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If I could fill this review with synonyms for “brilliant” it still wouldn’t be enough, or do justice to just how good Bastard Jones is. Writer and director Marc Acito and composer/lyricist Amy Engelhardt provide a rock musical extravaganza that stays …Read more


The Pan Asian Repertory Theatre’s production of Shahid Nadeem’s Acquittal is one of those gems where there are no costume or set changes but the audience stays entranced with the story and acting. There was a full house on the night I attended and ev …Read more


The Bard, done right, is a bonafide good time, and a good time is had at Simon Godwin’s production of Measure for Measure at Theater for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center. Hey, if you can’t depend on a satisfying evening from a Shakespeare …Read more


For even more free theater, visit our event calendar! Summer has arrived, shocking many of us whether because the weather has been so unpredictable, or the political situation has been so, well, unpredictable. Summer means many things, like being abl …Read more


Something strange and wonderful is happening during The Crusade of Connor Stephens (currently playing in The Jerry Orbach Theatre at The Snapple Theatre Centre on 50th and Broadway). It’s happening at every performance, I bet. Silence. Silence, compl …Read more


Summer is here and as many people head to the beach or take a break from the city, stage actors are making sure those who remain, or those who come for a visit, have varied entertainment options. With bright days ahead and more Vitamin D anyone could …Read more


Austrian-born screen star Hedy Lamarr (originally Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) was often touted as the world’s most beautiful woman. In the monodrama Hedy! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr (presented as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Fes …Read more


Producer Judd Apatow begets yet another not-quite comedy from a comedian, derived from personal history. In this rendition of a comic in arrested development, Pakistan-born Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, most notably), plays a version of himself: a …Read more


If you had no information other than the title, I bet you could easily guess what Faust 3: The Turd Coming, or The Fart of the Deal is about. However, it would probably be more difficult for you, as it was for me, to anticipate its brilliance. It has …Read more


The grief of losing a child is, in a word, unimaginable. Yet Lauren Yee’s new play in a word, a production from Cherry Lane Theater and Lesser America directed by Tyne Rafaeli, sets out to portray the inner workings of that grief. Her poetic language …Read more


Some stories are forgotten and never told. Others are misremembered. Then still, there are stories we remember but don’t understand — and these are ripe for the creative imagination. Terezin, a play conceived and rendered by the passions of writer/d …Read more


Woody Sez (at the Irish Repertory Theatre through July 23) tells the story of American folk-protest singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie in his own words. The show features over 30 of Woody’s songs, played on a range of instruments, from the guitar and vi …Read more


The complexity of navigating relationships — and the delicate dance between independence and intimacy — have always been challenging parts of the human condition, and our disjointed modern world only seems to intensify them. Fulfillment Center, a n …Read more


Currently playing at the Manhattan Theater Club, the brilliant and heartbreaking new play Cost of Living tackles the different types of privilege that influence two relationships. As these two relationships unfold — one a brand new professional arra …Read more


It’s hard to say if the much-impersonated, caricature compatible Ian Paisley would be better inhabited in the movie version of his life by Jack Lemmon or Walter Matthau. It’s harder to imagine either one playing Martin McGuinness. All four are now de …Read more


Theatre is a medium of ghosts. Writers become haunted by words they need to exorcise through plays, which are then put onstage by actors and technicians who repeat the same lines and actions night after night – like souls destined to live in the same …Read more


Scott Frankel and Michael Korie are the composers behind some of the greatest female characters in contemporary musical theatre, not to mention some of the most inventive. Along with book writer Doug Wright in Grey Gardens they turned a cult document …Read more


Producers of Play Like A Winner, the new musical by Erik Johnke & David Wolfson and winner of last year’s NYMF Devel …Read more


Ya know at a party, when it seems like it’s all coordinated by an act of God? Or at least choreographed by a real professional? The Reception, a choreo-drama created by Sean Donovan and Sebastián Calderón Bentin all about the feeling of a party, is a …Read more


The Original Broadway Cast Recording for Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn is full of “Blue Skies,” “Old-Fashioned Walks,” and plenty of danceable, big band numbers. During its Broadway run, Rex Reed of the NY Observer described the show as “heartfelt musi …Read more


Speaking “truth to power” is always a risky proposition and no play defines the perils of altruism more certainly than Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Written after the negative critical response to Ibsen’s Ghosts, Ibsen’s play derides society …Read more


Vittorio De Sica’s Il Boom had never been released commercially in the United States, but as it makes its official premiere at Film Forum today, it truly couldn’t have arrived at a better time. The irreverent satire in which a man is asked to “give u …Read more


On June 13, Motown the Musical began its run at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT. It’s a 5 day stop along the show’s national tour, and I was lucky enough to attend the opening performance. The show, with book by Berry Gordy, and music and lyrics …Read more


What a difference a space makes, in the case of The Cooping Theory: Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe? the space is the refurbished speakeasy under St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club, where Poseidon Theatre Company’s immersive supernatural experience takes pla …Read more


Get Happy, New York City Community Chorus’ upcoming concert, is a celebration of the songs of composer Harold Arlen and his brilliant lyricists, Johnny Mercer, Ted Koehler, Yip Harburg and Truman Capote. The chorus, under the musical direction of Jac …Read more


Rachel Bay Jones and Gavin Creel picked up Featured Performer Tony Awards last Sunday for their supporting work in Dear Evan Hansen (Best Musical winner) and Hello, Dolly! (Best Musical Revival winner). Both performers are key standouts on their resp …Read more


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the new musical based on the films of the same name, as well as the book by Roald Dahl, puts audiences inside the “world of pure imagination.” Starring two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle and directed by thre …Read more


Wow! wow-wow-wow-wow-WOW! That might conclude this review, but I’ll add just a little more. Marilyn Maye, the 89-year-old nightclub performer (she prefers the term “nightclub” to “cabaret”. Or else she just calls it a “joint”) played an extra long se …Read more


The summer’s finally here and with it comes the need to leave our apartments and office buildings to take advantage of what the city promises beyond its concrete structures. Theatre fans who might’ve seen all the shows they wanted (is that ever possi …Read more


To continually bring new and exciting plays to the forefront of a saturated market is no small feat, but the Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Radio Drama Network’s presentation of their 36th Marathon of One-Act Plays Series C manages to do just that. …Read more


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