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Dreams and Nightmares

Dreams and Nightmares

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Any discontent you feel about our nation’s current state of affairs will get at least a brief respite at the glorious summer treat currently on the stage in Central Park. The Public Theater’s heartfelt, hilarious production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is the perfect prescription for ailing spirits in trying times. Directed […]

Addicted to Likes

Addicted to Likes

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | There is no pre-show announcement at “Privacy” demanding the silencing of cell phones. In fact, they urge you to keep them switched on and to fiddle with them throughout the play. Within minutes, it’s clear that this provocative appraisal of identity in the digital age, now enjoying a sold-out run at the […]

Shake It Up Baby, Now

Shake It Up Baby, Now

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Have you seen the latest rollicking jukebox bio-musical that showcases hits from the 1960s written by a plucky Jewish songwriter, based in New York’s legendary Brill Building, who helped performers become superstars while being forced to stand in the shadows? No, I’m not talking about “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” This one’s […]

Bell Bottom Blues

Bell Bottom Blues

BY DAVID KENNERLEY  | Brash, soulful Janis Joplin has been lionized as “The Queen of Rock ’n Roll” and lamented as a blazing comet that flamed out way too soon. This supremely talented, middle-class “white chick singing the blues” shot to fame in the late 1960s and died in 1970 of an unintended heroin overdose. She […]