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Theater: Not So 'Delicate Balance;' Lovely 'Allegro'

Michael Giltz | Posted 11.21.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

I'm not sure what I think of Edward Albee's play A Delicate Balance or even what I think of this particular production. All I can discuss is this particular performance, an evening filled with difficulties.

The Political Schtick: Theater Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 10.30.2014 | Arts
Peter Clothier

In New York last week, I made it a point (no pun intended!) to see "Tail! Spin!", a hilarious political satire on our wayward politicians and their penises. It's a riot. impeccably re-enacted by a fabulous cast, with all their excuses and explanations, their deflections and -- finally -- their unconvincing, if abject apologies.

Theater Review: Stoppard's The Real Thing From Roundabout Theater

Dina Mikhails | Posted 12.17.2014 | Arts
Dina Mikhails

We have a lot of fun watching these couples flirt, banter and reconcile, yet there's an absence of true emotion that left me feeling lighter than I should have in a play about jealousy, knowledge and the preservation of one's self in a marriage.

I Went to an Orgy Last Saturday Night

Isa Freeling | Posted 12.16.2014 | Entertainment
Isa Freeling

Theater Review: SMOKE Of course I was a voyeur in the audience in the snug surroundings at the Flea Theater which can make one feel that they...

Willing Absurdity

Eric Uhlfelder | Posted 08.26.2014 | Arts
Eric Uhlfelder

If one ever wondered where Mel Brooks might have gotten his inspiration for The Producers, look no further than Jules Romains' hysterical Donogoo at New York's Mint Theatre.

Theater Review: Just Jim Dale, a Slim and Stale Musical Memoir

Zach Udko | Posted 08.03.2014 | Arts
Zach Udko

After a brief career as a pop singer in his early 20s, Dale commits to serious acting after seeing a Noel Coward play. He soon finds success playing many of Shakespeare's clowns, before moving onto leading Broadways roles.

Benjamin Franklin Finally Gets the Play He Deserves

Ellen Snortland | Posted 06.01.2014 | Arts
Ellen Snortland

When it comes to solo theater, I consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur. Besides my own piece Now That She's Gone, which I've performed all over th...

A Search For Truth In The Bottom Of A Bottle

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 02.28.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

"Truth is hard," Adele exclaims to a woman who came to buy one of her paintings and ends up her lover in Craig Lucas's powerful new play Ode to Joy. I...

Everyone's Favorite Existential Vaudevillians

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

It is a testament to the genius of Samuel Beckett that after 60 years, Waiting for Godot can still astonish with its cutting-edge brilliance, even in a low-key staging like the one Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are now starring in at the Cort Theatre.

Mark Rylance Finds the Humor in Shakespeare's Evil King

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Shakespeare's Globe staging of Richard III is an eye-opener to the possibility of a demented, power-hungry, serial killer being a stand-up comedian. Or such was the case at a recent performance.

Something for a Queen and the Rest of Us

Carmen Pelaez | Posted 11.07.2013 | Arts
Carmen Pelaez

The production is representational and simple and at the same time as modern as it is traditional. Everything from balls, to carriage rides, to angry mobs are brought to breathtaking life through a sound scape, a lighting scheme or a glance.

'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...

High-Energy Evita Needs a Touch of Star Quality

Robert Bullen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

While this tour needs some time to find its footing and grit, there are many assets, including a sizable orchestra and thrilling new orchestrations, that make this a worthy viewing.

Fear and Loathing in Harrison, Texas

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.13.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The "old friends" who populate Horton Foote's play of that name have a long and spiteful history, and the lively, gripping, and often funny production...

Pinter's No Man's Land Receives Stunning Revival With Name Cast

Leo Stutzin | Posted 10.15.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Fine Scotch whisky flows freely in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, always consumed straight, or as the British would say, "as it is." Even the sharpest of memories would turn fuzzy under such influence.

Why Brantley Got it Wrong

Dana Elle Salzberg | Posted 10.14.2013 | Arts
Dana Elle Salzberg

Dude, I can explain. In the grand tradition of the 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.

Blanchett, Huppert Shine as Murderous Maids

Joyce Morgan | Posted 08.11.2013 | Arts
Joyce Morgan

Mirror, mirror on the wall, Genet's The Maids is surely among the most bizarre plays of all. Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert are the murderous, incestuous maids who use and abuse each other as they indulge their increasingly violent fantasies.

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.

Bette Midler as Sue Mengers: A Match Made in Heaven

Patricia Bosworth | Posted 06.25.2013 | Arts
Patricia Bosworth

Last night Bette Midler made a triumphant return to Broadway for the first time in 30 years, playing the brash superagent Sue Mengers in John Logan's one-woman show I'll Eat You Last. It was a bravura performance.

Orphans' Brother Love on Broadway

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.19.2013 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

In North Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, two young men live in a rundown house, Phillip, an agile shut-in, and Treat, a menacing low level thief, in Lyle Kessler's Orphans at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater.

Message To 'Orphans': Bring Back Albert Finney

Rex Reed | Posted 06.19.2013 | Arts
Rex Reed

Overwrought and odd, the Broadway revival of Orphans, a 1985 off-Broadway play by Lyle Kessler that was overrated by a lot of otherwise intelligent people, including director Alan J. Pakula, who turned it into a 1987 movie with Albert Finney, has gained nothing from time passed. If anything, it is odder and more inconsequential than ever.

Alec Baldwin on Theatre: 'Everything Matters'

Patricia Bosworth | Posted 06.19.2013 | Arts
Patricia Bosworth

Alec really loves theatre. He had once challenged himself by starring as Stanley in a Broadway revival of Streetcar and he was swaggering, vulgar, and very, very funny, playing the character like a wiseguy and a baby.

'A Strong, Noirish Production'

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 06.17.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — The darker side of mid-20th-century Hollywood glamour found movie stars struggling to retain their identities and souls despite the i...

Lantern Theater's Henry V Brushes Up Our Shakespeare

Lew Whittington | Posted 05.28.2013 | Arts
Lew Whittington

This play, is indeed cinematic in scope. 450 years later, the modestly equipped Lantern Theater and director Charles McMahon solve any issues of scale, with kinetic and fully engaged stagecraft. Theirs is nothing less than an intimate epic.

Theater Review: Complete - A Hot Mess With Good Intentions

Ellen Snortland | Posted 05.15.2013 | Entertainment
Ellen Snortland

Watching Complete, a new play written by Andrea Kuchlewska, directed by Jennifer Chambers and having its West Coast premiere at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, left me -- ironically enough -- with the experience of being "ambivalent and incomplete" which may be a more apt title.