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The holiday season is upon us, and that means a slew of holiday theatre is headed your way. At the Lucille Lortel Theatre, Tinsel: A Global Holiday Celebration will feature a lineup of joyful, live celebrations from around the world. Running December …Read more

Drum Call to Action

Photo credit: Joan Marcus We have a conflict in America. While it is built on the shoulders of immigrants,and the Statue of Liberty stands tall in New york harbor, our policies discourage immigration. Based on a 2007 movie starring Richard Jenkins,Th …Read more

Faith Salie has my unconditional approval

Anyone who’s a fan of the Oxford comma has my approval, but even if Faith Salie hadn’t mentioned this in her delightful show Approval Junkie, based on her memoir of the same name, her whip-smart jokes, engaging presence, and achingly beautiful turn o …Read more

Dylan on Broadway

A group of characters gather at Laine’s boarding house. They are running away from something or to something. It is 1934 in Duluth, MI, ( actual birthplace of Bob Dylan) and people are still reeling from the aftermath of the Depression. Written and d …Read more

Complexions' return to live dance performances is truly a cause for celebration

A lot of art was created during the long year and a half when theaters around the country were dark, but creating art for our current moment has perhaps been trickier. Answering the call for meaningful performance that draws on our recent collective …Read more

Two Strong Shaw Women

The playwright George Bernard Shaw must have been a feminist long before the movement became popular. He used his plays to decry the few opportunities for women and observed how they were being abused. His response was to create strong independent fe …Read more

Welcome to His Mind

  One young man rejects a scholarship to MIT so he can stay home to care for his mother and younger siblings; he’s Depression. An older Nigerian man shares knowledge and tales from his youth; he is Wisdom. Love, a third man speaks in lyrical lan …Read more

Up-and-coming playwright José Rodriguez on his horror obsession and being vulnerable

José Rodriguez fell in love with horror stories at a young age. Now, he’s presenting Metanoia, a collection of short horror-themed plays, at Jersey City Theater Center on November 14. Metanoia comes out of JCTC’s Producer’s Lab, a program that suppor …Read more

Middle school was never this much fun

For 13-year-old Trevor (Holden William Hagelberger), the annual Lakeview Junior High talent show isn’t just a talent show: it’s a launch pad for his showbiz career. When his one-man production of Fame fails to get in, he hits on a new scheme: choreog …Read more

Is It A Fairy Tale Mashup?

If I had a product to sell, I’d hire comedian /actress Jackie Hoffman to be my spokesperson. With her rubbery face and perpetually dour expression, she’s believable. She would never lie! On top of that, with every line she delivers, every move she ma …Read more

In her NYC solo debut, Solea Pfeiffer proves she can sing just about anything

If you haven’t heard of Solea Pfeiffer, you will soon. With powerhouse vocals, a virtuosic range, and a natural stage rapport, she has all the ingredients for stardom. And did I mention she’s gorgeous? Ahead of starring in the upcoming Tyler Perry fi …Read more

The adventures of a plastic sheep turn out to be more emotional than expected

It’s true the return of live theatre has got me feeling a little emotional, but if you’d told me I’d spend Thursday evening crying over a plastic sheep, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. Nevertheless, thanks to Sachiyo Takahashi’s SHEEP #1, a ci …Read more

As live, in-person theatre returns to the greatest city in the world, we’re spotlighting the NYC theatre artists who make it all happen. Today’s spotlight is on Zoë Geltman, whose new one-woman show Puffy Hair uses stand-up to send up the male gaze. …Read more

As live, in-person theatre returns to the greatest city in the world, we’re spotlighting the NYC theatre artists who make it all happen. Today’s spotlight is on Kate Cortesi, Brenda Withers, and Emily Zemba—three playwrights producing their own plays …Read more

Bertolt Brecht's 1933 play repurposed

The playbill for Bertolt Brecht’s play The Mother suggests immediately that the drama at The Performing Garage will be unique. Brecht himself noted that the aim of the play is not to entertain, but rather to “teach certain forms of political struggle …Read more

