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BWW Review: Suzan-Lori Parks' Devastating VENUS Explores the Tragedy of Saartjie Baartman BWW Review: Suzan-Lori Parks' Devastating VENUS Explores the Tragedy of Saartjie Baartman
by Michael Dale - May 23, 2017

Traditionally, the human beings with uncommon attributes who are featured as carnival side-show attractions can hold a certain degree of power in their profession. It is their indisputable reality that adds an illusion of legitimacy to the flim-flam and shenanigans that fill out the rest of the show... (more...)
BWW Review: Polar Opposites Explore Romance In ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME BWW Review: Polar Opposites Explore Romance In ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME
by Michael Dale - May 19, 2017

Kat, the woman who's at the center of the wildly fun and unpredictable new two-person musical comedy Ernest Shackleton Loves me, is not exactly in a good emotional place when the show begins.... (more...)
BWW Review:  IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT at 59E59 is Excellent and Gripping BWW Review: IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT at 59E59 is Excellent and Gripping
by Marina Kennedy - May 16, 2017

'IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT,' written by Gary Owen and directed by Rachel O'Riordan, is now onstage at 59E59 Theaters though June 4th. This superbly crafted one-woman show features excellent staging and an awe-inspiring performance by Sophie Melville.... (more...)
BWW Review: Martín Zimmerman's War Drama SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN Mixes Brutality and Magical Healing BWW Review: Martín Zimmerman's War Drama SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN Mixes Brutality and Magical Healing
by Michael Dale - May 15, 2017

Most people don't like war. We know that. So when a playwright sets out to write an anti-war drama, it helps to present some kind of specific angle that offers a clear, and hopefully original, message.... (more...)
BWW Review: ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN? Takes Its Text From Trump Cabinet Senate Confirmation Hearings BWW Review: ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN? Takes Its Text From Trump Cabinet Senate Confirmation Hearings
by Michael Dale - May 14, 2017

Visitors observing the United States Senate in session from the chamber galleries are instructed to refrain from applauding, booing or - perhaps most crucial - laughing at their public servants as they undergo official business.... (more...)
BWW Review: Encores! Serves Up Delicious Mounting of Cult Favorite THE GOLDEN APPLE BWW Review: Encores! Serves Up Delicious Mounting of Cult Favorite THE GOLDEN APPLE
by Michael Dale - May 13, 2017

In the late-night hours of June, 14, 1994, when hockey's New York Rangers won their first Stanley Cup championship in 54 years, there were fans visiting the gravesites of loved ones, armed with six-packs of beer and radios, to share with long-gone fans a moment they thought they might never live to ... (more...)
BWW Review: HER OPPONENT Recreates Clinton/Trump Debates With Genders Switched BWW Review: HER OPPONENT Recreates Clinton/Trump Debates With Genders Switched
by Michael Dale - May 11, 2017

As it pertains to the 2016 presidential election, the title HER OPPONANT doesn't necessarily refer to Donald Trump. As the first woman to top the ticket of one of America's major political parties, the name of co-creators Joe Salvatore (who also directs) and Maria Guadalupe's fascinating theatre pi... (more...)
BWW Review: John Doyle Cuts PACIFIC OVERTURES Down To Prelude Size BWW Review: John Doyle Cuts PACIFIC OVERTURES Down To Prelude Size
by Michael Dale - May 09, 2017

The best thing about Classic Stage Company's small-scale, extensively trimmed production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's extraordinarily-written 1976 musical, PACIFIC OVERTURES, is a chance to see a terrific ensemble of actors taken from the New York stage's severely underutilized pool of Asi... (more...)
BWW Review: FOSSILS at 59E59 is Like No Other Show BWW Review: FOSSILS at 59E59 is Like No Other Show
by Marina Kennedy - May 05, 2017

The US premiere of FOSSILS, devised by Bucket Club and directed by Nel Crouch, is now being performed at 59E59 Theaters through May 14th. This is a show like no other. It has an intriguing plot that is conveyed with clever staging and ingenious storytelling devices.... (more...)
BWW Review: See THE ROUNDABOUT at 59E59 Theaters for Engaging Light Comedy BWW Review: See THE ROUNDABOUT at 59E59 Theaters for Engaging Light Comedy
by Marina Kennedy - May 03, 2017

The Roundabout, now at 59E59 Theaters, is a truly charming play, one that will appeal to a broad audience. Family hijinks take center stage in J.B. Priestley's light comedy.... (more...)
BWW Review: Mobile Unit Brings Free TWELFTH NIGHT To The Public Theater BWW Review: Mobile Unit Brings Free TWELFTH NIGHT To The Public Theater
by Michael Dale - May 03, 2017

Sixty years ago, Joseph Papp packed a truck with a small troupe of actors, some modest props and the firm belief that the plays of William Shakespeare belonged to everyone, and traveled throughout New York City giving free performances.... (more...)
BWW Review:  See the Outstanding Performance of LONE STAR at The Triad 5/6 and 5/13 BWW Review: See the Outstanding Performance of LONE STAR at The Triad 5/6 and 5/13
by Marina Kennedy - May 01, 2017

Broadwayworld.com had the opportunity to see the outstanding revival of playwright James McLure's LONE STAR while it was performed at The Wild Project in the East Village. And now, it is moving uptown to The Triad for two performances on Saturday May 6th and Saturday May 13th.... (more...)
BWW Review:  ANGEL AND ECHOES at 59E59 Theaters is Exceptional Drama BWW Review: ANGEL AND ECHOES at 59E59 Theaters is Exceptional Drama
by Marina Kennedy - April 24, 2017

