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Theater: Arianda Can't Rescue Murky Tales From Red Vienna

Michael Giltz | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

What's the most essential skill for an actor who wants a successful and creatively satisfying career? It's not talent. A lot of actors have talent. A lot of stars don't.

On the Culture Front: Wine Dinner at Famed Beer Bar, Green Porno and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 03.31.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Rossellini shines a light on the humor of mating but also touches on our profound need for it beyond utility. Green Porno is incredibly cheeky fun but buried slyly in there is a message about those who wish to define acceptable mating practices and the urging for them to stop.

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.

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.

The Rise of the Comedy?

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I genuinely did not know what to expect going into The Explorers Club. What I saw was a madcap diversion -- a hilarious way to take your mind of your troubles (for a couple of hours at least). Do you really need anything more?

Aisle View: The Boys in the Choir

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.02.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

An all-male boarding school serves as the starting point for Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy. During a school ceremony, tenor Pharus Jonathan Young is interrupted -- mid-solo -- by a homophobic slur.

Aisle View: Exploring the Empire, with Laughs

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.21.2013 | New York
Steven Suskin

Seriously demented fun is on display at The Explorers Club. That is, the new play by Nell Benjamin at the Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage 1 at City Center.

Are NYC Theaters Truly Like Other Regional Theaters? Debatable.

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.17.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

There has been talk throughout my career of allowing NYC theaters to get the Regional Theatre Tony. They've wanted it. I've always thought it was sort of a ridiculous, greedy desire.

First Nighter: Terrence McNally's Opera-Loving Golden Age, Paula Vogel's Civil War Christmas

David Finkle | Posted 02.03.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Will Bellini explaining he no longer writes because "I ran out of things to say" sate the on-lookers? How about the will-he-or-won't-he-do-it suspense of tenor Rubini's hitting that ground-breaking "Credeasi misera" high F?

MTC Opens a "New" Stage II With Murder Ballad

Cara Joy David | Posted 01.14.2013 | New York
Cara Joy David

First came Roundabout Theatre Company's Roundabout Underground, then came Lincoln Center Theater's LCT3 and, now, Manhattan Theatre Club's The Studio at Stage II. Its official debut is this week with the opening of the musical Murder Ballad.

Quick Questions: An Enemy of the People's John Procaccino

Cara Joy David | Posted 12.14.2012 | Entertainment
Cara Joy David

Every once and a while when the lights come up at the start of intermission of a play, I am confused because I feel like I haven't been sitting in the dark all that long. Such was the case at the Manhattan Theatre Club revival of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People.

'An Enemy of the People' on Broadway

Kevin Sessums | Posted 12.03.2012 | Entertainment
Kevin Sessums

In this season of American politics it was especially engaging to witness Ibsen's political engagement of some of the same arguments we are still having in the 21st century -- the tyranny of the majority, and even the morality of trickle-down economics.

Couple Together In Life And Onstage

AP | By MARK KENNEDY | Posted 09.11.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Few people should be able to accuse Boyd Gaines and Kathleen McNenny of not having any onstage chemistry. That's because it's undeniable i...

On the Culture Front: A Day at Governors Ball and The Columnist

Chris Kompanek | Posted 08.27.2012 | New York
Chris Kompanek

I've generally believed that when large groups of people get together to hear music, some level of chaos is inevitable -- the light rail line at All Points West comes to mind -- but the organizers behind Governors Ball proved me wrong this weekend.

Edie Falco Goes Off-Broadway

AP | Posted 07.30.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — Edie Falco, Boyd Gaines and Richard Thomas will star in Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming 2012-2013 season. The nonprofit Wednesday ...

City Center: A Remarkable History

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.31.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The ghosts of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Alvin Ailey and too many others to name are hopefully still in residence, inspiring a new generation of artists to create great works.

Theater: Andre Braugher Survives The Whipping Man

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The real drama comes from the murky relationships between these men and what they're hiding. Is Caleb home honorably from the war or did he desert? Why won't he go to the local hospital?

On the Culture Front: Big Apple Rock & Roll Circus and A Small Fire

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Kompanek

The Rock & Roll Circus that took over the Big Apple's tent at Lincoln center last Monday and Tuesday night was heavy on rock and light on circus. Tues...

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.

On the Culture Front: Bill Evans, Banana Shpeel, That Face, and LCD Soundsystem

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Cirque du Soleil's latest show, Banana Shpeel, has anything but a light touch. The show blends garish Vegas elements with superbly, if freakishly, talented performers.