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The Third Story

The Third Story Before the performance even begins, an announcement, huskily voiced by Kathleen Turner, informs the audience dryly that if cell phones are not turned off, more than one gunshot will be fired during the performance. The good news … Continue reading

The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard It is said that The Cherry Orchard was intended to be a comedy. But after seeing the elegant, understated performance currently in production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, I have to disagree. It’s not that this … Continue reading


Shrek Does burping have a place on Broadway? What about flatulence? And while we’re at it, how do cross-dressing wolves fit into the Great White Way? The answers are surprisingly, yes and quite easily. This critic is not ashamed to … Continue reading

White Christmas

White Christmas Visions of sugarplums may be dancing in the heads of children, but that’s not the only place they’re taking up residence in New York. The sweet confections can also be found onstage at the Marquis Theatre, where the … Continue reading

Top 20 Things to Do Before 2009

The clock is ticking, the countdown has begun. The New Year is just a breath away. But hold the moment: There’s so much to experience right now. To help you manage your precious time, here’s a list of itinerary essentials – from moving plays to thrilling concerts to one-of-a-kind museums, restaurants and stores – that you can check off while it’s still 2008.
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Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab

Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab It can be hard to know when a roast is well done, and extremely difficult to know when it’s overdone. Taking it away from the heat too early leaves it weak and flimsy, and leaving … Continue reading

Cancer at 23: How Health Insurance Failed Me

“I’m too young for this,” I thought. It wasn’t the first time that those words had crossed my mind in the past few months. I thought it when I was diagnosed with advanced thyroid cancer. I thought it when the company I was working for began facing financial problems and my paychecks were bouncing. I thought it when I learned I would be dependent on a prescription drug every day for the rest of my life. And I thought it again when I got the bill. In spite of having insurance, I had been billed in full for my surgery and two nights in the hospital. The total was $20,759.89. I was 23 years old.
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[title of show] It’s funny, charming, witty and original. So what is it doing on Broadway? That’s a good question to ask about [title of show], the most genuine and unassuming play that has adorned Broadway’s stages since…who knows when? … Continue reading

Making the Scene

Set designer Tony Walton has worked on everything from the plays of John Guare and Anton Chekhov to the musicals of Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Sondheim — not to mention such iconic films as Murder on the Orient Express and All That Jazz — amassing shelves of awards in the process. Now the self-described “ancient geezer” is back on Broadway as designer of the musical version of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Recently, Walton took a break from working on this massive show — which consists of nearly 50 scene changes — to sit down and discuss the project.
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Buffalo Gal

Buffalo Gal Nostalgia appears in every scene of Buffalo Gal, A. R. Gurney’s latest play currently in performances at 59E59 Theaters. It is in the people, the clothes, the furniture and it also appears in the music of the show. … Continue reading