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NY Premiere of 'Punk Rock': A Yank Asks, Is Sixth Form Really This Bleak?

Larry Jaffee | Posted 11.18.2014 | New York
Larry Jaffee

Student on student shootings in England are rare if they happen at all, which makes the play Punk Rock, set in a Manchester prep school, a bit disconcerting.

Aisle View: Spouse Cheating in Old Savannah

Steven Suskin | Posted 10.28.2013 | Arts
Steven Suskin

The Amoralists, that outlandishly unconventional troupe that regularly appears with unusual and eyebrow-raising theatrical fare dedicated to "plumbing the depths of the social, political, spiritual and sexual characteristics of human nature," has done it again.

The Many Mothers of Cinderella Boy: A Review of A Kid Like Jake

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

What if Cinderella attended the wrong ball? What if Cinderella were a 4-year-old boy named Jake whose parents desperately want him to get into an elite private school? These are among the questions raised by the new play A Kid Like Jake.

Theater: Yo! Figaro 90210! and Somewhere (Almost) Fun

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.08.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Few things are scarier than having a friend insist you come to their relative/best friend/ co-worker's play/rock band/reading/art show. But it's not every day they say, "Come to my brother's opera." It's even rarer when that experience is actually fun.

The Return Of Haiku Reviews...

Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews are regular features where we invite critics to review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the tr...

Haiku Reviews: From A 'Bollywood Invasion' To A 'Secret Garden' Opera

Posted 04.05.2013 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews are regular features where we invite critics to review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the tr...

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.

First Nighter: From White Plains Strong on Forgiveness, Luck of the Irish Fairly Strong on Intolerance

David Finkle | Posted 04.17.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The lay-out of the play -- which, I repeat, is truly, eminently worthwhile, and so is Perlman's immaculate direction -- is intricate.

Theater Review: All In The Timing, The Mark of Zorro

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.15.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The Mark of Zorro at the New Victory Theater has its own brand of memorable theater. Scottish company Visible Fictions has turned the classic swashbuckling adventure into a fun lesson for children about justice and heroism.

Haiku Reviews: From Greek Gods To The Wizard Of Oz

Posted 01.02.2013 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a monthly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditi...

Attack of the Killer Review

Howard Sherman | Posted 01.26.2013 | Media
Howard Sherman

I can support brutal honesty. I cannot support gleeful cruelty. Inventive? Sure. Over the top? Too much for a generally sober-sided publication. Piercing arrows in critics' quivers? Yes. Thermonuclear weapons? No.

An Old Ghost Story Haunts Again

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The ghosts that haunt August Wilson's great play The Piano Lesson have hovered in the American psyche for centuries now, and as an admirable new staging at the Pershing Square Signature Center makes clear, neither time nor sorcery can ever completely exorcize them.

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.

Haiku Reviews: 'Samsara,' Sushi and The Legacy of the Tiger Mother

Posted 10.02.2012 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a monthly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditi...

Home, Bittersweet Home: Horton Foote's 'Harrison, Texas' at Primary Stages

Carey Purcell | Posted 11.14.2012 | Arts
Carey Purcell

A collection of three one-act plays by Horton Foote located in the titular town, Harrison, TX is a thoroughly moving, entertaining and educational production.

Haiku Reviews: Silent Film, Fluxus And A Gay Jewish Rapper

Posted 08.31.2012 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a monthly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditi...

Haiku Reviews

Posted 06.30.2012 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a monthly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditi...

Haiku Reviews

Posted 05.01.2012 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews are regular features where we invite critics to review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the tr...

First Nighter: J. T. Rogers' Necessary Blood and Gifts at Lincoln Center, Seminar, The Visit Elsewhere

David Finkle | Posted 01.22.2012 | Arts
David Finkle

Why American-born playwright J.T. Rogers' plays are repeatedly produced first in England rather than this side of the Atlantic is somewhat beside the point, but here comes another one, his best to date and a must-see, especially for news-analysis junkies.

The Critical Condition

Bess Rowen | Posted 12.28.2011 | Arts
Bess Rowen

Everyone might be a critic, but I am always rather surprised when people believe that part of being asked to review a show is to find fault with it.

Theater: Frank Langella Mans Up For Revival "Man And Boy"

Michael Giltz | Posted 12.19.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Even in a flawed production of a flawed play, Langella manages to create some emotional truth on stage, to entertain however briefly the audience on hand while staying true to the character.

PHOTOS: The Inner Eye, Leprechauns and Assemblage: Haiku Reviews

Posted 11.09.2011 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a weekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditio...

Mistaken Identity: Chautauqua Theater Company's New Play Marathon

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 10.12.2011 | Home
Daniel J. Kushner

I would not normally recommend seeing three plays in the span of eleven hours. But I would contend that this epic approach is the ideal way to experience the stories, characters and the striking commonalities in theme that bind these three works together.

First Nighter: Is A Minister's Wife the Musical's Tepid Future?

David Finkle | Posted 07.21.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

This observer believes the musicalized version of George Bernard Shaw is not only a sorrowful entertainment, but indicative of a much larger concern about how the musical, as a genre, is evolving.

Motherf**ker on Broadway: The First Amendment Gets a Workout

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.19.2011 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

An arsenal of language is deployed in this play, making you titter until the words themselves stop meaning what they mean, becoming pause, punctuation, and, at times, punishment.