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Is There Life After Rent?

Photo by Russ Rowland The theme that runs through Anthony Rapp’s one man show at the New World Stages is loss. Known for originating the role of Mark the videographer in “Rent,” Rapp wrote his memoir entitled “Without You” and uses segments of it for …Read more

photo by Jeremy Daniel Andy Warhol is as famous for his iconic look as for his silkscreen paintings such as Campbell’s Soup Cans and Marilyn Diptych and his experimental films. Before seeing the Manhattan Theater Club’s latest offering “The Collabora …Read more

photo by Joan Marcus It’s hard to imagine a show by Stephen Sondheim that wasn’t an immediate hit; yet “Merrily We Roll Along,” first produced in 1981, left the critics and audiences unimpressed. It was not the success that previous collaborations by …Read more

Henderson Gives Acting Master Class

Sometimes one performer in a small cast stands out among the rest. That’s one of the problems with the revival of “Between Riverside and Crazy,” the 2015 Pulitzer-Prize winning play by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Stephen McKinley Henderson, theatrical jour …Read more

Audra McDonald In A Tour De Force Performance

Those who adore Audra McDonald for her magnificent singing voice often forget what a fine actress she is. The six-time Tony Award winner once again puts her talents on display in Adrienne Kennedy’s “Ohio State Murders.” Although the 92 year old autho …Read more

Clothes Don't Make the Woman

photo by Matthew Murphy How would you define an old-fashioned musical? Maybe a show with non-stop singing and dancing, storylines that we accept even when implausible, a love story or two and a happy ending. Those of you who love shows like “Music Ma …Read more

Ingrid Michaelson captures the longing of Christmas at Carnegie Hall

Ingrid Michaelson and Christmas were made for each other. The indie pop singer-songwriter proved this with the release of her wistfully gorgeous 2018 album Songs for the Season, and again last weekend at The New York Pops’ annual Christmas concert. I …Read more

photo by Joan Marcus The day before I attended “Ain’t No Mo’,” a new comedy by Jordan E. Cooper, the show posted a closing notice for December 18. It is a unique satirical show that played to sold-out audiences Off-Broadway but only filled 47% capaci …Read more

Eddie Izzard serves a tour-de-force Great Expectations

‘Tis the season for one-person Dickens shows. While Jefferson Mays performs a one-man version of A Christmas Carol on Broadway, Eddie Izzard is performing her solo version of Great Expectations Off-Broadway at The Greenwich House Theater. Izzard, a d …Read more

Michael Urie talks playing Shakespeare in 'Jane Anger,' being the new kid on the block in 'Shrinking,' and revisiting 'Single All the Way' for the holidays

Michael Urie is always a delight to watch, so it should come as no surprise that he’s also a delight to talk to. While his most recent Broadway credit was the uproarious comedy Chicken & Biscuits, he’s been busy Off-Broadway and beyond: in the ne …Read more

It was the second week of October, and Mack Wilberg, Music Director of the world-renowned Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, had just been given the green light to proceed with the annual Christmas concert after a year off for the pandemic. That mean …Read more

'The Far Country' weighs the cost of American citizenship

  Between 1910 and 1940, San Francisco’s Angel Island processed somewhere around 250,000 Chinese immigrants. Often detained in a prison-like environment for weeks, months, or even years, Chinese immigrants had to undergo a rigorous series of tes …Read more

"The love that dare not speak its name”

photo by Julieta Cervantes Alfie is a quiet, ordinary man who is a ticket-taker on a bus during the day, but by evening he is the director of the players at St Imelda’s Church. The power of the theater transforms Alfie and his loyal company of thespi …Read more

What If Juliet Didn't Kill Herself?

