and the female lead Lily Garland (surely this woman would stick
  • Official JCM as Hedwig (2015 Edition) Thread  Feb 11 2015, 09:45:00 AM
    The staging has definitely been changed -- he's not running around the stage any more, the car wash has been deleted, and so on. He's not just sitting in a chair, but he does that a good deal. Jokes were made about Bob Wankel allowing them an additional 15 minutes of rehearsal.

    There's even an added poignancy to Hedwig's exit, somehow -- not to spoil or anything, but you'll see what I mean.

    Bottom line: it's John Cameron Mitchell performing Hedwig. It must be seen. Period
  • Official JCM as Hedwig (2015 Edition) Thread  Feb 11 2015, 09:02:19 AM
    I was wondering about that one, thanks for clarifying.