Author: Barbara Fleischman

Rebel in the Soul

It is worth a visit to the Irish Repertory Theater to see “Rebel in the Soul,” a most interesting play about an Irish doctor’s mission to obtain healthcare for the poor in Ireland during the ’50s. Very well acted and …Read More

Love in Venice

A small gem of an exhibit is currently at the 42nd Street New York Public Library. On the first floor is “Love in Venice” showing some of the wonderful holdings of the library in its 15th- through 19th-century trove of …Read More

Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim

A staggeringly handsome exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum celebrating the 80th anniversary of the collection. Beautifully mounted with superb treasure after superb treasure it is a joy to see. It gives deeper insight into the non-objective and the abstract schools …Read More

Jeweled Splendors of the Art Deco Era: The Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Collection

The New York in the 20s/Art Deco exhibition at Cooper-Hewitt is another jewel in New York this spring, with so many beautiful examples of decorative arts created during that era. The jewelry, pottery, glassware, textiles, fashions, and silver are wonderfully displayed …Read More

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

“946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips” at St. Ann’s Warehouse is a terrific production in every way! Based on a children’s book about England in World War I! It is touching, charming, funny and sheer delight. Excellent acting, fine …Read More

Noche Flamenca

If you want to see an exciting and memorable performance go to see “Noche Flamenca” at the West Presbyterian Church at 86th and Amsterdam Avenue! This exhilarating production stars Soledad Barrio, one of the most amazing Flamenco dancers extant. The …Read More

Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity

If you want to experience an outstanding, enlightening and challenging exhibition you must visit “Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity” at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at East 84th Street. It is handsomely mounted and opens one’s eyes …Read More

The Father

Strindberg’s “The Father” produced by Theatre for a New Audience is riveting, powerful, and amazingly relevant! Deftly directed by Arin Arbus, it features a brilliant performance by John Douglas Thompson, abetted by excellent Maggie Lacey and a fine cast. It …Read More

A Doll’s House

“A Doll’s House,” produced by Theater for a New Audience, is well directed. The excellent cast is topped by John Douglas Thompson giving his usual excellent performance, and a particularly fine Nora played by Maggie Lacey. The play is still …Read More

Indecent

“Indecent” by Paula Vogel is about a fascinating subject. The play is a most imaginative presentation about a serious event in the history of the Jewish theater. It’s creatively directed by Rebecca Taichman and features an excellent ensemble. However, it does …Read More

Toast

If you want to see outstanding ensemble acting, go to “Toast” at 59E59 (until May 22nd). The acting is remarkable! The play by the fine writer Richard Bean (“One Man, Two Guvnors”) begins slowly, but is very well done. It …Read More

She Loves Me

A charming confection by the Roundabout Theater Company at The Studio 54 Theater. “She Loves Me” has an excellent cast and is well directed by Scott Ellis. The score is delightful done by Jerry Bock and the book by Sheldon …Read More

The School for Scandal

If you want to savor a delightful romp you should go to the Lucille Lortel Theater and see “The School for Scandal,” a Red Bull Theater production, with a troupe of excellent actors such as Mark-Lynn Baker and Dana Ivey. …Read More

Henry IV, Part One

“Henry IV, Part One” was, for me, the most cohesively mounted play of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “King and Country” series at BAM. With excellent performances by Anthony Sher as Falstaff and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal, it was well …Read More

The Effect

“The Effect” at Barrow Street Theatre represents an interesting and provocative idea from a talented playwright, Lucy Prebble. It reflects emotions, and if and how they can be controlled by drugs. The play is well acted, but it comes to a …Read More

Nathan the Wise

One of the most compelling productions around is Classic Stage’s “Nathan the Wise,” starring F. Murray Abraham. It is a thoughtful and dramatic piece, which has so much relevance. It resonates strongly in 2016. An excellent ensemble cast with, as …Read More

Dry Powder

“Dry Powder” is a crackling and funny take on the financial world. Well directed, with a particularly excellent performance by Hank Azaria. The Claire Danes role is written on one level, which is too bad because she is an excellent …Read More

