Shortly after the 2016 presidential election, we saw a rare moment of truth in one of the President Elect’s tweets when he exclaimed that “the Theater must always be a safe and special place” in the aftermath of his Vice President’s visit to Hamilton, where he was addressed by the multicultural, multiethnic cast after the curtain call. While the intention behind his tweet was to chastise free spee …Read more

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“Has there ever been such a wondrous and spectacular public execution?” asks Joshua Crouch, the perverse emcee in anatomy theater, the new opera by David Lang and Marc Dion which traces a woman’s afterlife, from her execution to her dissection. As played by Marc Kudisch, Crouch is the kind of charlatan who puts you under his spell with his rhetoric brimming with false equivalence, and his ability …Read more

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Composer Missy Mazzoli creates some of the most immersive soundscapes in contemporary opera, her layered work not only helps create the psychology of her characters, but also challenges the form by making it modern, and also hauntingly timeless. In Breaking the Waves, based on the film of the same name by Lars Von Trier, she creates the sound of a soul, in this case that of Bess McNeill (played by …Read more


Léo (Damien Bonnard), the hero of Alain Guiraudie’s Staying Vertical is a lost man. When we first meet him he is driving aimlessly seemingly looking for purpose. He thinks he finds it when he discovers the beautiful young Yoan (Basile Meilleurat) on a country road, and since he’s a screenwriter, offers to turn him into a movie star. When the young man refuses him, Léo keeps driving and meets Marie …Read more


Salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), dissatisfied with the dearth of prosperity in his milkshake maker business, decides to visit a small family diner in San Bernardino following a large order of his supplies from sibling owners Maurice “Mac” (John Carroll Lynch) and Richard “Dick” McDonald (Nick Offerman). Impressed by their restaurant, Kroc pays close attention as their “thirty years in the makin …Read more


From January 6-16, the Museum of the Moving Image will present its First Look Festival, which this year features films from over twenty countries, most of which are NY premieres. Now in its sixth year, the festival is a great showcase for cinema that pushes the medium forward; best seen in how several of the titles defy categorization or genre. While we could make a case for why each and everyone …Read more

Pictured: Jason O'Connell in The Dork Knight at Abingdon Theatre Company
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Do you love superheroes? Are you first in line for every big midnight premiere? Can you track your childhood using the releases of the Batman movies as major life moments? If so, The Dork Knight might just be the play for you. In a hilarious celebration of the Dark Knight and his fans, the play look …Read more


Plan B, a delightfully droll, slightly off-the-wall new musical theater/cabaret piece, is a smart collection of original songs written by composer/lyricist Michael Hicks and woven into a relaxed narrative co-written by Emily Mikesell and Michael Barakiva, who also directs this funny eclectic show wi …Read more

Scott Sheppard, Jaime Maseda in HOLDEN. Photo credit:

For a long time, I’ve been obsessed with J.D. Salinger. In high school, Catcher in the Rye was one of my favorite novels, one that encapsulated the alienation that is so common in high school. Later in life, I read all of Salinger’s work, his daughter’s controversial memoir and a documentary on the …Read more

Photo credit: Heidi Bohnenkamp, 2017

Wakka Wakka’s puppet musical, Made in China, is a fantasizing riff on a bizarre and troubling true story that took place during October 2012 in Oregon when a woman brought some cheap Halloween decorations home from K-Mart. When she opened them up, she found concealed inside the packaging a note from …Read more