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Craig Lucas

Musical Theatre Family Creates a Stereo Experience for the Heart

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 01.25.2017 | Arts
Roxane Assaf Lynn

Waves of stinging triumph gripped my father and me as we walked up the freshly poured ramp to the swanky Jefferson Performing Arts Center in suburban New Orleans.

Side By Side By Side By Side

George Heymont | Posted 11.19.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

It's no secret theatre districts act as important economic engines in urban areas. Although many theatres have been built in reasonable proximity to concert halls and mass transit lines, grouping auditoriums together as part of an architectural concept started nearly 100 years ago.

An American in Paris On Broadway

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

As An American in Paris opens at the Palace Theater, a Nazi flag seemingly draped over an entire city, drops down and floats away. The city is Paris, its narrow streets dour until we get to a café, where an American soldier, Jerry meets an American composer.

First Nighter: Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon Sparks the Gershwins' 'An American in Paris'

David Finkle | Posted 06.12.2015 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Christopher Wheeldon's choreography for An American in Paris, at the Palace, is so spectacular that you have to forgive anything else wrong with the production--and believe you me, there's plenty to forgive--and I mean plenty.

Torke in Tahiti

Daron Hagen | Posted 01.14.2015 | Arts
Daron Hagen

The ear-splitting bellow of a truck's horn, five floors below, on Broadway, made the window rattle and drowned out his last words. A few snowflakes eddied outside. It was an afternoon in January 2012.

It's About the Music, Stupid!

George Heymont | Posted 10.11.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

With so many people listening to music through earbuds, I frequently wonder if any of them have a library of music resting within their memory that they can access without the help of an electronic device.

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.

A Search For Truth In The Bottom Of A Bottle

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 02.28.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

"Truth is hard," Adele exclaims to a woman who came to buy one of her paintings and ends up her lover in Craig Lucas's powerful new play Ode to Joy. I...

Stage Door: Ode To Joy

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.30.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Craig Lucas' Ode to Joy is strangely named. It's more of a meditation on the nature of addiction -- and the disturbing codependency it produces. Now at the Cherry Lane Theater, the three-person drama addresses the nature of art, truth and relationships.

Aisle View: A Muddled New Play and an Engaging Forgotten One

Steven Suskin | Posted 04.29.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Early on, we are told that Ode to Joy is "the story of how the pain goes away." At the end they say "forgiving is giving up the option for revenge" and "true joy is acceptance." In between there is talk of Jesus, Hitler, Elvis, the torturous breaking wheel of the Middle Age, and Auschwitz.

First Nighter: Nico Muhly's "Two Boys" Proves One Plus One Equals Disappointment

David Finkle | Posted 12.22.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The thing I'm bursting to tell you immediately about Two Boys is that Anne Strawson (Alice Coote), the detective inspector at the center of it, is about as dumb a cop as you'd hope to avoid on a case where you've been victimized.

'Amelie' Is Going To Broadway, Without The Accordion

Posted 08.23.2013 | Arts

If you still get butterflies at the thought of Audrey Tautou with tiny bangs, we bear good news. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's uber-whimsical film "Amélie" is...

San Francisco Spares No Expense on a 21st Century Cinderella

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.14.2013 | Arts
Carla Escoda

They're still sweeping up the glitter on the streets of San Francisco.

'A Suspense Thriller That Holds Little Suspense'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 05.13.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

If you ever wondered what really happened to Baby Jane, Craig Lucas offers one theory in his new play The Lying Lesson, a suspense thriller that holds...