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Tried & True & Twisted

Tried & True & Twisted

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | The works of Jane Austen have long been fertile targets for pillage and parody. Look no further than “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” “Clueless” (the charming 1995 update of “Emma”), “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters,” and don’t even get me started on the Filthy Classics book series’ “Pride & Penetration.” And […]

Sicko, Psycho, Sissy, Sage

Sicko, Psycho, Sissy, Sage

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Capering about the stage dressed in cowboy/ disco chic, with pursed red lips and a face caked in corpse-meets-Kabuki makeup, Dandy Darkly is a mincing, lilting, alliteration-spouting avenger whose signature look screams horror. Oddly, the effect is both disturbing and reassuring — which, while seemingly at odds, are twin pillars supporting a […]

Comic Relief

Comic Relief

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The show is a send-up of the traditional farce and is all about a company of second-tier actors rehearsing and performing a play called “Nothing On,” your typical door-slamming farce about illicit sexual escapades in an empty country house. The cast of the farce within a farce includes several faded TV stars, […]

Precarious Footing

Precarious Footing

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Director Bartlett Sher is a genius at finding the subtlety in characters. Whether in his groundbreaking revival of “Awake and Sing” or “The Light in the Piazza” or currently in the splendid revival of “The King and I” at Lincoln Center, the productions he helms, though often large in scope, are also […]

Bumping Off Her Betrothed

Bumping Off Her Betrothed

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Lust, betrayal, revenge, madness, murder, a bloody severed finger. These are but a few of the elements that have fueled the appeal of the Jacobean tragedy “The Changeling” for centuries. Written by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley circa 1622, the grisly, intricate work, portraying blind ambition and the consequences of sin, has […]

Dark and Darker on the London Stage

Dark and Darker on the London Stage

BY ANDY HUMM | The doomed boy prince Mamillius (Rudi Goodman) in “The Winter’s Tale” tells Paulina (Judi Dench), a noblewoman in the Sicilian court, “A sad tale is best for winter.” Most of the productions I saw at Yuletide in London took that to heart and sometimes to extremes, though this “Tale” (through January […]

Aggie Awards for the Year Just Ended

Aggie Awards for the Year Just Ended

BY DAVID NOH | As we welcome 2016 and bid farewell to the tumult that was 2015 –– which for me and, I’m guessing, a lot of you out there comprised both the best and the worst of times –– it’s time for a cultural review of what’s just concluded with our annual Agnes Moorehead […]

Songs of the Heart

Songs of the Heart

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | At its heart, “The Color Purple” is about the sustaining and healing power of love. So powerful is that message in the glorious new revival on Broadway that at the end of the performance I saw, the strangers next to us and in front of us introduced themselves and engaged us […]

Rocking, Rolling, and Playing Dead

Rocking, Rolling, and Playing Dead

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Mark my words: Twenty years from now we’ll be seeing stories about young actors who were inspired to enter showbiz after seeing “School of Rock” on Broadway as a little kid. Not since “Annie” has there been such an adorable — or more talented — gaggle of moppets on stage or one […]

The Wonder of Christmas Eve  

The Wonder of Christmas Eve  

BY DAVID NOH | At this time of year, I can’t think of anyone more appropriate to interview than Christmas Eve herself, aka actress Ann Harada, who put her indelible stamp on this role she originated in “Avenue Q.” We sat down the day after her sold-out annual holiday Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS benefit blow-out, […]

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