Theater

Network

How well I remember the movie “Network” with William Holden and Faye Dunaway. Their sexy star qualities could have dominated the plot if it hadn’t been for the incredible Peter Finch’s take on mental deterioration and messianic fervor. During an …Read More

Torch Song

We didn’t see the original “Torch Song,” so I was tempted by 2nd Stage’s current production, especially with Michael Urie. This story seemed like a big part of NYC history and theater and, once we heard it is now quite …Read More

Pride and Prejudice

We had seen and loved “Sense and Sensibility” in the little theater that doubles as a basketball court in the basement of the building across the street from NYU Law School, and we knew that Kate Hamill had written that. …Read More

The Lady from the Sea

The Donmar Warehouse Theatre is always into political themes and “The Lady from the Sea,” a late Henrik Ibsen play is no exception. The action is moved from the icy fijords of Norway, to an unnamed Caribbean Island and the …Read More

Springsteen on Broadway

Don’t expect a rousing rock and roll evening if you’re able to spring for the outrageous prices that “Springsteen on Broadway” is charging (or Stubhub). But do expect an amazing evening of theater, a one man show (except for a …Read More

Springsteen on Broadway

After fortifying ourselves with pasta and red wine at Le Masseria next door, we threaded our way through the expectant crowd to our seats blessedly close enough to the stage to enjoy the proceedings. There was unalloyed enthusiasm in the …Read More

Meteor Shower

Steve Martin can do no wrong, and he does no wrong in so many ways – playwright, screen writer, novelist, actor, musician. Following his wonderfully warm blue-grass show “Bright Star,” his new show “Meteor Shower” takes dead aim at over-intellectualized …Read More

The Band’s Visit

This was a great night out and I encourage any theater aficionado to go. Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub lead a stellar cast of musicians and actors that will warm your heart plus exercise your brain. The story is, as …Read More

Follies

Since its original 1971 production, “Follies” has been Stephen Sondheim’s most controversial masterwork, though over time it has gradually earned its status as just that: a masterwork. Its brilliant score combines pastiches based on the work of earlier Broadway and …Read More

People, Places & Things

An outstanding production is currently at St. Ann’s Warehouse — “People, Places & Things,” from the National Theatre in London, with a stellar cast headed by the amazing Denise Gough. She turns in a remarkable performance and heads a gifted …Read More

Time and the Conways

We first became a fan of playwright J.B. Priestley some years ago when we saw “Dangerous Corner” in London, which we enjoyed even more than his most famous play, “An Inspector Calls.” Last night, we saw Priestley’s “Time and the …Read More

Junk

When we first saw Ayad Akhtar’s play, “Disgraced,” we knew his was a voice to be reckoned with, and felt smart when he won a Pulitzer Prize. With “Junk” he has widened his take on ultra-orthodoxy to include the religion …Read More

As You Like It

Last Saturday, I attended a Teen Takeover performance of “As You Like It” at Classic Stage Company. An earnest, willowy high schooler seated me with charming hesitation. The teen ushers brought a fresh energy into the theater that lasted through …Read More

The Honeymooners

Does 1950s black-and-white television situation comedy scale up to 2017 Broadway-bound live musical theater? Well, sorta. How you like “The Honeymooners” — in national premiere at the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey — depends sharply on the expectations you …Read More

Mary Jane

In the last week we’ve been on a roll. Once again, a full theater sat without moving for an hour and 40 minutes, while five women performed Amy Herzog’s play, “Mary Jane” flawlessly. Herzog’s writing is fabulous as she brings …Read More

Tiny Beautiful Things

Last week, we spent 80 minutes with 350 audience members at The Public Theater. In absolute silence, we watched Nia Vardalos and three others speak the questions and answers to some of life’s major and minor issues. The audience tilted to …Read More

Follies

Eleanor and I were fortunate enough to have booked tickets for the new National Theater production of “Follies” before it went into previews. By the time we got to London two weeks ago, it had opened to rave reviews and …Read More