An exceptional drama, 'ANGEL & ECHOES' written by Henry Naylor, is now onstage at 59E59 Theaters through May 7th. Performed in one evening, 'ANGEL' is directed by Michael Cabot and 'ECHOES' is directed by Emma Butler.... (more...)
BWW Review: Prospective In-Laws Clash Over Religion In THE PROFANE BWW Review: Prospective In-Laws Clash Over Religion In THE PROFANE
by Michael Dale - April 17, 2017

From ABIE'S IRISH ROSE to LA CAGE AUX FOLLES and beyond, the conflicts that occur when future in-laws meet for the first time have been a traditional source of comedy for both stage and screen.... (more...)
BWW Review: A GAMBLERS GUIDE TO DYING at 59E59 is Intriguing BWW Review: A GAMBLERS GUIDE TO DYING at 59E59 is Intriguing
by Marina Kennedy - April 17, 2017

A stunningly original one-man show, A Gambler's Guide to Dying is now onstage at 59E59 Theaters through April 23rd. Written and performed by Gary McNair and directed by Gareth Nicholls, this is one to experience.... (more...)
BWW Review: Harvey Fierstein Reluctantly Finds Romance in Martin Sherman's Compelling GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM BWW Review: Harvey Fierstein Reluctantly Finds Romance in Martin Sherman's Compelling GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM
by Michael Dale - April 12, 2017

"I'm old enough to be your ancestor," the 61-year-old gentleman scoffs to his 28-year-old overnight guest who, after meeting on a dating site called Gaydar, suggests that something of permanence could come between them.... (more...)
BWW Review: Transport Group Intimately Pairs William Inge's COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA with PICNIC BWW Review: Transport Group Intimately Pairs William Inge's COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA with PICNIC
by Michael Dale - April 11, 2017

A great difference between the Broadway theatre of today and that of the 1950s, the decade when William Inge emerged as an important American playwright, is that the public couldn't see the kind of edgy, incisive drama on their television sets that live theatre was offering.... (more...)
BWW Review: Sharp Cast Brings Scandal to the Stage in Pearl Theatre Co.'s VANITY FAIR BWW Review: Sharp Cast Brings Scandal to the Stage in Pearl Theatre Co.'s VANITY FAIR
by Kristen Morale - April 03, 2017

With a slight contemporary flare that is truthfully surpassed by the timeless spark characters like Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley hold so dear, and with an effect made that much more potent when seen in a theatrical light, the Pearl Theatre Co. now presents Vanity Fair for its world premiere: a prod... (more...)
BWW Review: John Leguizamo Brushes Up On LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS BWW Review: John Leguizamo Brushes Up On LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS
by Michael Dale - March 29, 2017

It's no secret to theatregoer's that the frenetically paced, multi-character solo plays by Obie-winner John Leguizamo have provided far more insight into Latin-American history and culture than can be found in most American school textbooks.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Cole Porter Meets Jimmy Durante as Encores! Reconstructs THE NEW YORKERS BWW Review: Cole Porter Meets Jimmy Durante as Encores! Reconstructs THE NEW YORKERS
by Michael Dale - March 26, 2017

The authors who wrote the books for even the most successful Broadway musical comedies of the 1920s and 30s often get a bum rap for the flimsiness of their plots and the nonsensical nature of their gags.... (more...)
BWW Review: BENEATH THE GAVEL at 59E59-An Exciting Theatrical Experience BWW Review: BENEATH THE GAVEL at 59E59-An Exciting Theatrical Experience
by Marina Kennedy - March 23, 2017

A one of a kind show is now in town. 'Beneath the Gavel' is being performed at 59E59 Theaters through April 9th. Devised by Bated Breath Theatre Company and written and directed by Mara Lieberman, this fascinating, fast-paced production is a rare glimpse into the art world.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Societal Norms Meet Animal Natures in Sarah Ruhl's HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE BWW Review: Societal Norms Meet Animal Natures in Sarah Ruhl's HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE
by Michael Dale - March 21, 2017

As patrons enter the Mitzi Newhouse for Sarah Ruhl's newest clever and quirky comedy, HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE, they're greeted by set designer David Zinn's rendering of a smart and simply furnished living room, above which hangs the carcass of a slaughtered and skinned goat.... (more...)
BWW Review: Jo Lampert Is Stellar In David Byrne's JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE BWW Review: Jo Lampert Is Stellar In David Byrne's JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE
by Michael Dale - March 19, 2017

Who is she? Where did she come from? These are questions likely to pass through the minds of Off-Broadway's regular attendees while witnessing Jo Lampert's stellar performance as the title character of David Byrne's new musical, JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE.... (more...)
BWW Review:  WHITE GUY ON THE BUS at 59E59 is a Must-See Drama BWW Review: WHITE GUY ON THE BUS at 59E59 is a Must-See Drama
by Marina Kennedy - March 16, 2017

White Guy on the Bus is now being performed at 59e59 Theaters through April 16th. Written by Bruce Graham, directed by Bud Martin and featuring an outstanding cast, this is a brilliant, poignant production.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LIGHT YEARS Salutes Starry-Eyed Innovators Who Remain Earthbound BWW Review: THE LIGHT YEARS Salutes Starry-Eyed Innovators Who Remain Earthbound
by Michael Dale - March 15, 2017

At the beginning of The Debate Society's premiere production of THE LIGHT YEARS (written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, developed and directed by Oliver Butler) we're told that Arcturus, the star that guided Christopher Columbus to what he thought was India, is precisely forty light years away from... (more...)