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Aisle View: Einstein's Brain

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.24.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Heather Lind and Geneva Carr in Incognito. Photo: Joan Marcus Admirers of Nick Payne's Constellations, which Manhattan Theatre Club produced last y...

Aisle View: Peering Into the Abyss

Steven Suskin | Posted 04.14.2016 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Frank Langella, at his estimable best, is not to be overlooked. Here he is, once more, in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Florian Zeller's The Father. At his best, yet again, and not to be missed.

Thoughts on Broadway's Current and Next Spring

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.24.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

In terms of musicals, there are two that have opened already this spring, the Roundabout revival of She Loves Me and the jukebox musical Disaster!

A Special Place in Hell, Wellesley and Supporting Hillary

Cara Joy David | Posted 02.21.2016 | Politics
Cara Joy David

Albright shouldn't have used the quote in the context she did during her campaign stop, but I feel the quote itself is being needlessly attacked. You see, I find it hard to separate my college from that quote.

Aisle View: The Birth of a Playwright

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.09.2016 | Arts
Steven Suskin

An unruly teen from the Irish tenements of the Bronx is transplanted to a white-bread Catholic prep school on a hilltop in New Hampshire, where his braggadocio, bluster and petty-thievery threaten his escape from the ghetto.

Aisle View: The New Linda Lavin Play

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.20.2016 | Arts
Steven Suskin

A character steps out of character, just before the first act curtain of Our Mother's Brief Affair--the new Richard Greenberg comedy from the Manhattan Theatre Club--and says "for those of you who are thinking, oy vey, again with the Rosenbergs!, our apologies."

Get Your Laugh on: Sylvia and Gentleman's Guide

Cara Joy David | Posted 12.17.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Is it going to forever change your life? No. Is it going to make you laugh? Very likely so.

First Nighter: Nick Jones's 'Important Hats of the Twentieth Century' an Important Comedy of the Twenty-First

David Finkle | Posted 11.26.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Granted, Nick Jones's latest should probably be played in one act instead of two and goes a bit wilder than it needs to in the second half. None of that, however, detracts significantly from one of the most delightfully original comedies to show up in these parts for far too long a stretch.

Thoughts on On Your Feet!'s Lead, Blackbird's Tony Chances, Waitress and More

Cara Joy David | Posted 11.04.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I think we've all gotten too used to actors doing less than eight performances a week. And we're also all too accepting of my least favorite trend -- the whole "s/he'll only do 6 performances a week but we won't tell you which" phenomenon.

Interview: Annie Baker (Part 1)

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.03.2016 | Arts
Steven Suskin

"You really have to look at the whole picture and see whose story is being told, in terms of geography, gender, class, race. I also think a big problem is not doing work that's experimental enough."

Aisle View: Let 'er Rip

Steven Suskin | Posted 10.20.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Put David Lindsay-Abaire, Holland Taylor, Marylouise Burke and David Hyde Pierce in a rehearsal room for four weeks and what do you get? Two hours of unrestrained, loopy, rip-roaring comedy, that's what. Ripcord it's called, the latest Manhattan Theatre Club offering at City Center.

What to See on Broadway This Fall? Ask the Producers.

Cara Joy David | Posted 10.02.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Of course, the season has already crowned one giant hit, Hamilton, that will inevitably define it. But there is still much to come.

Why You Should Start Over With Linda Lavin at 54 Below

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.11.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

This isn't Lavin's first visit to 54 Below, though it's the first time I've had the opportunity to enjoy it. Lavin's Starting Over is so named because she says "that's what I've been doing my whole life."

"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.

First Nighter: Melissa Ross's Of Good Stock Stacks Up, Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub Enjoy Happy Days

David Finkle | Posted 06.30.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Every so often a playwright has two plays or even more open almost simultaneously. The scheduling coincidence (?) tempts a more taut assessment of where the playwright is in his or her career.

Theater: 'Heisenberg' -- Be Certain It's Worth Seeing

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.03.2016 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Two people. Two tables. Two chairs. What more do you need for very satisfying theater? Nothing. Heisenberg is a world premiere play at Manhattan Theatre Club and it surely marks a very good week for author Simon Stephens.

First Nighter: Gyllenhaal, Wilson Illuminate Nick Payne's 'Constellations'

David Finkle | Posted 03.15.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Nick Payne's Constellations arrives at the Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman after winning the 2012 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play and receiving a clutch of rave reviews that encouraged the move from its initial production at London's Royal Court to the West End.

Rooting for The Last Ship and Applauding MTC

Cara Joy David | Posted 01.24.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Two things happened in theater yesterday that had me thinking -- The New York Times reported Sting was going into The Last Ship, which he wrote the score for, and The Country House closed.

First Nighter: Sharyn Rothstein's 'By the Water' Makes Strong Waves

David Finkle | Posted 01.18.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Not that this'll ease those still suffering the devastating Hurricane Sandy effects, but it turns out the monstrously ill 2012 wind has blown a bit of good.

First Nighter: Is Donald Margulies's 'Country House' Too Chekhovian or Not Chekhovian Enough?

David Finkle | Posted 12.02.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Curiously, one of the reasons the play falls short of Pulitzer Prize-winning Margulies's usual vaunted mark is that he's chosen, as many playwrights before him have, to make The Country House an homage to Chekhov. To be more specific, he's saluting--if you want to call it that--The Seagull and Uncle Vanya, and he goes seriously awry doing so, falling far short of Chekhov's dramaturgically and emotionally involving level

Theater: Arianda Can't Rescue Murky Tales From Red Vienna

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.18.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

What's the most essential skill for an actor who wants a successful and creatively satisfying career? It's not talent. A lot of actors have talent. A lot of stars don't.

On the Culture Front: Wine Dinner at Famed Beer Bar, Green Porno and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 03.31.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Rossellini shines a light on the humor of mating but also touches on our profound need for it beyond utility. Green Porno is incredibly cheeky fun but buried slyly in there is a message about those who wish to define acceptable mating practices and the urging for them to stop.

Aisle View: Moonstruck in the Old Country

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Recent seasons have seen a dependable stream of first-rate Irish plays making their way to Broadway and off. The newest hails not from the old country but from Bronx-born scribe John Patrick Shanley. Outside Mullingar is one of those generations-of-country-folk-on-the-old-farm plays, and it's dandy.

Aisle View: Geese Fly South

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.25.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Is it the role? The performance? The writing? Whatever the problem may be, it leaves this Snow Geese foundering.