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

Private Lives

It is clear from Kim Cattrall’s entrance onstage in Private Lives that the audience is in for a smart, sensual treat. Striding onto a balcony clad in nothing but a fluffy white bath towel, tan, toned and smiling, we are … Continue reading


Talk is anything but cheap in Seminar, Theresa Rebeck’s new play currently in performances at the Golden Theater. Starring Alan Rickman as an acid-tongued literary professor teaching a class of aspiring novelists, Seminar explores the power of words – both … Continue reading

Venus in Fur

No actual blood is shed during a performance of Venus in Fur, the startling sex comedy written by David Ives and directed by Walter Bobbie, currently at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater. Starring the fantastic Hugh Dancy and the luminous … Continue reading

Other Desert Cities

A wonderful holiday gift has arrived on Broadway from Jon Robin Baitz, whose play Other Desert Cities has opened at the Booth Theater. After a critically-acclaimed run off-Broadway earlier in the year, Baitz’s story of a family’s secrets imploding their … Continue reading