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Michael Esper

Aisle View: David Bowie Falls to Earth

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.07.2016 | Arts
Steven Suskin

"Is there an end to it?" someone cried out an hour into the new musical at New York Theatre Workshop. "When do you think I can leave? It has to be soon!"

First Nighter: Sting in "The Last Ship," Barney Josephson and "Café Society Swing"

David Finkle | Posted 02.20.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

In his first-rate autobiographical musical The Last Ship, Sting -- also Gordon Sumner, son of a ship builder -- has come full circle, after a fashion.

Sting's the Last Ship: The Prodigal Son Returns

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.26.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

At its core, The Last Ship poses a religious quest for redemption: Father Jim (Fred Applegate) hears Gideon's confession of sins of the flesh, drink, and foul talk. But hey, this father has a few foibles of his own.

The Songs of Dory Previn To Be Celebrated at New York's Vineyard Theatre

Holly Cara Price | Posted 08.13.2013 | Arts
Holly Cara Price

Legendary American singer-songwriter, playwright and poet Dory Previn passed away last year at age 86. Born Dorothy Veronica Langan in 1925, her long ...

Lori Fradkin

'Bachelorette' Writer On What It's Really Like To Be An Assistant

HuffingtonPost.com | Lori Fradkin | Posted 02.28.2012 | Women

When the raunchy "Bachelorette" debuted at Sundance this year, audiences were quick to note that, yes, the comparisons to "Bridesmaids" were inevitabl...

Assistance at Playwrights Horizons

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | Posted 04.14.2012 | Arts
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

We all know them -- the beleaguered corporate assistants who are giving up any hope of personal time, relationships and sanity, all for the overriding ambition to be the next CEO, or at least have a better job title, or maybe, just maybe a raise.

Tony Kushner's Religion and Politics: An Intelligent Guide

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.14.2011 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

So packed is this tragicomedy of ideas that I am not yet over its delirious seriousness: What can you expect when everyone on stage talks at once, rapid fire, idea obsessed, passionate?

First Nighter: Tony Kushner's Intelligent Homosexual's Guide... Continues Genius Display

David Finkle | Posted 07.05.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

Kushner has produced a play also reminiscent of Arthur Miller at the top of his form, a play about which many ticket buyers will conclude he's equaled Miller's best.