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  • Emily Walton & Adam Kantor in Darling Grenadine

    "She lint rolled me," delights Harry, a jingle composer who's made a mint on a burger commercial, while reveling in how his shedding Labrador unwittingly played matchmaker for him and Louise, a Broadway chorus girl.In Darling Grenadine, a big-hearted and surprisingly tender if sometimes manipulative musical, it's only a matter of time before this mutt-assisted couple who meets cute runs headlong into hurdles. That goes with any new romance. But these two face the sort of giant game-changer that...

  • Vinie Burrows in Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories

    The applause was tepid, and the cast, sensing a lack of enthusiasm, put on brave faces above awkward bows, and scooted to the wings.As the lights came up, struggling into my coat, I turned to the couple seated behind me and asked the woman what she thought. She offered the classic New Yorker's downcast eyes paired with a shrug of her shoulders. Then, with a disdainful nod to her date, she responded, "Well, he liked it."This Mint Theater Company production of Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories,...

  • Jennifer Damiano, Joél Pérez, Ana Nogueira & Michael Zegen in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

    For a show that delves into the dangers of infidelity, the biggest gamble taken by The New Group's production of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is its faithfulness to its source material, the 1969 screenplay by Paul Mazursky and Larry Tucker. Ignoring both the siren call of the women's movement and the effects of technology on the sanctity of marriage, director Scott Elliott delivers a deliberate period piece at Pershing Square Signature Center, with book writer Jonathan Marc Sherman...

  • The Cast of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

    Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake is absolutely breathtaking. Adapted from the iconic ballet by Tchaikovsky, Bourne's Swan Lake reinterprets the traditional legend of an ill-fated prince who falls in love with a beautiful princess who has been cursed to live as a swan, transporting us to a surreal dream, in a near Brechtian tale of love and betrayal.On Lez Brotherson's spectacular oversize sets at New York City Center, The Prince (James Lovell) sleeps in a bed the size of a car, as maids and valets, in...

  • Kendal Sparks, Charles Busch, Christopher Borg, Nancy Anderson, Jennifer Van Dyck & Howard McGillin in The Confession of Lily Dare

    The quality that makes Charles Busch a must-see performer is his sense of compassion. Over a diverse, 40-year career, his most important work has always involved putting on a dress and a fancy wig to create what has become a classy menagerie of doomed heroines. While his campy works are dotted with moments of raunch and outright silliness, Busch's obvious affection and respect for the women he depicts brings legitimacy and a downright beauty to his craft. For all the hilarity his characters...

  • Jules Latimer, Ann McDonough, Christopher Dylan White & Eddie K. Robinson in Paris

    Paris, the new work by emerging playwright Eboni Booth, has nothing to do with the City of Light. This slice-of-life drama is set in Paris, Vermont, a city of blight, where a group of superstore warehouse employees, circa 1995, struggle through their long shifts before heading to a second job, or to the bar, or disappearing altogether. The play, staged by the Atlantic Theater Company at Atlantic Stage 2, percolates at a slow and even pace, under the sure direction of Knud Adams, as it...

  • The Cast of Emojiland

    Since emojis first made an appearance in Japanese technology in the late 90s, they have grown into a language within themselves, shifting the way that humans virtually communicate and even making the Oxford dictionary word of the year in 2015 (with the laughing, tear emoji). With that understanding, it was disappointing to find that Emojiland, the new musical from Keith Harrison and Laura Schein now playing The Duke on 42nd Street, didn't contain any deeper message for (or symbolism of) the...

  • The Cast of Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation

    Long a staple of Off-Broadway musical entertainment, Gerard Alessandrini's Forbidden Broadway has been keeping people in stitches since 1979. Playfully ruthless in its send-ups of musical theater, the show skewers with abandon. The current iteration, Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation brilliantly keeps the laughter flowing. It is a delight from start to finish.Alessandrini has an incredible gift for finding the funny. Both in his choice of material and the way he crafts his musical...

  • The Cast of Sing Street

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a review of the Off-Broadway world premiere of Sing Street at New York Theatre Workshop.The moral of Sing Street, as taught by a group of moody teenagers and put-upon adults, is that music, even 1980's pop music, can transform a boy into a man, especially when aided by the love of a pretty girl and the support of an older brother. This new musical, receiving its world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop, is a distillation of the 2016 semi-autobiographical film by John...

  • The Cast of 'Twas the Night Before...by Cirque du Soleil

    We all know it. At least parts of it. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas originally titled A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore. The poem first published in 1823 became an instant classic, an American tradition. It is the basis for all that we have come to think of as Santa - the reindeers, the chimney, dressed in red, all of it. It is read throughout the country in homes and churches and libraries and schools. That little old elf has become a part of our folklore, ingrained into...

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