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The Importance of Children's Theater

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.16.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I write a post every year about children's theater because I really believe in children's theater. I hear a lot about the cost of theater, the cost of...

Icon, Newton's Cradle and More of NYMF 2016

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.10.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

This companion piece to my piece on how New York Musical Festival (NYMF) shows are selected will deal more specifically with the shows I saw during th...

Stage Door: Summer Shorts, Paradiso

Fern Siegel | Posted 08.10.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The Dark Clothes of Night, a clever little minx of a play, the third of three one-acts in Series B at this year's Summer Shorts at 59E59 Theaters. I...

Stage Door: Quietly

Fern Siegel | Posted 08.10.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Quietly, now at the Irish Rep. It's set in a Belfast bar, a decade after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which hammered out a new political governmen...

Breaking Down What it Takes to Get to the NYMF Stage

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.09.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Sometime last week, when I was almost done with the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), I wrote a friend: "I'm a fan of everything that brings the world...

God Bless You, 'Encores! Off-Center' for Presenting 'a real hidden gem'

ZEALnyc | Posted 08.02.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

Santino Fontana (c) and the cast of 'God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater' at Encores! Off-Center; photo Joan Marcus By Christopher Caggiano, ZEALnyc Contrib...

Stage Door: Privacy, Who Mourns For Bob the Goon?

Fern Siegel | Posted 07.27.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

If you fear a police state, look no farther than your smartphone. Your digital footprint is huge. If you have a social-media account, it's over.

'Merchant of Venice' packs a punch at Lincoln Center Festival

ZEALnyc | Posted 07.25.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

Jonathan Pryce in 'Merchant of Venice' at Lincoln Center Festival. Photo: Manuel Harden By Jil Picariello, ZEALnyc Theater Editor, July 25, 2016 Jon...

Takarazuka Invades the Lincoln Center Festival with an all-female production of 'Chicago'

ZEALnyc | Posted 07.25.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

Saori Mine (foreground). Takarazuka CHICAGO. Photo by Stephanie Berger. By Joshua Rosenblum, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, July 22, 2016 One of the be...

Encores! Off-Center Celebrates with a 'Jamboree' at City Center

ZEALnyc | Posted 07.20.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

Sutton Foster and Jonathan Groff in Jamboree! Photo: Paula Lobo By Sheila Kogan, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, July 20, 2016 I looked up the word "j...

Stage Door: The Golden Bride

Fern Siegel | Posted 07.17.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Indecent at the Vineyard Theater, which told the back story to staging the provocative God of Vengeance, a masterwork by Sholem Asch. Hailed in Europe...

'Runaways' Still Packs a Punch Nearly Forty Years Later

ZEALnyc | Posted 07.13.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

Photo: Joan Marcus By Sheila Kogan, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, July 13, 2016 At the end of the performance, large handwritten letters were held up...

'East To Edinburgh' Begins This Week At 59E59 Theaters

ZEALnyc | Posted 07.11.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor with Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, July 11, 2016 The clever folks at 59E59 have developed a bit of July programming t...

'Sense & Sensibility' is a pure Bedlam delight

ZEALnyc | Posted 07.08.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

By Jil Picariello, ZEALnyc Theater Editor, July 8, 2016 I confess: I'm a Jane Austen junkie. I've read every book at least four or five times, and s...

Part One: New York City

Sandy Thomas | Posted 07.07.2016 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

The first time I visited New York City must have been 1981. I thought it was the late 1970s, but the shows I remembered seeing, all happened in 1981....

Thoughts on 54 Below, 'Blood Brothers' and Cabaret

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.05.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

My friend tells this story about her debut at 54 Below (now Feinstein's/54 Below). I was in the audience. I had purchased tickets like a normal person...

There's a 'Fascinating' Brit Off Broadway

ZEALnyc | Posted 06.21.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

Dillie Keane; Photo: DillieKeane.com Don Adkins, Managing Editor, June 20, 2016 I've read that there's a large percentage of Americans who are Anglo...

Stage Door: Hello, Dillie!

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.25.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Hello, Dillie!, now at 59E59 Theaters. Part of the Brits Off Broadway fest, she delivers her funny, wry, rueful reflections in a series of songs -- s...

Reflections On The Irish Rep And 'Finian's Rainbow'

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.14.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

For years the night after the Tony Awards has always been a night for special events--benefits, unique for-profit shows. It used to be because it was ...

The Tony Sparkles, But Black Theatre Shines

Lisa B. Thompson | Posted 06.13.2016 | Black Voices
Lisa B. Thompson

I spent the eve of the Tony Awards busily booking flights to New York City to see shows. This season, Broadway and off-Broadway is replete with brilli...

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Standout Donna Lynne Champlin Is Back On Stage

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.11.2016 | Entertainment
Cara Joy David

For years whenever any theater person talked about wanting to break into television, I referenced Sara Ramirez. Because, well, I knew her for a while,...

Joe Morton on Stage

Yvonna Russell | Posted 05.27.2016 | New York
Yvonna Russell

Thespian Joe Morton commands the Westside Theatre stage as the bombastic comedian, activist, author and presidential nominee for The Freedom and Peace party Dick Gregory.

Women Who Inspire Me Series: Interview with Jennifer Cody

Liza Larregui | Posted 05.19.2016 | Women
Liza Larregui

The world has some strong, empowering females that deserve a spotlight. This will be an on-going series of interviews with women that inspire, empower...

Stage Door: Bright Star, Cite

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.17.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Sometimes, there is a quiet, more intimate contender that merits attention. That category is owned by Bright Star, a Broadway bluegrass musical at the Cort Theater, headed by a Tony-worthy Carmen Cusack.

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.