Masterful tricks make 'The Woman in Black' a terrifying treat

He did warn us. When his family asks him for a ghost story, Arthur Kipps declines, on the grounds that the story he has to tell is not the type of entertaining thriller they want to hear. It’s dark, upsetting, evil. And yet, determined to finally mov …Read more

From Immigrants to Financiers

On September 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. It was the climax of the subprime mortgage crisis, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, involving more than US $600 billion in assets. Before there was Lehman Brothers, the financ …Read more

The Nanny Behind the Star

Ruben Santiago-Hudson was raised by his grandmother. So he did what any talented theater person would do-he wrote a play about her! “Lackawanna Blues” is Santiago-Hudson’s paean to his grandmother, Rachel Crosby. She was Nanny to him but to the many …Read more

Rachna Nivas is finally bringing her prestigious lineage in Indian kathak dance to NYC

As the dance capital of the world, NYC is home to many forms of dance. But one thing we’ve long been missing is kathak: a rhythmic, multifaceted type of classical Indian dance. Acclaimed kathak dancer Rachna Nivas is about to change that. Later this …Read more

Despite beautiful writing and a charismatic Lili Taylor, Wallace Shawn's 'The Fever' still drags

“This play is hard to watch as a socialist.” Said the young man sitting next to me at Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band: a play about the Khmer Rouge regime. That performance seems ages ago now; it was the last I saw before the theatre shutdown. But I …Read more

ON WITH THE SHOW: Playwright Melisa Tien on how the theatre shutdown prompted her to write for the moment

As live, in-person theatre returns to the greatest city in the world, we’re spotlighting the NYC theatre artists who make it all happen. Today’s spotlight is on playwright Melisa Tien, whose dark comedy Best Life was set to open just before the theat …Read more

Spooky season is here, and with it, a bunch of spooky shows destined to keep you on the edge of your seat. Whether you’re looking for laughs or scares this Halloween, we’ve rounded up the best theatre events to help you celebrate this ghoulish time o …Read more

A puppet show about disconnected body parts becomes a poignant meditation on life and death

It may sound like a grisly horror fest, but Kevin Augustine’s dance/puppet show Body Concert, performed as part of La MaMa’s Puppet Festival, is actually a gentle meditation on the human body, the interconnectedness of our separate parts, and the int …Read more

Royalty on Broadway

To many,“Six the Musical” was the show that was mere hours away from opening night when Broadway shut down in March 2020. A smash hit in London’s West End, the show had already created buzz and excitement and was sure to win fans in the US. But then …Read more

In Worlds Fair Inn, the Murder Castle becomes a metaphor for the atomic bomb

For whatever reason, there seems to be an upsurge in absurdist theatre lately. Maybe it’s because the last two years felt like a badly scripted Beckett play. At any rate, the newest is Randy Sharp’s Worlds Fair Inn, presented by Axis Theatre Company. …Read more

This provocative piece shows a different side of motherhood

In a convertible car, speakers blaring, a woman is breastfeeding her baby when she hears someone make a derogatory comment. Enraged, she gets up and launches into an impassioned speech about the right of women to breastfeed in public. She’s furious t …Read more

A new Byzantine Chant-inspired audio drama tells the story of a young empress' rise to power

Byzantine Choral Project’s ICONS/IDOLS: IRENE tells the story of a child bride from provincial Athens who ascends to the Byzantine throne. Hiding a treasonous secret, the young Empress must choose a side in the iconoclastic wars sweeping the nation. …Read more

How does it feel to return to Broadway?

Language plays a significant role in “Pass Over,” the play by Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu, whether through repetition, ambiguity or cultural references. It begins with the title referring to Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Most of the actio …Read more

Olga Levina on the immigrant experience, finding new means of expression, and using art as a bridge between cultures

While this Broadway and Off-Broadway season is perhaps more diverse than ever before, it’s clear that we still have a lot of work to do. To that end, Jersey City Theater Center is hosting its first Immigration Arts Summit on Sunday, October 3rd. Kick …Read more

Maltby and Shire’s Closer Than Ever is now available on BroadwayHD. This brand-new filmed version of the West End production features X Factor winner Dalton Harris, along with West End stars including musical theatre icons Lee Mead (Joseph and the Am …Read more

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