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


This Ain’t No Disco

The lanky man in the blonde wig has the right idea. The lights in the club are suitably dim, but he keeps his sunglasses on for almost his entire time onstage. Audience members at This Ain’t No Disco, the sprawling … Continue reading


On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

There’s a reason why some shows have never succeeded. As much as fans might love them in spite of – or because of – their flaws, their creators simply cannot make them work. And, despite devoted efforts, the much beloved, … Continue reading


Desperate Measures

How does one take a noted problem play by Shakespeare filled with abuses of political power and flagrant inequality between the sexes and somehow transform it into a two-hour musical comedy that, despite the aforementioned problems, is utterly zany, ridiculously … Continue reading


Angels in America Conquers Broadway Again

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online  Now in revival, Tony Kushner’s shattering diptych proves as relevant as it was in 1991. Angels in America is a confusing work in many ways. Ghosts haunt the living, characters encounter … Continue reading


A Perilous Flight From Afghanistan Skillfully Staged in Manhattan

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online  An aura of mystery surrounds Flight. It begins with the quiet, wood-paneled elevator inside the McKittrick Hotel that transports audience members to a room resembling a narrow train car. As they … Continue reading


Theater: Say Something Bunny! Re-Animates a Family’s Mysteries

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online  The everyday becomes enthralling in Say Something Bunny!, a surprising new show that discovers compelling mysteries where the most intrepid sleuths wouldn’t expect to find them. Created by husband-and-wife team Alison … Continue reading


Hayley Mills Shows Her Party Face Off-Broadway

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online The definition of what constitutes a good party differs from person to person. For some, top-shelf liquor makes the night. For others, it’s the company and conversation. The adventurous gauge … Continue reading


Women’s Struggles Continue Post-Apocalypse in Zoe Kazan’s New Play

According to Kazan’s compelling After the Blast, progress for women is moving slower than we think. In this post-apocalyptic play, directed with clarity and compassion by Lila Neugebauer for Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater, years have passed since an environmental disasterforced people … Continue reading


The Personal Is Political in {my lingerie play}

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online The need for “safe spaces” has been written about endlessly in the press. Some espouse the belief that people, especially disenfranchised minorities, need and deserve places where they can share … Continue reading