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On the Culture Front: Henry IV, El Vy, The Civilians' War on Christmas, and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 12.11.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

The immersion into Phyllida Lloyd's meticulously crafted reimagination of "Henry IV" begins before the audience steps foot into the new home of St. Ann's Warehouse.

Stage Door: On Your Feet!, Sylvia

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.06.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The rhythm is going to get you. Broadway jukebox musicals, like Jersey Boys and Beautiful, have targeted loyal fans with great success. This fall's big entry in the category is On Your Feet!, the lively Latin-infused story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan now at the Marquis Theater.

Sylvia: A Review of A.R. Gurney's Wacky Love Triangle

Rob Taub | Posted 10.28.2015 | Arts
Rob Taub

I know a few people who don't like dogs and I've also met some who don't like chocolate, rainbows or red wine so perhaps Sylvia, which opened tonight at the Cort Theatre isn't for everyone but it most certainly is a crowd pleaser.

A Fetching Sylvia on Broadway

Rob Taub | Posted 10.16.2015 | Arts
Rob Taub

A.R. Gurney obviously feels strongly on the subject of dogs, so much in fact that his play Sylvia, is based on real events in his life.

Aisle View: Lake Erie Idyll, With Laughs

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.18.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

If you have written upwards of fifty plays over fifty years, it's likely that the bigger hits are balanced by some titles which have in one way or another gone astray.

Another Intentional Fallacy

Francis Levy | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Francis Levy

Profiling goes beyond race and religion. It refers to the snap judgments, the covert acts of character assassination, that are based upon seeing human beings through a half opened door.

The Weird But Wonderful Love Affair Between Love Letters and Broadway

Myra Chanin | Posted 12.15.2014 | Weird News
Myra Chanin

The very prolific Gurney is a cross between Anton Chekhov and Alan Ayckbourn. Like Chekhov, Gurney has a feel for both farce and tragedy and writes about characters trapped in what they don't realize is an expiring culture.

Brian Dennehy Speaks Intimately About Two Women, Two Loves

Steve Schonberg | Posted 12.06.2014 | Arts
Steve Schonberg

Unlike a musical that fills a room though with sound, Dennehy measures a successful performance of Love Letters by its silence. "You're always better to judge an audience by their sounds" he explains.

Stage Door: Love Letters, Port Authority

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.04.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The premise of Love Letters, a chamber piece now on Broadway, is simple: Two people begin writing each other at age 8. Over the next 50 years, from the late 1930s onward, two upper-class WASPS chart their personal voyages via letter.

Return of Gurney's Love Letters

Steven Suskin | Posted 11.18.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

This playgoer's memory of A. R. Gurney's Love Letters -- the 1988 two-character play consisting of letters between an upper crust boy-turned-man and girl-turned-woman, performed without memorization or blocking by a middle-aged pair of star actors -- is of an amusingly entertaining but slight affair.

'The Wayside Motor Inn': A Drama for 10 Voices

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 09.05.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The travelers who check in at The Wayside Motor Inn, A.R. Gurney's engrossing 1977 play, now in an absorbing revival at Signature Theater, are a dispa...

Stage Door: The Old Boy, Madrid

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.06.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The ties that bind can both comfort and restrict, but we need playwright Liz Flahive to make that case convincingly. Vagueness is punishing. More like vignettes in unhappiness than a fully realized dramatic work, Madrid wastes the talents of a capable cast.

Geezus Chris: A. R. Gurney's Heresy

Bess Rowen | Posted 12.15.2012 | Arts
Bess Rowen

Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high, but the talented folks at The Flea Theater couldn't entirely save this clever concept for a show from what struck me as unfortunately simplistic writing.

How Heretical Is 'Heresy'?

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 12.11.2012 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

In his new play Heresy, at the Flea Theater, A.R. Gurney has taken aim with a modern-day parody of the biblical story of Jesus Christ, but he never quite hits the bull's-eye.

Theater Review: Not So Grand Manner

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Sometimes, a mildly pleasant night at the theater can't quite be recommended. Such is the case, unfortunately, for A.R. Gurney's The Grand Manner.