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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...)
BWW Review: Ethan Lipton's THE OUTER SPACE Seeks Suburbia Orbiting Mercury BWW Review: Ethan Lipton's THE OUTER SPACE Seeks Suburbia Orbiting Mercury
by Michael Dale - March 09, 2017

Five years ago, playwright/composer/lyricist/performer Ethan Lipton stood on the stage of Joe's Pub as the central character of his solo musical NO PLACE TO GO, explaining the choices he had to make when the company he worked for announced it was relocating to Mars.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Sex, Pizza and Slasher Flicks in Erica Schmidt's ALL THE FINE BOYS BWW Review: Sex, Pizza and Slasher Flicks in Erica Schmidt's ALL THE FINE BOYS
by Michael Dale - March 08, 2017

Straight cisgender teenage boys looking to lose their virginity are generally accepted as a staple of coming-of-age comedies that make movie theatre box offices hum. But when it comes to the matter of young girls being eager to have their first sexual encounter, audiences tend to prefer a bit more d... (more...)
BWW Review: Demon Barber Moves To Barrow Street In An Intimate SWEENEY TODD BWW Review: Demon Barber Moves To Barrow Street In An Intimate SWEENEY TODD
by Michael Dale - March 07, 2017

When Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's classic musical thriller Sweeney Todd: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET opened on Broadway in 1979, Harold Prince's production was of grand operatic proportions. Opera houses frequently produce the show in that manner, but New York's stage revivals seem to be... (more...)
BWW Review: Experience the Timeless Magic of the New Vic's THE AGING MAGICIAN BWW Review: Experience the Timeless Magic of the New Vic's THE AGING MAGICIAN
by Kristen Morale - March 07, 2017

In association with Beth Morrison Projects and VisionIntoArt, The Aging Magician now celebrates its off Broadway premiere with The New 42nd Street at the New Victory Theater - a theater dedicated to providing children with quality (and usually fantastic) productions in the very heart of Times Square... (more...)
BWW Review:  Janie Dee Makes a Smashing Return To New York as Feminist Fighter LINDA BWW Review: Janie Dee Makes a Smashing Return To New York as Feminist Fighter LINDA
by Michael Dale - March 04, 2017

It's not exactly a spoiler to note that the closing scene of Penelope Skinner's wonderfully absorbing and issue-oriented dramatic comedy, LINDA, has the title character, a successful marketing executive, addressing a group of colleagues in the year 2007, excited about how the anti-aging cream she pr... (more...)
BWW Review: David Mamet's Tense and Terse THE PENITENT Debates Moral Issues BWW Review: David Mamet's Tense and Terse THE PENITENT Debates Moral Issues
by Michael Dale - March 02, 2017

A night out at David Mamet's tense and terse new play, The Penitent, now getting a hard-edged premiere by director Neil Pepe via Atlantic Theatre Company, isn't so much an observance of human behavior as it is a debate of moral issues.... (more...)
BWW Review: Will Eno's WAKEY, WAKEY Offers Punch, Cake and Ruminations on Life BWW Review: Will Eno's WAKEY, WAKEY Offers Punch, Cake and Ruminations on Life
by Michael Dale - February 28, 2017

You can't say that playwright/director Will Eno doesn't go out big with his new piece, WAKEY, WAKEY. Just before curtain calls, an extra-bright video montage, set to The Olivia Tremor Control's “Love Athena,” wreaks havoc with audience members' pupils. Once eyes are able to adjust, they'll notice ... (more...)
BWW Review: KUNSTLER at 59E59 Theaters is Timely and Captivating BWW Review: KUNSTLER at 59E59 Theaters is Timely and Captivating
by Marina Kennedy - February 28, 2017

'Kunstler,' a compelling portrayal of the high profile trial lawyer William Kunstler, is now being performed at 59E59 Theaters through Sunday, March 12th.... (more...)
BWW Review: Tyne Daly Brings Jerry Herman's DEAR WORLD To The York Theatre BWW Review: Tyne Daly Brings Jerry Herman's DEAR WORLD To The York Theatre
by Michael Dale - February 28, 2017

