Keeping up appearances sometimes requires extraordinary effort. A lot can be overlooked when someone is young, pretty, perky, and in good health. But when tragic events darken one's days, desperate times require desperate measures.
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.
I found 2013 to be a great year for discovery and experience in the arts, from theatre and music to television, film, and books. I have compiled a top 20 list of my favorites, with the hope that they might resonate with readers.
I'm doing the New York experience from broke to ballers. I may be on the broke side, but I have a couple of friends on the baller side. Here is what I did this past week in the city and my recommendations for what you should do... if you can get in.
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.
Twelfth Night was probably written in 1600 or 1601, based on some topical references, but improbable as the plot may be, it has never lost relevancy for anyone in love or who thinks he or she is in love.
Two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance is stage-obsessed. He's so taken with all aspects of the theater that he has the Shakespeare's Globe Productions company he's leading get into costume in front of the Belasco audience.