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First Nighter: Three for the Good Show at Summer Shorts Series B

David Finkle | Posted 08.08.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Whereas in the Summer Shorts series at 59E59 it's not unusual for one of the plays to be strong and the others to be, uh, less strong, all three one-a...

First Nighter: Richard Strand's Funny "Butler," Norman Shabel's Taut "A Class Act"

David Finkle | Posted 07.27.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

If someone had told me one of my favorite plays of the almost one-quarter-completed 2016-17 theater season would be a raucous comedy placed in the ear...

Dead Dog Park

Eric Uhlfelder | Posted 03.01.2016 | Arts
Eric Uhlfelder

DEAD DOG PARK Dead Dog Park provides a glimpse inside the world of a policeman accused of wrongdoing. But unlike cop dramas, such as Blue Bloods, m...

First Nighter: Vincent Amelio's "How Alfo Learned to Love" Could Have Audiences Moonstruck

David Finkle | Posted 12.21.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

The relatively new comedy -- it played the Sanford Meisner Theatre in 2005 and the New York Fringe Festival in 2010 -- tells the tale of an earnest, likable blue-collar Italian man advancing toward middle-age who hasn't yet found a woman to marry, despite his volatile family's carryings-on.

First Nighter: The Acting Company's Irresistible 'Desire', Max Posner's Completely Resistible 'Judy'

David Finkle | Posted 09.10.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

It was Margot Harley, just leaving her lengthy tenure as The Acting Company producer, who came up with the wonderful idea to adapt six Tennessee Williams short stories for the stage. Now the collection, Desire, is at 59E59 Theatres, with Michael Wilson capably directing.

First Nighter: John Tiffany's 'Let the Right One In', Parallel Exit's 'Everybody Gets Cake!', Poe in 'Nevermore'

David Finkle | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

If you ask me, the prolific John Tiffany and the prolific Steven Hoggett are responsible for the best play ever presented about the Iraq War. So when I learned they were bringing Let the Right One In to the always adventurous St. Ann's, I figured it would be another must.

First Nighter: Sting in "The Last Ship," Barney Josephson and "Café Society Swing"

David Finkle | Posted 02.20.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

In his first-rate autobiographical musical The Last Ship, Sting -- also Gordon Sumner, son of a ship builder -- has come full circle, after a fashion.

First Nighter: "El gato con botas," "Le Nozze di Figaro," Carlisle Floyd One-Acts as Opera Magnets

David Finkle | Posted 02.08.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Since perfect things come along infrequently, it's absolutely required that when they do, a whole lot of carrying on attends them. The perfect thing about which I'm now holding forth is the Gotham Chamber Opera and Tectonic Theater Project's revival of El gato con botas.

First Nighter: 'Bauer' Is Marvelously Artistic About Art

David Finkle | Posted 11.09.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

In the history of art, the importance of patrons has rarely been underestimated. The egregious result of Solomon Guggenheim's support for Rudolf Bauer is one of the most disturbing instances. In Bauer, it receives superlative treatment.

First Nighter: Donald Margulies's Hard-Hitting "Model Apartment" a Model Production

David Finkle | Posted 12.15.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Depending on when you see -- or have seen -- The Model Apartment, you will either think playwright Donald Margulies has shifted gears to or shifted them from his list of strong-minded domestic dramas.