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  • Mandy Patinkin to join THE GREAT COMET as Pierre for 3 week run!  Jul 26 2017, 12:09:43 PM

    Age is relative, and they never specify Pierre's age, and there's the Old Man stuff, but I don't think it can be denied that the character of Pierre Bezukhov is closer to 30 than 70.

  • Mandy Patinkin to join THE GREAT COMET as Pierre for 3 week run!  Jul 26 2017, 11:45:53 AM

    Patinkin is, at 64, at least 30 years too old for the role.  

  • THE OFFICIAL 2017 TONY AWARDS VIEWING THREAD  Jun 12 2017, 10:52:40 AM

    It was bad enough that the snivelling afterschool special called DEAR EVAN HANSEN won all those incredibly undeserved awards -- we had to suffer through Kevin Spacey's attempts at humor, with his Johnny Carson and Bill Clinton impressions (ever cutting edge, that Spacey).  And his teasing "coming out/closet" jokes seemed really grossly inappropriate in a show where more than one same-sex spouse was acknowledged and thanked by people with the guts to live out and proud, guts

  • If You Could Guarantee One Win...  Jun 9 2017, 10:34:29 AM

    I'd guarantee Dave Malloy for Best Score.  Alas, it looks like it won't be happening.

  • If you had to bet on Sunday's biggest upset, it would be...  Jun 8 2017, 12:25:47 PM

    COME FROM AWAY winning Best Musical and nothing else.

  • What Went Wrong with the NINE Film?  Apr 21 2017, 01:52:14 PM

    "Directed by Rob Marshall" tells you everything you need to know about why NINE is an unspeakable disaster.  The name "Anthony Minghella" appearing among the screenwriters tells you even more -- guaranteeing a bogus solemnity that is completely out of place in an adaptation of Fellini's 8 1/2.



  • Kevin Spacey 2017 Tony Awards Host  Apr 18 2017, 01:36:24 PM

    Was there just nobody else available?  You just know he'll trot out that tired old Pacino impression again...

  • Official Beauty and the Beast movie  Apr 3 2017, 11:14:16 AM

    Threads are so much nicer without cheap little shills coming in.  God bless the block function.

  • Official  Mar 31 2017, 12:25:10 PM

    Valentina3 said: "see I don't agree with that. His change of heart did not come too late. He was constantly protesting Gaston's stupid things (like leaving Maurice out to die, and then lying for him later). Those things did not happen near the end of Le Fou's character. He became slowly disillusioned. Changing your heart is not an easy "I just saw the real him" moment kind of thing, and I'm glad they didn't treat it like that. Yes, the innuendos were grossly

  • Official  Mar 30 2017, 07:24:58 PM

    "Unrequited love is an offensive stereotype? I haven't seen the movie, but from all reports the gay subtext is barely even noticeable. What made it offensive or stereotypical?"

    It's not about "unrequited love."  In the movie, LeFou is presented as a slimy little sidekick to Gaston, with actual smirking sexual designs on him, and he's a vile little collaborator in Gaston's schemes -- it's a tasteless throwback to 1970s Gay Vill

  • Official  Mar 30 2017, 11:47:06 AM

    BEAUTY AND THE BEAST -- dear God.

    Believe it or not, I want to love every movie I see. Really, truly. I don't ask for much, I don't think -- I'll forgive a whole lot as long as I don't feel that my intelligence is being insulted 24 frames a second for two hours. Bill Condon's CGI with humans version of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST can't manage that basic requirement. I'm in something of a state of shock here -- how could they have ****ed this up thi

  • THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Previews  Mar 17 2017, 03:12:51 PM

    Front row seats will miss some business involving the window because it is blocked by the sofa -- you'll know what I mean.  Otherwise it's fine.  Overall it's an amusing time-killer, some good laughs.  As noted, profound it ain't.

  • Trudeau at COME FROM AWAY  Mar 16 2017, 12:27:07 PM

    Ivanka Trump no doubt proved the Dorothy Parker Maxim -- you can lead a horticulture but you can't make her think.

  • THE GLASS MENAGERIE (2017) Reviews  Mar 11 2017, 01:25:49 PM

    I can't imagine that at any time in the play's 70 plus year history, that Amanda Wingfield has been called an "ugly babbling old witch" with less conviction than Joe Mantello's Tom was barely able to summon at last night's performance.

  • Odd Pulitzer Winners  Mar 9 2017, 04:23:49 PM


    And the whole "American Life" thing is pretty loose these days -- I AM MY OWN WIFE had nothing to do with American life.


  • MY FAIR LADY Revival Back On For Next Spring?  Mar 6 2017, 04:02:14 PM

    Thank God.  Sher and Lincoln Center and a full proper pit ensemble.  I was afraid it was going to be Trevor Nunn, the National Theater, and a string quartet and another mortuary set.

    We'll see who they cast.  I hope they resist the stereotype of having Higgins be so much older than Eliza.


  • Has anyone seen Wakey, Wakey yet?  Feb 25 2017, 07:47:10 AM

    I saw this last night.  It's a very very bad play -- warmed over Beckett/Albee/Ionesco, dumbed down and cuted up.  You'll see where it is going soon enough.  The actors do their best, but it is a losing battle against a silly sophomoric text.  The most interesting thing about the show was that it got me wondering if Signature ever returns a play to one of their Resident Playwrights because it simply isn't good enough, or is there some kind of contractual loopho

  • COME FROM AWAY Previews  Feb 22 2017, 10:31:56 AM
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    Well, actually, yeah it is the job of the musical to depict the relationship's break up in a convincing manner.  Opinions are clearly gonna differ on this.  It just felt very abrupt to me, more of a dramatic contrivance to add weight to a pair of comedy relief characters who wouldn't have it otherwise than an

  • COME FROM AWAY Previews  Feb 22 2017, 09:46:15 AM

    I'd have been interested to see a documentary about Gander and the events of 9/11, or read a really good article on the subject.  The musical just goes very broad very quickly, making the most obvious points about everybody and everything and at the end everybody feels better and well, okay, whatever.  There's nothing particularly distinguished in the book or score.  The direction and performances keep the energy high throughout, but it all felt very by the numbers to m

  • NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Previews  Feb 22 2017, 08:58:39 AM

    Well, yeah, it is a period piece -- it's set in a very specific time and place, with references to Napoleon and the social obligations about marriage and the way women are expected to behave.  It also upsets the expectations of typical period drama by adding deliberate anachronism like neon sneakers and Pierre's reference to spending hours at his screen in order to draw parallels between that period in history and this period in history.  It's a fairly common practice, n