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Beware Your Fantasy: It Might Just Come True!

George Heymont | Posted 10.10.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Fairy tales, short stories, and playlets have a way of infecting the imagination to produce new variations on age-old themes. In June, Wily West Productions joined forces with the Playwrights Center of San Francisco to present Sheherezade 14, an evening of short plays written by local playwrights and directed by Wesley Cayabyab and Amy Crumpacker.

In Support of New Plays... on Broadway

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.21.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

My friends are never very excited about new plays. What is The Realistic Joneses and why did celebrities want to be in it? Is Casa Valentina an atmospheric production where they treat us like we're in a resort?

First Nighter: Moss Hart's "Act One" in Two Great, Big Acts

David Finkle | Posted 06.17.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When theater veteran Moss Hart published his bestselling Act One in 1959, he packed a lot into it about his impoverished childhood and neophyte playwr...

Six by Sondheim - The Artist and Teacher

Eden Lane | Posted 02.10.2014 | Arts
Eden Lane

We see how an examination of the arts, and one artist in particular, has lessons for every kind of life. Stephen Sondheim, and other artists like him, do not merely entertain; they are teachers.

Beware Your Fantasy -- It Might Just Come True!

George Heymont | Posted 10.13.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Wishes form the foundation of fairy tales, romantic films, and idle fantasy. There are times, however, when one's innocent fantasies can go horribly wrong and what started out on such a promising note can evolve into a horrifying nightmare.

Aisle View: Jane Lynch Takes Annie

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.07.2013 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

The answer, in a word, is: a lot. The question being, how much does Jane Lynch -- the antagonistic cheerleader coach of Glee -- add to the heretofore sleepy revival of Annie at the Palace?

First Nighter: The Woefully Misunderstood Damsels in Distress of Passion and Cinderella

David Finkle | Posted 05.18.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The correct title for the Sondheim-Lapine opus would be Romantic Obsession, and it wouldn't try to ingratiate itself as a depiction of what genuine love is. Passion is anything but a love story.

Can Obsession Create Genuine Love?

AP | JENNIFER FARRAR | Posted 05.01.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Can obsession create genuine love? The question shudders with possibilities throughout the melodramatic musical "Passion," whose plot...

Not Happily Ever After All - A Feminist Response to 'Into the Woods'

Carey Purcell | Posted 10.14.2012 | Arts
Carey Purcell

The Public Theater's revival of Into the Woods is a muddled and confusing show that seems to have gotten lost along the way to its goal, just like many of its characters.

First Nighter: Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine Go 'Into the Woods' and Get Lost

David Finkle | Posted 10.09.2012 | Home
David Finkle

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine want to make damn sure you know that life is made of the occasional modest high and the frequent devastating low. Sondheim has always hewed to his motivating themes of ambivalence and ambiguity.

Amy Adams Will Perform In Free Park Plays

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 06.03.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — Amy Adams, who played a princess in the film "Enchanted," will be returning to fairy tales this summer, starring opposite Cinderella ...

First Nighter: Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along Does and Doesn't

David Finkle | Posted 04.19.2012 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Ever since the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth-Harold Prince Merrily We Roll Along opened in 1981, rolling along merrily is one thing it hasn't done.

First Nighter: Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine "Passion" Gives Passion a Bad Name

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Passion is a depiction of romantic obsession and the subtly destructive ends to which romantic obsession can lead -- all of it outfitted with somber, totally humorless Sondheim songs.

On the Culture Front: Stephen Sondheim Revisits His Life in the Theater

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Despite being the most recognizable name in musical theater, Stephen Sondheim has kept his personal life mostly under raps until now. Sondheim on Sondheim brings the man center stage.

"Web Video" Comes to Broadway in Sondheim on Sondheim as Thrilling Multimedia Show

Andy Plesser | Posted 06.07.2013 | Entertainment
Andy Plesser

One of the most exciting uses of video as performance art can be seen in the current Broadway production of Sondheim on Sondheim.