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Idol Chatter

Every generation has its incandescent Broadway stars. John Barrymore was a brooding Hamlet for the ages (1922), Laurence Olivier’s star-crossed Romeo melted hearts (1940), Mary Martin Flew high as Peter Pan (1954) and Patti LuPone demonstrated more than just a little touch of star quality as Eva Peron (1979). Leading actors and actresses on Broadway today are no less brilliant or ambitious, setting their careers on the fast track in roles than endear them to legions of fans, many of whom are swooning teenagers new to the theatergoing experience. Continue reading


Something You Did

Something You Did The old cliché states that actions speak louder than words. That statement, like everything else, is debatable in Something You Did, the dialogue-drenched play by Willy Holtzman currently playing at the 59E59 Theaters. Allison, played by Joanna … Continue reading


In The Heights

In the Heights Usnave serves his coffee light and sweet – but with a bit of spice. Condensed milk with a pinch of cinnamon is his secret to giving the beverage a little kick. The same could be said of … Continue reading


Passing Strange

Passing Strange “OK, we’re gonna play some music,” says the man on the stage, matter of factly. And he proceeds to do just that, and much more, in Passing Strange, the inventive and thoroughly enjoyable musical currently playing at the … Continue reading


Hunting and Gathering

Hunting and Gathering Someone once said that in New York, people are always looking for a job, a significant other, or an apartment. The majority of the characters in Hunting and Gathering, a new production by Brooke Berman, are looking … Continue reading


Betrayed

Betrayed There isn’t much light in the production of Betrayed, George Packard’s latest work which is currently playing at the Culture Project. The sets are hollow and shadowy, the settings are dimly lit and the story itself is dark and … Continue reading


Come Back, Little Sheba

Come Back, Little Sheba Lola is a Chatty Cathy. The central character of William Inge’s play Come Back, Little Sheba, this desperate housewife is a compulsive conversationalist. It is rare that she herself is not talking, and if she is … Continue reading


Man Is Man

Man Is Man “Can it really be done?” inquires a soldier. “Changing one man into another?” It can, and it is, in the inventive production of Man Is Man, performed at the Here Art Center by the Elephant Brigade. The … Continue reading


Journey to the End of the Night

Journey to the End of the Night? I could not stop blinking after leaving the Gene Frankel Theater on Sunday. But my eyes were not the only thing having trouble adjusting. After watching Journey to the End of the Night, … Continue reading


Is He Dead?

Is He Dead? Highjinks and hilarity rule the evening in Is He Dead?, a mischevious romp currently playing at the Lyceum Theater. Starring Norbert Leo Butz, the play tells the story of Jean Francious-Millet, a struggling painter who, in an … Continue reading