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First Nighter: 'Skylight,' 'The Pajama Game' Revived, 'Adler & Gibb' New in London

David Finkle | Posted 06.26.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy) drops in on Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) totally unannounced in the revival of David Hare's 1995 play Skylight, at Wyndham's, he's clearly there to fan the embers of a six-year affair that ended two years earlier.

The Tony Nominations, Three Weeks Later

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.20.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Often I am surprised with something right as the nominations come out, but, upon reflection, my surprise changes to understanding. This year that wasn't so. My opinions haven't changed since the announcements.

Skillful Mix of High Art and Low Clowning Helped Make Aladdin the Surprise Hit of This Season

Jim Hill | Posted 06.11.2014 | Arts
Jim Hill

There's a line from As You Like It carved into the ceiling of the New Amsterdam Room. It reads, "I had rather have a fool to make me merry than experience to make me sad.'' I imagine that a good many people are going to be made merry once they get the chance to experience this new musical comedy.

First Nighter: Tennessee Williams's Memorable Glass Menagerie, William Inge's Forgettable Natural Affection

David Finkle | Posted 11.26.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

It was when Tennessee Williams took him to see The Glass Menagerie that William Inge decided to become a playwright -- very much influenced, as it turned out, by his pal.

Teachable Moments

George Heymont | Posted 09.05.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Sometimes bad parenting kills people. No amount of input from a teacher can save a child who has not yet even learned how to read. Nor can it always prevent a child from being harmed by his parents' hyperreligiosity, laziness, substance abuse, tendency to commit acts of domestic violence and/or gun fetish.

First-Nighter: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies Doesn't and Then Almost Does

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

Judged by some compromised standards, Love Never Dies is not the metaphorical crashing chandelier it's reputed to be.