Not since John Leguizamo's Ghetto Klown have I been this entertained. I was so enthralled with Joseph Assadourian's performance in The Bullpen that I gladly became a repeat offender, three times. He has received accolades as one of the top 20 Off-Broadway shows of 2014.
Soul Doctor has an important message--that one person can make a difference, a huge difference in the world. That in itself is worth being reminded. The fact that the difference could be bringing more love, peace and acceptance into our chaotic world.
I genuinely did not know what to expect going into The Explorers Club. What I saw was a madcap diversion -- a hilarious way to take your mind of your troubles (for a couple of hours at least). Do you really need anything more?
Unlike other shows which deal with gay characters or themes (La Cage aux Folles, Rent, and The Normal Heart), Now. Here. This. doesn't draw its characters as overly political or flamboyant, and most certainly never ventures into camp territory.
Where is the next George Gershwin cutting his ivory teeth? I've spent the last decade looking to Broadway for inspiration from the next generation of writers -- but more and more I've found that some of the most exciting new musical theater writers are debuting on YouTube.