Southern Gothic Novel: The Aberdeen, Mississippi Sex Slave Incident

Southern Gothic Novel I am in awe of Frank Blocker. Performing the one-man show Southern Gothic Novel at the Stage Left Studio Theater, and playing seventeen different characters, Blocker is giving one of the most entertaining performances in city right … Continue reading


The Third Story

The Third Story Before the performance even begins, an announcement, huskily voiced by Kathleen Turner, informs the audience dryly that if cell phones are not turned off, more than one gunshot will be fired during the performance. The good news … Continue reading


The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard It is said that The Cherry Orchard was intended to be a comedy. But after seeing the elegant, understated performance currently in production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, I have to disagree. It’s not that this … Continue reading


Shrek

Shrek Does burping have a place on Broadway? What about flatulence? And while we’re at it, how do cross-dressing wolves fit into the Great White Way? The answers are surprisingly, yes and quite easily. This critic is not ashamed to … Continue reading


White Christmas

White Christmas Visions of sugarplums may be dancing in the heads of children, but that’s not the only place they’re taking up residence in New York. The sweet confections can also be found onstage at the Marquis Theatre, where the … Continue reading


Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab

Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab It can be hard to know when a roast is well done, and extremely difficult to know when it’s overdone. Taking it away from the heat too early leaves it weak and flimsy, and leaving … Continue reading


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[title of show] It’s funny, charming, witty and original. So what is it doing on Broadway? That’s a good question to ask about [title of show], the most genuine and unassuming play that has adorned Broadway’s stages since…who knows when? … Continue reading


Buffalo Gal

Buffalo Gal Nostalgia appears in every scene of Buffalo Gal, A. R. Gurney’s latest play currently in performances at 59E59 Theaters. It is in the people, the clothes, the furniture and it also appears in the music of the show. … Continue reading


Saved

A spoonful of sugar may make the medicine go down for Mary Poppins, but it sure doesn’t help the play Saved, a musical with very different intentions playing a few blocks down the street. This production, a sanitized and sweetened … Continue reading


Heist

Heist Was that supposed to be funny? That was all I could wonder as I left the Sargent Theatre. I really couldn’t tell, after watching the new play written by Paul Cohen. The story was something about some jewelry thieves … Continue reading