Kevin Martinez as Ron Edelman, Clare Solly as Senator Melanie Strombach, Benjamin Culpepper as Dougie, Morgan Wright as Danielle Mitchelson, David Bertoldi as Governor Hubbard Hamilton Prudblood, Tyler Begnoche as Peter Tagonich, Kacey Willis as Willa, and Kayla Friend as Audrey Dupree.

One thing is for certain: The election season has become a horrible reality show. While the future of our nation is a bit unstable, New York playwright and producer Dan Kilian provides a welcome break from all of the insanity with his new musical Waste, Fraud, and Abuse. This production is unapologetic, entertaining, and funny as hell as it explores the issues plaguing our nation and the current c …Read more


How many musicals in Spanish can you think of? If the answer is zero, you might be onto something. Broadway musicals often get translated into several languages, including Spanish, but the number of original musicals in the language of Cervantes amounts to a surprising zilch (apparently there was one musical in the 80s called Lovy, but it was a commercial disaster upon premiering in Spain and has …Read more


As Fringe Encore is underway, the program’s co-creator Britt Lafield told us about what makes this year special, and how the shows get selected. What goes into the process of selecting the pieces for Encore? In selecting the pieces [co-creator Darren Lee Cole] and I start with getting like-minded theatrical professionals to go out and scope out the shows during the New York Fringe and then spendin …Read more


We’re all familiar with the narrative elements of Moonlight —absent fathers, drug-users, the escalating path to incarceration, a life cut down and curbed before its potential reached, and desires discovered or relieved. Such is definitely the case for Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. But in Moonlight, told in triptych, filmmaker Barry Jenkins updates this tale and tells it without he …Read more


John McNaughton’s Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer reemerges as an important turning point in the world of horror cinema. Many The  Walking Dead fans may flock to this movie in the all-too-fitting precursory role for Michael Rooker as Henry, the quiet but menacing ex-con first presented to us in a sequence of grisly still shots of his victims overlaid with the audio of their struggle. He is livi …Read more


James Sadwith’s smart and touching Coming Through the Rye arrives with a simultaneously promising and dubious premise: a misunderstood teenager in 1960s America goes searching for JD Salinger to get his permission to play Holden Caulfield in a stage adaptation of Catcher in the Rye. The opening title card reads, in typically snarky Holden Caulfield style “A lot of this is inspired by real events i …Read more

Photo credit: Lloyd Mulvey

Have you ever wondered about all the minor characters in the Harry Potter series? Where do they come from? What are their abilities? Why is everyone so focused on the Gryffindors? PUFFS or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic, written by Matt Cox and directed b …Read more


Before Jonathan Larson penned one of the greatest American musicals, Rent, he wrote a much smaller, autobiographical musical called Tick, Tick… BOOM! While nowhere near the scale and excitement of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Rent, Tick, Tick… BOOM! is a sweet, searching tale about …Read more

Jeanna De Waal and Jamie Horton in ORWELL IN AMERICA at 59E59 Theaters. Photo by Carol Rosegg

What if George Orwell, hot off the success of Animal Farm, partook in a book tour across post World War II America? In Orwell in America, now playing at 59E59 Theaters, Orwell is chaperoned throughout the United States by a young woman publicist whose job is to prevent Orwell from telling America th …Read more

Photo credit: Isaiah Tanenbaum Theatrical Photography

The Taming of Cats is a whodunit tinged with darkness and the supernatural that manages to be a bit funny at the same time. The show opens on a disturbing scene: Catherine (Kim Gainer) runs into her apartment soaked in blood, with no idea what has happened. Her sister Renee (chandra thomas), who is …Read more