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Feisty Young Women

George Heymont | Posted 12.03.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

A nursery rhyme from the 19th century claims that "Little girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice." If one took Maurice Chevalier's words to heart, there would certainly be good reason to "Thank Heaven For Little Girls."

Off Broadway: Uncle Vanya at the Pearl Theater and Almost Home at the Acorn

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.24.2014 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

The Pearl Theater's revival of Uncle Vanya illustrates this fine company's signature charm, and does one better, doing Anton Chekhov the good service of playing his tragicomedy for humor over gravitas.

First Nighter: 'Uncle Vanya' Misfires in More Ways Than One

David Finkle | Posted 11.21.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

During the intermission after the first uneven two acts of the Pearl Theatre Company's Uncle Vanya revival, I remarked to my astonished but extremely tolerant friend that Anton Chekhov's writing shines through no matter what is done to it.

First Nighter: Much Ado About Nothing, Parsifal, The Laramie Project, Powder Her Face All on Tap If Not All Tip-Top

David Finkle | Posted 04.20.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

It's hard to think that anyone simply listening to the Metropolitan Opera's new production as conducted by Daniele Gatti wouldn't be transported the instant the composer's moody prelude begins.