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First Nighter: Idina Menzel's What/If Is Extremely Iffy

David Finkle | Posted 05.30.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Give me a minute here while I clear my head after attending a performance of If/Then, the new musical starring Idina Menzel. Never mind. I'll just have to confess I can't keep straight what goes on in the Brian Yorkey-Tom Kitt follow-up to their Pulitzer Prize/Tony-winning Next to Normal.

First Nighter: Rude Mechs Live Down to Their Name With Stop Hitting Yourself

David Finkle | Posted 03.29.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Before I get to an outright pan of the immoderately irritating Stop Hitting Yourself -- created by Austin's Rude Mechs and now squatting in the Lincoln Center Theater at the Claire Tow -- I'll offer unmitigated praise for the enterprise's one big plus.

First Nighter: Anne Washburn's "Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play" Does Go On and On and...

David Finkle | Posted 11.15.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

"I've never actually seen an episode of The Simpsons," Gibson (Gibson Frazier) admits in the first section of Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns, A Post-Electr...

First Nighter: Young Women Behave Badly in Bachelorette and So Does Bachelorette

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Now at Second Stage Uptown we're given 29-year-old Leslye Headland's Bachelorette, which takes place in a hotel room the night before a wedding.