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Quick Questions: Beautiful's Anika Larsen is Back on Broadway

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.17.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Larsen is currently playing lyricist Cynthia Weil in Beautiful, which opened this past Sunday. The road here has not been easy. Emergency colon surgery almost forced her to withdraw from the production after just a few days of rehearsal.

Stars of David: Shining Across the Country Soon?

Cara Joy David | Posted 02.15.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I often sit in the theater and think: "Who is the audience for this?" I think that whether the show is about Jews or not. I am actually not the ideal audience for Jewish-themed shows; my mother is.

Why I Love Talkbacks and Why You Should Too

Cara Joy David | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

There are those who think poorly of talkbacks. They think theater, in many ways an ephemeral art, is to be experienced, not analyzed. This is the same argument made by those who think you shouldn't hold poetry interpretation classes.

Brave New World: The Tempest's Dancing Youngsters

Cara Joy David | Posted 11.17.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

There was an infectious spirit at the Public Theater's free Public Works' production of The Tempest -- so much of it was joyous it was hard not to just go with it.

Theater: Village -- A Lucy Thurber Extravaganza

Cara Joy David | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Three of your shows happening off-Broadway in one season. Well, right now, Lucy Thurber has five of her shows playing simultaneously at five different West Village theaters. Pretty cool, right?

NYMF: The Musicals of Tomorrow, Today?

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.29.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Bend in the Road highlights what we all know about the shows at NYMF -- they are not all made for New York City runs.

When Will I Start Paying More Attention to Off-off-Broadway?

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.28.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

The more nervous producers, the more Broadway will turn into a land of stasis and the more important off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway will become for people who like to see new works.

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?

Sherie Rene Scott Sizzles With Piece of Meat at 54 Below

Josh Getlin | Posted 08.20.2013 | Arts
Josh Getlin

Piece of Meat is a throwback to cabaret's earliest days -- a show that is equal parts musical performance, confessional drama and good old-fashioned guts.

Tony Night: The After-Parties

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.16.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Tony night. The biggest night of the year for the theater industry (not gross-wise) and for me personally. This year it was a little more of a mess th...

It's Tony Week! Who Should Win?

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.04.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I feel pretty confident that my favorite play of the year, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, will win Best Play and my favorite musical, Matilda, will win Best Musical. (There is a groundswell of support for Kinky Boots.)

The Present Is a Lot of Laughs -- Streisand, Midler & More

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.26.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Let me start with John Logan's I'll Eat You Last and why this column might as well have been titled, "Why Bette Midler Should Receive a Tony Nomination."

Theater: Edie Falco Checks Out in The Madrid; Wild Bride Checks In at St. Ann's Warehouse

Michael Giltz | Posted 04.29.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Once, the mere act of a woman slamming the door on her marriage could be a seismic event in the theater. Today, tell someone that a play is about a woman who abruptly leaves her husband and adult daughter to live alone and the response would be, "And...?"

Classic Stage Company: A Reversal of Fortune

Cara Joy David | Posted 04.23.2013 | New York
Cara Joy David

During my career I have seen theater companies have a bad season or two and then rebound with good ones. But I don't think I've seen a company go from virtual obsolescence to consistent hit maker. What CSC has done is rather amazing.

Top 10 Shows of 2012

Carey Purcell | Posted 02.23.2013 | Arts
Carey Purcell

Throughout 2012, I had the privilege of seeing so many incredible performances while covering the New York theater beat. Here is a list of the top 10 performances I saw in 2012.

Theater: Golden Boy No Knockout; Katie Holmes in Dead Accounts

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.10.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Golden Boy is a handsomely mounted revival by director Bartlett Sher, with the sets and lighting especially effective in rooting us in the late 1930s. But the play itself doesn't get under our skin.

"If It's With Your Mouth, Does It Count?" -- Sex, Art and Women -- An Interview With the Founders of A Red-Lipped Rebellion

Carey Purcell | Posted 01.30.2013 | New York
Carey Purcell

"Maybe subliminal is the way to sneak it in. In the whole mixture of things, the best way to get the message across is through art. In my deepest intuition, I know art is the way to get it done," says Samantha Shane, co-founder of A Red Lipped Rebellion.

The Wal-Marting of American Theater

Scott Walters | Posted 11.29.2012 | Arts
Scott Walters

Like the business leaders and legislators who promote Wal-Mart as an economic engine, theater artists and educators who continue to promote this system are contributing to the homogenization of the American theater.

Don't Think About the Way Things Might Have Been, Sierra Boggess

Cara Joy David | Posted 12.23.2012 | Entertainment
Cara Joy David

The Rebecca fiasco did not beget many winners, but there was one: Sierra Boggess. This may sound completely bizarre; let me explain.

Theater: Virginia Woolf Bests Cyrano by More Than a Nose

Michael Giltz | Posted 12.20.2012 | Arts
Michael Giltz

The guiding principal of this Steppenwolf production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, directed seamlessly by Pam MacKinnon, is to return to the text, avoid grandstanding and shoot for realism.

Geezus Chris: A. R. Gurney's Heresy

Bess Rowen | Posted 12.15.2012 | Arts
Bess Rowen

Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high, but the talented folks at The Flea Theater couldn't entirely save this clever concept for a show from what struck me as unfortunately simplistic writing.

Stage Door: Cyrano de Bergerac

Fern Siegel | Posted 12.15.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

"I shun the normal and the commonplace," proclaims Cyrano de Bergerac, writer and duelist. "My style comes from within!" This production, as Cyrano is fond of saying, is loaded with panache.

Theater: Edgar Oliver Holds Forth; Grace Is Denied

Michael Giltz | Posted 12.20.2012 | Arts
Michael Giltz

I have little to say about Grace because it inspires very little thought. The story is a familiar one in its way, of financial crisis and faith and personal redemption.

Alive and Real

Paula Gilovich | Posted 10.22.2012 | New York
Paula Gilovich

If we are culturally and environmentally at the edge of a cliff, anything that would allow us to dream up new ideas while allowing us to look at ourselves must become a crucial experience.

NYMF Roundup #!: Turning 40 and Flaming Desserts

Michael Giltz | Posted 07.14.2012 | Home
Michael Giltz

Every year at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, I attend as many shows as I can, invariably seeing one or two shows that will rank among the best of the year and discovering some new talented performers and behind the scenes artists.