I’ll Eat You Last

Anyone who loves and longs for juicy gossip but feels a bit shamed by the desire should hurry to the Booth Theatre, where I’ll Eat You Last, the new play about Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers and starring a delicious Bette … Continue reading

Old-Fashioned Prostitutes (A True Romance)

“I certainly do exist. Help me,” a character pleads in Old-Fashioned Prostitutes: (A Love Story), the new play by Richard Foreman currently in performances at the Public Theater. I’m sorry to say I could not help this person, because, despite … Continue reading

The Nance

“Everybody’s looking for love” in The Nance, Douglas Carter Beane’s moving new play in performances at the Lyceum Theater. This lyric, crooned onstage in a vaudeville performance, applies to more than simply romantic love. In The Nance, the titular character … Continue reading


The threat of violence hovers in the air at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, where Lyle Kessler’s Orphans is in production. Directed by Daniel Sullivan and starring Alec Baldwin and the excellent duo of Ben Foster and Tom Sturridge, this play … Continue reading

An Interview with “‘night, Mother” Stars Joy Franz and Laura Siner and Director Cyndy A. Marion

“The clock is ticking,” is not necessarily a phrase a feminist writer likes to hear, but when discussing the upcoming production of ‘night, Mother, an exception can be made. In this case, the aforementioned clocks are not those of a … Continue reading

The Big Knife

This knife is too dull. While the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Clifford Odet’s The Big Knife has the potential for suspense and sizzle, this show is lacking substantially in both. A series of missed opportunities for tension and laughter, … Continue reading

An Interview with “Wanda’s Monster” Creators Laurie Berkner & Barbara Zinn Krieger

“There’s a monster in the closet!” might not inspire thoughts of rock music or friendship, but that’s exactly what Laurie Berkner and Barbara Zinn Krieger have created. Adapting Eileen Spinelli’s book Wanda’s Monster into a musical, the kindie rock singer/songwriter … Continue reading

The Assembled Parties

“I brought consommé!” the hostess says brightly as she enters the room. Never mind that the room is dimly lit, plagued by leaks and almost empty of people. Every course of this gourmet meal served by this hostess, in tasteful, … Continue reading


Matilda may boast of revolting children, but this musical is anything but revolting. Based on Roald Dahl’s best-selling children’s book and imported from London, where it originated with the Royal Shakespeare Company, this new Broadway musical is, much like its … Continue reading

“Lysistrata Rape Play” – An Interview With Playwright Mariah MacCarthy

Mariah MacCarthy is no stranger to women and sex. The founder of Caps Lock Theater, who is also a playwright and director, is mounting her original work Lysistrata Rape Play in a fully-staged workshop at the Players Theatre. The production … Continue reading