At the end of Shakespeare’s classic play, “Romeo and Juliet,” Juliet awakens to realize that Romeo is dead. Heartbroken, she commits suicide. What if she didn’t kill herself? What if, instead, she leaves Verona with her best friends and her trusty nu …Read more

Victoria Clark Portrays 16 -Year- Old Kimberly Akimbo

“Kimberly Akimbo” opens with Kimberly approaching her 16th birthday; and nearing the end of her life expectancy. She is a special teenage girl who suffers from a rare condition that causes her to age at 4 1/2 times the normal rate. So at 16, she has …Read more

Miming for the 21st century

It’s probably safe to say that mime theatre is an underappreciated art form. But if you want to see modern miming at its best, look no further than Broken Box Mime Theater. The company’s most recent production, A BKBX Frankenstein, was an entertainin …Read more

There’s nothing like an evening at Carnegie Hall in the company of the New York Pops and four Broadway stars, as charming as they are talented, to put stars in your eyes and a song in your heart. Those four stars are Nikki Renée Daniels, Jordan Donic …Read more

Mike Birbiglia makes illness funny in "The Old Man and the Pool"

photo by Emilio Madrid Cancer, type two diabetes, death. Hardly the fodder for comedy – Yet In the hands of Mike Birbiglia, this serious subject matter becomes hysterical in his latest one-man show, “The Old Man and The Pool.” As with his other shows …Read more

Radiotheatre returns with what may just be its scariest show

Halloween may be over, but as long as Radiotheatre’s The Haunting of 85 East 4th Street is playing at The Kraine Theater, spooky season is emphatically not. Written by Dan Bianchi, this sufficiently terrifying show, which opened 16 years ago, returns …Read more

Making the Move From Screen to Stage

Photo-by-Matthew-Murphy A show about rock music should be loud. So loud that you feel the music going through you! When the cast of “Almost Famous: The Musical ” took the stage and performed “Ramble On,” I felt the vibrations pounding through my ches …Read more

Dancer and choreographer Ray Mercer reflects on 20 years with 'The Lion King'

On Sunday, The Lion King celebrates its 25th Broadway anniversary. That will also be a milestone for Ray Mercer, who’s been with the show for 20 years, making him one of the longest-running male dancers in Broadway history. In addition to playing the …Read more

A Family's History told in The Piano Lesson

photo-by-Julieta-Cervantes The true star of the revival of “August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson” isn’t Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks or John David Washington. Although the three actors all give fine performances, the true star of the drama is the e …Read more

'Where the Mountain Meets the Sea' is a heartbreaking, glowing gem of a show

Every now and then, between revivals, jukebox musicals, movie-based musicals, and productions hellbent on making a statement, you come across that increasingly rare thing in theatre: an original, bare bones musical so tenderly moving you find yoursel …Read more

'Monstress' is a poignant, folksy tribute to female monsters

What–or should we say who–makes a monstress monstrous? This is the question raised by Hunger & Thirst Theatre’s bluegrass musical Monstress, written by Emily Kitchens with original music by Ben Quinn and Titus Tompkins, and directed by Hondo We …Read more

Cain and Abel revisited in Topdog, Underdog

photo by Marc J. Franklin “Keep your eyes on the cards,” instructs the young man on stage as he shifts three playing cards around on a makeshift stand. It’s not so easy as we get lulled by the rhythmic cadence of his voice and his beguiling friendly …Read more

New Ambassadors' FEARfest 2022 is frightening fun

Sometimes horror works best in short, self-contained stories. Such is the case with the New Ambassadors’ short horror-themed play festival, FEARfest 2022, at Tada! Theater. Seven short plays deal with real and imagined horror: from a possessed hand t …Read more

HOUND DOG is a musical trip

When a young musician returns to Turkey to care for her troublesome father, she gets a lot more than she bargained for–and so does the audience. Produced by Ars Nova and PlayCo at Greenwich House, Melis Aker’s HOUND DOG is a trippy, often perplexing …Read more

Death of a Salesman As Powerful as Ever

The word revival suggests a renewal or improvement of something. So each time there’s a Broadway revival, the director tries to change something to encourage ticket sales. The recent hit “The Music Man” offered star power with Hugh Jackman and Sutton …Read more

Artemisia Gentileschi is back--and she's setting the record straight

In The Anthropologists’ Artemisia’s Intent, written and directed by Melissa Moschitto, 17th-century Italian painter Artemisia, played by Mariah Freda, returns to share her insights and experiences with a 21st-century audience. In addition to explaini …Read more

Leopoldstadt Reminds Us to Remember

photo by Joan Marcus In his most personal work yet, playwright Tom Stoppard tells the story of the Merz family. Somewhat autobiographical, “Leopoldstadt” begins with a tableau of an extended family in Vienna in 1899. It is Christmas time, and, althou …Read more

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