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What Makes a Good Revival? Thoughts on This Season's Tony Nominees

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.18.2017 | Arts
Cara Joy David

What makes a good revival? Is it just lovingly recreating an original or a prior revival? Or does it require reinvention? It depends who you ask. Th...

Aisle View: 'Dada' in the Nursery

Steven Suskin | Posted 11.09.2016 | Arts
Steven Suskin

In Dada Woof Papa Hot, Parnell combines characters we know pretty well -- and a situation we know pretty well -- in a manner which makes it all seem fresh, involving and convincing.

The Broadway Season of David Rockwell

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

It's unusual for stars or directors to have over two shows a season -- even two is quite an accomplishment.

A Look at the Resurgence of Williamstown Theatre Festival

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.20.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Now people are going to say there was no need for Williamstown to make a comeback, because it never went anywhere, but let me lay out my case.

First Nighter: Broadway's Richard Thomas, Anna Chlumsky, Café Carlyle's Cheyenne Jackson and the Duplex's Ben Rimalower

David Finkle | Posted 03.17.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

One of the Broadway season's very highest lights, the George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart You Can't Take It With You remains brightly illuminated now that replacements Richard Thomas and Anna Chlumsky have joined the hilariously accomplished ensemble under Scott Ellis's eloquent direction.

First Nighter: Bradley Cooper in Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man

David Finkle | Posted 02.10.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

By dint of calling his play The Elephant Man, Pomerance irrevocably establishes that Merrick is his focal figure and for much of the two acts deftly presents the character study of an unforgettable character -- not only to the audience but, of course, to the other figures populating the stage.

Learning from Bayard Rustin in Harlem and Beyond: An Interview with Filmmaker Bennett Singer

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 01.28.2015 | Arts
Stacy Parker Le Melle

If Rustin was afraid or daunted, he never showed it. He kept living his life, standing up for anyone who needed a voice. He loved Black people, but as evidenced by his global activism, he loved all people.

Exploring Washington Market Tavern, Scenes From a Marriage and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 12.10.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Sometimes things aren't quite what they seem. Walking through Washington Market Tavern's unassuming doors prepares you for a gastropub experience but what lies ahead is more akin to straight up fine dining minus the white table clothes.

Explosion on Broadway: You Can't Take It With You

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.30.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play staged like a Feydeau farce! Doors slam on a boisterous set aclutter with tchotchkes and...

First Nighter: 'You Can't Take It With You' Takes You With It Merrily

David Finkle | Posted 11.28.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Rarely have I seen such a large collection of scene-stealers on one stage. Check that. There's so much hilarity occurring that no one can steal a complete scene. What these thieving actors do is steal extended moments.

From Guardians Of The Galaxy To The Mystery Of Edwin Drood And Way Beyond: A Conversation with THE Rupert Holmes... Plus!

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.13.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Rupert Holmes: Well, it's reassuring to know that Phase Three of my Ninety-Year Plan for "The Pina Colada Song" has happened precisely as I planned it. But of course, my life won't be complete until I achieve Phase Four.