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Judith Light in Neil LaBute's All the Ways to Say I Love You: WOW!

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.29.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

"What is the weight of a lie?" asks Judith Light in Neil LaBute's dramatic monologue, All the Ways to Say I Love You, at the Lucille Lortel Theater. T...

First Nighter: Judith Light Illuminates Neil LaBute's "All The Ways to Say I Love You," Brian Quijada Shines in His "Where Did We Sit on the Bus?"

David Finkle | Posted 09.28.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Now Neil LaBute uses All the Ways to Say I Love You as an illustration of the eventual devastation afflicting a teacher in the Midwest who strays with a student from her generally happy marriage.

"The Wild Party" Feels Like a Night on the Town

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 07.19.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

That's what The Wild Party is all about. Sex, booze, relationships. And how it's sometimes good to be bad.

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.

Amanda Seyfried's Theater Debut in Neil LaBute's 'The Way We Get By'

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.06.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The ensuing dialogue is like intellectual groping, quintessential LaBute, as the characters Doug and Beth go from philosophizing about their night together to deciding what to do about it in a mere 70 minutes.

Face It: One Female Director Reigns

Michele Willens | Posted 07.23.2014 | Women
Michele Willens

When the Tony awards are presented June 8, the names of many dazzling actresses will be announced. As for women behind the scenes? Not so much.

Aisle View: Occupy the Sandwich Shop

Steven Suskin | Posted 07.22.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

The pieces of American Hero are somewhat too jagged to fit together, but as an offering in the modestly-priced Second Stage Uptown series it provides a pleasant comic diversion on the Upper West Side.

Aisle View: Sutton's Violet Triumphs

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.20.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

This past season has been lackadaisical for new Broadway musicals, with the best of them--arguably After Midnight, Beautiful and A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, in alphabetical order--falling in the slightly-less-than-exhilarating class.

Aisle View: Calling Mr. Watson

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.08.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Madeleine George's play is an intricate puzzle built around the quest to invent machines that bring "better living through technology." There are four Watson characters -- one a robotic machine -- as the play jumps back and forth between 1876, 1891, 1931 and today.

First Nighter: Sutton Foster, Jeanine Tesori, Brian Crawley Make Violet Red-Hot

David Finkle | Posted 09.17.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

So extraordinarily good was the one-night Encores! Off-Center staged concert reading of the Jeanine Tesori-Brian Crawley Violet, directed by Leigh Silverman, that it calls for some serious transfer-it-somewhere-else-fast thinking.

Edie Falco in The Madrid: A Room of Her Own

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

In a new play The Madrid, Edie Falco works with her Nurse Jackie producer, the playwright Liz Flahive. As Martha, Falco seems to be as self-medicated as she is in her Showtime role.

12 Female Directors Reshaping Theater

ARTINFO | Posted 01.27.2013 | Arts
ARTINFO

Of the 39 productions that opened on Broadway in 2008, just three were directed by women. This season that number doubles to six. Off-Broadway, anothe...

Ethan Lipton Has 'No Place To Go'

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Massara | Posted 03.26.2012 | Arts

In Ethan Lipton's new "musical ode to the unemployed," we find a man down on his luck as he faces the reality of his company moving to a place very f...

First Nighter: In the Wake, Lisa Kron's New Play, Has What It Takes

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

This comedy-laced drama sends audiences staggering into the streets from its power to shake up previous assumptions about the requirements needed for leading a fulfilling political and personal life.