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Reasons to Be Gutsy

Reasons to Be Gutsy

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | As you take your seat at the Second Stage Theatre to see “The Way We Get By,” you can’t help being wowed by Neil Patel’s stylish, detailed set of a New York apartment, with its tasteful cream-and-brown contemporary décor flecked with burnt orange accents. Yet if you look closely, the place […]

Thank Heaven for Two Out of Three

Thank Heaven for Two Out of Three

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Dear theater snobs, believe it or not, there is an audience for smart and sassy comedy that lets them get home before the first intermission in the first part of “Wolf Hall.” That show right now is “It Shoulda Been You,” a silly confection of a musical with book and lyrics by […]

Wonderful Wanamaker  

Wonderful Wanamaker  

BY DAVID NOH | One of the greatest, most versatile actresses alive, Zoë Wanamaker, just graced our city with her appearance in the Encores! revival of “Zorba!” Having long admired her on stage and screen, I dashed to interview her and found her to be wonderfully warm, with a wicked wit and terrific recall. “The last […]

Three Manhattan Essentials

Three Manhattan Essentials

BY DAVID NOH | The latest edition of the 92 Street Y’s Lyric and Lyricists series is “All Dancing! All Singing! Irving Berlin in Hollywood” and the special guest star is Sandy Duncan, who told me, “My husband of 35 years, Don Coreia, and I are doing ‘A Couple of Swells’ from ‘Easter Parade.’ Berlin’s music […]

Tough Times in the Big Easy

Tough Times in the Big Easy

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | A couple of years back, Lisa D’Amour’s “Detroit” was a breakout hit at Playwrights Horizons, winning the Obie Award for Best New American Play and named a Pulitzer finalist. The four-character work was hailed as an incisive portrait of suburban angst and socioeconomic friction. Now, the astute playwright has set her sights on […]

Flying High

Flying High

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | If there is such a thing as a “perfect” musical, then “An American in Paris” surely qualifies. This sumptuous production, based on the classic 1951 movie, flawlessly synthesizes song, story, and dance in a stunning and emotionally rich experience likely to take up near-permanent residence at the Palace Theatre. Musicals based […]

Home Is Where the Hurt Is

Home Is Where the Hurt Is

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | A rueful graphic novelist recalls her awkward first lesbian encounter. Distraught parents argue at the top of their lungs. A suicidal, closeted funeral director hits on underage boys. Not exactly the typical stuff of hit Broadway shows, that’s for sure. Welcome to “Fun Home,” the bittersweet musical based on Alison Bechdel’s popular […]

Cerebral Plays, Low Comedies, Searing Social Dramas On Stage in London

Cerebral Plays, Low Comedies, Searing Social Dramas On Stage in London

BY ANDY HUMM | As one of the more scientifically-minded characters I saw on the London stage this month might say, let’s start with what you can see. NT Live is transmitting the National Theatre’s sold-out hits to cinemas in New York and around the world (ntlive.com for venues and schedule). First on your list should be Ralph […]

And Now, Grindr: The Opera

And Now, Grindr: The Opera

BY ELI JACOBSON |  Some years ago, New York and Philadelphia-based actor, singer, playwright, and composer Erik Ransom came up with the idea of creating a cabaret theater piece about the gay sex hook-up site Manhunt.net. But the world of online gay dating evolved faster than the piece did. Soon gay men were ditching their […]

Talked Out

Talked Out

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | There is something so beautiful about silence. And silence on stage can also be courageous, powerful, and highly theatrical. That certainly is the case with the terrific new play “Small Mouth Sounds” by Bess Wohl, now getting its world premiere at Ars Nova. The play takes place at a silent retreat as […]

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