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First Nighter: Harvey Fierstein's Highly Accomplished 'Casa Valentina'

David Finkle | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Yes, Fierstein fans, there are plenty of belly laughs as the two-acts unfold on Scott Pask's lean version of a mountain getaway that's seen better days. But the playwright has much more on his mind and up his chiffon sleeve.

Harvey Fierstein's Casa and Other Safe Havens

Jamie Leo | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Jamie Leo

Fierstein's work is set in 1962, based on the real-life Casa Susanna. But a quick glimpse of Meetups confirms how socially important spending time with like-minded people still is.

First Nighter: Two Shakespeare "Problem" Plays Cause Additional Problems in Central Park

David Finkle | Posted 08.30.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

The "problem plays" Shakespeare uncorked in the early 17th century contain enough problems that there's no call for directors and players to add new ones. That, however, is what's transpiring in the Public Theater's summer 2011 Central Park offerings.

The Scottsboro Boys: Making Friends With the Truth

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

The play takes on a series of challenges in presenting the Depression Era story of the nine African-American teens who were falsely accused of raping two white women in the state of Alabama. Not an easy task.

Stone Widney Recalls the Magic of Camelot as the Musical Turns Fifty

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Now at the half-century mark, Camelot is usually playing somewhere.

The Scottsboro Boys: New Kander-Ebb Musical, Old Kander-Ebb Formula

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

Time was, audiences went to musicals--more often called musical comedies then--to see famous entertainers sing great songs written by first-rate lyric...