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On the Culture Front: Othello, The Tempest, Alternative Valentine's Day Gifts and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 02.10.2017 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Even in the dark of winter, New York shines with creativity of all stripes that make me happy to be here over any warmer climate. The past month or so...

Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo in Othello: The Moor Goes Down

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.19.2017 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

At the much celebrated New York Theatre Workshop production of Othello, Andrew Lieberman's austere set looks like the inside of a packing crate as the...

Aisle View: Iago On Stage

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.13.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig in Othello Photo: Chad Batka That green-eyed monster is back in town, down at NYTW. With a steely-determined Dan...

Sports As Opera: Red Speedo at NYTW

John Branch | Posted 03.15.2016 | Arts
John Branch

Lucas Hnath's Red Speedo, which runs for 80 minutes with no intermission, is as lithe and lean as the swimmer who begins it with a literal splash -- clad only in a red racing suit, he plunges into a narrow, glass-fronted pool that makes up part of the set.

Aisle View: Last One in the Pool

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.03.2016 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Too many playwrights, nowadays, seem content to take an idea and stretch it out into some type of extended plot. Hnath has demonstrated, in both of his plays this season, that he has plenty to say and arrestingly interesting ways to say it.

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: Orlandersmith Impressively Goes on 'Forever,' 'A Queen for a Day' Is Crowned

David Finkle | Posted 05.04.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Even before Dael Orlandersmith begins her monologue Forever at the New York Theatre workshop -- as a follow-up to, among other writings, her acclaimed Yellowman -- there's plenty to look at and even something to do.

On the Culture Front: Father John Misty, Pretty Filthy and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.22.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

The Civilians have been working on "Pretty Filthy," their musical about the porn business, for a pretty, pretty long time. I first caught a glimpse of it years back when they performed a selection of songs cabaret style at Joe's Pub.

On the Culture Front: Better Call Saul, Constellations, Tijuana Picnic, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.08.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Last night, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, and Michael McKean took the stage at the 92nd Street Y to talk with moderator about the highly anticipated "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul." I interviewed Banks the previous day for the Washington Post and avoiding spoilers felt like dodging carefully planted land mines in a desert war zone.

Broadway's 'Once' Remains Magical in Final Two Months

Christopher Murray | Posted 12.30.2014 | Arts
Christopher Murray

My companion, clearly enthralled by the immediacy of the music and the charm of the story, said at intermission "This is a musical, not just a Broadway musical." I know what he meant.

War, Aliens and Porn Stars: Bringing Vonnegut's Children's Crusade to the Stage

Elford Alley | Posted 11.03.2014 | Arts
Elford Alley

Adapting a book for the stage can be tough. Especially if the book jumps around in time and involves trips to an alien world inhabited by single-eyed beings bearing more than a passing resemblance to toilet plungers.

Aisle View: Information Overload

Steven Suskin | Posted 04.21.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Lights up on two 20-somethings on a first-date picnic, falling in love as she feeds him information about her job. She tests and kills baby chickens, slices their brains, and plots thought patterns. Blackout, flashing lights, sound of... Need we go on? I don't and won't, but you will need to if you find yourself sitting at the Minetta Lane Theatre.

First Nighter: Five-Actor Christmas Carol, One-Actor-Singer Love, Linda, Four-Actor Handle With Care

David Finkle | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

I left two hours and a few minutes later all but convinced I'd just seen the best adaptation of the Charles Dickens seasonal classic I'd ever seen.

First Nighter: Bacharach Revue Awkwardly Asks 'What's It All About?' -- Steve Tyrell Smoothly Answers

David Finkle | Posted 02.04.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Truth is, Tyrell's effortlessly infallible phrasing has the effect of making what he does appealingly conversational. The emotion he's experiencing is a component of his seemingly off-handed -- smile-smile-smile -- style. Let's just say he's singing for all generations.

Queen Lear: Ruth Maleczech Exits the Stage

Christopher Murray | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Christopher Murray

In 1990, the year I came to New York with my shiny, all-but-useless B.A. in theatre, posters were wheat-pasted all over downtown with a huge black and white photographic image of a broad, beautiful, but most definitely lived-in female face and four huge letters: L, E, A and R.

On the Culture Front: Ben Howard, Punch Brothers, Belleville, The Flick and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 03.26.2013 | New York
Chris Kompanek

It's been a packed month of culture. I finally made it down to the Barclays Center for Mumford and Sons, and the weekend before I caught one of my favorite bluegrass-based acts, The Punch Brothers.

On the Culture Front: A New Generation of New Yorker Cartoonists, No Place to Go, and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.23.2012 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Singer/songwriter/playwright Ethan Lipton evokes the pain of being displaced from one's job and world, both literary and metaphorically as his character's job in No Place to Go is being relocated to Mars.

Theater: Once Turns Into Moving Musical Headed To Broadway

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.05.2012 | Home
Michael Giltz

The fairytale hasn't ended for the movie Once. That shoestring budget of a movie captured lightning in a bottle by showcasing two non-actors and their music in a story of bittersweet almost-romance.

Carey Mulligan Shines in Through a Glass Darkly

Danny Groner | Posted 08.16.2011 | New York
Danny Groner

Carey Mulligan has received deserved praise for her performance in Through a Glass Darkly at New York Theatre Workshop. Mulligan truly shows what a star she has become.

Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers is Important Stage Documentary

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

The intent behind these stage documentaries is to inform. Although billed as plays, these theatrical entries aren't that. They're news reports outfitted with theatrical accoutrements.