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Match Play

Match Play

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Julia Cho’s complex and engrossing new play “Office Hour,” now at the Public, is a boldly theatrical examination of a harrowing, contemporary issue: random violence, or more to the point, the fear of random violence and its impact on our culture. Dennis is a creative writing student at a college where the […]

Torn from the Headlines

Torn from the Headlines

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | As I watched events unfold on Election Night, among my many concerns was how the results would affect the Gabriel family. In talking with friends and fans of Richard Nelson’s trilogy, “The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family,” I realized I was not alone. Nelson’s artistry is such […]

Heart Songs

Heart Songs

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | “What Did You Expect?,” the second in a three-play cycle, “Election Year in the Life of One Family,” is profoundly moving. The continuing story of the Gabriel family in Rhinebeck, New York, is set against real events unfolding in real time. Things as topical as Donald Trump’s recent appearances on late night […]

The Russians are Coming

The Russians are Coming

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Tolstoy has provided the inspiration for what is easily the most exciting new musical of the season. “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” takes one 200-page section of “War and Peace” and creates a spellbinding story of manners and society remarkable for its brilliant structure, the clarity of its storytelling, […]