The Audience

When writing about Helen Mirren’s performance as Queen Elizabeth in The Audience, a new play by Peter Morgan, opportunities for puns abound, but I will do my best to resist. Mirren is no stranger to the QE2; she won an … Continue reading

Bullets Over Broadway

It’s not for a lack of trying. Bullets Over Broadway, the latest screen to stage musicalization to hit the Great White Way, certainly tries. It’s bright, sparkling and loud. The problem is, it still manages to only lad a somewhat … Continue reading

The City of Conversation

Politics are most definitely personal in The City of Conversation, the new play by Anthony Giardina in performances at Lincoln Center. Directed by Doug Hughes and starring an elegant and impassioned Jan Maxwell, this new work ambitiously and somewhat clumsily … Continue reading

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

As an avowed fan of “Downton Abbey,” I was very intrigued by the idea of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, a musical that had been described as “Downton Abbey” on acid. One of the reasons I appreciate “Downton … Continue reading


In Violet, a musical about changing how a person sees herself, Sutton Foster allows the audience a completely new way to see her. Foster, a two-time Tony Award winner for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes, is known for her … Continue reading


Willkommen back, Cabaret. We’re happy to see you, indeed. In a season awash with revivals, the return of Sam Mendes’ and Rob Marshall’s Tony Award-winning production to its old home, Studio 54, was met with raised eyebrows by some. But … Continue reading

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

I found myself pleasantly surprised by Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Admittedly, not often a fan of jukebox musicals, which I have found to be formulaic and predictable, I was both moved and inspired by the new musical about … Continue reading


The dark, grim and gritty production of Machinal, Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 play about the confines of society, is currently shining a much-needed light on our culture. Treadwell’s work, inspired by Ruth Snyder, the first New York woman to be put … Continue reading

Taking Care of Baby

The blessing and burden that is motherhood is on display at City Center, where Taking Care of Baby, the intriguingly uncomfortable play by Dennis Kelly, is making its American debut. Presented in the style of a documentary, where a disembodied, … Continue reading

The Glass Menagerie

Theatregoers, consider yourself warned. Long after exiting the Booth Theatre, where the achingly beautiful revival of The Glass Menagerie is currently in performances, this play will stay with you. John Tiffany’s movingly acted and artistically staged production will continue to … Continue reading