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First Nighter: Sting in "The Last Ship," Barney Josephson and "Café Society Swing"

David Finkle | Posted 12.21.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

In his first-rate autobiographical musical The Last Ship, Sting -- also Gordon Sumner, son of a ship builder -- has come full circle, after a fashion.

Sting's the Last Ship: The Prodigal Son Returns

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.26.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

At its core, The Last Ship poses a religious quest for redemption: Father Jim (Fred Applegate) hears Gideon's confession of sins of the flesh, drink, and foul talk. But hey, this father has a few foibles of his own.

Recasting History: Reflections on HBO's The Normal Heart

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

My reactions to the HBO film of The Normal Heart are not much different from my reactions to the play. At what point do we begin to question the great and powerful Larry Kramer on his saying of TNH: "this is our history"?

Jessica Stone as Director: Remounting Vanya and More

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

In March 2002, I watched what would become the most controversial play of the season, the short-lived The Smell of the Kill. I don't really remember what I thought of the show in any detail, but I remember one main thing. Sitting there, I thought: "Wow, Jessica Stone is going to get really great reviews." She was so good.

Guess Who's Doing A Broadway Musical?!

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 11.19.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Singer-songwriter Sting's new musical "The Last Ship" will sail onto a Broadway stage after a stop in Chicago. Producers said Thursd...

Tom Hanks Tears Up at the Theatre World Awards

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.04.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Courtney P. Vance couldn't get over it. He was presenting a Theatre World Award to Tom Hanks, not only a two-time Oscar winner and beloved star of man...

Bette Midler as Sue Mengers: A Match Made in Heaven

Patricia Bosworth | Posted 06.25.2013 | Arts
Patricia Bosworth

Last night Bette Midler made a triumphant return to Broadway for the first time in 30 years, playing the brash superagent Sue Mengers in John Logan's one-woman show I'll Eat You Last. It was a bravura performance.

Passion Play: Hit the Wall at the Barrow Street Theater

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.14.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The summer of 1969, with Stonewall in June and Woodstock in August, represents a shift in the American ethos. These events meet in a new play Hit the Wall at the Barrow Street Theater.

The Dark Side Of The Mind

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 03.13.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

On the surface of The Other Place, Sharr White's terrifying and ultimately poignant play, Juliana's life is spinning out of control. Her profligate hu...

The Other Place May Be Right Here

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.30.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Harrowing as the prospect of cancer is, a question arises as to whether or not she really has that dreaded disease -- or something else.

First Nighter: Jon Robin Baitz's "Other Desert Cities" is Red-Hot

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

In the living-room of the luxurious Palm Springs home where Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities takes place, a long, curved stone wall looms upst...

Sexual Identity Writ Large in The Pride

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

In The Pride, Ben Whishaw gets a fresh fifties' haircut, a handsome change from his longer coif as John Keats in Bright Star. With agility and grace he plays Oliver, a writer.