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Aisle View: Crystal Clear Comedy

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

700 Sundays is emotionally riveting, uproariously funny, and altogether lovely. I found it smashingly good in 2004 and somehow more gripping last night, perhaps because Mr. Crystal is nine years older (as are those of us who saw it nine years ago).

Stage Door: All That Fall

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

There is something strangely appealing about a character that shrieks: "Have you no respect for misery?" Such a demand is vintage Samuel Beckett -- and at 59E59Theater, director Trevor Nunn is staging one of his most accessible works, the 1957 radio play All That Fall, to hypnotic effect.

Something for a Queen and the Rest of Us

Carmen Pelaez | Posted 11.07.2013 | Arts
Carmen Pelaez

The production is representational and simple and at the same time as modern as it is traditional. Everything from balls, to carriage rides, to angry mobs are brought to breathtaking life through a sound scape, a lighting scheme or a glance.

Snow Geese: A Chekhov Wannabe With Mary-Louise Parker

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Everybody can't be Chekhov, but that has never stopped other playwrights from trying. Sharr White, who had a solid success with The Other Place on Broadway earlier this year, makes his own lackluster stab with The Snow Geese, a rather dreary mess of a play that opened last night.

'I Don't Think We Don't Love Each Other': Betrayal on Broadway, 2013

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

I'd like to say that the central action of this play is the adultery between Emma and Jerry, but it really isn't. Pinter is hard on actors: It's dangerous to try to play him with passion, or at least any passions other than fear, or cruelty. The affair between Emma and Jerry is more depressing than sympathetic or titillating.

Theater: Winslow Boy Guilty of Success; Juno and the Paycock Not Framed; Driving Lessons

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

This is exactly what one expects of The Roundabout Theatre Company: a strong revival of a classic, traditional play. That's not as easy to do as it sounds, so let's celebrate when they succeed so well.

The Winslow Boy: Rattigan's Comfort Food in a Jaded Age

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

At a time when government seems more interested in self-aggrandizing political posturing than in the individuals it represents, it is a pleasure and comfort to revisit an old chestnut like Terence Rattigan's The Winslow Boy if only to spend an evening in the consoling belief that right will triumph in the end.

Infinite Variety Productions: A Piece of My Heart

Sandra Kwesi Cameron | Posted 10.10.2013 | Arts
Sandra Kwesi Cameron

There is no official count of the women who served in Vietnam, the all-volunteer female enlistees were forced to put an "m" next to their names signifying male. For this reason, there are only estimates of the Vietnam female servicewomen ranging between 10,000-100,000.

New York Theatre: Off-Broadway, Off-Continent

Brad Schreiber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Brad Schreiber

As a theatre center, New York City can boast of not only Broadway but touring shows from other countries and local smaller theatres that draw upon an inexhaustibly rich vein of stage talent.

WATCH: Why This Broadway Hunk Is Inviting You Into His Bedroom

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Broadway's Ryan Steele is stripping down and inviting you into his bedroom...for an incredible new viral project. Steele, who stars in the new mov...

A Chat With Sir Ian McKellen About Broadway Bound No Man's Land

Jamie Soja | Posted 11.16.2013 | Arts
Jamie Soja

As I entered Sir Ian's dressing room, he was napping on the couch, wearing a backwards flat cap and mock Hawaiian paradise shirt that said, "Iraq," hinting at the lesser known comedic side of his personality.

Fetch Clay, Make Man Review

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 11.16.2013 | Arts
Nancy Cohen-koan

When a play throws a knock-out punch you leave the theatre disturbed, awakened, even tearful and in the case of Fetch Clay, Make Man, satisfied. This play explores Cassius Clay's aka Mohammed Ali's relationship with thirties' comedic actor Stepin Fetchit.

Why Brantley Got it Wrong

Dana Elle Salzberg | Posted 10.30.2013 | Arts
Dana Elle Salzberg

Dude, I can explain. In the grand tradition of theater, "getting it" is as much of a theme as star-crossed lovers or inevitable fate. I am sorry but, Mr. Brantley, you did not get it, and I don't think you could have. The show was not for you, it was for me.

Curtis M. Wong

'Queer As Folk' Star Tackles Post-DOMA Concerns In New Play

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

From 1982’s "Torch Song Trilogy" to 2013’s "The Nance," the theater world has rarely shied away from depicting gay themes onstage. Still, Chad Beg...

Looking for Connection: The Journey of the New Musical Nobody Loves You to Off-Broadway

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 09.17.2013 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

"Nobody Loves You" is probably not a phrase you want to hear, especially when kicked off a reality dating show in front of millions of people.

Curtis M. Wong

LOOK: Soap Operas Get Skewered (And Really Gay) In New Parody Musical

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Putting a cheeky and occasionally gay spin on the world of daytime soaps, the new musical “Legacy Falls” has the added benefit of a leading man wi...

New York's Farley Post Office Sets The Stage for MANNA-HATA, An Epic Theatrical Event by Peculiar Works Project

Tim Ranney | Posted 08.11.2013 | New York
Tim Ranney

A time machine exists for a short while in June within the abandoned offices, loading docks, and stairwells of the gigantic James A. Farley Post Office as a plucky theater company transports you back through 400 years of Manhattan history.

Mother Feather: The Becoming of a Great New York City Band

Michael Patrick Flanagan Smith | Posted 05.30.2013 | New York
Michael Patrick Flanagan Smith

Mother Feather is a great New York City band in the tradition of Great New York City Bands. Their stage show matches the bombast of Black Sabbath with the kinetic sexual energy of Karen O squared.

Michelangelo Signorile

Harvey Fierstein On The 'Kinky Boots' Surprise That Critics Have Ignored

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

“Would I be scared to say ‘gay?'" asks the very openly gay Harvey Fierstein, discussing the hit Broadway musical "Kinky Boots," which has garnered...

Aisle View: David Byrne Meets Imelda in the Dazzling Here Lies Love

Steven Suskin | Posted 07.15.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Byrne has joined with the Public's Oskar Eustis and an altogether impressive production team to turn Here Lies Love into -- what? A musical? A disco musical? A theatrical extravaganza? All three jumbled together.

There's Sex in Mommyville? A Chat with Playwright Anna Fishbeyn

Wendy Widom | Posted 06.26.2013 | Parents
Wendy Widom

"Our sexuality becomes so deeply and misguidedly tied up in our looks that we cannot feel sexual until we feel we look good. To be powerful sexual beings, we need to be able to separate our desire from what society dictates to be 'desirable.'"

Curtis M. Wong

'Showgirls! The Musical!' Makes NYC Debut

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

How does an infamous erotic thriller-turned-cult-classic like the movie “Showgirls” become an effective stage musical? For writers Bob and Tobly M...

Some Plays

James Franco | Posted 06.10.2013 | Entertainment
James Franco

Lucky Guy is a tribute to the late Nora Ephron. The performers say at least 50 percent of their lines directly to the audience, so it becomes a case of telling rather than showing. I didn't find this to be a fault as much as a device that altered the theatrical form.

Matthew Paul Olmos: so go the ghosts of mexico

Jody Christopherson | Posted 06.04.2013 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

so go the ghosts of mexico, part 1, is inspired by the true story of Marisol Valles Garcia -- who made headlines as the "bravest woman in mexico" when she volunteered to be the police chief of Praxedis, Chihuahua, Mexico - despite the execution of former chief Manuel Castro-Martínez.

Broadway, 'Smash' Stars Hit NYC's Town Hall For Historic Celebration

Posted 03.29.2013 | New York

Broadway performers, local lawmakers and other Manhattan personalities were on hand to celebrate the designation of New York's Town Hall performance v...