The Lady from Dubuque

“Death be not proud,” Cynthia Nixon pleads on West 47th Street in the stunning production of Wit at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater. Well, Nixon clearly has not been informed that Death is being played by Jane Alexander in The … Continue reading


Carrie

Sometimes less really is more. This statement is certainly true when applied to the musical adaption of Stephen King’s Carrie, which has been reincarnated at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. King’s story about a telekinetic young woman and her religious fanatic … Continue reading


Blood Knot

“It’s only a game.” This phrase can often be categorized as famous last words, especially in the riveting production of Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot, currently in performances at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. … Continue reading


Look Back in Anger

“He’s horrifyingly odd and exciting,” one character says of another in John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger. The same could be said of the current revival of Osborne’s landmark 1956 work, currently in performances at the Laura Pels Theater. Starring … Continue reading


Wit

I thought I was prepared for Wit when I entered the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. I had seen countless plays about illness throughout my career as an entertainment writer. Last season alone I was deeply moved and inspired by Angels … Continue reading


The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

The living ain’t easy on Catfish row in the new rendition of Porgy and Bess, currently playing at the Richard Rogers Theater on Broadway. Minimalistic, passionate and violent, filled with soaring operatic songs as well as thundering anger and rage, … Continue reading


The Road to Mecca

The themes of light and darkness have inspired countless works of art and literature. Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness came to mind frequently while watching the Roundabout Theater Company’s production of The Road to Mecca at the American Airlines Theater. … Continue reading


Lysistrata Jones

Frothy fun abounds at the Walter Kerr Theater where Lysistrata Jones has made a triumphant transfer to Broadway. This silly, surprisingly heartfelt update of Aristophanes’ comedy about the battle of the sexes is this season’s surprise answer to a good … Continue reading


On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

You might be able to see forever on a clear day, but you won’t want to in this poorly conceived musical revival/re-imaging currently in performances at the St. James Theater. First seen on Broadway in 1965, On a Clear Day … Continue reading


Stick Fly

Spending a long weekend with family can be described as many ways. Frightening, inspiring, boring, exciting and predictable are just a few choice words to characterize such a situation. Stick Fly, the engrossing family drama by Lydia R. Diamond about … Continue reading