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Old New York in 'On the Town'

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.26.2014 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

The sights and sounds of old New York are just a few of the marvels of the musical On the Town, newly revived at the Lyric Theater. If you see a subway sign marked IRT, you know you are in the right place.

Aisle View: Laughter in the Heir

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.09.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

It is Mr. Ives, and his director John Rando (of Urinetown and A Christmas Story) who make The Heir Apparent a ludicrously luscious affair. Unlike other new comedies recently arrived in town, this one is packed with characters, laughs, and enough information for us to discern an actual plot (such as it is).

First Nighter: Little Me Big and Christian Borle Even Bigger

David Finkle | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
David Finkle

When Little Me opened in November 1962, its major pluses were Sid Caesar, the Carolyn Leigh-Cy Coleman score and the rarely-miss Neil Simon gags. Revived at City Center this weekend, it can crow about what could be called a breakout performance by Christian Borle.

Aisle View: We Need a Little Christmas Story

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.12.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

A Christmas Story is in fine shape at Madison Square Garden. It is a modern-day rarity: a holiday family show that'll enthrall the kids while offering adults flavorful, top-flight entertainment.

Aisle View: Lenny's New York in the Berkshires

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

On the Town with youthful high spirits from the music, empathy from the actors, and comedy firing on all cylinders. "New York, New York" in Pittsfield, well worth the trip up the Taconic.

Communist Comedy of Manners in Upper East Side Art Salon

Jim Luce | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts
Jim Luce

I have several token conservative friends and acquaintances just to prove to myself that I am indeed liberal. One of them is a former New York Post w...

First Nighter: Soft ...Hardbody, Happy Happy Birthday and It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Not Too Good

David Finkle | Posted 05.22.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Hands on a Hardbody follows -- with music -- a marathon where the contestant who keeps at least one hand on a truck the longest gets to drive the shiny new vehicle home.

First Nighter: Ives' All in the Timing, Moran's All the Rage All to the Good

David Finkle | Posted 04.14.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

What can be told is that the clock on the wall during their three-way romping says "Thursday, April 23, 2016," which is the 400th anniversary of Will's death. Who cares whether the idea for that sight gag belongs to Ives, Rando or Boritt? It's a good one.

'A Moment Of Maximum Fabulosity'

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 04.10.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — There was a moment this past December in Paris when playwright David Ives achieved what he calls "a moment of maximum fabulosity." F...

Playright David Ives: The Degrees of Separation Between Stephen Sondheim, Roman Polanski and Me

Myra Chanin | Posted 04.09.2013 | Arts
Myra Chanin

Before I reveal all 10,003 degrees of separation between Sondheim and me, let me assure you that it's all in the timing, which also happens to be the ...