Shuffle Along

“Shuffle Along” is a handsome production with an important story to tell and amazingly talented performers, including Audra McDonald, Billy Porter and Brian Stokes Mitchell. It is directed by George C. Wolfe and choreographed by Savion Glover. It is beautifully …Read More

Women Without Men

If you want to see an old-fashioned, well-made play, go to New York City Center and see The Mint Theater Company’s production of “Women Without Men.” Written by Hazel Ellis, it has a relevant and interesting theme. It is the …Read More

Manon Lescaut

At the Met Opera, the Puccini score of “Manon Lescaut” was lovely. It was beautifully sung by the singers and performed by the orchestra. However, the small and simple story was completely overwhelmed by the atrocious and unwieldy sets, a silly …Read More

Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren’t

If you want to spend a charming few moments go to the Grolier Club and see the exhibition of the Dubansky collection of things in the shape of books. Everything from greeting cards, sewing kits, whisky containers, tobacco holders, minaudieres, …Read More

La Calisto

The Baroque opera, Cavalli’s “La Calisto,” is a whimsical mythological drama. Performed at the Juilliard School, it is enchanting, beautifully directed, marvelously sung, and offers excellent acting and dancing. The Juilliard School continues to produce outstanding operas throughout the year showing the extraordinary talent …Read More

Hail, Caesar!

“Hail, Caesar!” was a gentle spoof at Hollywood of yore with some wonderful performances by Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Josh Brolin, Frances McDormand, Scarlet Johanssen and a special off-beat one by George Clooney. A new talent to be noted is …Read More

Lady in the Van

“Lady in the Van” was a touching and amazing true story with Maggie Smith doing a star turn as the eccentric and sad lady. Alex Jennings was excellent in the dual Alan Bennett roles. We were able to gain some …Read More

A New Look at a Van Eyck Masterpiece

At the Metropolitan Museum, there is a jewel of a small exhibition of two panels by the artist , Jan Van Eyck, with beautiful ancillary material such as ivory carvings, cedar carvings, and jewels that serve to give further insight …Read More

Burial at Thebes

  An excellent production at the Irish Repertory Theatre is “Burial at Thebes.” It is an excellent translation of the Sophocles play. It is well acted and with a simple, but fine set (bless them!). “Burial at Thebes” provides a good …Read More

Maria Stuarda

The production and performance of “Maria Stuarda” at the Met Opera were outstanding! It was announced that Sondra Radvanovsky was suffering from a cold, but she was brilliant in her role and the voice was beautiful. All of the elements of the …Read More

Noises Off

“Noises Off” was a delicious romp, beautifully directed and wonderfully acted! With so much unpleasantness swirling around us it was a delight to just laugh into the New Year! The cast was excellent. Headed by the amazing Andrea Martin and …Read More

Bata Shoe Museum

A notable and charming museum in Toronto is the less known Shoe Museum. We went thinking it would be a touristy institution. To our surprise it is a serious, excellent display of shoes through the ages beginning with Greek and …Read More

Invisible Thread

“Invisible Thread,” a new musical at Second Stage Theatre was a most interesting play about two American young men embarking on a plan to make education possible for African youths. Written by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews and directed by Diane …Read More

She Stoops To Conquer

Seeing “She Stoops To Conquer” by playwright Oliver Goldsmith at The Actors Company Theatre (T.A.C.T.) reminds one of how many outstanding professional actors there are in New York. This Salon Series, where an excellent play is done as a reading …Read More

Spotlight

“Spotlight” was a briiliant film with some of the finest ensemble acting one will ever see in a movie. An important theme done wonderfully. Barbara Fleischman Rating:

Two Gentlemen of Verona

What a delightful gem is playing at Theatre for a New Audience out in Brooklyn! The Fiasco Group (all Brown U. graduates) is giving its usual delectable performance, this time “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” with the high excellence of their …Read More

Aldus Manutius

One of the most fascinating exhibits in New York is at the Grolier Club, 57 East 60th Street (because of construction, enter from Park Avenue). It is the legacy of Aldus Manutius who was in the 15th century the greatest scholar-printer of …Read More

One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series

An outstanding exhibition at MoMA is a must see! “One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series,” the reunion of 60 paintings by Jacob Lawrence (10 are shown here) about the migration to the North of African Americans, is a handsome, …Read More