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Lucas Kavner

Playwright And Chinese Soap Star Meet, Write | Lucas Kavner | Posted 01.10.2012 | Home

NEW YORK -- In the first scene of "Outside People," a new play opening Tuesday at New York's Vineyard Theatre, a young American man named Malcolm meet...

Stage Door: Close Up Space, The Amazing Max and the Box of Interesting Things

Fern Siegel | Posted 03.10.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

One of the best scenes in Close Up Space at City Center happens in the first few minutes. Paul, an exacting book editor (David Hyde Pierce), copy edit...

Blood and Gifts: A Conversation With Playwright J.T. Rogers

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.01.2012 | Home
Marcia G. Yerman

Blood and Gifts, a play by J.T. Rogers, creates a full overview of the issues and choices that were the precursors to our current situation.

Theater: The Best Shows of 2011

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.29.2012 | Home
Michael Giltz

Here's a list of my favorite shows of the year, followed by other highlights, a recap of the year and a brief word on each show.

WATCH: Local 'Rent' Production Promotes 'Vulgarity,' Critics Say

Posted 02.25.2012 | Arts

"I can't repeat some of the things people say on camera." Says George Green, Executive Artistic Director of the Lake City Playhouse in Idaho when aske...

Stage Door: Kissing Sid James, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.16.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

As is, aside from the tuneful Lerner/Lane score, there is little to recommend this theatrical therapy. Connick is wooden, and despite good efforts by supporting players, the show is disjointed.

A Conversation With Jesse Eisenberg About His New Play, Asuncion

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 02.14.2012 | Home
Jeryl Brunner

Whenever I see Jesse Eisenberg act in films, it seems that he has the unique ability to inhabit his characters, making them three-dimensional and usually heartbreakingly compelling.

Theater: Titus Andronicus as Bloody and Boring as Ever

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.12.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Whether it's the Julie Taymor film version or the numerous other productions from the past, I've never seen a satisfying Titus.

Theater: "Maple And Vine" Finds The Future Is...Back In The Year 1955

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.07.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

MAPLE AND VINE ** PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZON Jordan Harrison's new play is very high concept, a sort of Pleasantville for real. You've heard of Civil War re...

Theater: Wiest and Turturro Lost In "Orchard;" Skip This "Dinner"

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.05.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz


Stage Door: The Cherry Orchard, The Mountaintop

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.03.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Written in 1904, The Cherry Orchard, Chekov's last play, feels wholly modern. Now at the Classic Stage Company, its issues of class, money and romantic ruin seem timeless

Stage Door: Chinglish, The Man Who Came To Dinner

Fern Siegel | Posted 02.02.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

On a deeper level, Chinglish explores the old and new China. Daniel is selling signage to an arts complex, not the Red Guard. The minister despairs of acrobats, but longs for classical Chinese opera.

Curtis M. Wong

Stage Dive: Michael Urie Tackles Anton Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard' In New York | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Michael Urie happens to really, really like New York. At least by Hollywood standards, the 31-year-old Urie's almost exclusive devotion to the Of...

Theater: Gay Boy Scouts On The Prowl In "Wild Animals"

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.21.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

WILD ANIMALS YOU SHOULD KNOW ** 1/2 out of **** LUCILLE LORTEL THEATRE If you're studying nature and come across an unexpected creature or observe un...

Rent: Not As Loud, But Still Plenty of Spark

Danny Groner | Posted 01.15.2012 | New York
Danny Groner

It's hard not to think about the Occupy protests in New York and across the country when watching the off-Broadway production of Rent.

Theater: Beckett Funnier Than A Comedy About Gay Marriage? Yep!

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.14.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz


NAMT Festival: Not Just For Unknowns Anymore

Cara Joy David | Posted 01.09.2012 | Entertainment
Cara Joy David

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre has always been about giving shows that haven't had a big shot, a shot. That is why I was a little surprised to find Bloodsong of Love on this year's lineup.

Theater: "All-American" Fumbles Ball But Features An MVP

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.08.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

ALL-AMERICAN ** out of **** LCT3/THE DUKE ON 42ND STREET All-American is the latest production from LCT3, the very welcome arm of Lincoln Center that...

Theater: "Hand To God" Has Devilish Fun With Puppets

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.08.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

HAND TO GOD *** ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE Religion plays a very different role in Hand To God, a wicked comedy by Robert Askins that opened the same we...

The Lyons Roar at the Vineyard Theater

Matt Budd | Posted 12.28.2011 | New York
Matt Budd

Rita and Ben Lyons are not ideal parents and it is easy to see where the fault lies for their children's problems.

Stage Door: The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, White

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.17.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Steve Jobs was a genius and showman. Apple products revolutionized the way we live, making the company and its co-founders legendary. As storyteller M...

Stage Door: The Submission

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.13.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

If a white man writes an important play about black people, is it less valuable once his identity is known? That's the question The Submission should have debated, kick-starting an honest dialogue.

Stage Door: Man and Boy, Orson's Shadow

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.09.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Corruption and greed resonate in every age. Though Terence Rattigan's Man and Boy was written in 1963, it seems ripped from today's headlines.

Theater: New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) #1 Kissless, Crazy, Cartoonish!

Michael Giltz | Posted 12.04.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (or NYMF) is one of my favorite events of the year. You get a chance to see dozens of musicals (50 in all this y...

Theater: Problematic or Promising New Plays? You Decide!

Michael Giltz | Posted 11.27.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Seeing a new piece by a young playwright always offers the tantalizing prospect of discovering a fully formed new talent busting out with a genuinely great play.