The Heidi Chronicles

It is both enlightening and depressing how relevant The Heidi Chronicles still is, more than a decade after its premiere on Broadway. Wendy Wasserstein’s look at the life of feminist art historian Heidi Holland is receiving its first Broadway revival … Continue reading


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


Violet

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


Cabaret

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


Machinal

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