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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 […]

Music and Art

Music and Art

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Stripping down Sondheim is a trend this season, and theater is much better for it. On the heels of the artfully shaved “Sweeney Todd,” still packing the diminutive house at the Barrow Street Theatre, comes CSC’s comparably pared down mounting of “Pacific Overtures.” In both cases, the reductions serve the pieces […]

Knock-Outs

Knock-Outs

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE  | When a show comes from Disney, you can count on it to have its inimitable brand of magic. If that magic comes at the expense of an emotional connection with the characters, that’s a small price to pay for the dazzling spectacle that no one can do better. From sheer energy to […]