Cinderella

The opening line of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella sets the tone for the majority of the play. When Cinderella, wandering through the misty woods, wistfully sings, “It makes you wish that the world could be as lovely as it looks,” … Continue reading


The Madrid

It is rare that I relate to the characters onstage as much as I did during The Madrid, Liz Flahive’s play currently in performances at City Center Stage I. Directed by Leigh Silverman and starring an underutilized Edie Falco, The … Continue reading


Women of Will

“Why would a card-carrying feminist spend all her time with a dead white male?” Why, indeed? The answer, I am happy to report, can be found in Women of Will, Tina Packer’s exploration of women in the Shakespearean canon. Currently … Continue reading


Speakeasy Dollhouse

“Someone else is going to be killed!” “Oh, good!” Such a devil-may-care attitude may be surprising in everyday life, but it is completely suitable for Speakeasy Dollhouse, the immersive theater experience created by Cynthia von Buhler. Inspired by the murder … Continue reading


Moose Murders

Any show that opens with a man wearing a fanny pack, un-ironically, needs to re-think its approach. And Moose Murders, the revival of the infamous 1983 flop, boasts both an un-ironic fanny pack and a serious lack of thought in … Continue reading


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The bed’s the thing in this play. Oh, and the woman in it. That much is clear from the first moment of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, currently playing at the Richard Rogers Theater. This revival of Tennessee Williams’ … Continue reading


Picnic

“It’s so hot and still,” says one character in Picnic, William Inge’s 1953 drama currently in performances at the American Airlines Theater. While the character is speaking of the weather on a sultry labor day weekend, the same could be … Continue reading


The Other Place

Nothing is as it seems in The Other Place, the beautifully cyclical drama by Sharr White currently in performances at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater. A somber, but not sentimental, tale of a woman and a family struggling with loss … Continue reading


Glengarry Glen Ross

Empty words may not normally be a happy discovery on Broadway, but in the stirring revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, currently in performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, the vacant dialogue and unfulfilled promises of salesmen are most certainly welcome, … Continue reading


The Mystery of Edwin Drood

“Let’s all be as vulgar and uncivilized as possible!” shouts one character in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the joyfully boisterous production in performances at Studio 54.  While this exuberant, interactive, choose-your-own ending musical may be a bit vulgar, it … Continue reading