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Becoming Tennessee Williams and William Inge

Juan Francisco Villa and Daniel K. Isaac, the stars of The Gentleman Caller, talked to us about playing legendary playwrights Tennessee Williams and William Inge, in Philip Dawkins’ sexy new play about the ways in which we grow into the people we wer …Read more

Suzan-Lori Parks' Spin on The Odyssey in her Brilliant 'Father Comes Home from the Wars'

Suzan-Lori Parks, one of the most original and creative voices in American theatre, likes to think big. Her latest work, Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts I, II, and III, the first part of a proposed trilogy, proves to be a mesmerizing, provocat …Read more

Alan Ayckbourn: 79 Years Old, 81 Plays, and Still Going Strong

The prolific English playwright and director Alan Ayckbourn is back at 59E59 Theaters. His funny and poignant new comedy A Brief History of Women is part of Brits Off Broadway 2018, with a cast of chameleonic character actors sporting an extravagant …Read more

Abby Stokes' Moving Solo Show

Starting off her sprightly one woman show A Good Girl Doesn’t by pulling a drugstore paternity test out of a plastic bag, writer and performer Abby Stokes sets up the journey she’ll take her audience on with this question: “Who is my biological fathe …Read more

Was Christopher Marlowe the Real Author of Shakespeare's Plays?

Exhibit A: William Shakespeare. Arguably the greatest playwright who ever lived, he gave us masterpieces of English literature like Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Julius Caesar…or did he? Exhibit B: Christopher Marlowe. Shakespeare’s literary rival, …Read more

Rachel Chavkin and NYTW Take On Caryl Churchill's 'Light Shining in Buckinghamshire'

Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire is an incredibly dense play. And the production at New York Theatre Workshop, directed by the usually brilliant Rachel Chavkin, feels more like two and a half hours of drudgery than it does enjoyable …Read more

With Its Powerhouse Performances, Why Isn't 'Summer: The Donna Summer Musical' Better?

What? Another jukebox musical? On the surface, singer-songwriter Donna Summer is an ideal subject for a jukebox musical. She sold more than 140 million records worldwide during her career, winning five Grammy Awards and releasing 32 hit singles, 14 o …Read more

'Miss You Like Hell' Is the Celebration of Women and Latinx Culture We Deserve

I’m aware of being Puerto Rican, being Latinx, being a woman, and how long it’s taking to incorporate stories of color into mainstage seasons, which is why I’m grateful for Miss You Like Hell, a show meant to be experienced with your entire being.  M …Read more

You Won't Want to Miss This Purple Australian Puppet's Comedy Show

It’s time to face your fears and have a good laugh at them because Randy, a purple Australian puppet, is at the Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row to share his own fears in his one-man show, Randy Writes A Novel. With a countenance and potty mouth straig …Read more

Lauren Ambrose Dazzles as a Eliza Doolittle in a More Feminist 'My Fair Lady'

It’s one classic Lerner and Loewe song after another: “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face,” “On The Street Where You Live,” “I Could Have Danced All Night.” I’d forgotten how many wonderful songs the musical team wrote for the award-winning musical My …Read more

Why Tom Hollander's Madcap Performance in Stoppard's 'Travesties' Is Unmissable

Be sure to bring a dictionary and a copy of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest with you when you attend the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Tom Stoppard’s Travesties, directed by Patrick Marber. Starring the masterful actor Tom Hol …Read more

Austin Pendleton Stars in an Intriguing New Take on the Trojan War

The moral and ethical questions surrounding war are just as controversial today as they were in ancient times, as Nina Kethevan aims to show in Dress of Fire. The drama directed by Ioan Ardelean at 13th St. Repertory Theater challenges us to compare …Read more

Cancer Survivor Benjamin Scheuer Is Performing His Award-Winning Musical One Last Time

If you missed The Lion, acclaimed singer, songwriter and guitarist Benjamin Scheuer’s beautiful solo show, when it was here in New York a few years ago at Manhattan Theater Club and then at the Culture Project, you have one more chance. Mr. Scheuer i …Read more

5 Things About 'Miss You Like Hell' White People Didn't Get

In terms of its political and cultural resonance, Miss You Like Hell might be the most important musical running in New York City at the moment, and yet you wouldn’t know it, judging from the lukewarm notices that recognized the power of Daphne Rubin …Read more

