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Ever since Hamilton we’ve been asking ourselves what goes in “the room where it happens.” Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses gives us a brutal, rollicking peek. The story, as told by Peter Galperin (concept, music, lyrics and book) and Daniel Scot …Read more

As any Elf aficionado can tell you, the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear… and no one knows that statement to be true more than multitalented tour actor Christopher Russo. He may play the grouchy, Grinchy Walter Hob …Read more

  If we’re to believe Leo Tolstoy, “every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” But is the family from Michael Haneke’s Happy End uniquely unhappy? Estrangement from the world and loved ones covered by the façade of bourgeois well being, is …Read more

Cutting through the cacophony of coughs that is a New York City theater during flu season is no easy task, and yet that’s precisely what Iestyn Davis does in Farinelli and the King. The countertenor’s smooth notes travel through the audience’s sniffl …Read more

Twelfth Night, Or What You Will has been called Shakespeare’s perfect play. In the same spirit, I’d call Fiasco Theater’s production of Twelfth Night (directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld at Classic Stage Company) a perfect staging of a perfect p …Read more

Downtown Jewish Life and the 14th Street Y present PAUSE/PLAY

Perched in the back row of Classic Stage Company’s (CSC) bare brick wall theater a couple hours before a preview performance I speak with Jessie Austrian, actress, director and one third of Fiasco Theater’s co-artistic director triumvirate. Fiasco Th …Read more

Max (Max Crumm) and Eleanor (Lucy DeVito) are thinking about getting married, but first they need to tell each other everything about their past. Eleanor talks about her mental health and issues with exes, but Max is having a hard time disclosing his …Read more

If you mourned the closing of Jersey Boys after its 11-year run on Broadway earlier this year, you’ll be pleased to learn that the boys from Jersey are back in New York City — this time in a more intimate setting Off-Broadway at New World Stages. We …Read more

Before we begin our scheduled programming — a review of SpongeBob Squarepants The Musical, now onstage at Broadway’s Palace Theatre for its New York City premiere — pardon me a very brief pop-academic lecture (that I am qualified to give because of a …Read more

Is self-love a really good trip on psychedelic drugs? A sweet lazy afternoon spooning on the sofa with the perfect mate? A great relationship with a therapist who knows our deepest fears? All these questions and more are deftly suggested by Adam Stra …Read more

Tony nominee Norm Lewis return to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a new holiday show called Santa Baby! We spoke to him about his success this year with the immersive production of Sweeney Todd, his favorite holiday music and what’s on his letter to Santa. …Read more

The Pentagon Papers detailed a decade and a half of US presidents willfully continuing the Vietnam War, despite each successive administration believing it to be a defeatist failure. The New York Times were the first to print excerpts. Under Nixon, t …Read more

Great American Songbook expert Michael Feinstein returns to his prestigious concert venue with a series of shows where he will celebrate Christmas Crooners. We spoke to Mr. Feinstein about selecting the songs for a holiday show, his favorite Christma …Read more

(To the melody of “Jingle Bells”) [Verse 1] Safety from the cold Awaits inside Torn Page The mulled wine freely flows As carolers take the stage Songs of love and hope Steadily set the pace As a Dickens classic waits To burst out from the page [Choru …Read more

Mr. Joe Iconis and Family return to Feinstein’s/54 Below for their 10th annual Christmas Extravaganza. We spoke to the bandleader about keeping the show fresh, getting to work with incredible artists and what’s on his plate for next year. https://you …Read more

Robert Creighton, the star of Frozen and Cagney talks about his holiday show at Feinstein’s/54 Below, his favorite holiday traditions and why Christmas jazz is his favorite music genre. For more information on Robert Crei …Read more

A cheeky little time capsule from 1971, The Workshop Theater’s revival of Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? provides glimpses of the loose, inventive spirit of the youthful Terrence McNally. It’s a play about America (and about New York City) at a time b …Read more

Writers thrive on stories. It doesn’t usually matter whether they are true or not. The consumer of the story is supposed to enjoy it either way. But what if a story, or even the threat of a story, could get you in trouble? Describe the Night, an epic …Read more

Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Rape of Recy Taylor (inspired by Danielle L. McGuire’s book At the Dark End of the Street) begins with the events of September 3rd, 1944 in Abbeville, Alabama, when Taylor, a 24-year-old black woman on her way home fro …Read more

The incredible story of a slave turned cowboy comes to life in Cross That River, a musical composed by jazz artist Allan Harris, with a book by Mr. Harris and Pat Harris, and directed by Regge Life. The show, performed concert-style at 59E59 Theaters …Read more

If you love ‘90s pop — and if you don’t, really, just get out — then you will probably have a super fun time at Cruel Intentions The Musical, a remake of the ’90s film adaptation of Dangerous Liaisons, full of fun high school sex and drama, at the ve …Read more

I, Tonya is a fun movie, and it knows it. Telling the story of disgraced Olympian figure skater, Tonya Harding, who was (debatably) complicit in the attack of her teammate Nancy Kerrigan in 1994, the new movie is told in a style that savages the four …Read more

The truth hurts as they say and the devastating verbatim play De Novo, which is the inaugural production at New York Theatre Workshop’s newly renovated Fourth Street Theater, had me tearing up a bit — actually, quite a lot. Fashioned from court tran …Read more

As you approach the stairs leading up to the immersive production of The Dead, 1904 — directed by Ciaran O’Reilly at the American Irish Historical Society — you’re met by Lily, the house-maid, suitably “run off her feet,” as in the opening words of …Read more

The highs are high and the lows are low, but what else is to be expected on the coke-fueled gay wedding weekend in Palm Springs? At the risk of being self-deprecating, Bright Colors and Bold Patterns doesn’t need my praise. Drew Droege’s one man show …Read more

If you’re looking for a delightful little Christmas show with a good dose of old-fashioned charm, the production of It’s a Wonderful Life currently playing at Irish Repertory Theatre fits that bill. Directed by the competent Charlotte Moore, this pro …Read more

About ten minutes into Who’s Holiday, the new holiday-centric solo show currently playing at the Westside Theatre through December 31st, a meek, demure Cindy Lou Who peers out at an older gentleman in the first few rows. “I’m sorry, sir,” she says, i …Read more

While many holiday albums are populated by fanciful snowmen, flying reindeer, and jolly old men, Loose Cattle’s Seasonal Affective Disorder features stories about people living different kinds of Christmases. In songs like the affecting “Please Daddy …Read more

Downtown Jewish Life and the 14th Street Y present PAUSE/PLAY

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