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Review: ‘Unexpected Joy’ at The York Theatre Company

Though gynocentric themes featuring lead roles for women are a welcome new trend in contemporary theater, there’s little new or unexpected in Unexpected Joy, an original musical by Bill Russell (book and lyrics) and Janet Hood (music), now making its limited-engagement New York premiere at The York Theatre Company. Directed with an oh-so-light-and-pleasant touch by […]

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Review: ‘It Came from Beyond’ at St. Luke’s Theatre

Mid-century aficionados and other interested earthlings can take a time-traveling trip back to the ‘50s at St. Luke’s Theatre with the Off-Broadway premiere of It Came from Beyond, a silly musical parody of vintage-style sci-fi, comic books, Cold-War propaganda, and song and dance by Cornell Christianson (Writer), Stephen M. Schwartz and Norman E. Thalheimer (Composers […]

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Review: ‘The Seafarer’ at Irish Repertory Theatre

Mystic realism and metaphor meet the Irish gift of gab and a dire predilection for alcohol in Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer, a disturbingly dark and devilish comedy about lost souls, drunken misdeeds, and the consequences that follow in life and the hereafter. Directed by Ciarán O’Reilly, the Irish Repertory Theatre’s current production of the 2006 […]

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Previewing ‘Stepchild, A New Musical’ in the Rough Draft Festival at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center: An Interview with David James Boyd, Chad Kessler, and Kim Weild

As part of LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s Rough Draft Festival, IRT Theater and TGF 12 Productions have teamed up for a workshop presentation of Stepchild, A New Musical, inspired by the popular children’s story of Cinderella. But this is not the same girl you knew from the 1812 version in Grimms’ Fairy Tales. In the […]

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Review: ‘Children of a Lesser God’ at Studio 54

When Mark Medoff‘s award-winning play Children of a Lesser God premiered on Broadway in 1980, followed by the highly-lauded film adaptation in 1986, it provided groundbreaking insights into the need for better communication, understanding, and connection between our deaf and hearing populations. Nearly 40 years later, the first Broadway revival of the romantic drama, now […]

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Review: ‘Wicked Frozen’ at St. Luke’s Theatre

What do you get when you cross the super-popular hits Wicked and Frozen with a Boston accent? The laugh-out-loud musical parody Wicked Frozen, presented by John Lant and making its Off-Broadway debut at St. Luke’s Theatre. Created by Toby Singer (music and lyrics) and Zoe Farmingdale (book and lyrics) in 2014, the timing couldn’t be […]

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Review: ‘Dogs of Rwanda’ at Urban Stages

In Dogs of Rwanda, now making its Off-Broadway debut at Urban Stages, playwright Sean Christopher Lewis revisits the horrors of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and the scars they left – both physical and emotional – on a fictitious American writer, who, as a kind of self-help therapy, publishes a book, some 20 years later, about […]

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Review: ‘All the Ways to Say I Love You’ on Audible

If you love the New York stage and its stars, but can’t make it to the theater in person to see a live performance, Audible, a subsidiary of Amazon and the world’s largest purveyor of audiobooks, offers another option for theater-lovers around the globe. You can now listen to acoustic in-studio recordings by acclaimed actors, […]

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Review: ‘Rap Guide to Consciousness’ at SoHo Playhouse

Do you ever wonder about the nature of awareness and the mechanics of perception? Luckily for us, Baba Brinkman does, and returns to SoHo Playhouse with his well-conceived and brilliantly entertaining Rap Guide to Consciousness, a hit in the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe and the latest installment in his signature fusion of hip-hop, humor, and neuroscience. […]

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An Interview with Award-Winning Actor Dan Hodge: Making his Off-Broadway Debut in the New York Premiere of ‘Dogs of Rwanda’

Just concluding his comic roles in the Walnut Street Theatre’s national touring production of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, with its final performances this week in California, Virginia, and Maryland, Barrymore Award-winning Philadelphia-based actor Dan Hodge is about to begin previews for his New York debut with Dogs of Rwanda, in its Off-Broadway […]

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Review: ‘The Amateurs’ at Vineyard Theatre

The latest work by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Jordan Harrison, The Amateurs, now making its world premiere at Vineyard Theatre, is a profound and witty meta-theatrical meditation on the purpose of art and the role of the artist in times of disaster. Devised in the format of a multi-layered play-within-a-play-within-a-play, the momentous self-referencing theme is seen through […]

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Review: ‘Brilliant Traces’ at The WorkShop Theater

Through the hand of fate, two lonely and damaged strangers have been brought together in an isolated cabin in the Alaskan wilderness, each suffering the effects of familial trauma, the devastation of love and loss, and the resultant depression that racks their psyches. Presented at The WorkShop Theater by Art of Warr Productions in association […]

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Review: ‘Frankenstein’ at St. Luke’s Theatre

Marking the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s classic horror novel of 1818, Frankenstein, a new musical with book, music, and lyrics by Eric B. Sirota, focuses less on the monster and more on the man inside, who longs for acceptance and love. Presented by John Lant, Tamra Pica, and Write Act Repertory, Clint Hromsco directs the […]

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Review: ‘The Chekhov Dreams’ at Theatre Row

Whether you love the works of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov or hate them, you can’t help but enjoy The Chekhov Dreams, a dark and witty world-premiere rom-com by John McKinney. Presented at Theatre Row by Off-Axis Productions in association with Off The Leash Productions, the story examines the psychology of love, life, loss, and dreams, […]

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Review: ‘[PORTO]’ at WP Theater

Now in its impressive Off-Broadway premiere at WP Theater in association with New Georges, following a critically-acclaimed run in the 2017 Exponential Festival at The Bushwick Starr (co-presenter of the current production), [PORTO] is an incisively clever, extremely funny, and imaginatively surreal rom-com by the Obie Award-winning team of Playwright Kate Benson and Director Lee […]

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‘Women’s Voices Theater Festival’ and ‘Winterfest’ Present New Works in NYC from January through March

New York City is ringing in the New Year with a full slate of new works presented in January, February, and March, including a one-day event with the Dramatists Guild Foundation in support of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, and two months of offerings at the New York Theater Festival’s Winterfest. I had the opportunity […]

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‘Einstein!’ Returns to Under St. Marks Theatre

Sew and Sew Productions and the Horse Trade Theater Group present the return of Jack Fry’s highly-acclaimed Einstein! to New York City in January. Playing again at Under St. Marks Theatre, where it enjoyed a popular run in the 2016 FringeNYC, the LA-based Fry garnered honors for it from DCMetroTheaterArts as one of the Best Performances of that year. If […]

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In the Moment: Interview with Stage Manager Paul D. Michnewicz

One of the questions I often receive from theater-goers surrounds the mystery of what a stage manager does for a live theater production. The stage manager is rarely seen, and doesn’t seem to have a specifically-noted technical responsibility in a program such as set design, lighting design, sound design or costume design as examples. So, […]

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