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First Nighter: London Currently Serving Multi-Star Takes on "The Threepenny Opera," "Funny Girl," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Hobson's Choice"

David Finkle | Posted 06.17.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

London--Bertolt Brecht would likely approve of The Threepenny Opera as Rufus Norris directs it, Imogen Knight choreographs it, Vicki Mortimer designs ...

First Nighter: Nicole Kidman in "Photograph 51" and Other London Recommendations

David Finkle | Posted 09.26.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

By now it's well known to theatergoers that Nicole Kidman is back on stage and in Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51 after a 17-year lapse. She's returned in a piece noticeably different from her last offering, The Blue Room, where she gained beaucoup publicity for appearing totally undressed.

First Nighter: The Tonys as Experienced in the Press Room

David Finkle | Posted 06.07.2016 | Entertainment
David Finkle

I notice this is a surprisingly short account of the year's Tony Awards as scoped from the press room. I can only suggest it's an indication of the excitement the event didn't create from start to finish.

Aisle View: Branagh's Monumentally Masterful Macbeth

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

New York has seen recent Macbeths by the handful, including two star-topped Broadway productions in the last year, but they are best forgotten. Now we have Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth -- starring Branagh and Alex Kingston as his lady, directed by Branagh and Rob Ashford -- and it is monumental.

First Nighter: Daniel Radcliffe Shines in Martin McDonagh's Cripple of Inishmaan

David Finkle | Posted 06.20.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Having seen it again, I can report that it's every bit as lively, as thoroughly hilarious and as consistently heart-tugging here as it was there, if not that much better for the cast members having enriched their performances while working at them longer.

First Nighter: Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine "Passion" Gives Passion a Bad Name

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Passion is a depiction of romantic obsession and the subtly destructive ends to which romantic obsession can lead -- all of it outfitted with somber, totally humorless Sondheim songs.

First Nighter: Important "Red" Alert on Broadway

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Red insists that art matters; so does Red matter in all its dark, dramatic hues.