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On the Culture Front: Father John Misty, Pretty Filthy and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.22.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

The Civilians have been working on "Pretty Filthy," their musical about the porn business, for a pretty, pretty long time. I first caught a glimpse of it years back when they performed a selection of songs cabaret style at Joe's Pub.

First Nighter: Joel Drake Johnson's Sly Rasheeda Speaking, Craig muMs Grant's Paradox of the Urban Cliché

David Finkle | Posted 04.13.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Joel Drake Johnson is a sly one. At first, his Rasheeda Speaks -- directed by Cynthia Nixon with her own sly touch in a very impressive directing debut -- looks as if it's going to be a straightforward office comedy.

"Sticks and Bones": The Way We Were During Vietnam Via Rabe

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.07.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The rage that polarized the country over the Vietnam War now, decades later, often seems a distant memory. A gripping revival of David Rabe's Sticks a...

Aisle View: Sex, Live on Stage

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.31.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

"THIS PLAY CONTAINS NUDITY, SEX & BAD LANGUAGE," says a bold-lettered sign in the lobby at Intimacy, the new offering from the New Group at New York City's Acorn Theatre. The language, as it turns out, is not all that out of line. But bad playwriting? Yes.

First Nighter: Beth Henley's 'The Jacksonian,' the Seth Rudetsky-Jack Plotnick 'Disaster!'

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The Jacksonian begins with Rosie, wrapped in a blanket, howling that a murder is going to take place. It's immediately followed by Bill, wearing a bloodstained white shirt, entering to scoop ice from a large container.

Aisle View: The New Group Attempts a Wacky Farce Musical Comedy

Steven Suskin | Posted 07.17.2013 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Wouldn't it be hysterical to mix the romantic world of Bollywood musicals of the 1950s with the farcical world of Marx Brothers-like comedies of the 1930s?

First Nighter: Workplace Woes Scrutinized in Three Plays, One Musical

David Finkle | Posted 07.10.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Perhaps it's this reviewer's imagination, but it seems that more than the usual number of plays set in the workplace are cropping up. Take Mike Bartl...