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Stage Door: Made in China, The Liar

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.27.2017 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Made in China, the company's first musical, takes audiences on a roller-coaster ride of sassy commentary. A kooky exchange kick-starts a satire about...

On the Culture Front: Taylor Mac, Caught, Phaedra(s), and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 09.20.2016 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Taylor Mac is one of the few people I never tire of seeing on stage. Whatever project the enigmatic performer tackles he does it with warmth, depth an...

First Nighter: Keira Knightley as Emile Zola's 'Therese Raquin,' Chekhov's 'Seagull' Countrified as 'Songbird,' 'Catch the Butcher' Not a Great Catch

David Finkle | Posted 10.29.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Everyone connected with Therese Raquin seems to know what a powerhouse it is as a portrait of 19th-century middle-class French malaise. It's a shame that Cabnet hasn't quite propelled that past the footlights.

First Nighter: Donal O'Kelly's Exciting 'Little Thing, Big Thing,' Alan Hruska's Patience-Trying 'Laugh It Up, Stare It Down'

David Finkle | Posted 09.09.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

A thriller about corruption in Ireland and Nigeria involving a large cast of characters isn't the sort of thing you'd expect to turn up as the 80-minute two-hander Little Thing, Big Thing.

First Nighter: Nifty Thriller 'Pimm's Cup,' Not-So-Nifty 'Happy 50ish' Musical

David Finkle | Posted 08.07.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

It's a slick little thriller, Christopher Stetson Boal's Pimm's Mission, directed snugly by Terrence O'Brien at 59E59 as an Oberon Theatre Ensemble undertaking. By "little," I mean the drama packs its nastiness into only 60 minutes plus.

The Piano Lesson

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.21.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

On a Friday afternoon in Vienna in 1938, fourteen-year-old piano prodigy Lisa arrives on the trolley for her lesson to discover that Mahler Street has suddenly been renamed Meistersinger Street.

First Nighter": A Feeble "Fable," A Lively "So, This Then is Life"

David Finkle | Posted 07.22.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When Chandra (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) slips happily through an upstage door to smell the trellis roses at the start of A Fable, David Van Asselt's new play at the Cherry Lane, it's the extremely naïve theater-goer who won't immediately guess that the young girl's innocent joy isn't going to last much longer.

First Nighter: Workplace Woes Scrutinized in Three Plays, One Musical

David Finkle | Posted 07.10.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Perhaps it's this reviewer's imagination, but it seems that more than the usual number of plays set in the workplace are cropping up. Take Mike Bartl...

The Best Is Yet to Come

Howard Kissel | Posted 07.26.2011 | Arts
Howard Kissel

There's no more entertaining show in town than the Cy Coleman revue The Best Is Yet to Come at 59E59.