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First Nighter: Bradley Cooper in Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man

David Finkle | Posted 02.10.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

By dint of calling his play The Elephant Man, Pomerance irrevocably establishes that Merrick is his focal figure and for much of the two acts deftly presents the character study of an unforgettable character -- not only to the audience but, of course, to the other figures populating the stage.

First Nighter: "El gato con botas," "Le Nozze di Figaro," Carlisle Floyd One-Acts as Opera Magnets

David Finkle | Posted 02.08.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Since perfect things come along infrequently, it's absolutely required that when they do, a whole lot of carrying on attends them. The perfect thing about which I'm now holding forth is the Gotham Chamber Opera and Tectonic Theater Project's revival of El gato con botas.

First Nighter: The Musicals Pump Boys and Dinettes and The Gig

David Finkle | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Yes. Absolutely. No question. If you can get to City Center anytime through this weekend to see Pump Boys and Dinettes, which is the third and last of Encores! Off-Center summer series, go. It's way too entertaining to pass up.

First Nighter: Blitzstein's 1937 "Cradle Will Rock" Rocks 2013 Encores! Off-Center

David Finkle | Posted 09.10.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The cast of the Encores! Off-Center concert production of Marc Blitzstein's once highly controversial first musical The Cradle Will Rock are dressed i...

First Nighter: Tony Kushner's Angels in America Flies on Gossamer Wings

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

Angels in America remains superlative theater-going and a spectacular achievement.