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Just Opened: New Musical February House at The Public Theater

Andy Propst | Posted 07.23.2012 | Arts
Andy Propst

It's a fantastic tale and set of characters to bring together on the stage, and yet, Bockley's book only manages to fitfully spark to life as these individuals quarrel, make up, and orate about their passions.

Theater: New Play Cock Not as Provocative as Title, Sad to Say

Michael Giltz | Posted 07.17.2012 | Home
Michael Giltz

If you call your play Cock, it better be a button-pushing bit of provocation that toys with gender and sexuality in ways both funny and shocking. We keep waiting, not unreasonably, for Cock's big moment, a soliloquy to sex, a panegyric to the penis, a colloquy on cock.

Closing Soon: Four Theatergoing Options This Weekend

Andy Propst | Posted 07.17.2012 | Arts
Andy Propst

This evening of short plays from Nick Jones addresses contemporary issues with a decidedly quirky and dark wit. For instance, the title piece in this show focuses on a pair of brothers, barely teenagers, whose views of sex have been completely shaped by the porn they've seen online.

Julie Feeney a Weird and Wonderful Irish Import

John Lee | Posted 07.01.2012 | Home
John Lee

With vibrant traditional styles embraced worldwide, Irish music is a strong brand. Extending that brand in weird and wonderful ways is Julie Feeney, an innovative singer, songwriter, poet and performer who is halfway through a ten-night New York stand.

Stage Door: Nice Work If You Can Get It, The City Club

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.24.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Nice Work If You Can Get It has a glorious Gershwin score, frothy, screwball plot, strong ensemble and Kelli O'Hara. What it doesn't have is a leading man. Matthew Broderick suffers through his dance routines, moving as little as possible, and frequently mopping his brow.

Kim Cattrall, Ricky Martin And More Up For Theater Awards

Posted 04.24.2012 | Home

The Drama League Awards may not be quite as prestigious as the Tonys, but they have a few years on them. Established in 1922 and made official in 1935...

Usher Joins Fuerza Bruta For One Day Only

AP | Posted 04.20.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Usher is heading off-Broadway. The Grammy winner will join the cast of "Fuerza Bruta: Look Up," the fast-paced, acrobatic and unconventio...

Theater: Peter and the Starcatcher Charms Broadway; Ninth And Joanie Never Lands Dramatically

Michael Giltz | Posted 06.19.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

In a season of great plays, Peter And The Starcatcher still shines. Just make sure you sit as close as you can; you want to be as near to the 'star stuff" of this cast and this production as possible.

'Breaking Bad' Star Will Star In Heated Political Play

AP | Posted 05.30.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — Giancarlo Esposito will star in the final piece in John Patrick Shanley's "Church and State" trilogy of plays has been revealed. Pro...

Black Marriage Day: Authors Share '7 Key Ingredients To Happily Living And Loving Together'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 03.28.2012 | Black Voices

Love is a many-splendored thing, but Jamillah and David Lamb, the duo behind the off-Broadway play "Platanos Y Collard Greens," say you only need seve...

Stage Door: Tis Pity She's A Whore, Once

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.23.2012 | Home
Fern Siegel

Even in our shockproof age, the shattering production of Tis Pity She's a Whore grabs our attention. Now at BAM, John Ford's 17th-century drama is about the incestuous love between a brother and sister, or what the local friar calls "a leprosy of lust."

Saying Goodbye to the Story of My (and Gingy's) Life

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.23.2012 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I'm very attached to Love, Loss and What I Wore. I don't think I've ever sent as many people to an off-Broadway show as I have to this play. So it is with sadness that I reflect on its closing this weekend.

Parenting a Parent

Robin Gorman Newman | Posted 05.21.2012 | Parents
Robin Gorman Newman

It's not easy witnessing the deterioration of a beloved parent.

Stage Door: Voca People, Newsical

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.10.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Events change, stars come and go. We live in a world littered with pompous plutocrats, but the nuttier, inexplicable aspects of pop culture and star power, remain. That's good news for the sassy, high-energy Newsical, which could run for years.

Theater: Hear This Loud and Clear -- Tribes One of Year's Best

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.05.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Nina Raine's new drama Tribes is unquestionably one of the best plays of the year. Even its flaws feel like the flaws of an ambitious young playwright bursting with talent and something to say. It's the sort of talent that makes you listen very carefully.

First Nighter: Musical Carrie Flickers But Doesn't Flame

David Finkle | Posted 05.02.2012 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Movie-goers haunted by the horror flick's final image will likely be waiting for it and dismayed when they don't get it. As they leave the theater, they'll realized they've had to settle for a not terrible but no more than mediocre version of Stephen King's prom-night nightmare inducer.

Stage Door: Don't Cry for Me, Ahasuerus

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.01.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

"The narrative structure of the Jewish holidays and the narrative structure of the classic Broadway musical are the same. They both almost always feature a larger-that-life character up against insurmountable odds."

A Mysterious Return

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 04.30.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — The timeless Chita Rivera is returning to Broadway in a murder whodunit musical that's perfect for this new age: It's interactive. R...

Theater: F. Murray Abraham, Early O'Neill and a Victorian Adventuress

Michael Giltz | Posted 04.29.2012 | Home
Michael Giltz

The winter theater season in New York has a certain rhythm. A few shows open on Broadway and then there's a lull until the crush of big names in March, April and May. Here are three shows, all of them aiming high though not succeeding for one reason or another.

Lori Fradkin

'Bachelorette' Writer On What It's Really Like To Be An Assistant | Lori Fradkin | Posted 02.28.2012 | Women

When the raunchy "Bachelorette" debuted at Sundance this year, audiences were quick to note that, yes, the comparisons to "Bridesmaids" were inevitabl...

Eugene O'Neill Revival In 'Beyond The Horizon'

AP | JENNIFER FARRAR | Posted 04.28.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK — Noted American playwright Eugene O'Neill had a melancholy view of life's possibilities, which didn't prevent him from winning several...

Stage Door: Galileo and Sesame Street Live's 1-2-3-Imagine!

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.24.2012 | Home
Fern Siegel

What strikes audiences immediately at the CSC production of Brecht's Galileo is how modern it feels. Today's polarizing political landscape, with attacks on established scientific theories, is a chilling reminder that Galileo's struggles mirror our own.

On the Culture Front: Themes of Identity Shape Two Plays Off-Broadway

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.17.2012 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Identity is at the heart of two superb but very different plays currently running off-Broadway: Athol Fugard's Blood Knot and Marius von Mayenburg's The Ugly One.

Stage Door: Tokio Confidential

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.16.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The exotic can be seductive. Especially when you blend artistry with sex. That's the premise behind the flawed, but hypnotic, musical Tokio Confidential.

Stage Door: Look Back In Anger

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.10.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

When John Osborne's Look Back In Anger, his dramatic slam at his first marriage was staged in 1956, the English were stunned. The sight of a woman at an ironing board in a squalid flat was greeted with boos.