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Stage Door: Forbidden Broadway

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.07.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

There is cause for celebration -- after a three-year hiatus, Forbidden Broadway is back. One can almost hear strands of Gypsy in the background: "You'll be swell, you'll be great." And it is. Proving you can't keep a good parody down, "Like Jesus and Judy, we're resurrected."

Peter and the Starcatcher's Celia Keenan-Bolger

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 11.05.2012 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

The one female in the stellar cast is Celia Keenan-Bolger. I had the opportunity to chat with her to talk about Peter and the Starcatcher, playing a child once again, marrying fellow actor John Ellison Conlee and the rest of her talented family.

Curtis M. Wong

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After well-received guest stints on “Glee” and “The Sopranos,” Perez Hilton is hardly a novice thespian. But his latest project could very wel...

Sam Shepard Brings Surrealism to Familial Dysfunction With Heartless

Andy Propst | Posted 10.28.2012 | Arts
Andy Propst

A fish-out-of-water literature professor finds himself among a quartet of curious women in Sam Shepard's frustratingly enigmatic and yet, fascinatingly dense new play Heartless, playing at the Pershing Square Center.

Theater: FringeNYC RoundUp -- Country Gals, Crime Scene Photos, Convents and More

Michael Giltz | Posted 12.20.2012 | Arts
Michael Giltz

You can't really dislike a show that warms up the audience with the second half of Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run album and there is care and craft on display. When Harlan grapples with characters as deftly as he handles concepts, it will be worth checking out.

Stage Door: 'Pulp Shakespeare, Harrison, Tx.'

Fern Siegel | Posted 10.22.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Shakespeare's plays are frequently staged in contemporary dress to make them accessible to modern audiences. Pulp Shakespeare keeps period garb and enlists his distinct style of language to cleverly restage Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.

Movie Review: Sleepwalk With Me

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.22.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Mike Birbiglia seems like an easy-going guy, someone who probably has a little trouble with confrontation or sticking up for himself. At least that's how he comes off in Sleepwalk With Me, the film version of his hit one-man show.

Stage Door: National Pastime

Fern Siegel | Posted 10.16.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The musical National Pastime pays homage to screwball comedies and radio's heyday. Set in 1933 at WZBQ Radio in Baker City, Iowa, it boasts a wacky plot, kooky characters and a charmingly loopy narrative. The curve ball is baseball.

Theater: Horton Foote's Quiet Pleasures in Harrison, TX

Michael Giltz | Posted 10.15.2012 | New York
Michael Giltz

Playwright Horton Foote won an Oscar and a Pulitzer, not to mention sustained acclaim for his work in television, film and, of course, on stage. Nonetheless, his stock will continue to rise, if that's possible.

Theater: "Bullet" Shoots Blanks; "Summer Shorts" Fall Short

Michael Giltz | Posted 10.12.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

SUMMER SHORTS SERIES B ** out of **** BULLET FOR ADOLF * out of **** SUMMER SHORTS SERIES B ** out of **** 59 E 59 Theatrical shorts are a very forg...

Stage Door: Into The Woods

Fern Siegel | Posted 10.10.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Based on the Regent's Park production in London, this Into the Woods is extraordinary theater. A treasure trove of psychological insights is neatly gleaned from the interlocking stories of fairy tale characters.

Theater: Last Smoker In America Huffs & Puffs But No Nicotine Fix

Michael Giltz | Posted 10.02.2012 | New York
Michael Giltz

It's only 90 minutes but the show feels padded since the very slight idea powering it goes nowhere and the songs (lyrics by Russell and music by Peter Melnick) can only muster up so many ways to sing the praises of tobacco.

NYMF 2012 Roundup #5: The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping and the Lure of Eternal Youth

Michael Giltz | Posted 09.24.2012 | New York
Michael Giltz

Baby Case is perhaps the most ambitious and potentially most exciting show I've seen at New York Musical Theater Festival this year. It's clearly in the vein of Kander and Ebb, a cynical, smart, unexpected tale that bites off quite a bit -- media frenzy, prejudice, celebrity and much more.

NYMF 2012 Roundup #4: Cool Cats and Chlorine in New Musicals

Michael Giltz | Posted 09.23.2012 | New York
Michael Giltz

Pianist and singer Peter Cincotti has a new album out but he hasn't saved all the best melodies for Metropolis. This collaboration with his sister Pia proves Cincotti also has a gift for theatrical numbers that move the story along, reveal character and have memorable melodies.

Interview With Indie Theatre Stalwart Rochelle Denton

Lanie Zipoy | Posted 09.23.2012 | Arts
Lanie Zipoy

There is no greater champion of indie theatre -- all theatre, actually -- than Rochelle Denton (and her son Martin Denton), who founded and runs The New York Theatre Experience, Inc. (NYTE).

NYMF 2012 Roundup #3: Homelessness and Re-Animator the Musical!

Michael Giltz | Posted 09.19.2012 | New York
Michael Giltz

Here is a ready for Off Broadway crowd-pleaser complete with a "splash zone" where audience members can happily don ponchos so the copious amounts of blood and other fluids that are sprayed from the stage can be enjoyed to maximum effect.

Stage Door: Nymph Errant

Fern Siegel | Posted 09.18.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Screwball comedy is an art -- and it reached its apex in the Thirties. Cole Porter's 1933 Nymph Errant sets the genre to music. It's a frothy mix of racy innuendo (for the time) and exotic adventure, now at the Clurman Theater on off-Broadway's Theater Row.

'She's All That' For The Stage Crowd

Andy Propst | Posted 09.16.2012 | Home
Andy Propst

"Dogfight" asks theatergoers to trust in three hormonal jarheads who set in motion a rite of passage for themselves on the eve of their deployment to Vietnam, scouring SF to find the ugliest woman imaginable (i.e. a "dog") to bring to a dance.

Theater: Closer Than Ever -- Maltby & Shire's Quiet Charm

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.21.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

I love Maltby & Shire when they're in their quiet, observant, wry mode. They are the Cheever and Updike of musical theater.


Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 08.21.2012 | Home
Shoshana Greenberg

Perhaps labeling plays and musicals as political theater does more harm than good. Should politics, whether they are at the center or on the periphery, make a difference in how a work is categorized?

Amoralizing: The Amoralists' production of Derek Ahonen's The Bad and The Better

Bess Rowen | Posted 06.20.2012 | Home
Bess Rowen

The twist ending can sometimes be spotted within the first twenty minutes of the first act, which is why it is so rare to have such a fantastically different piece of theater to sink your teeth into.


Susan Mosakowski | Posted 08.19.2012 | Arts
Susan Mosakowski

Escape just opened in New York at La MaMa. Escape is about freedom -- freedom from self-limitations, freedom from the limitations that come from the outside. It's about the chains that hold us back.

Off-Broadway Currently Boasts an Embarrassment of Riches

Andy Propst | Posted 08.14.2012 | New York
Andy Propst

There's an extraordinary amount of richly conceived theater available currently at some of New Yorks's institutional theaters. To help you sort out what's what, here are some brief thoughts on a trio of recently opened shows.

Stage Door: Potted Potter

Fern Siegel | Posted 08.13.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The "Harry Potter" books were a cultural phenomenon, spawning fanatic loyalty. They are also ripe for parody -- as Potted Potter at The Little Shubert on Theater Row makes clear.

Theater: Storefront Church Testifies! Can I Get an Amen?

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.11.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

John Patrick Shanley's new play focuses on storefront churches -- those optimistic, home-grown, sometimes shady, often ramshackle but sincere houses of worship that spring up in poorer neighborhoods.