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A Double Dose of Deep South Drama in New York City: "2 By Tennessee Williams" at St. Luke's Theatre

Jed Ryan | Posted 07.20.2016 | Entertainment
Jed Ryan

Many of Tennessee Williams' plays have cemented their status into American literary and pop culture. Since they were first written, they've been performed on stages both large and small with some degree of regularly through the decades. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, and A Streetcar Named Desire come to mind. Williams, however, has over 40 lesser-known one-act plays to his credit, dating back to the 1930's.

If You See Something, Say Something

Jeremy Gerard | Posted 07.13.2016 | Arts
Jeremy Gerard

Professional relationships are as disposable as goods on the shelves at Walmart in our culture, and so it is an especially happy occasion to report on the flowering of an artistic pairing, in this case of playwright J.T. Rogers and director Bartlett Sher.

'Daddy Issues': 1980's Inspired Gay Comedy Gets World Premiere in New York City

Jed Ryan | Posted 04.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Jed Ryan

Set in the 1980's, Daddy Issues is a partial throwback to when the word "gay" actually meant "happy."

A Lost Shakespeare Play Grows in Brooklyn: 'Double Falsehood' Comes to New York City

Jed Ryan | Posted 03.16.2016 | Arts
Jed Ryan

Double Falsehood is considered to be a "controversial" work -- not so much because of its content, but rather for the debate over just how much of the play was actually written by Mr. Shakespeare. It's an emotionally charged debate that has been studied, argued, and revisited through the years.

'Utility': Four Characters and a Power Outage

Jed Ryan | Posted 02.15.2016 | Arts
Jed Ryan

There's something markedly incongruous about watching Utility, the new play by Emily Schwend, at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The theater is located on Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, one of the most lively neighborhoods in downtown Manhattan.

Snow White's Sexy Adventures: Company XIV's Erotic Version of the Timeless Fairy Tale!

Jed Ryan | Posted 02.08.2016 | Entertainment
Jed Ryan

Company XIV's World Premiere of "Snow White", now playing at New York City's Minetta Lane Theater, is the third and final production of the performanc...

Ed Asner in New York City: The Prostate Monologues

Jed Ryan | Posted 01.19.2016 | Entertainment
Jed Ryan

"Ladies and gentlemen: The Metropolitan Room is proud to present... A Man and His Prostate. Playing the part of 'The Man' tonight -- Ed Asner!" (The audience soon learned that the "Prostate" of the play's title also had an, ahem... "big" role in the show as well.)

I of the Storm - Controlled Chaos

Ronda Lee | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment
Ronda Lee

I of the Storm is a one man play that is chaotic, but in a way that embodies the commotion of living in the concrete jungle.

Theater: Not So 'Delicate Balance;' Lovely 'Allegro'

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.21.2015 | Arts
Michael Giltz

I'm not sure what I think of Edward Albee's play A Delicate Balance or even what I think of this particular production. All I can discuss is this particular performance, an evening filled with difficulties.

The Political Schtick: Theater Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 12.30.2014 | Arts
Peter Clothier

In New York last week, I made it a point (no pun intended!) to see "Tail! Spin!", a hilarious political satire on our wayward politicians and their penises. It's a riot. impeccably re-enacted by a fabulous cast, with all their excuses and explanations, their deflections and -- finally -- their unconvincing, if abject apologies.

Theater Review: Stoppard's The Real Thing From Roundabout Theater

Dina Mikhails | Posted 12.17.2014 | Arts
Dina Mikhails

We have a lot of fun watching these couples flirt, banter and reconcile, yet there's an absence of true emotion that left me feeling lighter than I should have in a play about jealousy, knowledge and the preservation of one's self in a marriage.

I Went to an Orgy Last Saturday Night

Isa Freeling | Posted 12.16.2014 | Entertainment
Isa Freeling

Theater Review: SMOKE Of course I was a voyeur in the audience in the snug surroundings at the Flea Theater which can make one feel that they...

Willing Absurdity

Eric Uhlfelder | Posted 08.26.2014 | Arts
Eric Uhlfelder

If one ever wondered where Mel Brooks might have gotten his inspiration for The Producers, look no further than Jules Romains' hysterical Donogoo at New York's Mint Theatre.

Theater Review: Just Jim Dale, a Slim and Stale Musical Memoir

Zach Udko | Posted 08.03.2014 | Arts
Zach Udko

After a brief career as a pop singer in his early 20s, Dale commits to serious acting after seeing a Noel Coward play. He soon finds success playing many of Shakespeare's clowns, before moving onto leading Broadways roles.

Benjamin Franklin Finally Gets the Play He Deserves

Ellen Snortland | Posted 06.01.2014 | Arts
Ellen Snortland

When it comes to solo theater, I consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur. Besides my own piece Now That She's Gone, which I've performed all over th...

A Search For Truth In The Bottom Of A Bottle

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 02.28.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

"Truth is hard," Adele exclaims to a woman who came to buy one of her paintings and ends up her lover in Craig Lucas's powerful new play Ode to Joy. I...

Everyone's Favorite Existential Vaudevillians

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

It is a testament to the genius of Samuel Beckett that after 60 years, Waiting for Godot can still astonish with its cutting-edge brilliance, even in a low-key staging like the one Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are now starring in at the Cort Theatre.

Mark Rylance Finds the Humor in Shakespeare's Evil King

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Shakespeare's Globe staging of Richard III is an eye-opener to the possibility of a demented, power-hungry, serial killer being a stand-up comedian. Or such was the case at a recent performance.

Something for a Queen and the Rest of Us

Carmen Pelaez | Posted 11.07.2013 | Arts
Carmen Pelaez

The production is representational and simple and at the same time as modern as it is traditional. Everything from balls, to carriage rides, to angry mobs are brought to breathtaking life through a sound scape, a lighting scheme or a glance.

'Grasses Of A Thousand Colors': A Review

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.29.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Wallace Shawn's play Grasses of a Thousand Colors, which opened last night at the Public Theater, is basically a very long shaggy cat story - absurdis...

High-Energy Evita Needs a Touch of Star Quality

Robert Bullen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

While this tour needs some time to find its footing and grit, there are many assets, including a sizable orchestra and thrilling new orchestrations, that make this a worthy viewing.

Fear and Loathing in Harrison, Texas

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.13.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The "old friends" who populate Horton Foote's play of that name have a long and spiteful history, and the lively, gripping, and often funny production...

Pinter's No Man's Land Receives Stunning Revival With Name Cast

Leo Stutzin | Posted 10.15.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Fine Scotch whisky flows freely in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, always consumed straight, or as the British would say, "as it is." Even the sharpest of memories would turn fuzzy under such influence.

Why Brantley Got it Wrong

Dana Elle Salzberg | Posted 10.14.2013 | Arts
Dana Elle Salzberg

Dude, I can explain. In the grand tradition of the theater, "getting it" is as much of a theme as star-crossed lovers or inevitable fate. I am sorry but, Mr. Brantley, you did not get it, and I don't think you could have. The show was not for you, it was for me.

Blanchett, Huppert Shine as Murderous Maids

Joyce Morgan | Posted 08.11.2013 | Arts
Joyce Morgan

Mirror, mirror on the wall, Genet's The Maids is surely among the most bizarre plays of all. Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert are the murderous, incestuous maids who use and abuse each other as they indulge their increasingly violent fantasies.