BWW Review:  Brenda Pressley Ponders Infidelity and Classism in Chisa Hutchinson's PROOF OF LOVEBWW Review: Brenda Pressley Ponders Infidelity and Classism in Chisa Hutchinson's PROOF OF LOVE
by Michael Dale - May 18, 2019

Playwright Chisa Hutchinson, describes Constance Daley, the character who voices her solo play, Proof of Love, as 'close as you can get to a WASP while being black.' (more...)

BWW Review:  Well-Off Predators Feast On The Poor in Sam Shepard's CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASSBWW Review: Well-Off Predators Feast On The Poor in Sam Shepard's CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS
by Michael Dale - May 14, 2019

Latecomers to director Terry Kinney's finely-acted Signature Theatre revival of Sam Shepard's 1977 dysfunctional family drama, Curse of the Starving Class, will miss the showstopping bit of stagecraft that opens the production, as set designer Julian Crouch's kitchen interior of a worse-for-wear California Valley farmhouse literally becomes a house divided, splitting horizontally with the top half appearing to crumble upwards. (more...)

BWW Review: Cirque du Soleil's Glorious New Showpiece LUZIA: A WAKING DREAM OF MEXICOBWW Review: Cirque du Soleil's Glorious New Showpiece LUZIA: A WAKING DREAM OF MEXICO
by Michael Dale - May 13, 2019

Though the world-famous 35-year-old Montreal-based entertainment troupe Cirque du Soleil has never been known for making political statements with their extravaganzas of culture and athleticism - and while the timing is undoubtedly just coincidental - one can't help at least a passing thought of how appropriate it is to have their glorious new showpiece, LUZIA: A WAKING DREAM OF MEXICO, on tour during a time when America's president continually attempts to villainize our southern neighbor. (more...)

Review Roundup: Encores! HIGH BUTTON SHOESReview Roundup: Encores! HIGH BUTTON SHOES
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2019

This week, New York City Center presents the final Encores! production of the City Center 75th Anniversary Season, High Button Shoes. The production features Aidan Alberto (Stevie), Jennifer Allen (Shirley Simpkins), Kevin Chamberlin (Mr. Pontdue), Carla Duren (Fran), Chester Gregory (Papa Longstreet), Mylinda Hull (Nancy), Marc Koeck (Oggle), Matt Loehr (Uncle Willy), Wayne Pretlow (Elmer Simpkins), Michael Urie (Harrison Floy), and Betsy Wolfe (Sara Longstreet). (more...)

BWW Review: Encores! Has Michael Urie and Kevin Chamberlin As A Pair of Clowning Con Men in HIGH BUTTON SHOESBWW Review: Encores! Has Michael Urie and Kevin Chamberlin As A Pair of Clowning Con Men in HIGH BUTTON SHOES
by Michael Dale - May 10, 2019

That crazy cacophony of choreographic chaos that careens across the City Center stage shortly after the commencement of Act II is the main reason for Encores! to bring back the smash hit 1947 musical comedy High Button Shoes. (more...)

BWW Review: Isabella Rossellini's LINK LINK CIRCUS Delves Into The Minds of AnimalsBWW Review: Isabella Rossellini's LINK LINK CIRCUS Delves Into The Minds of Animals
by Michael Dale - May 7, 2019

Don't let the abundance of cuteness fool you. Isabella Rossellini's LINK LINK CIRCUS is one of the brainiest shows in town. (more...)

BWW Review: Director Laurie Woolery Casts Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST With An Eye Toward Establishing a Non-Patriarchal ParadiseBWW Review: Director Laurie Woolery Casts Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST With An Eye Toward Establishing a Non-Patriarchal Paradise
by Michael Dale - May 7, 2019

Though Shakespeare's The Tempest commences with a spectacular act of revenge, director Laurie Woolery stresses in her program notes for Mobile Unit's thoroughly enrapturing new production her intention to highlight the play's moments of forgiveness, leaving audiences to ponder 'what it means to use one's power to heal rather than to destroy and what it means to break the a cycle of retribution and violence.' (more...)

BWW Review: Halley Feiffer Finds Symbolism In Her Real-Life Ailment With THE PAIN OF MY BELLIGERENCEBWW Review: Halley Feiffer Finds Symbolism In Her Real-Life Ailment With THE PAIN OF MY BELLIGERENCE
by Michael Dale - May 5, 2019

If you're like this male theatre critic, you'll spend the first twenty minutes or so of Halley Feiffer's The Pain of My Belligerence wondering why the woman at the center of the story is putting up with the atrocious immature behavior of the guy who's her arrogant and disrespectful dinner date. If you're like the woman who was my theatre companion for the evening, you'll know exactly what's going on. (more...)

BWW Review: Alex Brightman Is Uproariously Subversive in Gothic Musical Comedy Gem BEETLEJUICEBWW Review: Alex Brightman Is Uproariously Subversive in Gothic Musical Comedy Gem BEETLEJUICE
by Michael Dale - Apr 26, 2019

'Holy crap! A ballad already?', sneers the leading man as he interrupts the opening song of his starring vehicle; a funeral dirge sung by his co-star, backed by a chorus of mourners. (more...)

