‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore

Does Cheek by Jowl have a crystal ball? The timeliness of this London-based theatre company’s latest play is positively uncanny. Their production of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, currently in performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, is … Continue reading


Once

The phrase “natural beauty” is a sincere compliment when discussing the Broadway musical Once, currently in performances at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater. Adapted from the sleeper hit 2007 film, this story about an Irish guitar player and a Czech … Continue reading


Death of a Salesman

“A small man can be just as exhausted as a great one,” Arthur Miller wrote in Death of a Salesman. This statement is all too true in today’s world, where two jobs per family, or even per person, seem to … Continue reading


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