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In The Promise, Oscar Isaac plays a young Armenian man, Mikael Pogosian, who leaves his small village to go to medical school in Constantinople. The titular promise refers to his pledge to return and marry a village girl (Angela Sarafyan), whose dowr …Read more


Significant Other might have been the most refreshing show of the Broadway season, if the season was 1989. If it had opened one year after Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles, to which it clearly owes so much, Joshua Harmon’s play might have pro …Read more


The second annual Tilt Kids Festival came to a close on Easter Sunday with a performance of Cuisine & Confessions, an energetic spectacle by Montreal-based collective The 7 Fingers (best known in the States for their work in the revival of Pippin …Read more


  It’s not déjà vu. After a hit run in London, Groundhog Day, based on the 1993 film of the same name, has made its way to Broadway. Its treatment of the source material is duly deferential and just different enough. For those who’ve missed the …Read more


Larry Kirwan’s play Rebel in the Soul tells the story of Dr. Noël Browne, a young doctor elected to the Irish Parliament in 1948. Born into poverty, Browne had a rough childhood: his father died of tuberculosis when he was very young, forcing Browne’ …Read more


Harold Pinter’s 1978 play Betrayal, currently playing at Hoboken’s Mile Square Theatre, was inspired by his seven-year affair with the English journalist and “thinking man’s crumpet” Joan Bakewell. It is a potent cocktail of extra-marital affairs and …Read more


In our modern society, what does marriage add to a relationship? Nothing, argues the titular character of Primary Stages’ new play Daniel’s Husband, that can’t be got by filling out the right paperwork. Nothing, the play argues back, except for perha …Read more


If you go to see the world premiere of Richard Maxwell’s Samara by Soho Rep. (in the Mezzanine Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres), you may do a double take when the usher hands you a cushion on your way in. “You’ll understand when you get insid …Read more


Last week, photos of Saffiyah Khan, half Pakistani/half Bosnian UK citizen, went viral when she came to assist a hijab-wearing Muslim woman getting harassed by a group of EDL lads. The English Defense League—an extreme right wing, anti-Islamic group— …Read more


If you’re a theatre buff, you’ve probably heard that Julie’s Greenroom, the binge-tastic new Netflix series from the brain of Dame Julie Andrews and daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, is a preschool masterclass not to be missed. Chock-full of big Broadwa …Read more


Jack Lowden is the kind of actor who can make golfing look like the most thrilling sport on Earth. And no offense to golfers, there must be a reason why the sport has remained so popular for more than a century, but because of its solitary nature and …Read more


Based on William Thackeray’s novel of the same name, Kate Hamill’s new play Vanity Fair explores the challenges of moving up in the world. Becky Sharp struggles to do so from a disadvantaged start – though she finishes her education alongside wealthy …Read more


The Transport Group’s artistic director Jack Cummings III is revitalizing William Inge classics Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba by having them performed in rep with an ensemble featuring beloved pros like Emily Skinner, Heather MacRae and John Car …Read more


In Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary, the titular jazz titan remains elusive and out of reach as the title of the film might imply. Director John Scheinfeld starts at the beginning of  Coltrane’s life in North Carolina where his religious …Read more


Doing the right thing seems impossible when no one knows exactly what “the right thing” is. One morning, railroad linesman Tzanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov) finds millions in cash lying on the tracks. Rather than keeping the money, he calls the autho …Read more


The Lost City of Z is James Grey’s entry into the cinematic tradition of obsessive adventurer movies. Based on the real-life expeditionist of the early 20th century, Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), Grey’s approach is characteristically subtle. This i …Read more


Broadway power couple Kelli Barrett (Dr. Zhivago, Wicked) and Jarrod Spector (Jersey Boys, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) return to Feinstein’s/54 Below this April with a brand-new cabaret show exploring their different accounts of ending up tog …Read more


Joseph Cedar’s first English-language film centers around the eponymous hero, Norman Oppenheimer. He is introduced as an amusingly grating New York schmoozer of limited success. Richard Gere, as Norman, is always ruddy-cheeked, trawling midtown, a pe …Read more


The Downtown Urban Arts Festival brings six weeks of multi-disciplinary cultural offerings to lower Manhattan, including theater, film, music and poetry. We caught up with two theater artists whose work will be shown at Joe’s Pub at The Public in Apr …Read more


  Meeting the in-laws tends to come with a fair amount of friction, and that’s never more true when religious and political opinions don’t align. That’s the focus of Zayd Dohrn’s play The Profane, currently at Playwrights Horizons, in which an e …Read more


I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Sébastien Soldevila, Co-Founder and Artistic Co-Director of the exciting Montreal-based circus Les 7 Doigts de la Main (The 7 Fingers of the Hand). The company that choreographed Broadway show Pippin, imme …Read more


Onomatopoeia Theatre Company’s Of Mice and Men is a great production whether you know Steinbeck’s work by heart or are learning about it for the very first time. It is true to the text and conveys the complexity of men’s friendships in a way rarely s …Read more


In Fragmented Frida, actress/writer Andrea Dantas takes on one of the most iconic artists of the twentieth century to tell a story about how someone who was dealt all the wrong cards, managed to win the game of life. The play runs from April 11-16 at …Read more


The key to unlocking Zayd Dohrn’s The Profane lies in the seemingly innocuous double casting of Francis Benhamou, the vibrant actor who plays Aisa and Dania, the former is the eldest daughter of Raif (Ali Reza Farahnakian) a first-generation Middle E …Read more


About four years ago, I listened Betty Buckley’s An Evening at Carnegie Hall album for the first time. Two songs stood out among the excellence – a plaintive take on Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “Come On, Come On” and Kurt Weill’s “Pirate Jenny”. To this …Read more


The threats plaguing the working class in 2017 are, unfortunately, as American as apple pie. For a nation founded on policies of liberty and justice, greed and exploitation run so rampant that the achievement of the former feels impossible. American …Read more


On his website, pastiche playwright Charles Mee says describes his characters as “people through whom the culture speaks, often without the speakers knowing it.” The New Stage Theatre Company celebrates their new 106th Street home, the New Stage Perf …Read more


Broadway’s Arielle Jacobs (In the Heights, Wicked) is looking forward to sharing her stories and personal journey this April as she makes her Feinstein’s/54 Below solo cabaret debut! Most recently starring in the Australian production of Aladdin as P …Read more


Four sets of people live out their lives in the same country house but in different time periods. Talking Band’s The Room Sings, written and directed by Paul Zimet with music composed by Ellen Maddow, is a patchwork of familiar stories about family, …Read more


Theater Reconstruction Ensemble’s (TRE) meta-theatrical play How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet is a mind trip to the inner workings of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Four actors are unexpectedly tasked with cobbling together a production of one of the most f …Read more


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