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Author Archive | Richard Seff

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‘Rothschild & Sons’ at The York Theatre Company

Who doesn’t have great respect and admiration for the musical team of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick? Certainly no one who has seen and heard the great body of their work which includes She Loves Me, Fiorello! (Pulitzer Prize) and their master work Fiddler On The Roof which in its day was the longest running […]

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‘Spring Awakening’ at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre in NYC

Some time between 1890 and 1891 Frank Wedekind managed to complete a play in his native German, which contained all sorts of forbidden fruits. It dealt with adolescence, puberty, sexuality, rape, child abuse, homosexuality, abortion, suicide — all set in a time when silence on all of them was in fashion. As the play begins, […]

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‘Love and Money’ at Signature Theatre in NYC

Master Playwright A.R.Gurney has used his own life as background material for some 50 plays, 4 musicals, plus 3 novels. Born in 1930 in Buffalo, New York, he decided early on to “write what he knew”, and he has since probed and poked into the many aspects of his life as a White Anglo Saxon […]

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‘John’ at Signature Theatre in New York City

There are many plays that are known for their sparkling dialogue, others for their rapid fire words that require actors who can deliver them in machine gun manner. Now we have the prolific  and talented Annie Baker who waltzed off with the Pulitzer Prize last year for her play The Flick, which enjoyed a run off […]

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‘Show for Days’ at Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center

Patty LuPone is a highly original and always welcome star who has built a brilliant career primarily on stage, and we who love live theatre have been its beneficiaries. Season after season she’s brightened our lives with stellar work in Evita, Gypsy, Anything Goes, Master Class, Sweeney Todd, all projects worthy of her exciting work in […]

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‘An Act of God’ at Studio 54 in New York City

Jim Parsons was put together with pieces of PeeWee Herman, Jerry Lewis, and James  Stewart and the result is a most appealing actor who’s found himself a character very close to the real Jim Parsons. His  face is a tabula rasa which, in repose, can conjure up an entire spectrum of colorful emotions. With his […]

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‘Dr. Zhivago’ at The Broadway Theatre in New York City

This will be a short review because I have respect for the creative team behind Doctor Zhivago, but disappointment in their relentlessly moving musical now at the Broadway Theatre. Boris Pasternak was an influential  Russian poet whose novel is the source material which attracted Michael Korie (lyricist Grey Gardens),  (co-wrote lyrics with Andrew Lloyd Webber […]

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