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The Nathan Lane Show

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.09.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

You will not likely find anything funnier onstage, just now, than Nathan Lane in the opening scene of Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play. Lane, as a humble off-Broadway actor turned top-tier sitcom star, is given a barrage of robustly funny jokes to launch at us, mostly of the lacerating variety.

Thinking About Theater and Ode to Joy

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

For a change of pace, today I'm offering you a series of random theater-related thoughts. None of which could take up a post on its own, but together they seem worthy.

Aisle View: An Enchanted Much Ado

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.16.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Much Ado About Nothing with Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater, under the direction of Jack O'Brien beneath the stars at the Delacorte in Central Park. What doesn't sound enchanting about that?

Aisle View: 18 (Plays) in 16 (Days)

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

In busy spells -- which in the Broadway arena typically include the two weeks before Thanksgiving and the month before the various award deadlines in the spring -- it is not uncommon for critics and award nominators to find themselves at five or six a week. Eighteen in 16, though, is overdoing it.

Ethan Hawke and Amanda Peet Take on the Stage

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

O'Brien is unquestionably one of our finest directors. Little enlightenment can be expected from Amanda Peet's The Commons of Pensacola.

The New Macbeth

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 08.13.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — The Scottish play isn't taking much of a break before coming back. Ethan Hawke plans to return to Broadway this winter to play the ti...

First Nighter: Nathan Lane First-Rate, as Usual, in Douglas Carter Beane's New Play, The Nance

David Finkle | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Plays conjuring Manhattan in the 1930s often take on the look of a live-action Edward Hopper painting. Not a bad thing. Actually, the effect is stunning when the curtain rises on The Nance.

Con Me If You Can: The Broadway Musical

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.11.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Catch Me If You Can: The Musical is a con man's story, and the biggest con is the show itself. Like seeing a superbly performed magic trick, we're going to buy it, and happily revel in being duped.

Theater: "Catch Me If You Can" Dazzles Broadway

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.10.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Let's just say a star is confirmed with Aaron Tveit's winningly confident and charming performance as the young con artist Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can.

First-Nighter: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies Doesn't and Then Almost Does

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

Judged by some compromised standards, Love Never Dies is not the metaphorical crashing chandelier it's reputed to be.