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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.

Aisle View: Four Bites of the Apples

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.26.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

This is a portrait, in four slices, of an American family. Not a typical American family, mind you. These are upper middle class, New York liberals: Baby Boomers dealing with life, family, death, and politics sixty years after the Boom.

The Russians Are Coming

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Nikolai and the Others, Richard Nelson's ambitious new offering at Lincoln Center, is basically a history play that aspires to shed philosophical light on the relationship between Art and politics and the plight of the Artist in Exile. As history, it is fascinating and engaging; as philosophy, it's not clear exactly what he wants to say.

Movie Review: Hyde Park on Hudson

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.05.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Roger Michell's Hyde Park on Hudson is half a good movie. When it focuses on the quirks and manipulations of international events, it crackles and pops -- and when it turns its attention to the soap-operatic romance, it settles into a dull hum.

Hyde Park on Hudson

Richard Nelson | Posted 02.03.2013 | Entertainment
Richard Nelson

Reading these letters and diary entries opens a window into a world only imagined; a world behind the façade of a presidency, where all conspired to hide from the world the frailties and infirmities of its leader.

Theatre Time, See What's Become Of Me

Howard Sherman | Posted 01.12.2013 | Arts
Howard Sherman

Though perhaps we don't think about it often, it bears remembering that plays and musicals, which can encompass so much, usually run about two to two-and-a-half hours (including intermission). Three hours is long; Gatz is a marathon.

Richard Nelson's 'Sorry' at the Public Is Nothing To Be Sorry About

David Finkle | Posted 01.09.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Families -- usually described as dysfunctional -- are the meat-and-potatoes of the best (and not infrequently the worst) American dramas. Now consider adding to them the Chekhovian quintet Richard Nelson has introduced.

A Fictional Family Talks Politics

AP | JENNIFER FARRAR | Posted 11.07.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK -- They're as American as apple pie, as their surname indicates. The generally liberal, middle-aged Apple clan of Rhinebeck, outside New York...

At The 'Sweet And Sad' Forum With Carl Bernstein, Alec Baldwin

Hallie Seegal | Posted 11.13.2011 | Home
Hallie Seegal

Richard Nelson's Sweet and Sad elucidates why many of us feel a tug of shame when we stop to consider how the 9/11 attacks changed us, if at all.

Stage Door: Sweet and Sad

Fern Siegel | Posted 11.11.2011 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Amid the various public remembrances of 9/11, Richard Nelson's Sweet and Sad offers a personal meditation on loss.