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Richard Nelson

First Nighter: "Party People" Definitely Revolutionary at the Public Theater

David Finkle | Posted 11.16.2016 | Entertainment
David Finkle

It's very political at the Public these days, and a good thing, too. Richard Nelson's Women of a Certain Age, which takes place on now savagely unfor...

Aisle View: Last Supper of The Gabriels

Steven Suskin | Posted 11.09.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders, Lynn Hawley and Meg Gibson in Women of a Certain Age Photo: Joan Marcus There's something rotten in the state ...

Aisle View: Richard Nelson, Back in the Kitchen

Steven Suskin | Posted 10.20.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Amy Warren, Maryann Plunkett, Lynn Hawley and Meg Gibson in What Did You Expect? Photo: Joan Marcus The Gabriel family of Rhinebeck, NY faces t...

Aisle View: Another Three Bites of the Apple

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.05.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

The only distressing element about Hungry, the initial installment in Richard Nelson's new trilogy about the Gabriel Family of Rhinebeck, NY--a philosophical, political and round-the-block neighbor to his Apple Family--is that the author makes the whole thing look so effortlessly easy.

Aisle View: The 2013 Ten Best List

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

As 2013 dwindles down to a precious few -- a precious few plays and musicals, that is -- it is time to compile our list of the ten best of the year. This year, happily, has no less than fifteen that more than qualify for the ten best; fifteen that I would happily return to for another visit.

Aisle View: 18 (Plays) in 16 (Days)

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

In busy spells -- which in the Broadway arena typically include the two weeks before Thanksgiving and the month before the various award deadlines in the spring -- it is not uncommon for critics and award nominators to find themselves at five or six a week. Eighteen in 16, though, is overdoing it.

Aisle View: Four Bites of the Apples

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.26.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

This is a portrait, in four slices, of an American family. Not a typical American family, mind you. These are upper middle class, New York liberals: Baby Boomers dealing with life, family, death, and politics sixty years after the Boom.

The Russians Are Coming

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Nikolai and the Others, Richard Nelson's ambitious new offering at Lincoln Center, is basically a history play that aspires to shed philosophical light on the relationship between Art and politics and the plight of the Artist in Exile. As history, it is fascinating and engaging; as philosophy, it's not clear exactly what he wants to say.

Movie Review: Hyde Park on Hudson

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Roger Michell's Hyde Park on Hudson is half a good movie. When it focuses on the quirks and manipulations of international events, it crackles and pops -- and when it turns its attention to the soap-operatic romance, it settles into a dull hum.

Hyde Park on Hudson

Richard Nelson | Posted 02.03.2013 | Entertainment
Richard Nelson

Reading these letters and diary entries opens a window into a world only imagined; a world behind the façade of a presidency, where all conspired to hide from the world the frailties and infirmities of its leader.

Theatre Time, See What's Become Of Me

Howard Sherman | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

Though perhaps we don't think about it often, it bears remembering that plays and musicals, which can encompass so much, usually run about two to two-and-a-half hours (including intermission). Three hours is long; Gatz is a marathon.

Richard Nelson's 'Sorry' at the Public Is Nothing To Be Sorry About

David Finkle | Posted 01.09.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Families -- usually described as dysfunctional -- are the meat-and-potatoes of the best (and not infrequently the worst) American dramas. Now consider adding to them the Chekhovian quintet Richard Nelson has introduced.

At The 'Sweet And Sad' Forum With Carl Bernstein, Alec Baldwin

Hallie Seegal | Posted 11.13.2011 | Home
Hallie Seegal

Richard Nelson's Sweet and Sad elucidates why many of us feel a tug of shame when we stop to consider how the 9/11 attacks changed us, if at all.

Stage Door: Sweet and Sad

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.11.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Amid the various public remembrances of 9/11, Richard Nelson's Sweet and Sad offers a personal meditation on loss.