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On the Straight and Narrow

Tony Buchsbaum | Posted 04.20.2016 | Arts
Tony Buchsbaum

Hamilton isn't the only theatrical revolution going on in New York. Another smaller revolution unfolds every night during a one-act, off-Broadway play called Straight. Written by Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola, it's about a revolution of expectations.

Stage Door: Nathan the Wise, Beckett Trilogy

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.16.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

It was a radical move; many of his writings on the subject were banned or censored by the authorities. His friendship with eminent philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, on whom Nathan was based, was equally rare.

In Search Of Love, A Gay Funnyman Looks To The Stars For Answers

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.08.2016 | Queer Voices

One of New York's sassiest funnymen, Justin Sayre has made a name for himself with his monthly variety show, "The Meeting,” paying tribute to gay ic...

A Personal Take On U.S. Schools' Failures Hits The NYC Stage

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.08.2016 | New York

The new off-Broadway play “Exit Strategy” puts a very personal spin on the institutional failure of the U.S. education system, depicting the chaot...

Stage Door: Dry Powder, The Star Keeper

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.04.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

"Vacations are for amateurs," sneers Jenny, a cofounder of a private-equity firm. She's ambitious, smart and driven by excessive profits -- by any means necessary.

Stage Door: The Effect, Stupid Fucking Bird

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.03.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

A science experiment is the antithesis of drama: It's studied, repetitive and seemingly objective in its results. The off-Broadway drama The Effect, now at the Barrow Street Theater, has two people taking experimental anti-depressants.

Cagney's Legacy Tapped Out? Broadway's Robert Creighton Brings a Legend Back to Life [Video]

Steve Schonberg | Posted 03.28.2016 | Entertainment
Steve Schonberg

Who was James Cagney? There was a time when fans around the world could have easily answered the question.

Stage Door: She Loves Me, Figaro 90210

Fern Siegel | Posted 03.25.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

She Loves Me is not a big, brassy Broadway musical. Based on the play Parfumerie, the revival of the Sixties gem is set in Budapest, 1934. It's a more formal time, and the show champions intimacy and charm.

Stage Door: The Robber Bridegroom, Southern Comfort

Fern Siegel | Posted 03.21.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Eudora Welty is one of the South's great writers. So it's no surprise that one of her novellas inspired a 1975 musical, The Robber Bridegroom.

Thinking Through Broadway's New Message Board Controversy

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.14.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

As nice as the Broadway community is -- and it is a small close-knit community -- it's not all sunshine and rainbows. It's a competitive place. There is a natural vying for attention, both on the message boards and beyond.

Familiar At Playwrights Horizons

Isa Freeling | Posted 03.04.2016 | Entertainment
Isa Freeling

REVIEW: Image Courtesy Playwrights Horizons Familiar is a brilliant ode to family life. Extremely well written, its pacing is unbroken and a pleasur...

Dead Dog Park

Eric Uhlfelder | Posted 03.01.2016 | Arts
Eric Uhlfelder

DEAD DOG PARK Dead Dog Park provides a glimpse inside the world of a policeman accused of wrongdoing. But unlike cop dramas, such as Blue Bloods, m...

Buried Child: What Lies Beneath?

Danny Groner | Posted 02.24.2016 | New York
Danny Groner

Sam Shepard's Buried Child was probably once a marvel to witness when it came out in 1978, but today it's hard to decipher what's even at stake and why this nuclear family is so badly tormented.

Stage Door: Women Without Men

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.22.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The all-female faculty specializes in petty jealousies and malice. Hazel Ellis' Women Without Men, now off-Broadway at City Center Stage II, captures the incessant rivalry and nasty undercuts of any small group that's cloistered together and turns in on itself.

Photojournalist, Playwright Are Drawn Together In 'Body Of An American'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.18.2016 | New York

A war photojournalist finds an unlikely comrade in a poet-playwright in “The Body of an American,” the new off-Broadway play by Dan O’Brien. It...

'Orange Is The New Black' Actress Brings The Gay Military Struggle To The Stage

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.09.2016 | Queer Voices

“Orange is the New Black” actress Catherine Curtin sees her latest project, “Burning,” as a way to speak out against the injustices still face...

Stage Door: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Ute Lemper's The 9 Secrets

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.07.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, faithfully adapts four of Eric Carle's beloved books off-Broadway at the 47th Street Theater. Created by Jonathan R...

Stage Door: Snow White, Chatting With The Tea Party

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.03.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Snow White, now off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theater, is exquisitely imagined through dance. The Queen (Laura Careless) is forever asking her magi...

Thoughts on Preteen Theater: 'Wimpy Kid' Sans Iconis, 'Akeelah and the Bee', 'Woodsman' and More

Cara Joy David | Posted 01.28.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

As of late, I get a lot of questions on what to take a preteen to from adults who want something they see as slightly more mature than a Disney show b...

Stage Door: Tappin' Thru Life

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.12.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

There is much to be said about taking a show-biz sentimental journey, especially when your guide is the great tap dancer/choreographer Maurice Hines.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Black Theater Community Reacts to Tonya Pinkins Quitting Mother Courage

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.07.2016 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Tonya Pinkins publicly challenged a Classic Stage Company production of Mother Courage and Her Children in which she was to play the title character. The Tony-winning actress cited issues with the production's representation of people of color.

Profiling Puppeteer and Broadway Actor: Ben Durocher

Derrick De Lise | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Derrick De Lise

Roping his dad, Sandy Durocher, into many hours of labor creating and perfecting the puppets let Ben explore performance throughout his childhood.

Stage Door: Once Upon A Mattress, A View From The Bridge

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.13.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Once Upon a Mattress off-Broadway at the Abrons Arts Center, is no exception. The one twist: the popular Jackie Hoffman is Princess Winifred, while J...

Stage Door: Nutcracker Rouge, Cirque Mechanics' Pedal Punk

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.07.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Nutcracker Rouge chooses naughty. And we can all give thanks. A racy, risqué burlesque-cum-ballet version of the beloved story, Nutcracker Rouge, n...

Avenue Q: Entertaining, Hilarious, and Offensive -- In a Good Way

Derrick De Lise | Posted 11.30.2015 | Entertainment
Derrick De Lise

Avenue Q is one of the most delightfully offensive shows currently running in a mainstream New York theatre -- it's beaten by The Book of Mormon, but just barely.