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First Nighter: 'Allegiance' Attempts to Musicalize World War II's Japanese-American Internment Camps

David Finkle | Posted 11.08.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

We all know about the importance of being earnest, but it's likely we all underestimate the importance of not being earnest. That importance struck me while watching Allegiance, the new musical about the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.

First Nighter: Andrew Lippa's "Wild Party" Not Nearly Wild Enough

David Finkle | Posted 07.17.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Sure enough, by the time the first act finished, I was much more impressed with the adaptation of Joseph Moncure March's engagingly dark Jazz-Age poem than I'd been the first time around -- a seeming improvement I attributed to several elements.

First Nighter: Ellen Greene, Jake Gyllenhaal in Lovable 'Little Shop of Horrors' Revival

David Finkle | Posted 07.02.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

What follows is an unadulterated rave for the Encores! Off-Center presentation, at City Center, of the beloved Howard-Ashman-Alan Menken Little Shop of Horrors, as adapted from the 1960 Roger Corman movie.

It Takes a Woman

George Heymont | Posted 04.08.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether in its infant stages or a full-blown epic poem like Homer's Iliad, storytelling is an art form that develops over time and goes through many revisions.

The Rise of the Comedy?

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I genuinely did not know what to expect going into The Explorers Club. What I saw was a madcap diversion -- a hilarious way to take your mind of your troubles (for a couple of hours at least). Do you really need anything more?

Donyale Werle and David Korins: Creating a Show's Physical World

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.26.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Bad set design can make an otherwise good production appear false and a pitiful play can be made all the more horrible by confusing environs.

First Nighter: At the Theater, 'Tis the Season to Be Discerning

David Finkle | Posted 02.13.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

There are sentimentalists out therehappy to spend much of the Christmas season looking for It's a Wonderful Life screenings. For them, Anthony E. Palermo has adapted the beloved screenplay as a one-hour radio play.