Medea

The fires of rage in Medea burn hot, but in Simon Stone’s new adaptation, all we see are the ashes. Stone’s modern-day reworking of Euripides’ familial tragedy about an enraged woman who murders her children offers a more clinical, scientific scrutiny … Continue reading


Cyrano

“A great nose may be an index of a great soul,” Edmund Rostand wrote in Cyrano de Bergerac. When considering the latest adaptation of this popular tale of love and tragedy, which pointedly lacks a notable physical element of the … Continue reading


Peter and the Wolf

“Breathe, everybody,” Isaac Mizrahi urged the audience before beginning the day’s second performance of Peter and the Wolf.  The intimate in-house theater proved to be a fitting venue for this exuberantly festive production of Sergei Prokofiev’s 1936 composition. Mizrahi’s invitation … Continue reading


(A)loft Modulation

Jazz is a famously unstructured form of music. Often improvised, and unpredictable, it doesn’t matter if there is no clear ending to the song: the mere experience of listening is thrilling enough. (A)loft Modulation, the new play by Jaymes Jorsling … Continue reading


Wives

“A wives’ world,” the women sing as they triumphantly dance across the stage. “. . . and the male gaze will be cast away somewhere up among the stars . . .” With its empowered declarations and jubilant choreography, this … Continue reading


All My Sons

The crushing of youthful ideals has fueled many a drama, both onstage and off. But few have accomplished this as powerfully, or as devastatingly, as Arthur Miller in his 1947 drama All My Sons, currently revived by Roundabout Theater Company … Continue reading


Hillary and Clinton

“That felt good,” this critic thought after attending a performance of Hillary and Clinton, Lucas Hnath’s topical new play in performances at the Golden Theatre. Almost three years after watching an undeniably qualified woman lose the Presidential election to an undoubtedly unqualified man – … Continue reading


Benny and Joon

Even the best garnishes can’t save a badly-baked treat. Thus is the case of Benny and Joon, the latest movie-to-musical adaptation to take the stage. This pleasantly pleasing but unfulfilling creation playing at Paper Mill Playhouse is elevated with by … Continue reading


What the Constitution Means to Me

As a teenager, playwright and performer Heidi Schreck visited many American Legion Halls, giving speeches on the Constitution that “drew a personal connection between your own life and the document” to earn money for college. After her prepared statement, she … Continue reading


Be More Chill

“Welcome to the human social ritual known as theater,” intones the pre-recorded voice before the curtain rises on Be More Chill. But theater is just one of the social rituals featured in this new musical that skewers and satirizes societal … Continue reading