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First Nighter: Terrence McNally's Must-See Mothers and Sons With Tyne Daly

David Finkle | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

I can't say enough about the complex emotions carefully observed and translated to the stage that the prolific playwright -- represented on Broadway for more than 50 years -- covers in his intermissionless 90-minute four-hander.

Aisle View: Moonstruck in the Old Country

Steven Suskin | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Recent seasons have seen a dependable stream of first-rate Irish plays making their way to Broadway and off. The newest hails not from the old country but from Bronx-born scribe John Patrick Shanley. Outside Mullingar is one of those generations-of-country-folk-on-the-old-farm plays, and it's dandy.

First Nighter: 'After Midnight' Is a Revue You Absolutely Mustn't Miss

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Why go on about the spectacular After Midnight, other than to say that for pure entertainment it comes as near being worth every penny charged as anything does in this gold-plated ticket era of ours?

Aisle View: Geese Fly South

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.25.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Is it the role? The performance? The writing? Whatever the problem may be, it leaves this Snow Geese foundering.

First Nighter: "Love's Labour's Lost" Loses More Than Wins in the Park; Downtown's "Under the Greenwood Tree" As You'll Like It

David Finkle | Posted 10.12.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

It would be a pleasant chore to report that Shakespeare in the Park's Love's Labour's Lost is an amusingly silly musical tribute to the Bard, as it's ...

James Gandolfini Evoked in Comedy of Errors at the Delacorte

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.20.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Central Park offers a natural bucolic setting for Shakespeare's lighter fare, but with this year's Comedy of Errors, its lush greens frame an urban stage for Ephesus, a fictive town in upstate New York that harbors mob types among its citizenry.

First Nighter: Jekyll & Hyde, Orphans, Collapse Bow to Mixed Results

David Finkle | Posted 06.19.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

If someone grabbed you on the street and yelled in your face for the next two and a half hours, what would you do? Well, the cast of the Jekyll & Hyde revival at the Marquis scream until your eardrums are ready to burst.

First Nighter: Nathan Lane First-Rate, as Usual, in Douglas Carter Beane's New Play, The Nance

David Finkle | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Plays conjuring Manhattan in the 1930s often take on the look of a live-action Edward Hopper painting. Not a bad thing. Actually, the effect is stunning when the curtain rises on The Nance.

'Fiorello!' Succeeds: Will It Move To Broadway?

David Finkle | Posted 04.03.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

There may be two outstanding reasons why in 1960 Fiorello! was only the third musical to nab the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Both reasons are craftily on display in the sparkling Encores! revival at City Center.

An Ardent Forest in Central Park: 'As You Like It'

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.22.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

For fans of romantic comedy, a play that ends with three weddings is the ultimate fantasy. As You Like It, this summer's first Shakespeare in the Park...

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...

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

If the view from under the Brighton Beach is not quite today's world vision, it offers a nostalgia trip to the late 1930's that is worth glimpsing.