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Actor, Playwright, Librettist, Agent, reviewer, and Broadway icon Richard Seff reviews NYC shows and offers us a taste of the Golden Age of Broadway, in which he played a supporting role.

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Review: ‘The Assignment’ at A.R.T./New York Theatres

Socially relevant and thought-provoking, profoundly heartrending and often funny, playwright Camilo Almonacid’s The Assignment – inspired by a true story and developed by Houses on the Moon Theater Company in association with Rhymes over Beats – examines the relationship of two people dealing with the devastating aftermath of gun violence. Presented at A.R.T./New York Theatres, […]

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Review: ‘Indecent’ at the Cort Theatre

Playwright Paula Vogel has been writing plays for almost forty years, in which she has dealt with issues that fueled her life. She’s been particularly interested in exploring the need for theatre to “wound our memory so we can remember.” Born in 1951, when she was just fifteen she journeyed to the Library of Congress […]

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Review: ‘War Paint’ at the Nederlander Theatre

This project began with a fine title, one that conjurs up a fun musical once you know it’s about the battle for supremacy in the field of female skincare and beauty. It sounded like even more fun when Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole signed on to play Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden, the two ladies […]

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Review: ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ at the Forrest Theatre

When John Cameron Mitchell (book) and Stephen Trask (music and lyrics) were developing their gender-bending rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch for its Off-Broadway premiere in 1998, the Berlin Wall had only recently come down (November 1989), David Bowie and Lou Reed, icons of the glam and punk rock music of the ‘70s, were still […]

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Michael Biello and Dan Martin Are Grooming for the Opening of ‘Marry Harry’

Philadelphia-based artists Dan Martin (composer) and Michael Biello (lyricist) are about to make their Off-Broadway debut this month with Marry Harry at The York Theatre Company. The longtime creative collaborators and life partners are well-known in Philadelphia for their art gallery and salon sanctuary in Old City, the Biello Martin Studio, which hosts exhibitions and […]

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Review: ‘Daniel’s Husband’ at The Cherry Lane Theatre

Family plays have changed so in the past few decades. They once concerned themselves with sibling rivalry for power and control (The Little Foxes), long held lies that are finally unearthed (All My Sons, Long Days Journey Into Night), the tragedy of lost connection between fathers and sons (Death of a Salesman), and many more. […]

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Review: ‘Present Laughter’ at the St. James Theatre

It doesn’t take much to create a smash Broadway hit. All you need for starters is a  witty script that isn’t in a hurry (not a 90-minute mini-play, but a full-size evening that keeps you interested and amused for almost three hours). Add to the recipe one (or two) bonafide theatre stars. And by stars […]

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Review: ‘AMÉLIE’ at The Walter Kerr Theatre

Based on a charming French film, Amélie the musical begins with a narrator letting us know we’re going to be in Paris and its surroundings for the next 90 minutes, and as he and the music box music that accompanies him is pleasant enough, I sit back to relax. A moment later we meet a […]

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Review: ‘Cabaret’ at the Academy of Music

Some shows never get old or lose their impact. The national tour of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award-winning revival of Cabaret, making its Philadelphia premiere for a limited run this week at the Academy of Music, is still as stunning as the original by Joe Masteroff (book), John Kander (music), and Fred Ebb (lyrics) was when […]

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Review: ‘Luft Gangster’ at the Sheen Center

Developed out of a conversation playwright and lead actor Lowell Byers had with his cousin Lou Fowler – a Sergeant in the US Army Air Corps during World War II – upon their first meeting in 2009, Luft Gangster gives a dramatic personal account of the veteran’s thirteen-month ordeal as a POW in a Nazi prison […]

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The League of Professional Theatre Women’s 2017 Awards Celebration and Big Mingle

Founded in 1981, the mission of the League of Professional Theatre Women, a non-profit advocacy organization headquartered in New York City, is to promote increased opportunities, greater visibility, and a positive image for women in the field, through numerous programs and events. Each year the LPTW holds an awards presentation to recognize the exemplary work […]

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Review: ‘Sweat’ at Studio 54

It took a while, but the Oregon Shakespeare Festival helped by staging this remarkable play in the summer of 2014. It caused enough of a stir for the Public Theatre in New York to pick it up for a run earlier this year. That’s what it takes to bring a serious play (or even a […]

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Review: ‘Church & State’ at New World Stages

Religion, gun control, and the impact of social media are the hot-button issues addressed by playwright Jason Odell Williams in Church & State, a political dramedy now making its New York premiere at New World Stages. Directed at a rapid-fire pace by Markus Potter, the play’s mood instantly shifts from ridiculous to sobering, as its […]

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Review: ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at The Belasco Theatre

This is the play that introduced me to the writings of Tennessee Williams long ago, in 1945! That was the original production at the Playhouse Theatre on Broadway, and it contained the now legendary performance of Laurette Taylor as Amanda Wingfield, one I still recall with all its other-worldly charm, grace and sadness. So it […]

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Review: ‘Sub-Basement’ at Athena Theatre Company

It’s not always easy to decide who you are and what you want to be when you grow up, especially if your father, ex-boyfriend, new date, and society at large, in both Canada and the US, are pulling you in different directions. That’s the premise of Athena Theatre Company’s world premiere of Sub-Basement by playwright/artist/author/human-rights […]

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Review: ‘Home/Sick’ at The Assembly

The original cast and design team of 2011 return for The Assembly’s powerhouse revival of its critically-acclaimed hit Home/Sick. Presented at Brooklyn’s JACK, and directed by Jess Chayes (recipient of the 2017 Lucille Lortel Award), the ensemble-devised work (by Stephen Aubrey, Edward Bauer, Ben Beckley, Nick Benacerraf, Kate Benson, Marianne Broome, Jess Chayes, Anna Abhau […]

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