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Carey Purcell

Carey Purcell is a New York-based writer, reporter and theater critic. She covers the New York theater scene for, reviewing plays and interviewing members of the community. Her writing offers a fresh and feminist perspective from a progressive young woman.

Carey is a member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and has also contributed to, and WHERE New York magazine.

Entries by Carey Purcell

An Interview With "Night, Mother" Stars Joy Franz and Laura Siner and Director Cyndy A. Marion

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 1:55 PM

"The clock is ticking," is not necessarily a phrase a feminist writer likes to hear, but when discussing the upcoming production of 'night, Mother, an exception can be made. In this case, the aforementioned clocks are not those of a woman's biology but of actual time, counting down to the...

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Complete Works of William Shakespeare in One Weekend - An Interview With Company's Marathon 2013 Producer Winnie Lok

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 5:04 PM

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare in 90 minutes is one thing, while the Complete Works of William Shakespeare in one weekend is entirely another. But that is exactly what Company's Marathon 2013 is bringing: a free, non-stop, back-to-back reading of Shakespeare's canon, by both professional actors and everyday people,...

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Time Warping to the 1920s -- Hank Stampfl, Dina Fanai and Kimberly Schafer Talk "Speakeasy Moderne"

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 4:04 PM

Hearing "Let's do the time warp again" might inspire more thoughts of Rocky Horror Picture Show than a burlesque performance, but Speakeasy Moderne, currently in performances at Stage 72, delivers a thoroughly delightful time warp that, after experiencing once, one will probably want to do again.

An evening of entertainment...

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"Frailty, Thy Name Is Woman!" - Not So Much. An Interview With "Woman of Will" Creator and Star Tina Packer

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 11:53 AM

Tina Packer wants Hamlet to go f**k himself.

Well, not exactly. It's said in jest, but there just might be some truth to the statement, Packer laughs, while sitting outside her dressing room at the Gym at Judson, where her play Women of Will is in performances. As...

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Cinderella Makes Her Broadway Debut -- Laura Osnes Talks Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bonnie and Clyde and Facebook

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 2:55 PM

If Cinderella had a Facebook page, what would she have posted? Just ask Laura Osnes, who will play the title role in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Cinderella on Broadway. While discussing the musical as well as social media, she paused to contemplate what the famous princess might post if...

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Immerse Yourself in a Real-Life, Unsolved Murder at Speakeasy Dollhouse

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 2:10 PM

"Someone else is going to be killed!"

"Oh, good!"

Such a devil-may-care attitude may be surprising in everyday life, but it is completely suitable for Speakeasy Dollhouse, the immersive theater experience created by Cynthia von Buhler. Inspired by the murder of her real-life grandfather Frank Spano, whose mysterious death remains...

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If You Care About Shakespeare at All, Get Thee to Women of Will

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 12:46 PM

"Why would a card-carrying feminist spend all her time with a dead white male?"

Why, indeed?

The answer, I am happy to report, can be found in Women of Will, Tina Packer's exploration of women in the Shakespearean canon. Currently in performances at the Gym at Judson, Women of Willis...

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Hell Hath No Fury Like a Blogger Impassioned -- Why Do 'Angry Women' Scare People So Much?

(10) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 5:02 PM

The philosopher Aristotle once said, "We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right matter at the right moment and for the right length of time."

But what about a woman who feels angry?

If the recent New...

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Maggie the Cat Is Alive on Broadway

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 2:54 PM

The bed's the thing in this play. Oh, and the woman in it.

That much is clear from the first moment of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, currently playing at the Richard Rogers Theater. This revival of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning 1955 play about sex and lies -- no...

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Miranda Huba's Candy Tastes Nice

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 4:03 PM

Cole Porter wrote "Love for Sale," but that's not what Miranda Huba will be auctioning off in Candy Tastes Nice, her one-woman show about a young woman selling her virginity to help pay for her student loans. Written by Huba, who will also perform the play, Candy Tastes...

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This Picnic Needs Some Heat -- A Look Back at Repressed Women on a Sultry Summer Day

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2013 | 7:40 PM

"It's so hot and still," says one character in Picnic, William Inge's 1953 drama currently in performances at the American Airlines Theater. While the character is speaking of the weather on a sultry labor day weekend, the same could be said of this play, which, is severely lacking in both...

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Laurie Metcalf Takes Us to The Other Place

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 5:51 PM

Nothing is as it seems in The Other Place, the beautifully cyclical drama by Sharr White currently in performances at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater. A somber, but not sentimental, tale of a woman and a family struggling with loss and rebirth, and starring Laurie Metcalf in a devastatingly raw...

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Twelve Simple Ways to Ruin a Night at the Theater

(6) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 3:55 PM

We all have our secret hopes and dreams, and I wouldn't be surprised if many of us share the same dream -- to be screamed at from Patti LuPone on a Broadway stage. LuPone, who is known for her dramatic off-stage personality as well as her equally dramatic onstage persona,...

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Fifty Shades of Feminism - A Response to E. L. James' 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

(52) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 5:27 PM


I will admit it. I have read all three books in the Fifty Shades of Grey series.

I am not admitting this because I am ashamed of my sexual desires or even because I feel the need to rant and rave about the poor writing quality of these...

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Top 10 Shows of 2012

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2012 | 12:35 PM

As the year comes to an end, we love to look back at the highlights of the past 12 months. Throughout 2012, I had the privilege of seeing so many incredible performances while covering the New York theater beat. While reflecting on the amazing range of dramas, comedies, musicals and...

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Do You Hear the People Sing?: A Star-Studded Les Misérables Translates to the Big Screen

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 2:31 PM

The musical Les Misérables has finally made it to the screen, with even more pomp and circumstance than the stage. And, I am happy to report, just as much glory.

Victor Hugo's novel, first published in 1862, premiered onstage in 1985 in a musical with music and lyrics by Alain...

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood Revived on Broadway

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 5:30 PM

"Let's all be as vulgar and uncivilized as possible!" shouts one character in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the joyfully boisterous production in performances at Studio 54. While this exuberant, interactive, choose-your-own ending musical may be a bit vulgar, it is also skilfully directed, joyously performed and a darn good...

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Family Ties Gone Slack: Katie Holmes in Dead Accounts

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 7:20 AM

I still don't know what Arbor Day had to do with it. Dead Accounts, Theresa Rebeck's latest play currently in performances at the Music Box Theatre, contains a haphazard hodgepodge of themes, ideas and motifs that are scattered throughout the show, including but not limited to, Catholicism, capitalism, family ties...

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"If It's With Your Mouth, Does It Count?" -- Sex, Art and Women -- An Interview With the Founders of A Red-Lipped Rebellion

(2) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 11:47 AM

To say Samantha Shane received an unconventional bar mitzvah gift would be an understatement. When the aspiring actress reached adolescence, her father gifted her a copy of The O'Reilly Factor for Kids, saying, "You're ready. You're a woman. Here you go."

"I never read it," Shane said of the book,...

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Looking Forward to Tomorrow 35 Years Later -- Annie Returns to Broadway

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 9:23 AM

"Republicans, too, Oliver! Sing!"

This order, given by President Franklin Deleano Roosevelt to millionaire Oliver Warbucks may be the most unusual, fantasy-like element of Annie, the Depression-era fable packed to the brim with fantasies currently in performances at the Palace Theater.

Annie, based on Harold Gray's comic strip Little Orphan...

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