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Author Archive | Richard Seff

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Review: ‘The Government Inspector’ at Red Bull Theater

The New York theatre scene continues to offer variety and great fun with this post-Tony production of Nikolai Gogol’s masterpiece, The Government Inspector, as adapted by American playwright Jeffrey Hatcher. Jesse Berger has directed it keenly, and its three sets are presented on two levels; two on the ground floor, and one large room above. […]

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Review: ‘Building the Wall’ at New World Stages

Out of his imaginative mind comes another powerful theatre piece by Robert Shenkkan, author of 15 plays including two dealing with LBJ (All the Way and The Great Society.) This time, he proposes what might lie ahead for us if Mr. Trump prevails in his goal of deporting all illegal immigrants. Building the Wall is […]

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Review: ‘The Lucky One’ at Mint Theater Company

Every now and then it’s refreshing to turn on the time travel clock and return to what we then called “civilization” circa 1920. You know, after the war to end all wars, before the jazz babies really became the rockers of their day, when “civilized” meant well-spoken, when dry humor was considered humor’s most unpolluted […]

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Review: ‘Marry Harry’ at The York Theatre Company

With apologies to James Morgan and the York Theatre Company (“York Theatre”) for this very late review of their current offering Marry Harry. I saw this new musical on April 30, but in the last-minute rush of musicals arriving in the days before season’s end, I did not get to reviewing it until now. This […]

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Review: ‘Bandstand’ at the Bernard F. Jacobs Theatre

Eleven new musicals have opened since War Paint and here comes the last before the April 30th deadline for Tony Nomination. It’s called Bandstand and it didn’t offer us Bette Midler or Patti LuPone or Christian Borle or anyone else starring above the title. It didn’t offer Tony winners like Terrence McNally or Lynn Ahrens […]

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Review: ‘Anastasia’ at the Broadhurst Theatre

As the theatre season races to the end of its nomination deadline for the Tony Awards, musical shows are exploding all over the place. We’ve had half a dozen in the last two weeks, and Anastasia squeezed in during one of them. It opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 24th and continued the current […]

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Review: ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ at the Barrymore Theatre

John Guare’s masterpiece from 1990 solidly launched his career, earning a run of 155 performances off-Broadway which extended to a run at the Beaumont Theatre on Broadway of 485 additional showings. His later works include the Critics Circle Award winner. he book to the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, and the screenplay for Louis Malle’s […]

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Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ at the Shubert Theatre

I’m going to tell you a short story before I get to my review of Hello, Dolly! which is now playing at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway. I do so to give what’s now called “transparency” to my words in praise of it. In the last days of the so-called Golden Age of musicals (circa […]

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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: ‘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: ‘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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