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Love, Lucre… and Laughs

Love, Lucre… and Laughs

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | What is more powerful? Love or death? That’s the question raised by the Caribbean folktale at the center of “Once On This Island,” now getting a glorious revival at Circle in the Square. As often happens in mythic tales, humans are little more than playthings for the gods, but there are lessons […]

Reason, Myth & Hollywood Spectacle

Reason, Myth & Hollywood Spectacle

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The new theater season is only a few weeks old, but it’s safe to say Nick Payne’s “Incognito” will be one of the most exciting plays you’ll see this year. That may be even more surprising when one realizes that the play is ostensibly about brain function. Or, more accurately, about how […]

Final Cut

Final Cut

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Clifford Odets, the pioneering playwright acclaimed in the 1930s and beyond for his gritty realism, is enjoying a mini-resurgence on Broadway. Earlier this season, Lincoln Center Theater staged a gut-wrenching revival of “Golden Boy,” about a conflicted, self-loathing young man forced to choose between art and fame. Now the Roundabout Theatre Company […]

Cherry Jones, Jeff Weiss Create Chemistry in “Flesh and Blood”

BY JERRY TALLMER | “Chemistry” is a much-used and much overused word in the theater. But if you want to see some real chemistry percolating between two actors, two people, two human beings, thseir names are Cherry Jones and Jeff Weiss and the play is “Flesh and Blood,” nine times a week through August 24 […]