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First Nighter: Philip Ridley's Mercury Fur Has a Dyspeptic Future

David Finkle | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Fiction set in the future never seems to have nailed it right when the actual future rolls around.

First Nighter: The Marcy Heisler-Zina Goldrich Musical 'Ever After' an Unlikely Ever After

David Finkle | Posted 06.05.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Compounding the trouble for Heisler is that she hasn't constructed a taut version of the old story. Her treatment, perhaps due to unwisely hewing to the film, is overrun with plot diversions and digressions.

First Nighter: Jesse Eisenberg's Spoiled 'The Spoils,' David Greenspan Snappily Takes on Gertrude Stein

David Finkle | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Sometimes the unforgettable characters populating your personal landscape are the ones you'd most like to forget.

First Nighter: Little Girl "Gigi" Does Not Grow Up on Broadway in a Most Delightful Way

David Finkle | Posted 06.08.2015 | Entertainment
David Finkle

The reference to the release from Arthur Freed's incomparable MGM unit is recorded here as preamble to the unhappy news that a woefully cheap travesty of the gloriously romantic film has now opened at the Neil Simon.

First Nighter: A Strong Review for "Posterity," Des Bishop Is "Made in China"

David Finkle | Posted 05.16.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Doug Wright loves to wrangle with deceased figures of greater or lesser fame, and in Posterity, at the Atlantic's Linda Gross Theatre, he comes up with a humdinger.

First Nighter: Neil LaBute's Money Shot Hits the Target

David Finkle | Posted 11.22.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The Money Shot (title appropriated from porn-industry jargon, if you didn't already know) shouldn't be as consistently amusing as it is. LaBute get his laughs -- and he gets a carload of them -- from two embarrassingly easy targets.

A Star Is Torn

George Heymont | Posted 03.06.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new productions look at artists in the midst of their creative process as they work on honing their craft. In each case, the audience watches an individual follow an uncharted path.

First Nighter: Emilia Clarke Does Holly Golightly in Stage Breakfast at Tiffany's

David Finkle | Posted 05.20.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

In the new production of Capote's adored Breakfast at Tiffany's at the Cort, Emilia Clarke, of Game of Thrones, is no long and skinny drink of water, but she's undeniably darkly beautiful.

Oscars Getting A Broadway Touch

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 04.24.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — The folks behind Hollywood's glitziest night have imported some help this year – from Broadway. Tony Award-winning designer De...

First Nighter: Clive, Moose Murders Include Deaths in More Ways Than One

David Finkle | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

I'm only left to report that in one extraordinary week I saw both Clive and Moose Murders and am prepared in both instances to cry, "Murder most foul!" Which was worse? Please don't ask.

All Hands on Deck!

George Heymont | Posted 03.22.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

I tip my hat to Kathleen Marshall, who directed and choreographed the revival of Anything Goes with the intention of adding plenty of snap, crackle, and pop to a show that is nearly 80 years old. The result is quite astounding.

First Nighter: Robin Williams Broadway-Bows in Rajiv Joseph's Toothless Play

David Finkle | Posted 05.31.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Robin Williams has made his Broadway debut at last. This is a very good thing. The very bad thing is that he arrives in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a decidedly third-rate work