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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: Lynn Nottage's Incisive Labor/Racism Drama, SWEAT, Transfers To Broadway BWW Review: Lynn Nottage's Incisive Labor/Racism Drama, SWEAT, Transfers To Broadway
by Michael Dale - March 27, 2017

After her breakout Off-Broadway production of INTIMATE APPAREL and a Pulitzer Prize for her brutal depiction of rape as a weapon of war in RUINED, Lynn Nottage has been well established as one of America's most important 21st Century playwrights.... (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...)
Review Roundup: World Premiere of SOUSATZKA in Toronto - All The Reviews! Review Roundup: World Premiere of SOUSATZKA in Toronto - All The Reviews!
by Review Roundups - March 24, 2017

The reportedly Broadway-bound, world premiere engagement of SOUSATZKA, with book by Craig Lucas, music by David Shire, and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr., based on the original novel 'Madame Sousatzka' by Bernice Rubens, opened last night in Toronto! Directed by Adrian Noble and choreographed by Grac... (more...)
BWW Review: MISS SAIGON Gains New Relevance As Americans Debate Refugee Issues BWW Review: MISS SAIGON Gains New Relevance As Americans Debate Refugee Issues
by Michael Dale - March 24, 2017

The helicopter is real this time, as is the Asian heritage of the leading man, as Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil's MISS SAIGON lands at the Broadway Theatre once more. Laurence Connor does a solid job of mounting producer Cameron Mackintosh's newest version, with three of its West End st... (more...)
BWW Review: Drabinsky's SOUSATZKA - Lackluster Material, Brilliantly Performed BWW Review: Drabinsky's SOUSATZKA - Lackluster Material, Brilliantly Performed
by Alan Henry - March 24, 2017

The much anticipated opening of Sousatzka, the musical billed as the comeback of Garth Drabinsky, took place last night at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. Sousatzka tells the story of holocaust survivor Madame Sousatzka (Victoria Clark), her prodigy piano pupil Themba (Jordan Barrow) - and how the two... (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: Arthur Miller's THE PRICE Checks The Cost of Life Decisions BWW Review: Arthur Miller's THE PRICE Checks The Cost of Life Decisions
by Michael Dale - March 17, 2017

By the time Arthur Miller's THE PRICE hit town in 1968, the playwright had already established himself during the 1940s and 50s as one of America's greatest dramatists with classics such as ALL MY SONS, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, THE CRUCIBLE and A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE.... (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: Exhilarating New Musical COME FROM AWAY Celebrates The Helpers BWW Review: Exhilarating New Musical COME FROM AWAY Celebrates The Helpers
by Michael Dale - March 12, 2017

'Look for the helpers,' Fred Rogers would say. 'When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.''... (more...)
BWW Review: Sally Field Stars In Sam Gold's Exquisite Production of THE GLASS MENAGERIE BWW Review: Sally Field Stars In Sam Gold's Exquisite Production of THE GLASS MENAGERIE
by Michael Dale - March 12, 2017

One of the great things about live theatre is its lack of permanence. In film, the words, directorial choices, performances and other artistic contributions all exist as an unchangeably whole work of art. But with theatre, each production of a play, no matter how many times it has been done before... (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:  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:  Gideon Glick Yearns For Romance in Joshua Harmon's Enrapturing SIGNIFICANT OTHER BWW Review: Gideon Glick Yearns For Romance in Joshua Harmon's Enrapturing SIGNIFICANT OTHER
by Michael Dale - March 03, 2017

'I'm almost twenty-nine years old and no one has ever told me they love me,' says the sweet, funny and open-hearted Jordan during a monologue that opens the second act of Joshua Harmon's giddy and enrapturing romantic comedy, Significant Other.... (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...)
WICKED Celebrates Its Latest West End Line-up WICKED Celebrates Its Latest West End Line-up
by Debbie Gilpin - March 01, 2017

Last night Wicked officially welcomed its new West End cast, including the return of Willemijn Verkaik to the role of Elphaba. The show has recently celebrated its 10th anniversary in London, welcomed its 8 millionth audience member, and won its 10th WhatsOnStage Award; its longevity is almost unhea... (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: 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: Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal Star In A Glorious SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE BWW Review: Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal Star In A Glorious SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
by Michael Dale - February 24, 2017

Inspired by Georges Seurat's pointillism masterwork 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,' the authors explore how 'the art of making art' can be less about applying paint to a canvas as it is about applying a signature to a check.... (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...)