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Aisle View: Here Lies Love Returns

Steven Suskin | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

The show--with concept and lyrics by Byrne, music by Byrne and Fatboy Slim -- captivated theatergoers and critics last April during its limited engagement as part of the Public season. A hearty band of producers, after a diligent but fruitless search for a larger and more economically-feasible space in which to launch a commercial run, concluded that there is no place like home and have returned to the Public's ballroom-like LuEsther Theater despite built-in budgetary strictures.

On the Culture Front: Kids Entertainment That Doesn't Suck and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 06.03.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

If you have kids, I can't imagine a better place to take them on a Saturday morning.

Aisle View: Rock 'em Sock 'em

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

It turns out that Rocky is better than the Spider-Man, by several notches in the proverbial heavyweight belt. The Cinderella story, such as it is, is durable; and the sure-to-be-much-talked-about staging of the climactic boxing match more or less delivers the punch of excitement required.

It Takes a Woman

George Heymont | Posted 04.08.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether in its infant stages or a full-blown epic poem like Homer's Iliad, storytelling is an art form that develops over time and goes through many revisions.

Why Brantley Got it Wrong

Dana Elle Salzberg | Posted 10.30.2013 | Arts
Dana Elle Salzberg

Dude, I can explain. In the grand tradition of theater, "getting it" is as much of a theme as star-crossed lovers or inevitable fate. I am sorry but, Mr. Brantley, you did not get it, and I don't think you could have. The show was not for you, it was for me.

Why Brantley Got it Wrong

Dana Elle Salzberg | Posted 10.14.2013 | Arts
Dana Elle Salzberg

Dude, I can explain. In the grand tradition of the theater, "getting it" is as much of a theme as star-crossed lovers or inevitable fate. I am sorry but, Mr. Brantley, you did not get it, and I don't think you could have. The show was not for you, it was for me.

First Nighter: "Love's Labour's Lost" Loses More Than Wins in the Park; Downtown's "Under the Greenwood Tree" As You'll Like It

David Finkle | Posted 10.12.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

It would be a pleasant chore to report that Shakespeare in the Park's Love's Labour's Lost is an amusingly silly musical tribute to the Bard, as it's ...

Shakespeare in the Park -- Another Year of Spreading the Love of Theater

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.24.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

My love of Shakespeare in the Park is sort of limitless, which is odd because my love of Shakespeare is not. Every year, even years when I don't have a fond affection for the play being performed (like this year's Comedy of Errors), I look forward to going.

Aisle View: David Byrne Meets Imelda in the Dazzling Here Lies Love

Steven Suskin | Posted 07.15.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Byrne has joined with the Public's Oskar Eustis and an altogether impressive production team to turn Here Lies Love into -- what? A musical? A disco musical? A theatrical extravaganza? All three jumbled together.

Magic in a Trunk

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.30.2012 | Entertainment
Cara Joy David

Despite the trip from the Berkshires barn to the La Jolla Playhouse to New York Theater Workshop and now to Broadway, Peter and the Starcatcher has by all accounts maintained its original feel.

Peter and the Starcatcher: Splash in the Pan

Danny Groner | Posted 06.25.2012 | New York
Danny Groner

It's hard to believe how much can be done by a 12-person cast, especially considering how fast the show moves. There isn't a moment to pause and consider the characters' intentions. They share their thoughts and fears directly with us.

The 'Preposterous' Prequel To Peter Pan

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.16.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

Perhaps the most inventively preposterous play ever to hit Broadway is the prequel to the Peter Pan story, Peter and the Starcatcher, at the Brooks Atkinson Theater.

Here Lies Love: Imelda Marcos Back at The Public Theater

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.02.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Early on in this exuberant immersive dance extravaganza, the young Imelda Marcos in a tattered frock sings of a time when she had no shoes. Of course,...