The City of Conversation

Politics are most definitely personal in The City of Conversation, the new play by Anthony Giardina in performances at Lincoln Center. Directed by Doug Hughes and starring an elegant and impassioned Jan Maxwell, this new work ambitiously and somewhat clumsily … Continue reading


A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

As an avowed fan of “Downton Abbey,” I was very intrigued by the idea of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, a musical that had been described as “Downton Abbey” on acid. One of the reasons I appreciate “Downton … Continue reading


Violet

In Violet, a musical about changing how a person sees herself, Sutton Foster allows the audience a completely new way to see her. Foster, a two-time Tony Award winner for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes, is known for her … Continue reading


Cabaret

Willkommen back, Cabaret. We’re happy to see you, indeed. In a season awash with revivals, the return of Sam Mendes’ and Rob Marshall’s Tony Award-winning production to its old home, Studio 54, was met with raised eyebrows by some. But … Continue reading


Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

I found myself pleasantly surprised by Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Admittedly, not often a fan of jukebox musicals, which I have found to be formulaic and predictable, I was both moved and inspired by the new musical about … Continue reading


“It’s Possible for Someone To Strike You and It Not Hurt at All” – Liliom Stars and Director Discuss Beautiful Soup’s Production of Molinar’s Controversial Play

“It’s all the right things in all the wrong places,” Gerrard Lobo said of the play Liliom, a tragic love story of a carousel barker and a small-town girl who are doomed to not reach a happy ending together. Ferenc … Continue reading


Machinal

The dark, grim and gritty production of Machinal, Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 play about the confines of society, is currently shining a much-needed light on our culture. Treadwell’s work, inspired by Ruth Snyder, the first New York woman to be put … Continue reading


“Pretty Little Liars,” Teen Sexuality and Slut-Shaming: Why “A” Isn’t the Biggest Problem On This Show

I’ve written about the TV show “Pretty Little Liars” before on this blog. Many of my friends have expressed surprise that I watch the ABC Family drama about teenage girls being harassed by an anonymous stalker – before they admit … Continue reading


11 Reasons Why Getting Older is Not a Bad Thing

We’ve all read at least one of the Buzzfeed blog posts about how old we’re getting – “30 Signs You’re Almost 30,” “Your Early Twenties vs. Your Late Twenties,” or “A Twentysomething Party vs. a Thirtysomething Party.” These lists usually … Continue reading


Taking Care of Baby

The blessing and burden that is motherhood is on display at City Center, where Taking Care of Baby, the intriguingly uncomfortable play by Dennis Kelly, is making its American debut. Presented in the style of a documentary, where a disembodied, … Continue reading