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Musical theater has long been an outlet for emotion. Angst, anger, frustration and love are all frequent subjects of musicals. However, they are not frequently approached from the perspective of teenagers. Jason Robert Brown’s new musical, 13, which is currently … Continue reading

Finian’s Rainbow

It’s hard not to think too much nowadays. When someone says, “Don’t worry,” the impulse can be to laugh. With the economy sinking, unemployment rising, screaming pundits on TV and winter just around the corner, one’s mind can always be … Continue reading

Avenue Q

Some things never change. And I’m happy to report, Avenue Q is one of them. After a successful, Tony-winning run on Broadway, the hilarious show featuring foul-mouthed puppets has relocated to the New World Stages, off-Broadway. And in its new … Continue reading

Brighton Beach Memoirs

One can’t help but feel a bit homesick after seeing the homespun, heartfelt production of Brighton Beach Memoirs currently in performances at the Nederlander Theater. Directed by David Cromer, the man behind the brilliant off-Broadway production of Our Town at … Continue reading

Radnevsky’s Real Magic

There’s little mystery and even less magic in Radnevsky’s Real Magic, currently in performances at La Mama E.T.C.. The intimate, yet impersonal, show mixers history with mystery by portraying the return to the stage of The Great Radnevsky (played here … Continue reading


It has been said that art mirrors life, and life imitates TV. But after seeing the riveting revival of Oleanna, this critic begs to differ. The production of David Mamet’s drama, featuring an excellent Bill Pullman and an even better … Continue reading

Below the Belt

Below the Belt Less is more in Below the Belt, the starkly simplistic, uncomfortably accurate dark comedy, currently in performances at the Access Theater. A pointed take on corporate culture and the unrest that lies within society as it struggles … Continue reading

Wore Stories

Nora and Delia Ephron are no strangers to working together, having collaborated on such films as Bewitched, You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle. Now, these multi-faceted sisters have brought their talents to the stage with the off-Broadway play, Love, Loss and What I Wore, now at the Westside Theater, which features a rotating cast of 15 actresses. The Ephrons were inspired to adapt author Ilene Beckerman’s work for the stage after Nora read the book and sent it to Delia. Both of them were drawn to the stories and the emotional connections with the clothing that the narrator wore during her experiences. Continue reading

The Tempest

It begins with a thunderbolt. To some, that may foreshadow a show of overwrought visuals, noise and spectacle, but here in this case, it is the exact opposite. The Classic Stage Company’s production of The Tempest is simplistic, understated and … Continue reading

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! One holiday season there was a critic named Carey Who found that holiday shows did not make her feel merry. She felt overall they were big and were loud; She did not understand … Continue reading