This 'Lear' Has Some Things to Say About Today

What strikes about the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear now running at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, isn’t necessarily the power of Antony Sher’s performance as the mad royal of the title (more on him to come), but its undeniable …Read more

She Sang About Disneyland and Then Became a Real Life Disney Princess

In 1986, Jodi Benson starred in a Broadway musical called Smile, a show about beauty pageants in which her character, Doria Hudson, performed “Disneyland,” a song about wanting to be part of the world of Mickey Mouse. Benson could never have imagined …Read more

How the Ego of One Man Destroyed the Trojan Ruins

Based on the true story of German business man/archaeological pioneer Heinrich Schliemann, The Man Who Found Troy, now playing at The American Theatre of Actors, relates the captivating adventures of this millionaire who in 1868 began the excavation …Read more

The Go-Go's Pop-Punk Songs and 'Drag Race's' Peppermint: Why This Broadway-Bound Musical Could Be the Next Big Hit

The infectious punk-pop sounds of The Go-Go’s and the Renaissance poetry of Sir Philip Sidney come together in the new musical Head Over Heels, running at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre through May 6th, before its transfer to Broadway. Fast-paced, of …Read more

“Shawn seamlessly blends deathly serious themes with his unique brand of absurd humor.” Zachary Stewart, Theater Mania “ …Read more

Why This Singer Is Being Hailed As Edith Piaf's Musical Heiress

  Edith Piaf may have risen to stardom in the late 1930s, but she started out as a Parisian street singer, and that’s where Piaf! The Show (at FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall) begins. Or, to be strictly accurate, it begins with “L’accordeoniste” — t …Read more

Tony-winner Rebecca Taichman Directs Yet Another Searing Success

A great play is like a great voyage: terrifying in its vastness, simultaneously bewildering and thrilling. Such is the journey of Lindsey Ferrentino’s This Flat Earth at Playwrights Horizons, under the commanding and assured helm of director Rebecca …Read more

Belle Looks Back at 24 Years of 'Beauty and the Beast'

On April 18, 1994, Beauty and the Beast opened on Broadway, forever changing the landscape of what a movie adaptation could be like onstage. The show expanded on the story of the beloved animated classic (itself another landmark achievement when it o …Read more

'Speed Queen': Part Cabaret, Part Farce, All Fun

What is it about: A solo show (that’s not quite a solo show) that tells the story of gay rights pioneer Joe Carstairs, this production is part cabaret, part farce, and all tons of fun. Phoebe Legere essays several characters including Tallulah Bankhe …Read more

Comedian Maureen Langan's Uproarious View on America

What’s an ethical person to do in the era of instant celebrity and a tweeting president?  How can a good Irish Catholic girl from New Jersey, daughter of the titular South Bronx garbageman and an Irish immigrant mother, compete with the Kardashians a …Read more

Do You Remember the New York Club Scene of the 1990s?

Directed by Tony White, Nailed, the latest work by Chuck Orsland, takes audiences back to the New York of the 1990s, exploring how things went down in the club world in the days before the Internet. Danny Fortunato (Jason Utnick), a young club owner, …Read more

Will Broadway's 'Mean Girls' Musical Satisfy Fans of the Original?

It’s time to bust out your spike heels and sharpen your claws because Mean Girls — the musical adaptation of Tina Fey’s hit 2004 film about high school cliques, bullying, and the competitive nature of female friendships — has arrived on Broadway, a …Read more

Basil Twist's Puppet Show Inside an Aquarium Boggles the Mind

Twenty years ago, master puppeteer Basil Twist created and staged a gorgeous underwater dreamscape called Symphonie Fantastique. The concept alone, a puppet show inside an aquarium, is enough to boggle the mind. It turns out the execution is even mor …Read more

How Our Nation's Unending Gun Violence Propelled Lindsey Ferrentino's New Play

Lindsey Ferrentino is one of the busiest playwrights in New York. She currently has not one but two plays running in the city – This Flat Earth at Playwrights Horizons and Amy and the Orphans at Roundabout Theatre. Both couldn’t be more different. I …Read more

Sharon Washington's Magical Tale of Living at the New York Public Library

Theater director Maria Mileaf is back at Primary Stages for a third time with the production Feeding the Dragon, written and performed by theater and television veteran Sharon Washington. Feeding the Dragon is about Ms. Washington’s childhood growing …Read more

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