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Out Of The Mouths Of Babes -- A Sisterhood Jazz Quartet

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.18.2016 | Women
Randee Mia Berman

Fast forward about 3,000 years to Israel Horovitz' play Out of the Mouths of Babes. In this striking Cherry Lane Theatre production (www.cherrylanetheatre.org), the Babes are adults. Out of their mouths comes wit..with claws. Picture four sassy, savvy, snarky babes -- all ex-wives and lovers of the same beloved Professor -- clumped together in one Paris apartment for his funeral.

Berrigan & Sheen & Churchill for One Night Only

Barry Singer | Posted 05.06.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

I can only imagine what Winston Churchill would have made of Daniel Berrigan. I do find it rather poignant to recall Father Berrigan, the Jesuit priest and peace activist, who died last Saturday at 94 and whose funeral Mass is today in New York City, descending on Chartwell Booksellers, my little Winston Churchill bookshop, in April 1988 to read from his then-just-published memoir, To Dwell in Peace.

Women Aging Gracefully -- Or Not

George Heymont | Posted 08.27.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Anyone who has paid the slightest attention to American advertising over the past few decades knows that we live in a youth-obsessed society. From Botox injections to "anti-aging creams," products and services are constantly being hyped that purport to make a person look wrinkle-free and younger than their stated age.

The Party's Over: A Tribute to Polly Bergen

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

One thing the theater community does well is celebrate its own. And Polly Bergen was a member of the theater community. Now, as I previously wrote, the League of American Theaters and Producers opted not to dim the lights for her.

Remembering the Great Polly Bergen

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.23.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Polly Bergen was a real class act. She had a grace about her, an intangible quality that not many possess.

Helen Mirren in The Audience: Glimpsing Royalty on Broadway

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.09.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

In Peter Morton's clever and humorous work of historic fiction, the queen moves in and out of time, not chronologically, waxing wise on world events, and with the wizardry of dressers, changes costume onstage.

A Long Life in the Cherry Lane Theatre

Leigh Flayton | Posted 12.15.2014 | Arts
Leigh Flayton

In 1962, when Estelle Parsons made her Cherry Lane Theatre debut in Mrs. Dally Has a Lover, a strip club was in business next door, and the thump-thump-thumping of music could be heard through the thin, shared wall during performances. On the evening of Oct. 6, 2014 -- and on that same stage -- Parsons enjoyed recounting this and other morsels.

Theater: Annie Still Plucky; The Heiress Still Plain

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

The reason this Annie is merely pleasant instead of joyful is the creative team led by generally dependable director James Lapine. The show has no momentum.

First Nighter: Jessica Chastain as 'The Heiress' -- or Not

David Finkle | Posted 11.01.2012 | Arts
David Finkle

It's as simple as this: If you've got a play called The Heiress, it's absolutely obligatory that whoever assumes the eponymous role is utterly persuasive. Unfortunately, that's not the case at the Walter Kerr.

First Nighter: Tennessee Williams's Glass Menagerie Shattered

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

By the end of Edelstein's misguided production at the Roundabout Theatre, I wanted to put a long distance between myself and it. And so should anyone who values the The Glass Menagerie.

Stage Door: The Glass Menagerie, When The Rain Stops Falling, West Side Story

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

Tennessee Williams is a poet of fragile beauty and faded dreams -- and in The Glass Menagerie, he marries lives of not-so-quiet desperation to the unexpectedly humorous moment.