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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

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

  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

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

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

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: 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!  

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

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

This Beautiful Play Explores What Binds People Together

When Francis and Billy Sloane talk about moving into the house up on the hill—once they’ve fixed it up, of course—their words carry a sense of futility. These characters will never move into the house on the hill. They’ll live pathetically in their c …Read more

Directed by Sam Mendes, ‘The Ferryman’ has opened to great reviews. Here, our ever intrepid photographer, Rose Billings, has caught up with the celebs after the show! Photos include Andrew McCarthy, Genevieve O’Reilly, Laura Donnelly, Mozhan Marno, S …Read more

Can This Small Town Save Itself Through the Power of Theater?

Sometimes the charm of Off-Broadway theater is in doing a lot with a little.  Often, the simpler it is, the more charming it is.  There is virtually no scenery in Popcorn Falls, the new two-man show at The Davenport Theatre.  When the ‘setting’ chang …Read more

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