Author Archives: carey


“Frailty, thy name is woman” Not in this Hamlet. Irony exists on several levels in Shakespeare’s tragedy, currently in performances in the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. There’s the situational irony of the audience knowing what the characters don’t know, … Continue reading

La Cage aux Folles

La Cage aux Folles Review By: Carey Purcell Spring seems to have come late to New York this year. The sun is shining but a cool breeze still lingers in the air. Those longing for a gentler climate should … Continue reading


His clothes are soaked in blood. Blood covers her face and hair. It even comes out of the faucet as she tries to wash her hands. Upon leaving the Brookyn Academy of Music’s production of Macbeth, audience members may want … Continue reading

Our Town

Being encouraged to live in the moment can entice a variety of reactions. One of the favorites is eye-rolling, perhaps a humming of “No Day But Today” from the musical Rent, or perhaps an earnest reflection of one’s current place … Continue reading

Sondheim on Sondheim

Who wouldn’t want to spend an evening with Stephen Sondheim? I know I would, and fortunately, myself and other fans get just that opportunity at Sondheim on Sondheim the revue honoring the legendary composer at Studio 54. While a revue … Continue reading

The Addams Family

It seemed like the perfect formula. Take a beloved story that has already been translated into a successful television show and film, add some well-known Broadway actors and a star or two for good measure, throw in a gorgeous set … Continue reading

The Pirate Queen

The Pirate Queen It’s not for a lack of trying. The substantial effort that goes into The Pirate Queen is apparent in every single moment of the laborious production currently playing at the Hilton Theatre. The sets are lavish, the … Continue reading

A View From the Bridge

This is not a pretty view. It is dirty, gritty and painful to look at. But it is so captivating, so completely engrossing, that no matter how hard you try, you can’t look away. The brilliantly acted, skillfully executed production … Continue reading

The Grand Manner

A gentle, poignant dose of nostalgia is in store for audiences of The Grand Manner, A. R. Gurney’s latest play, currently in performances at Lincoln Center. An examination of life in the theater and the legends made by it, The … Continue reading

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

American Idol contestants, take note. If you want to learn how to deliver a compelling, mesmerizing performance that audience members can’t take their eyes away from, take a cue from Benjamin Walker. The star and title character of the Public … Continue reading