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In Search of The Fortress of Solitude

Steven Suskin | Posted 10.22.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

There is an interesting and potentially important musical contained within The Fortress of Solitude, the new piece from Michael Friedman, Itamar Moses and Daniel Aukin at the Public.

A Musical The Winter's Tale Brings the Community In

Cara Joy David | Posted 11.15.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Longtime readers of mine know, I strongly believe in the importance of bringing new people into the theater, whether that means onstage or in the audience. I'm not a theater purist -- I still think Christina Applegate should have won the Tony!

On the Town: Summer Fridays at 'Here Lies Love'

Suzy Evans | Posted 10.22.2014 | Arts
Suzy Evans

Summer might be winding down, but don't whip out your scarves and riding boots just yet -- unless they accentuate your disco dancing moves.

The Lithgow Lear

Steven Suskin | Posted 10.05.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Put Daniel Sullivan together with a great play and a highly-respected, award-winning actor like John Lithgow and you're likely to get an illuminating and theatrical rendition of the work, with flashes of lightning for sure.

Stage Door: Much Ado About Nothing

Fern Siegel | Posted 08.17.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Many have attempted to bring Shakespeare forward to the present-day by banishing all sense of antiquity. Few are able to retain all sense of the original, while illustrating how timeless the story can be. The cast and crew of Much Ado have achieved it.

Aisle View: An Enchanted Much Ado

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.16.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Much Ado About Nothing with Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater, under the direction of Jack O'Brien beneath the stars at the Delacorte in Central Park. What doesn't sound enchanting about that?

For the Love of Theater

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.21.2014 | Arts
Cara Joy David

A few weeks ago, I wasn't feeling so great. My allergies were bothering me and I was tired, as I often am this time of year. Then I went to the theater. Miraculously I felt better during Act One.

Aisle View: Here Lies Love Returns

Steven Suskin | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

The show--with concept and lyrics by Byrne, music by Byrne and Fatboy Slim -- captivated theatergoers and critics last April during its limited engagement as part of the Public season. A hearty band of producers, after a diligent but fruitless search for a larger and more economically-feasible space in which to launch a commercial run, concluded that there is no place like home and have returned to the Public's ballroom-like LuEsther Theater despite built-in budgetary strictures.

First Nighter: The Civilians Confront Climate Change With "The Great Immensity"

David Finkle | Posted 06.26.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

It's taken for granted that any superior drama depends on its stakes being high. If that's the case, then The Great Immensity -- created by the always-intrepid Civilians troupe and presented at the Public after a world premiere at Kansas City Repertory Theatre -- is indubitably superior drama.

David Byrne's Disco Musical Returns To NYC, And We Couldn't Be Happier

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 04.09.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — David Byrne has been thinking a lot about numbers recently. As in: How many people packed into a room makes it a happy mob? What's ...

First Nighter: The Public Theater's Under the Radar Plusses and Minuses

David Finkle | Posted 03.22.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The annual event -- this is the 10th year -- is supposed to focus on the new and experimental. Maybe yes, maybe no, but certainly there are helpful hints about whom and what to look for in the future and about whom and what to take a wait-and-see position.

Aisle View: The 2013 Ten Best List

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

As 2013 dwindles down to a precious few -- a precious few plays and musicals, that is -- it is time to compile our list of the ten best of the year. This year, happily, has no less than fifteen that more than qualify for the ten best; fifteen that I would happily return to for another visit.

Aisle View: 18 (Plays) in 16 (Days)

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

In busy spells -- which in the Broadway arena typically include the two weeks before Thanksgiving and the month before the various award deadlines in the spring -- it is not uncommon for critics and award nominators to find themselves at five or six a week. Eighteen in 16, though, is overdoing it.

'Grasses Of A Thousand Colors': A Review

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.29.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Wallace Shawn's play Grasses of a Thousand Colors, which opened last night at the Public Theater, is basically a very long shaggy cat story - absurdis...

Theater: Not a 'Fun Home'; 'Two Boys' Trapped In DarkNet

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Fun Home the book is cool and removed as it analyzes Alison Bechdel's memories and her father from various stages in Bechdel's life. Fun Home the musical is more like her father: remote and hard to like.

Stage Door: The Glass Menagerie, Arguendo

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Tennessee Williams turned his life into art. The blueprint for his family travails, The Glass Menagerie, put him on the theatrical map in 1944, creating indelible characters. His "memory play," in its latest Broadway revival at the Booth Theater, is stunning.

First Nighter: In "Arguendo" Elevator Repair Service Makes a Good Argument for Unbridled Enjoyment

David Finkle | Posted 11.25.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Although I can't say I followed everyone of the ins and outs of Elevator Repair Service's Arguendo, at the Public, I had great fun trying to. That's ...

Brave New Tempest, That Has Such People In It

Howard Sherman | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

This Tempest was, like Prospero's isle, full of noises and a wide variety of styles, an at-times almost vaudeville approach to the reworked text, with a wide variety of acts, befitting a production which endeavored to engage the New York community.

Why Brantley Got it Wrong

Dana Elle Salzberg | Posted 10.30.2013 | Arts
Dana Elle Salzberg

Dude, I can explain. In the grand tradition of theater, "getting it" is as much of a theme as star-crossed lovers or inevitable fate. I am sorry but, Mr. Brantley, you did not get it, and I don't think you could have. The show was not for you, it was for me.

Why Sting's Performing At The Same Place 10 Times

AP | Posted 09.08.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Sting will hold 10 concerts in New York City this fall to benefit The Public Theater arts organization. The singer announced Tuesday...

Aisle View: Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.18.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Errors -- of identification, understanding and more -- abound in the Public Theater's current Shakespeare in the Park offering, The Comedy of Errors.

Hip-Hop Meets Shakespeare

AP | JENNIFER FARRAR | Posted 06.14.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- The rafters are shaking downtown at the Public Theater, where the dynamic new hip-hop musical, "Venice," is rocking the Anspacher Theater....

Celebrities Talk Money And Shakespeare At NYC's Public Theater

AP | Posted 08.03.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — An all-star line-up including Matt Damon, Alan Alda and Vanessa Redgrave will be featured in a night of readings and a town hall disc...

A World Divided: Tracing the Origins of Matt Sax and Eric Rosen's Venice

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 07.28.2013 | Arts
Shoshana Greenberg

Matt Sax and Eric Rosen's version of Venice does not have canals or gondolas. It's not an ancient city in Italy or even a California beach. It's a city in ruins. A terrorist attack has led to a 20-year military occupation, and the citizens are on the brink of revolution.

Aisle View: David Byrne Meets Imelda in the Dazzling Here Lies Love

Steven Suskin | Posted 07.15.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Byrne has joined with the Public's Oskar Eustis and an altogether impressive production team to turn Here Lies Love into -- what? A musical? A disco musical? A theatrical extravaganza? All three jumbled together.