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Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812: The Musical/ The Book

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.14.2017 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The wild party at the Imperial Theater known as Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is not your usual samovar affair. This entertainment, refere...

Aisle View: Revisiting Small Mouth Sounds and Fun Home

Steven Suskin | Posted 07.13.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Zoë Winters, Max Baker, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Babak Tafti, Brad Heberlee, and Marcia DeBonis in Small Mouth Sounds Photo: Ben Arons One of the u...

What the Devil? Hadestown Is Long on Music but Short on Drama and Good Sense

John Branch | Posted 05.26.2016 | Arts
John Branch

Hadestown, a new "folk opera" largely created by Anaïs Mitchell that's now running at New York Theater Workshop, is like a visit to New Orleans with a couple of stories tacked on.

Aisle View: It's Hotter in Hades

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.24.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Damon Daunno and Nabiyah Be in Hadestown. Photo: Joan Marcus When the trombone growls at the start of "The Road to Hell," the second number of Hade...

Aisle View: Writer's Block à la Russe

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.15.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

The play itself, an LCT3 offering at Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow playhouse, turns out to be an intriguing, challenging evening of theatre.

Aisle View: Silence in the Woods

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

You have six actors sitting silently, listening and observing; and you have ninety theatergoers sitting silently, listening and observing. The combination turns out to be an exhilarating adventure.

Aisle View: Fantasy Under the Hat

Steven Suskin | Posted 11.06.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

It is not an auspicious sign when a generally-positive, ever-hopeful drama critic sees fit to start off a review with some such elliptical statement as "the trouble with whimsy..."

Aisle View: Let 'em Eat Pierogi

Steven Suskin | Posted 07.21.2013 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

This is an edgy, gimmicky, nouveau musical wrapped in a gaudily immersive, dinner theater atmosphere; "an electropop opera ripped from a slice of War and Peace," in their own words.

First Nighter: "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" Doesn't Quite Zoom Across the Tuner Sky

David Finkle | Posted 07.16.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Call it "interactive." Call it "immersive." Call it whatever contemporary term you will. Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812--the musical n...