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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 […]

Women on a Mission

Women on a Mission

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Two key factors have had a serious impact on Broadway ticket prices in the past 10 years. Dynamic pricing, a standard practice in sports and airlines, has allowed producers to vary prices by the performance. Ticket reselling, legal in New York since 2007, means that you can almost certainly get into […]

Songs of Myself

Songs of Myself

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | “Dear Evan Hansen” is the story of a boy whose lie spins out of control, explodes across social media, and takes on a life of its own, at which point truth becomes irrelevant. If there were ever a musical for our time awash in so-called fake news, this is it. Even more […]

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 […]