A Streetcar Named Desire

  Blanche DuBois may be looking for magic, but it’s unforgiving realism that floods the theater at St. Ann’s Warehouse, where a gritty and gripping production of A Streetcar Named Desire is performances. Starring Gillian Anderson as Tennessee Williams’ faded … Continue reading


Bright Star

“You need to find a sweeping tale of pain and redemption,” one character tells another in Bright Star, the new musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell playing at the Cort Theatre. Unfortunately, it seems Martin and Brickell did not … Continue reading


Waitress

The confection being served up at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre is neither sweet nor savory. In fact, it can’t be summed up in a single word, despite present-day culture’s obsession with concise descriptions and hashtags. (#SorryNotSorry.) Instead, it’s a delightfully … Continue reading


Prodigal Son

  Absence makes the heart grow fonder in Prodigal Son, John Patrick Shanley’s misty-eyed memory play that is currently in performances at City Center’s Stage II. Also directed by Shanley, the autobiographical drama follows Jim Quinn (played by the gifted … Continue reading


Her Requiem

Life is mirroring art, which is mirroring life, in Her Requiem, the ambitious new play by Greg Pierce. Directed by Kate Whoriskey in an LCT3 production at the Claire Tow Theatre, this familial drama address the thrilling excitement surrounding the … Continue reading


The Grand Paradise

“What’s behind those doors?” I wondered frequently throughout my trip to The Grand Paradise, a new immersive production playing in Brooklyn. Presented by Third Rail Projects and overseen by the company’s artistic directors Zach Morris, Tom Pearson and Jennine Willett, … Continue reading


Snow White

Traditional fairy tales have offered countless explorations into darker themes: sexuality, power, disempowerment, power and disempowerment through sexuality… one, especially if one is a feminist, could go on and on. And Company XIV’s presentation of Snow White, receiving its premiere … Continue reading


Noises Off

Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint what it is that makes something great. One spice or flavor in a recipe, one color in a painting or one drop of liquor can elevate a cocktail from good to great. It’s the combination … Continue reading


Once Upon a Mattress

“A princess is a delicate thing,” sweetly sings the chorus of Once Upon a Mattress, the deliciously kooky musical in performances at the Abron Arts Center on the Lower East Side. But in this revival of the 1950s musical spoof … Continue reading


Nutcracker Rougue

New York is never at a loss for sparkling decorations during the holiday season. Brightly lit trees and adorn every street corner, and the window displays on Fifth Avenue probably keep the glitter companies in business year-round. But when seeing … Continue reading