Listening to the original Broadway cast album of Jerry Herman's 1969 entry, DEAR WORLD, it's almost unimaginable to think you're hearing the score of a show that shuttered on Broadway after less than four months worth of performances.... (more...)
BWW Review:  John Kander Musicalizes Another Dark and Dangerous Subject In KID VICTORY BWW Review: John Kander Musicalizes Another Dark and Dangerous Subject In KID VICTORY
by Michael Dale - February 24, 2017

Though the brilliant musicals that composer John Kander created with his late lyricist partner Fred Ebb frequently tackled dark and violent issues (CABARET, CHICAGO, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN and THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS among them), they did so with a shiny, often cynical veneer of show-biz. Snazzy melo... (more...)
BWW Review: 120 Variations of Life and Death in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' EVERYBODY BWW Review: 120 Variations of Life and Death in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' EVERYBODY
by Michael Dale - February 23, 2017

'We're dealing with some fairly old and ancient material, so maybe let's trust it to be really wise and meaningful, okay?' asks a character acting as a kind of host at the beginning of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' fun and breezy new play, Everybody.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Caryl Churchill's ESCAPED ALONE Yearns For a Post-Apocalyptic Return To Normalcy BWW Review: Caryl Churchill's ESCAPED ALONE Yearns For a Post-Apocalyptic Return To Normalcy
by Michael Dale - February 22, 2017

When tragedy strikes a community, after the initial shock and the effort to neutralize the situation, there's always a strong desire to return to normalcy.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Wallace Shawn's EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE Explores Fascism And The Fall Of Theatre BWW Review: Wallace Shawn's EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE Explores Fascism And The Fall Of Theatre
by Michael Dale - February 21, 2017

Those who have yet to have their fill of half-price post-Valentine's Day candy will be happy to discover that what looks like crudites when you step into Derek McLane's environmental set for Wallace Shawn's fascinating Evening at the Talk House are actually sugary treats such as marshmallows, Swedis... (more...)
BWW Review: PRETTY FILTHY (Original Cast Recording) is Humorous and Heartfelt BWW Review: PRETTY FILTHY (Original Cast Recording) is Humorous and Heartfelt
by David Clarke - February 20, 2017

The hilarious, sexy, and surprisingly touching musical PRETTY FILTHY made a splash Off-Broadway in early 2015. Ghostlight Records' PRETTY FILTHY (Original Cast Recording) perfectly captures the humor of the show. Michael Friedman's often blunt but always-relatable lyrics are uncompromised on the rec... (more...)
BWW Review: It's Norman Mailer Vs. Feminism in Wooster Group's THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR BWW Review: It's Norman Mailer Vs. Feminism in Wooster Group's THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR
by Michael Dale - February 18, 2017

It would be nice to be able take in The Wooster Group's intriguing docu-theatre piece, THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR, as a look at the grotesquely blatant brand sexism of nearly 50 years ago that we have since outgrown. Sadly, this glimpse at a carnival-like event disguised as a serious debate on the subject... (more...)
BWW Review: Reed Birney Beautifully Sensitive in Tracy Letts' Riveting MAN FROM NEBRASKA BWW Review: Reed Birney Beautifully Sensitive in Tracy Letts' Riveting MAN FROM NEBRASKA
by Michael Dale - February 16, 2017

Deceptively, little seems to happen in the first several scenes of Tracy Letts' riveting 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Man from Nebraska, now receiving a superb New York premiere at Second Stage.... (more...)
BWW Review: York's BERLIN TO BROADWAY WITH KURT WEILL Tells How A Refugee Made Good In America BWW Review: York's BERLIN TO BROADWAY WITH KURT WEILL Tells How A Refugee Made Good In America
by Michael Dale - February 14, 2017

When Nazis began publicly burning copies of his latest musical theatre piece, composer Kurt Weill took it as a hint that he might be better off sailing to America and writing for Broadway.... (more...)
BWW Review: Encores!'s BIG RIVER Matches Mark Twain's Humor With Roger Miller's Melodies BWW Review: Encores!'s BIG RIVER Matches Mark Twain's Humor With Roger Miller's Melodies
by Michael Dale - February 12, 2017

One would assume that Mark Twain would have been amused that his 1884 novel condemning America's history of enslavement of Africans, 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,' has occasionally been condemned itself as racist literature for its realistic use of a certain slur.... (more...)