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Theater: Ethan Coen Births A Play; "Simpsons" Survives; Shaw Thrives!

Michael Giltz | Posted 11.16.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

When a play ends and the audience is caught short -- uncertain of whether to applaud -- it's a clear sign the show is one or two drafts away from being ready. That's certainly the case for Ethan Coen's first full-length play.

Stage Door: You Never Can Tell

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.15.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

George Bernard Shaw was a master at social critique. His humor and insight are on display in off-Broadway's You Never Can Tell, which opens the Pearl Theatre Co.'s new season.

Stage Door: Brendan at the Chelsea

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.08.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Irish writer Brendan Behan was as renown for his plays as his drinking antics, but attempting to present the life of this complicated, talented man, who died in 1964, is tough.

Theater: Yank! Kickstarter; Cheaters Club Stopper

Michael Giltz | Posted 10.28.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

I first saw Yank! in a tiny theater off off (off off) Broadway in Brooklyn back in 2007. It was so good (and its star, future Tony winner-to-be Bobby Steggert so appealing), you just knew it would be staged again.

Marriage and the Golden Rule

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.24.2013 | Good News
William B. Bradshaw

The call came at about 11:00 p.m. on a Friday evening. The caller, a woman, in a rather excited voice said, "Please, come see us." And then I could ...

Stage Door: The Mythmakers

Fern Siegel | Posted 10.19.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Friendships can be tricky, especially when people are as seemingly different as J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, and R. F. Scott, the Antarctic explorer. They are the subject of The Mythmakers.

How to do Broadway on a Budget

Budget Travel | Posted 10.03.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

Whether you're a student, senior or just an admirer of all things theater, here are some websites you need to know about.

Curtis M. Wong

'Queer As Folk' Star Tackles Post-DOMA Concerns In New Play | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

From 1982’s "Torch Song Trilogy" to 2013’s "The Nance," the theater world has rarely shied away from depicting gay themes onstage. Still, Chad Beg...

Theater: Murder For Two; NYMFC #4 Orphans, Olympians and Onanism!

Michael Giltz | Posted 09.28.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

You can forgive people for being wary of yet another sports-based musical. But Volleygirls is clever, well-written, filled with strong songs and great characters, well-acted and -- crucially -- presents the sport of volleyball in theatrically clever terms.

When Will I Start Paying More Attention to Off-off-Broadway?

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.28.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

The more nervous producers, the more Broadway will turn into a land of stasis and the more important off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway will become for people who like to see new works.

Stage Door: Castle Walk, Dancing On Nails

Fern Siegel | Posted 09.28.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Vernon and Irene Castle, the famed dance team, defined modernity and elegance. They popularized the Foxtrot and ragtime and were toasts of Broadway. In their heyday, the 1910s, they were all the rage.

Theater: New York Musical Theater Festival 2013 Part 1: Shipwrecks, Sisters And Spies!

Michael Giltz | Posted 09.17.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

At $25 for tickets, it's one of the best bargains in town and a great way to fill the summer void between the Tony Awards and the new fall season.

Looking for Connection: The Journey of the New Musical Nobody Loves You to Off-Broadway

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 09.17.2013 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

"Nobody Loves You" is probably not a phrase you want to hear, especially when kicked off a reality dating show in front of millions of people.

Stage Door: Bill W and Dr Bob

Fern Siegel | Posted 09.16.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Rehab may be less brutal today than Depression-era cures, but the play's thrust, presented in cooperation with The Hazelden Foundation, is to spread a message of hope. It's also a strong theatrical vehicle; a reminder that there is power in community.

Stage Door: Forever Tango, Exodus Code: Advice for Wanderers

Fern Siegel | Posted 09.14.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Tango, both sexy and sinister in its passionate embrace, is a precise art form of nearly sculptural perfection. The drama of the tango explodes on stage, aided by that distinct, melancholic sound. While there is sensual choreography here, the focus is the disciplined, stylized beauty of the genre.

WATCH: Do You Have 'Patti Issues'?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Ben Rimalower is taking his acclaimed coming-of-age show "Patti Issues" on the road this summer, and called in a few famous pals for this fantastic "F...

Off-Broadway Shows 101

Travelzoo | Posted 07.10.2013 | Travel

Off-Broadway shows provide a more intimate theater experience, which is of great benefit to some productions. Here are some other things you might not know about seeing a show Off-Broadway

The Wonderful Emergence of Tom Durnin

Danny Groner | Posted 08.27.2013 | New York
Danny Groner

The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin raises fabulous questions about the strength of family ties amid a father's struggle to resurrect his life after a moral and financial failing.

Cyber-Comedy You've Got Hate Mail Celebrates Fourth Successful Year in Manhattan

Holly Cara Price | Posted 08.19.2013 | Arts
Holly Cara Price

The prolific creative team of Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore have written, produced, and starred in 23 comedic stage works since 1979, many of which...

Caricature and Beauty...

Ken Fallin | Posted 08.14.2013 | Arts
Ken Fallin

When I first became aware of caricature, which was mostly from those wonderful Warner Brothers cartoons from the 1930s and '40s, I didn't always know who the caricature subjects were. I was fascinated by the fact that real live humans were being shown as cartoons.

Stage Door: Cornelius

Fern Siegel | Posted 08.13.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

It may seem anachronistic today, but there was a time when formality reigned in offices. That civility is beautifully illustrated in Cornelius, a revived J. B. Priestley work from the 1930s, part of 59E59's wonderful Brits Off-Broadway series.

Theater: Soggy "Little Mermaid," A Musical Very "Far From Heaven," A Blurry "Chalk Circle

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Turning a classic animated film into a stage musical isn't easy, especially when the setting is underwater and your stars include mermaids with fins, fish, crabs and seagulls. But The Little Mermaid is the movie that pushed the Disney creative and commercial revival into overdrive.

Stage Door: Far From Heaven

Fern Siegel | Posted 08.03.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

There is something both touching and jarring about the new musical Far From Heaven, now at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons.

Theater: The Weir Still Haunts

Michael Giltz | Posted 07.24.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

What better way for the Irish Repertory Theatre to celebrate its 25th anniversary season than this pitch-perfect revival of Conor McPherson's brilliant play The Weir?

Stage Door: The Weir

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.24.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The beauty of The Weir, an intimate, haunting drama, expertly staged at the Irish Repertory Theatre, delves deep into the ties that bind, both emotional and supernatural. This revival is funny and heartbreaking. Don't miss it.