Prince of Broadway

Hubby and I almost decided not to go the day we had tickets, as the reviews were so lackluster. So glad we did, and we didn’t depart after the first act, as we figured we might. The song choices couldn’t …Read More

American Theatre Wing

Of course the Committee assembled the best and the most exciting entertainers to show us that evening what we should have remembered, what we missed and what we had in store for the new season. Entertaining that evening: Natalie Cortez …Read More

Summer Vacation at the Theater in New York

We’ve been in New York and have loved being here while most of our friends were away. With many nights spent at the theater, on and off Broadway, I took to doing short reviews on Show Score. Some of the …Read More

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

The Golden Apple

We’d heard that New York City Center’s Encores! production of “The Golden Apple” was a cult musical — a critical success in 1954, a commercial flop. Not sure any of that matters today, six decades later. It is fun, funky, …Read More

Present Laughter

Tired of the Depressing Headlines? Looking for Something Fun? Get Tickets to “Present Laughter.” We did just that over the weekend. “Present Laughter” — a revival of the Noël Coward classic — features a fine cast, led by a memorable …Read More

The Little Foxes

A little dated, but you will not look at your watch! The Manhattan Theater Club is staging a revival of Lillian Hellman’s 1939 “The Little Foxes.” We went on Wednesday and — after the response to my comments on “Sunday …Read More

How To Transcend a Happy Marriage

“How to Transcend a Happy Marriage,” at the Lincoln Center Theater for a few more days, reminds some people of the movie “The Big Chill.” As I was never able to make it through that entire movie, I suppose that …Read More

Pacific Overtures

For Sondheim aficionados (as I’m guessing most VDP members are), a new revival of “Pacific Overtures” opened last night at Classic Stage Company. As directed by John Doyle in his trademark minimalist style, it is pared back in every way—10 actors …Read More

Sweat

“Sweat” is an almost. It does the serious stuff well. An industrial town disintegrates for all the usual reasons. Former friends become enemies as factories shrink, jobs disappear and unions lose power. Crime, drugs and fights infect the community. Sounds …Read More

The Price

A lesser Arthur Miller play, and really unsatisfying. Even a talented cast (Mark Ruffalo, Danny DeVito, Jessica Hecht, Tony Shalhoub) couldn’t rescue it. Actually, we thought their performances were…strange. Blame it on the director? Danny DeVito played the comic role …Read More

Oslo

“Oslo,” starring Jefferson Mays and Jennifer Ehle, just opened at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. It appeared last year in a limited run at one of LCT’s smaller theaters. It received glowing reviews and we’d suggest you get ticket while …Read More

Oslo

This is a minority report: all the big reviews are ecstatic. Not that this J. T. Rogers drama doesn’t have its strong parts. The Bartlett Sher direction in the Lincoln Center Theatre is fluid – actors moving furniture on and …Read More

The Hairy Ape

We just saw the current production of Eugene O’Neill’s prize-winning play “The Hairy Ape” at the Park Avenue Armory. Bobby Cannavale is absolutely perfectly cast as Yank. His performance alone may be reason enough to see this. Paddy is also …Read More

The Hairy Ape

The Park Avenue Armory and Old Vic London Production of Eugene O’Neill’s play “The Hairy Ape” is a physical feat. Bobby Cannavale leads the charge in a beautifully choreographed non-stop journey from the bowels of a transatlantic ocean liner to …Read More

Pacific Overtures

The original 1976 Broadway production of this Sondheim-Weidman show got mixed reviews, as did most of the several revivals, some employing techniques of Kabuki theatre. The current revival at the Classic Stage Company is performed in-the-round with an energetic cast …Read More

Latin History for Morons

I had high hopes heading into the new John Leguizamo one-man show at the Public Theater. I thought it would be not only entertaining, but very interesting and hopefully even educational to learn about the Latino history, which he thought …Read More

Hello Dolly

Yes, it holds up, yes, it still works, yes, it’s faithful to the original, and yes, even an orangutan could probably play the title role, as Dolly the First has noted. This production of “Hello Dolly” is a special delight. …Read More