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First Nighter: Acting Runaways Run Away With Swados's "Runaways"

David Finkle | Posted 07.07.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

The multi-awarding-winning Hamilton is a can't-miss reminder that the Public Theater, where the current theater phenomenon originated, has relied over...

The Delacorte Tries 'Taming the Shrew' by Giving the Job to Women

ZEALnyc | Posted 06.24.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

Cush Jumbo and Janet McTeer in Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park Production of 'The Taming of the Shrew,' Photo by Joan Marcus By Jil Picariel...

'Hamilton:' What Is Left to Say?

Barry Singer | Posted 05.26.2016 | Arts
Barry Singer

At last, I can talk about Hamilton. It hasn't been easy, waiting, wondering: what is all the fuss about -- is it for real? Not that I doubted Hamilton. I just couldn't get a ticket.

Building Artists and Leaders in Palestine: The Freedom Theatre Ten Years On

Cynthia P. Schneider | Posted 04.25.2016 | World
Cynthia P. Schneider

"We are not buildings artists; we are buildings leaders in society." These stirring words of Juliano Mer Khamis, the charismatic founder of The Freedo...

Stage Door: Dry Powder, The Star Keeper

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.04.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

"Vacations are for amateurs," sneers Jenny, a cofounder of a private-equity firm. She's ambitious, smart and driven by excessive profits -- by any means necessary.

Aisle View: Big Money at the Public

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.22.2016 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Dry Powder is not, as you might suspect, another one of those contemporary dramas about affluent Manhattan husbands trying to adjust to life with their toddler sleeping in the next room.

Stage Door: The Robber Bridegroom, Southern Comfort

Fern Siegel | Posted 03.21.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Eudora Welty is one of the South's great writers. So it's no surprise that one of her novellas inspired a 1975 musical, The Robber Bridegroom.

Interview: Dane Terry Casts a Spell

Brett Gleason | Posted 01.05.2016 | Entertainment
Brett Gleason

I first heard of Dane Terry from a mutual friend who photographed the two of us. Dane caught my eye as a fellow long-haired piano player from Brooklyn...

Trans* Artist Writes Open Letter to Public Theater After 'Southern Comfort' Cast Announcement

Isaac Fornarola | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Isaac Fornarola

The fact that there are only two transgender people involved with the entire production, from ensemble to creative direction, is indeed troubling in terms of representation.

Stage Door: First Daughter Suite

Fern Siegel | Posted 10.29.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Here's the rub: The cast of First Daughter Suite is excellent. It's a varied tonal musical about the relationship of First Family daughters and their mothers, often more vitriolic than loving.

Stage Door: Barbecue, The Gruffalo

Fern Siegel | Posted 10.18.2015 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Robert O'Hara's biting play, Barbecue, now off-Broadway at the Public Theater, takes raw concepts of truth, fiction and entertainment and grills them over a well-lit flame.

First Nighter: Robert O'Hara's 'Barbecue' Sizzles a Bit, Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love" is Catnip for Actors

David Finkle | Posted 10.09.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

The first act of Robert (Bootycandy) O'Hara's Barbecue consists of four scenes, two each in alternation, depicting a lower-class white family and a lower-class black family on what looks like a picnic in a shady Middle America forest preserve.

On the Culture Front: 'Hamilton,' 'Mercury Fur,' 'Fulfillment' and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 10.08.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Plays like Mercury Fur remind me why I love the theater above all other mediums. Philip Ridley's terrifying intermission-less piece brings us face to face with the darkest impulses of humanity without the comforting distance of the other.

Electro Cabaret Star Bares His Soul (And His Bod) For New Video

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

Australian singer Kim David Smith is steaming things up in his new video, "Shooting Star," and The Huffington Post has an exclusive first look. The "...

First Nighter: William Shakespeare's and Daniel Sullivan's 'Cymbeline' Lights up Central Park

David Finkle | Posted 08.10.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

There's a reliable rule of the stage according to which, if the actors are having fun, the audience absolutely will. That's what's rambunctiously going on throughout Daniel Sullivan's fooling around with William Shakespeare's late romance, Cymbeline.

Aisle View: Odets Sings Out

Steven Suskin | Posted 07.20.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

We now have another Awake and Sing!, this time at the Public. But there is a major difference. This is a production of the National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO). The cast consists of American actors of Asian (and Indian) ancestry.

Sam Waterston: A Temperate Prospero in The Tempest in the Park

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.19.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

On the evening I ventured into Central Park, to the Delacorte Theater for the always delightful experience of seeing Shakespeare under the night sky, rain was in the forecast.

Aisle View: Come to the Fun Home

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.19.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Seekers of provocative, invigorating and entertaining theatre--musical or dramatic--will find it at Circle in the Square. To those who think that Fun Home doesn't sound like their sort of entertainment: this is musical theatre at its best, so go anyway. You're likely to be surprised, and thrilled, and enthralled.

First Nighter: Tracey Scott Wilson's 'Buzzer' Fizzles; 'Clinton the Musical' Frazzles

David Finkle | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Reviewers are not expected to be kind but to be fair. Every once in a while, though, a reviewer feels the need to be kind. Clinton The Musical (note no colon) has generated that feeling in me.

On the Culture Front: Better Call Saul, Constellations, Tijuana Picnic, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.08.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Last night, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, and Michael McKean took the stage at the 92nd Street Y to talk with moderator about the highly anticipated "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul." I interviewed Banks the previous day for the Washington Post and avoiding spoilers felt like dodging carefully planted land mines in a desert war zone.

In Search of The Fortress of Solitude

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.22.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

There is an interesting and potentially important musical contained within The Fortress of Solitude, the new piece from Michael Friedman, Itamar Moses and Daniel Aukin at the Public.

A Musical The Winter's Tale Brings the Community In

Cara Joy David | Posted 11.15.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Longtime readers of mine know, I strongly believe in the importance of bringing new people into the theater, whether that means onstage or in the audience. I'm not a theater purist -- I still think Christina Applegate should have won the Tony!

On the Town: Summer Fridays at 'Here Lies Love'

Suzy Evans | Posted 10.22.2014 | Arts
Suzy Evans

Summer might be winding down, but don't whip out your scarves and riding boots just yet -- unless they accentuate your disco dancing moves.

The Lithgow Lear

Steven Suskin | Posted 10.05.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Put Daniel Sullivan together with a great play and a highly-respected, award-winning actor like John Lithgow and you're likely to get an illuminating and theatrical rendition of the work, with flashes of lightning for sure.

Stage Door: Much Ado About Nothing

Fern Siegel | Posted 08.17.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Many have attempted to bring Shakespeare forward to the present-day by banishing all sense of antiquity. Few are able to retain all sense of the original, while illustrating how timeless the story can be. The cast and crew of Much Ado have achieved it.