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First Nighter: The Schwartz-Almond 'Iowa,' The Good-Time '39 Steps'

David Finkle | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

he sequence encapsulated everything Schwartz needed to say to make her dramatic point. Were it to stand alone, lyricist Schwartz and composer-lyricist Almond would be in good stead.

Placebo Is No Aspirin, But It's a Solid Dose of Reality

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Louise strolls into Jonathan's apartment, awkward and exhausted. She's still wearing her white lab coat from work. In fact, she almost never takes it off. It's her good luck charm, her safety blanket that gets her through days of sexually stimulating rats for research.

First Nighter: Melissa James Gibson Prescribes an Ineffective 'Placebo'

David Finkle | Posted 05.16.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

With Placebo, Melissa James Gibson, who's written some A-plus plays is intent on depicting the difficulty of keeping a love affair buoyant. The object of Louise's often-unrequited affection is Jonathan (William Jackson Harper), who appears to be housebound.

Judy Kuhn Sings Three Generations of Rodgers

Barry Singer | Posted 04.04.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

The obvious rightness of this family gathering does not preclude the fact that this is, so far as I know, the first time anyone has had the guts to tackle the Rodgers trio as one.

Mary Testa: 'Have Faith'

Barry Singer | Posted 03.25.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

Mary Testa is a pro: a belter, a diva and a clown, in the most beloved Broadway sense. She is a star talent who has rarely gotten star billing. You could write a musical about her.

'Pocatello' Is a Significant Work in the Tabernacle of American Plays

Isa Freeling | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Award winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter speaks tombs of heartbreaking truth about isolation and the vanishing distinctiveness of American life in his new play, Pocatello. Samuel D. Hunter's Pocatello is a play very much worth the price of admission at Playwrights Horizons!

First Nighter: Samuel D. Hunter Puts Pocatello on the Theater Map

David Finkle | Posted 02.14.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Throughout Samuel D. Hunter's play The Whale, at Playwrights Horizons in 2012, the main character is a gay man isolating himself by virtue of his obesity. Now back at PH with Pocatello, Hunter watches -- in a series of highly animated scenes -- another gay man who's isolating himself and has been isolated. Which condition came first is, like the chicken or egg, unclear.

First Nighter: Heidi Schreck's 'Grand Concourse, 'En Garde Arts 'Basetrack,' Alda and Bergen in 'Love Letters'

David Finkle | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

What Heidi Schreck's Grand Concourse, at Playwrights Horizons, is really about is only revealed in the final minute. So be assured the wonderfully eye-widening revelation won't be described here.

Rude Laughfest at Playwrights Horizons

Steven Suskin | Posted 11.10.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Robert O'Hara's Bootycandy is rude, raucous, vulgar and gloriously funny. It's a happy sign when established not-for-profits like Playwrights Horizons can offer such outspoken fare as mainstage offerings to their subscribers. In this case, one hopes it will pay off.

Fly By Night: Believe in Stars, Believe in Love?

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.03.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Fly By Night is about fate, love and loss. Out of those, the second topic provides for more entertaining discussions, so I emailed Allison Case, Adam Chandler-Berat and Patti Murin and asked them some questions about just that.

First Nighter: Samuel D. Hunter's "The Few" is for the Many

David Finkle | Posted 07.08.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

In Samuel D. Hunter's outstanding play, The Whale, presented at Playwrights Horizons in the 2012-13 season, obese and suicidal Charlie ignores the ple...

Aisle View: The Doddering Old Lady and the Kama Sutra

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.21.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

This is one of those "is the old lady losing her marbles?" plays, in which the doddering, aching, creaking, 79-year-old heroine drifts from witty perceptiveness to the borders of senility and back at the snap of the playwright's whim, all the while wondering "who is going to take care of my tree?"

First Nighter: Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses Can't Be Kept Up With

David Finkle | Posted 06.06.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Let me tell you that if anyone wanted a spot-on one-sentence review of Eno's newest work, you couldn't do any better than what she said. But we professional assessors are expected to say more. So I will, although I'd love to let it go at the friendly woman's comment.

On Stage Kiss Helmer Rebecca Taichman

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.01.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

A director's work is often tricky to review on the basis of one production -- in the case of a first work, it is often unclear what is a director's idea versus what is a stage direction in the script itself. It is also hard for people to separate actors' choices from a director's touch. But after a period of watching a director's work, you get it.

Ruhls of Play: An Interview With Sarah Ruhl

Bess Rowen | Posted 04.19.2014 | Arts
Bess Rowen

When I had a chance to sit down and talk with her about her latest New York offering, Stage Kiss, currently playing at Playwrights Horizons, I headed to Brooklyn Heights for the opportunity to pick her brain.

Ten Theater Companies That Made My 2013

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

Another year of theater has come and gone. In celebration, here are the theater companies that made some of my favorite 2013 shows possible.

First Nighter: Sutton Foster, Jeanine Tesori, Brian Crawley Make Violet Red-Hot

David Finkle | Posted 09.17.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

So extraordinarily good was the one-night Encores! Off-Center staged concert reading of the Jeanine Tesori-Brian Crawley Violet, directed by Leigh Silverman, that it calls for some serious transfer-it-somewhere-else-fast thinking.

The Fourth Annual Lilly Award at Playwrights Horizons

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | Posted 08.06.2013 | Arts
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

The first I heard of the Lilly Awards was when I was lucky enough to be invited to the fourth annual ceremony on June 3rd, 2013, at Playwrights Horizons presented by The Committee for Recognizing Women in Theater.

On the Culture Front: Ben Howard, Punch Brothers, Belleville, The Flick and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 03.26.2013 | New York
Chris Kompanek

It's been a packed month of culture. I finally made it down to the Barclays Center for Mumford and Sons, and the weekend before I caught one of my favorite bluegrass-based acts, The Punch Brothers.

First Nighter: Annie Baker's Flick Delves Deep Into Lasting Silver-screen Effects

David Finkle | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Is there anything wrong with The Flick? I've wracked my brain to see if anything is, and I've come up with one glaring lapse: There's no broken seat.

Theater: "Great God Pan" Makes Some Sweet Music

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.19.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

THE GREAT GOD PAN ** 1/2 out of **** PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZON Amy Herzog's play has opened to strong reviews and an immediate extension and no wonder: she...

First Nighter: Lisa d'Amour's Motor City Tragi-Comedy Detroit Needs Bodywork

David Finkle | Posted 09.18.2012 | Arts
David Finkle

D'Amour's intentions might be accepted, and even applauded, if she supported her characters with three-dimensional grounding. But here's where she allows herself to believe that presenting a gloomy prediction of national spoilage is all she needs to do. (Or is she just being lazy?)

Sharp New Comedy Takes On Internet Porn

AP | JENNIFER FARRAR | Posted 08.14.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — Men and women are still mating "like cave people," and modern relationships are "just an exercise in illusions." These are just a cou...

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.

Lori Fradkin

'Bachelorette' Writer On What It's Really Like To Be An Assistant

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...