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Who would have ever thought the words ‘dark’ and ‘sexual’ would ever apply to the 1943 classic musical Oklahoma?  Without considerable changes to the script or the music, director Daniel Fish has totally reimagined the musical, infusing a whole new v …Read more


The original production of the 1937 play with music, “The Cradle Will Rock” by Marc Blitzstein was almost as significant as the show itself. The play, which was funded under the WPA’s Federal Theatre Project, was directed by Orson Welles and produced …Read more


“We don’t need another hero,” sang Tina Turner. Well, maybe we don’t really need another musical about superheroes either. The short-lived Off-Broadway musical “Superhero,” with book by John Logan, and music and lyrics by Tom Kitt, begins well, but u …Read more


Four women gather to drink wine and share confidences.  Meeting periodically, they share share films, personal triumphs and heartbreak.  Although women are independent and strong, they will always support one another. This clichéd premise epitomizes …Read more


The Importance of Being Earnest is widely regarded as Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece, and watching NY Classical’s new production at A.R.T./New York Theatres, it’s easy to see why. No word is out of place, no line is not sharply pointed. The comedy rolls a …Read more


Not-for-profit History Matters/Back to the Future has announced its winner for this year’s Judith Barlow Prize. The Annu …Read more



For some of us fans, Stephen Sondheim can do no wrong. However, that is not to say all of his musicals have been winners. “Merrily We Roll Along” has always been described as a ‘problematic’ play. The show, with music and lyrics by Sondheim, a book b …Read more


Theatre production company Parity Productions has released its monthly list of Qualifying Productions for March —their p …Read more


  James Carpenter and Ellen McLaughlin in ACT’s production of Edward Albee’s Seascape, January 30th 2019 at the Geary Theatre, San Francisco. Or so Nancy would have it, in the American Conservatory Theatre’s exceptional production of Edward Albe …Read more



Rotating casts with guest performers have become common in Off-Broadway theater.  Sometimes, actors appear for only few weeks, other times they stay for months and often appear in front of the audience with the script in hand. In a unique variation o …Read more


Some movies are better left on the screen. However, that doesn’t stop producers from trying to make shows out of them.  Based upon her 1995 movie “Clueless”, Amy Heckerling has created a stage version called “Clueless, The Musical” now running at The …Read more


People believe anything they see, in reputable publications and even on Wikipedia. They accept every number, name and fact as truth.  This places a great deal of responsibility on the media and can be taken seriously or merely ignored. Such is the si …Read more



After successful runs at Off Broadway’s Davenport Theatre and St. Luke’s Theatre, the original cinematic musical WICKED …Read more


“Unlimited… my future is unlimited…” So sings burgeoning beltress Jessica Vosk within her first moments onstage in Wicked — the groundbreaking global phenomenon which recently clocked a landmark 15 years on the Main Stem — where she currently sta …Read more


There are few certainties in life. The sun will rise and set. Taxes will be paid. The current president will tweet inanities. And Cirque du Soleil will not fail to deliver the goods. Back under the big top across McCovey Cove from AT&T Park, the …Read more


There are several stages of dealing with someone with Alzheimer’s and the revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s play “The Waverly Gallery” will take us through all of them. There’s humor and tolerance followed by frustration leading to anger and finally endi …Read more


The midterm elections are over and a record-number of women won seats in the House of Representatives.  As of November 11, there were 99 compared to the 12 – 30 years ago when Nancy Pelosi was elected.  In great part, the progress of women is due to …Read more


Theatre production company Parity Productions has released its monthly list of Qualifying Productions for December —thei …Read more


Whiskey, Women and Boats!

White water boating down the Grand Canyon sounds like a sensational summer trip, not a theatrical outing. However, ACT’s production of Men On Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus, stages the wilderness West of the 1860’s. Specifically John Wesley Powell’s 1869 b …Read more



The prologue sets the tone that will quietly pervade the lengthy work “The Ferryman,” the new masterful work by Jez Butterworth, (“Jerusalem”):  When a dead body is discovered in a bog, it is identified as that of Seamus Carney, who disappeared ten y …Read more


THE BOTTOM LINE: Blue Room stretches the boundaries of how human beings interact and how they should interact. As they do this, music helps them express themselves. Blue Room was a bit difficult to watch initially. It took some time to understand the …Read more


Creditors: A Debt of Love

THE BOTTOM LINE: Creditors is a play about a married couple, an ex-lover/a false friend, who toy with one another until one falls down. You will like it if you like psychological thrillers. You will dislike it if you are uncomfortable with relationsh …Read more


Brooklyn Opera Works Presents Its First Ever Opera by a Living Composer

THE BOTTOM LINE: Presented by Brooklyn Opera Works at the Brooklyn School of Music as part of the Summer Vocal Arts series, this modern opera based on the myth of Echo and Narcissus is timeless story about love and death. Written by the 34-year-old P …Read more


Beloved makes its United States debut at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row with the Scandinavian American Theater Company. Written by Lisa Langseth and translated by Charlotte Barslund, Beloved is one woman’s story of obsession: with a man, with classi …Read more


The Waverly Gallery is the new Broadway Show starring Elaine May, Lucas Hedges, Joan Allen, Michael Cera and David Cromer. Playing from January 27th at the Golden Theater. See more info here: https://thewaverlygalleryonbroadway.com/ Here, our ever in …Read more


Opening night of American Son on Broadway – Our entrepid photographer, Rose Billings, met up with the celebs outside the show! Get tickets here! https://www.telecharge.com/Broadway/American-Son/Overview  



Can Austin Pendleton Redeem Tennessee Williams' 'A Lovely Sunday for Creve Couer'?

Like his breakthrough 1944 play The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams’ A Lovely Sunday for Creve Couer (1979) is set in a humble St. Louis apartment in the 1930s. It’s another of the many late-career titles that failed to revive Williams’ faded car …Read more


Our roving photographer, Rose Billings, caught up with the celebs when KT Sullivan & Mark Nadler performed their new show “Almost Like Being In Love” this past weekend! Pictured are KT Sullivan, Mark Nadler, Mark Courey M.D., Donald Billings,  Ka …Read more


Tune-In, Turn-On, Drop-Out, Repeat

You’d think that pretty much everything that could be said about the ‘60s has been already been put in print, on film, or staged. But you would be mistaken. Acid Test, written by Lynne Kaufman, now playing through November 4th at The Marsh at 1062 Va …Read more


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