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His Roots Are Showing

His Roots Are Showing

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Playwright Douglas Carter Beane may have made it big, with a pack of works on Broadway in recent years, but he hasn’t forgotten his roots. His latest comedy, “Shows for Days,” inspired by his own adolescence in the early 1970s, recalls finding refuge –– and a measure of love –– in a […]

Memories of Madeline  

Memories of Madeline  

BY DAVID NOH | From “Young Frankenstein”: “Penny for your thoughts… Oh… Where you going?… Oh, you men are all alike. Seven or eight quick ones and then you’re out with the boys to boast and brag. YOU BETTER KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. Oh… I think I love him!” This brief but brilliant monologue, written by […]

Sounds and Sweet Airs

Sounds and Sweet Airs

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | “The Tempest” is a difficult play, to say the least. A great grab bag of Shakespeare’s recurring themes, it encompasses the argument between the natural and the supernatural, revenge, romance, and –– plotted, if not realized –– regicide. As plays go, it’s really kind of a mess. The plot is thin and […]

Mad About the Boys  

Mad About the Boys  

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | You know what you are Michael? You’re a real person.” “Thank you and fuck you.” So Donald and Michael breezily banter early on in “The Boys in the Band,” Mart Crowley’s hilarious, tumultuous, and fascinatingly seminal play about a gaggle of gay men at a birthday party and the “Is he gay […]

Pride Plays — And Musicals and Spectacles  

Pride Plays — And Musicals and Spectacles  

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Welcome to our fifth annual round-up of what’s on, what you should see, and how you can get in if you plan to make a trip to the theater part of your Pride celebration — and you haven’t planned ahead. The good news is that if there’s something you want to see, […]

Weekend Warriors

Weekend Warriors

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | For most people, a weekend getaway in the country with good friends is a slice of heaven — a carefree break from the demands of workaday life, sipping wine, sharing good meals and conversation, and taking in the fresh air. Dramatist Michael Perlman is not one of those people. In his […]

Jonathan’s New Brain

Jonathan’s New Brain

BY DAVID NOH | Though actor Jonathan Groff’s HBO show “Looking” was recently canceled after just two seasons, he has definitely landed butter side up, with the fun and juicy role of King George in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s brilliantly soulful, burgeoning theatrical juggernaut “Hamilton,” set to open on Broadway this season. In the meantime, he is […]

Dream Lover Come Rescue Me

Dream Lover Come Rescue Me

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Red-hot playwright Joshua Harmon (his “Bad Jews” is currently the third most-produced play in the US) has insisted his characters are not based on actual people, not even himself. Which is all the more impressive given that the characters in his latest play, “Significant Other,” are so sharply drawn, their plights […]

Big Too Small in “Doctor Faustus”

Big Too Small in “Doctor Faustus”

BY ANDY HUMM | Is this the play that launch’d modern theater? Classic Stage Company provides a very interesting essay on that subject by artistic director Brian Kulick. Would that they had provided a worthy production of Christopher Marlowe’s seminal “Doctor Faustus” about an actual showman around whom a myth grew that he must have […]

Divine Intervention

Divine Intervention

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | The Bible has been woefully misconstrued for centuries. Not to mention it’s a tad out of date. Lucky for us sinners, God, in the form of Jim Parsons, has come down from on high to launch an update (“Universe 2.0,” he calls it) in the wispy, exceedingly amusing “An Act of God,” […]

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