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Times have changed. Or have they? Yesterday was a day filled with special events featuring female sports figures. On TV Wimbledon featured the women’s semi-finals from London. In New York, the city honored the US women’s soccer team with a parade and …Read more


Playwright -actress Kate Hamill did such a creative job with her campy adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” using men to play women’s roles that I eagerly anticipated her version of “Little Women.” Unfortunately, she goes beyond author Louisa May Alco …Read more


My friend recently posted on Facebook, “I love/hate being addicted to my phone.” Dave Malloy’s beautiful new musical “Octet,” at The Pershing Square Signature Center might provide a solution to her problem. In the exciting show, the composer, writer, …Read more


Singer Susanne Mack’s new show WHERE I BELONG, playing at Pangea, the best cabaret room in town, is a diverse mix of song and story that continually emphasizes our basic human need for authentic connection to both place and people. Ms. Mack knows som …Read more


“I hate politicians!” Miriam emphatically announces as she struggles to negotiate government bureaucracy. All around me in Theatre Row’s Clurman Theatre, audience members quietly nodded their heads in agreement. So, why would anyone want to be a poli …Read more


Shakespeare Forum's Othello(s) Invites Us to See the Tragedy with New Eyes

After last year’s revelatory Lear, the Shakespeare Forum mounts another bold, insightful production for El Barrio’s Shakespeare Festival 2019. This time, it’s Othello(s)–a work that reimagines Othello from the perspectives of different characters: R …Read more



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


Stagebuddy’s Sue Bell interviews Drama Desk Winner & Two-Time-Tony Nominee Laura Osnes about her new show “Things are Looking Up” at 54 Below.  They also talk about how Laura finds time for a social life with her busy schedule! See the interview …Read more


A Fun and Unique Comedy-Magic Show that You'll Actually Like!

Oh. Magic… Am I being too dismissive? I mean, really though. What hasn’t already been done? And yet, I really enjoyed Gary Ferrar’s “Nothing Here is Real” show. Yeah – now you don’t necessarily need to read any further. But wait, there’s more! Beca …Read more


Stagebuddy’s Sue Bell interviews Emmy Award Winner and Tony Nominee Liz Callaway about her new show “Sets on the City” at 54 Below.  They also talk about how Liz got her start in doing Disney animated voices! See the interview plus a performance in t …Read more


Jesse Eisenberg writes a new play starring Susan Sarandon - What do we think?

Although not a particularly good actress, Lorraine is always playing a part. Fortunately for the audience, Lorraine is portrayed by a particularly good actress, Susan Sarandon. In his new play “Happy Talk,” named after the song from “South Pacific”, …Read more


Broadway Stars Talk about Nathan Lane Behind His Back!

The New Dramatists hosts their 70th annual luncheon and this year honors Three-Time Tony Award winner, Nathan Lane. We were there and talked with a ton of interesting people, many multiple Tony winners themselves, including Taylor Mac (Gary: A Sequel …Read more


If you missed the Tony nominated and Olivier Award winning Caroline, or Change when it was in New York several years ago, I have good news: there’s a fantastic production currently running in Astoria. In the capable hands of the Astoria Performing Ar …Read more



Classic plays have universal themes and meaningful dialogue. Often the challenge for modern directors is how to mount the plays creatively and who to cast in iconic roles. William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” and Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” both deal …Read more


Before there were the gory massacres and rapes of GOT, there was “Titus Andronicus,” one of Shakespeare’s first tragedies. A revenge play, it was one of his most violent works ,and in it, all the central characters were killed, some in very unusual a …Read more


I had to think about it for a moment, had I ever seen this play before? It’s Agatha Christie, I must have – no? And it turns out, I haven’t. But the name on the writers credit says it all – You know what to expect: A boardroom drama with various trou …Read more


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 Barricade boys are a four-man vocal group from the U.K. where all the members are from various high-profile productions of shows including London’s production of Les Misérables. Along with the vocalists is a very talented band assisting in these …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


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