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Classic Stage Company

On the Culture Front: The Happiest Hour, Battle of the Belgians, The Complete Last Waltz and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 12.12.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

It hard to find the silver lining in the cold, blustery weather and increasingly shorter days that mark December in New York, but one thing is the guilt for staying indoors completely evaporates.

A Not So Brisk-and-Bright Allegro

Steven Suskin | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Why can't they just do Broadway musicals the way the authors wrote them in the first place? is a not infrequent cry along the Rialto. If a show was a hit, if a show is a classic, why do modern producers, directors and book doctors insist on trying to make them better?

Aisle View: Laughter in the Heir

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.09.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

It is Mr. Ives, and his director John Rando (of Urinetown and A Christmas Story) who make The Heir Apparent a ludicrously luscious affair. Unlike other new comedies recently arrived in town, this one is packed with characters, laughs, and enough information for us to discern an actual plot (such as it is).

On Stage Kiss Helmer Rebecca Taichman

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.01.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

A director's work is often tricky to review on the basis of one production -- in the case of a first work, it is often unclear what is a director's idea versus what is a stage direction in the script itself. It is also hard for people to separate actors' choices from a director's touch. But after a period of watching a director's work, you get it.

First Nighter: CSC's 'A Man's a Man' Somewhat Mouse-y

David Finkle | Posted 04.01.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Brian Kulick certainly attempts to get around the inherent problems with all manner of theatrical notions in a new translation by Gerhard Nellhaus, with Duncan Sheik's music carrying Brecht's customarily acerbic lyrics as Nellhaus frames them.

First Nighter: Bertolt Brecht, Brian Kulick Collaborate on "The Caucasian Chalk Circle"

David Finkle | Posted 07.30.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

For some reason, directors like to take liberties with Bertolt Brecht. Perhaps because the German playwright placed so many of his plays in exotic pl...

First Nighter: The Woefully Misunderstood Damsels in Distress of Passion and Cinderella

David Finkle | Posted 05.18.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The correct title for the Sondheim-Lapine opus would be Romantic Obsession, and it wouldn't try to ingratiate itself as a depiction of what genuine love is. Passion is anything but a love story.

Can Obsession Create Genuine Love?

AP | JENNIFER FARRAR | Posted 05.01.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Can obsession create genuine love? The question shudders with possibilities throughout the melodramatic musical "Passion," whose plot...

Classic Stage Company: A Reversal of Fortune

Cara Joy David | Posted 04.23.2013 | New York
Cara Joy David

During my career I have seen theater companies have a bad season or two and then rebound with good ones. But I don't think I've seen a company go from virtual obsolescence to consistent hit maker. What CSC has done is rather amazing.

First Nighter: Ethan Hawke Superb in a Not Quite Superb Ivanov

David Finkle | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Austin Pendleton's production of Anton Chekhov's Ivanov at the Classic Stage Company is something of an unsolved puzzle. And that status probably isn't entirely due to Pendleton's direction of a highly competent cast. More likely, it's traceable to the tough challenge posed by the Russian playwright himself.

World Premiere Of Beckett's 'Ghost Plays'

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 08.14.2012 | Arts

For 10 nights in September, three of Samuel Beckett’s compelling “ghost plays” will be paired with original compositions by contemporary compose...

Theater: Bebe Neuwirth Still Looks Dreamy in "Midsummer"

Michael Giltz | Posted 07.14.2012 | Home
Michael Giltz

The Classic Stage Company's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream has an eye-catching set and an eye-catching cast in various stages of undress. But the visage you're most likely to remember is that of the self-assured Neuwirth.

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard Open in 'Three Sisters' at the Classic Stage Company

Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Curtis M. Wong

Those unfamiliar with Chekhov's Three Sisters and thus expecting a powerhouse performance from either Gyllenhaal or Sarsgaard might be surprised to learn that this play is very much an ensemble piece.