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First Nighter: Simon Stephens' Punk Rock Rocks Steady and Unsteady

David Finkle | Posted 01.17.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

All the stay-wide-awake light and sound accompanies action taking place in the not very well-provided senior-class library at a Stockport school in England's north country. There, a group of privileged students hang out when they're not scheduled for a class or when they're scheduled for a class but don't feel like going.

First Nighter: Idina Menzel's What/If Is Extremely Iffy

David Finkle | Posted 05.30.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Give me a minute here while I clear my head after attending a performance of If/Then, the new musical starring Idina Menzel. Never mind. I'll just have to confess I can't keep straight what goes on in the Brian Yorkey-Tom Kitt follow-up to their Pulitzer Prize/Tony-winning Next to Normal.

First Nighter: "The Master Builder" Slightly Less Than Masterful, "Murder Ballad" Kills

David Finkle | Posted 07.22.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Santo Loquasto's set at BAM's Harvey for Henrik Ibsen's undoubtedly most challenging, yet ultimately intriguing, play, The Master Builder, is one of t...

First Nighter: Tony Kushner's Angels in America Flies on Gossamer Wings

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

Angels in America remains superlative theater-going and a spectacular achievement.