BWW Review: James Graham's Wildly Raucous INK Chronicles Rupert Murdoch's Rise To Tabloid Journalism InfamyBWW Review: James Graham's Wildly Raucous INK Chronicles Rupert Murdoch's Rise To Tabloid Journalism Infamy
by Michael Dale - Apr 25, 2019

Long before the term clickbait entered into pop culture infamy, Chief Editor Larry Lamb of the Fleet Street tabloid The Sun was offering his staff a bonus every time the eye-catching words 'Win,' 'Free' and 'Love' appeared on the front page. (more...)

Review Roundup: INK Opens On Broadway- See What The Critics Are Saying!Review Roundup: INK Opens On Broadway- See What The Critics Are Saying!
by Review Roundups - Apr 24, 2019

Manhattan Theatre Club presents the American premiere of Ink, written by Olivier Award winner James Graham and directed by two-time Olivier Award winner, Tony and BAFTA Award nominee Almeida Theatre Artistic Director Rupert Goold opens tonight at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: Robert Horn, David Yazbek's Hilarious Take On TOOTSIE Addresses Contemporary Gender IssuesBWW Review: Robert Horn, David Yazbek's Hilarious Take On TOOTSIE Addresses Contemporary Gender Issues
by Michael Dale - Apr 24, 2019

Following in the footsteps of NETWORK and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Robert Horn (book) and David Yazbek's (score) musical comedy Tootsie continues this Broadway season's welcome trend of adapting classic, decades-old source material into brand new stage pieces that examine familiar stories through a contemporary lens. (more...)

Review Roundup: TOOTSIE Opens On Broadway - See What The Critics Had To Say!Review Roundup: TOOTSIE Opens On Broadway - See What The Critics Had To Say!
by Review Roundups - Apr 23, 2019

Tootsie, which opens tonight at the Marquis Theatre, tells the story of a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime - as the star of a new Broadway musical.  (more...)

BWW Review: Tracy Letts and Annette Bening in Arthur Miller's Drama of Evolving American Dreams, ALL MY SONSBWW Review: Tracy Letts and Annette Bening in Arthur Miller's Drama of Evolving American Dreams, ALL MY SONS
by Michael Dale - Apr 23, 2019

While many scoff at Broadway's habit of bringing back so many American classics from decades ago, a well-timed revival of an early work by one of our great masters might reveal a bit about how the young, emerging voices of another era were dealing with the same kinds of issues that we still debate (or avoid) at family dinners today. (more...)

Review Roundup: Annette Bening And Tracy Letts Star In ALL MY SONS - What Did The Critics Think?Review Roundup: Annette Bening And Tracy Letts Star In ALL MY SONS - What Did The Critics Think?
by Review Roundups - Apr 22, 2019

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a new Broadway production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons, directed by Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, opening tonight! (more...)

BWW Review: Tim Blake Nelson's SOCRATES Honors The Philosopher Condemned For Encouraging Free ThoughtBWW Review: Tim Blake Nelson's SOCRATES Honors The Philosopher Condemned For Encouraging Free Thought
by Michael Dale - Apr 22, 2019

'Would you rule justly?' the ancient Greek philosopher who serves as title character of Tim Blake Nelson's drama Socrates asks a fellow citizen who claims he would do a better job than the current political leaders. 'I'd rule to make Athens great,' answers the metal-craftsman, whose support of the current war might be influenced by the income he receives molding breastplates and spears for soldiers. (more...)

Review Roundup: GARY: A SEQUEL TO TITUS ANDRONICUS - What Do The Critics Think?Review Roundup: GARY: A SEQUEL TO TITUS ANDRONICUS - What Do The Critics Think?
by Review Roundups - Apr 21, 2019

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus officially opens on Broadway today, April 21, 2019. (more...)

BWW Review: Nathan Lane, Kristine Nielson and Julie White are Bloody Brilliant in Taylor Mac's Absurdist GARY: A SEQUEL TO TITUS ANDRONICUSBWW Review: Nathan Lane, Kristine Nielson and Julie White are Bloody Brilliant in Taylor Mac's Absurdist GARY: A SEQUEL TO TITUS ANDRONICUS
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2019

Don't let the title scare you. All you need to know about Shakespeare's infamously bloody revenge tragedy before laughing yourself silly at Taylor Mac's Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, is that the Bard's final dead body count among Roman nobles is exceedingly high. (more...)

BWW Review: Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow Debate The Art of Getting Elected in Lucas Hnath's Political Fan Fiction HILLARY AND CLINTONBWW Review: Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow Debate The Art of Getting Elected in Lucas Hnath's Political Fan Fiction HILLARY AND CLINTON
by Michael Dale - Apr 19, 2019

'If the universe is infinite,' Laurie Metcalf, playing Laurie Metcalf, explains to the audience at the outset of Lucas Hnath's sharp and funny bit of political fan fiction, Hillary and Clinton, 'then that means that everything that happens in it happens many times, over and over, and that that means there are an infinite number of planet earths.' (more...)

BWW Review: New Orleans Gets Mythological in Anaïs Mitchell's Exhilarating Bluesy Folk Opera HADESTOWNBWW Review: New Orleans Gets Mythological in Anaïs Mitchell's Exhilarating Bluesy Folk Opera HADESTOWN
by Michael Dale - Apr 18, 2019

With a stage career spanning half a century that includes dozens of notable performances in New York alone, Andre De Shields knows a thing or two about seducing an audience.  And that's exactly what he does at the opening of Anais Mitchell's exhilarating bluesy mythological folk opera HADESTOWN, which has finally landed on Broadway after a premiere engagement at New York Theatre Workshop, followed by stints in Edmonton and London. (more...)

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