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


Orphans

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


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


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

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


Kinky Boots

A little spring may be in your step after seeing Kinky Boots, the musical adaptation of the 2005 movie currently in performances at the Al Hirschfeld Theater. With a book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, … Continue reading


Lucky Guy

“You’re born, you die. Everything between is subject to interpretation,” according to one of the journalists in Lucky Guy, the affectionately nostalgic biography of New York City reporter and columnist Mike McAlary currently in performances at the Broadhurst Theater. Written … Continue reading


The Ride

Everyone’s a star on The Ride, the bus tour of Midtown New York that doubles as an improv show – even the bus itself. Created by Michael Counts, written by John Bobey and directed by Daniel Goldstein, this experience is … Continue reading


Hands on a Hardbody

“It’s much more than a truck,” the characters sing to the audience in the opening song of Hands on a Hardbody, the ambitiously simple new musical currently playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theater. It must be, if a 2 ½ … Continue reading


Breakfast at Tiffany’s

One of the first rules taught in writing classes is to show, don’t tell. Unfortunately, the creative team behind Breakfast at Tiffany’s did not heed this rule when penning this play. The sluggishly over-narrated production, currently playing at the Cort … Continue reading