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Stage Door: Rocket to the Moon

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.24.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The truth of existence, its pain and sorrow, and its occasional glimmer of hope, are Odets' specialties. While Rocket doesn't have the soaring power of his best works, The Peccadillo Theater Company solid revival is worth seeing.

Stage Door: 'One Day'

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.20.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The producers of the musical Heathers have a theme: teen angst. And they are trumpeting the anthem of adolescent trauma again -- this time as a revamped version of the 1999 cult musical Inappropriate.

Stage Door: Kill Me Like You Mean It, Churchill

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.19.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Sendups are always tricky -- but the film noir parody Kill Me Like You Mean It, now off-Broadway at the Fourth Street Theatre, riffs on the genre with existential glee.

The Princess Whisperers

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 02.18.2015 | Entertainment
Gregory G. Allen

The team behind the Off-Broadway musical Disenchanted! seems to be having the time of their lives. I was lucky to sit down with Dennis T. Giacino (Book, Music, Lyrics) and Fiely A. Matias (Director) to talk about the ride.

Stage Door: Breaking The Silence With Girl Be Heard

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.17.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The power of theater will be aptly demonstrated at the SoHo Playhouse, which is devoting three nights, February 19, 20 and 21, for "Breaking the Silence With Girl Be Heard", a unique theatrical work that highlights the global issues surrounding violence against women.

James Thilman

Jason Robert Brown Is The Busiest Man On Broadway | James Thilman | Posted 02.13.2015 | Entertainment

Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown often finds himself with little time to write. With multiple projects in the air, his impr...

5 Off (And Off Off) Broadway Shows To See This Month

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 02.13.2015 | Arts

Off-Broadway plays can get really weird. Like, watermelon-being-smashed-to-bits-on-stage weird. So when the basic Broadway lineup starts to feel tired...

The Bullpen -- Repeat Offenders Welcomed

Ronda Lee | Posted 02.09.2015 | Entertainment
Ronda Lee

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.

Stage Door: A Month in the Country

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.29.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

He was keen on the psychological life of his characters, especially evident in the often-performed A Month In The Country, now off-Broadway at CSC.

Yes, 'Clinton: The Musical' Is A Real Thing

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 01.29.2015 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Kerry Butler's next role will take her to the White House — the Clinton White House, that is. The Tony Award-nominated star of "X...

Stage Door: Da, The Woodsman

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.26.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

To Hugh Leonard, his father is the one thing he cannot escape. The autobiographical Da, now at the DR2 Theater off-Broadway, is the Irish Rep's revival of his bittersweet Tony-winning play.

A New Play, Looking for Parcifal, Tackles Death -- With Humor

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.21.2015 | Arts
Bernard Starr

If you heard that a play was about illness, death, and dying you would not be inclined to think comedy. But joining the two themes is possible.

All The One-Person Shows You Should See Off (And Off Off) Broadway This Month

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 01.16.2015 | Arts

Off Broadway plays can get really weird. Like, watermelon-being-smashed-to-bits-on-stage weird. So when the basic Broadway lineup starts to feel tired...

Music Lessons, Life Lessons

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Liane Kupferberg Carter

John Kuhn -- Teacher and Friend 1915-2015 "If you could be anything in the world and talent and money weren't an issue, would you still be doing w...

Stage Door: Disenchanted

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.31.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Imagine Belle in a straightjacket, Rapunzel as a German dominatrix and Snow White as a sassy, wisecracking ringleader of dissatisfied princesses. That, and more, comprise the musical Disenchanted, now slinging its saucy satire off-Broadway at the Theater at St. Clement's.

Soul Doctor Lifts Our Spirits Off Broadway

Dr. Sharon Ufberg | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
Dr. Sharon Ufberg

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.

'Pocatello' Is a Significant Work in the Tabernacle of American Plays

Isa Freeling | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Award winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter speaks tombs of heartbreaking truth about isolation and the vanishing distinctiveness of American life in his new play, Pocatello. Samuel D. Hunter's Pocatello is a play very much worth the price of admission at Playwrights Horizons!

Stage Door: The Elephant Man, Lost Lake

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.12.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Now at the Booth Theater, The Elephant Man, which won the Tony for Best Play in 1979, is effective because it isn't literal. Cooper doesn't wear a prosthetic; instead, the audience imagines his disfigurement as he contorts his body. And people gasp in horror at the sight of him.

Stage Door: A Christmas Memory, On the Other Side of the River

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.04.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The story opens with a gentle exclaim: "It's fruitcake weather!" Sook, a 60-something Southern woman, and Buddy, a young boy, embark on their yearly Christmas ritual: baking holiday fruitcakes. The tenderness between the two, locked together in a Depression-era world, is the essence of A Christmas Memory.

Scott Elliott and the Theater of the Uncomfortable

Cara Joy David | Posted 02.04.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I've come to admire people, and theater companies, that take the risk. You have to hand it to Elliott -- more than any other major off-Broadway theater company, The New Group consistently produces offbeat works.

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Bonnie Dunn, Burlesque Dancer and Show Producer

Ian Spanier | Posted 01.31.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Dunn, a nightclub singer, came into her line of work honestly, having been first exposed to burlesque in her hometown, New Orleans. After a stint as...

Stage Door: Side Show, Allegro

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.20.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The cruelty of exploitation, just like the public's prurient interest in oddity, is boundless. Marry the two, and you have the backdrop to the real-life tale of conjoined twins and vaudeville stars Daisy and Violet Hilton in Side Show, the Broadway revival at the St. James Theatre.

Stage Door: Lypsinka! The Trilogy, Billy & Ray, Mozart's The Magic Flute

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.13.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Part camp, part social commentary, the always-entertaining Lypsinka is back with three shows. The revivals of the acclaimed Lypsinka! The Boxed Set and The Passion of the Crawford are coupled with the premiere of John Epperson: Show Trash, playing the piano and sharing his life.

Stage Door: Wiesenthal

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.06.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Dugan's 90-minute play is heartfelt, deeply moving and compelling; he makes history come alive. The 53-year-old actor nails Wiesenthal's Austrian dialect, elderly mannerisms and mischievous charm. His extraordinary performance pays tribute to one man's lifelong crusade for justice and tolerance.

Stage Door: Father Comes Home From The Wars, Parts 1,2,3, The Belle of Amherst

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.03.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Suzan-Lori Parks' ambitious Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 and 3, is an expansive vision that meditates on the experience of African Americans during the Civil War.