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  • Gavin Lee in Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

    Gavin Lee, as that wonderfully despicable diabolical ridiculously hilarious creature The Grinch, in Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! now playing at Madison Square Garden's (MSG) Hulu theater, is PHENOMENAL. In case you missed that last part, PHENOMENAL! We know the Grinch, we've all grown up with him, so we have expectations, Lee takes those expectations, parlays them into a Christmas lights knotted bunch and blows the fuse. This is the Grinch of all Grinch's. He growls and purrs and...

  • Tom Souhrada & Adam Heller in Popcorn Falls

    Popcorn Falls is an actor's dream of a play. So, it's no surprise that the playwright, James Hindman, is also an actor. As is first-time director, Christian Borle. And I must say, they all combine to do the theatrical arts proud in this charming, funny and clever evening at the Davenport Theatre.As the script says right under the title "1 small town, 2 medium sized actors, 21 over-the-top characters." Which is not quite accurate - the characters aren't all over-the-top, and I only counted 16...

  • Kimber Sprawl & Sydney James Harcourt in Girl From the North Country

    NOTE: THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE 2018 PUBLIC THEATER PRODUCTION OF GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY...May I just say that I take back every negative thing I have ever said about Bob Dylan. Including the part about the first time one of the cool girls at high school played his record for me back in 1965 or so, and I thought the record was on the wrong speed. Basta!OK. Stop reading for a moment. Stop reading RIGHT NOW and get a ticket to Girl From The North Country at the Public Theater.I'll wait.Girl...

  • Sally Murphy & Jessica Hecht in Admissions

    Admissions, Joshua Harmon's interesting, if ultimately limited, discourse on the perils of white male privilege, is now playing at the Mitzi E. Newhouse at Lincoln Center. The production, directed by Daniel Aukin, submits a compelling application for higher education without actually making it all the way out of prep school.The action of the play takes place at and near Hillcrest, a New England boarding/prep school whose Headmaster, Bill Mason (Andrew Garman), is married to the Admissions...

  • Review by Stanford Friedman September 18, 2017A few years prior to winning a Pulitzer for Topdog/Underdog, Suzan-Lori Parks had the idea to write a play inspired by Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. And since plays often have minds of their own, that play turned out to be two plays: Fking A and In the Blood. Now, the Signature Theatre has brought these pieces together under the same roof, giving us two different Hesters and a world of grief.The premise of In the Blood is simple enough: a single...

  • Review by Tulis McCallWhat is fascinating and brave about Mr. Jacobs-Jenkins' writing is that he is hauling old sins out into the light. I was speaking to some folks after seeing Appropriate at the Signature Theatre, and the particular sins, that Jacobs-Jenkins examined, seemed to be news to them. The matter of lynching, despicable in its own right, is laid out on the table in the form of a photo album. Lynchings were a social occasion that people documented. They brought their children to bear...

  • NOTE: This is a review of the Off-Broadway premiere of Latin History for Morons at the Public Theater.John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons, now at the Public Theater is not for morons, and it is not just a history lesson. It is an homage to heritage, to parenthood, to Leguizamo's family and specifically to his son. Not bad.Of course as soon as I wrote the above I transcribed my notes and discovered that there was a boatload of history in this show. None of it very happy making.At first I...

  • This is a production of substance and grace. It is stacked with relationships so layered and family history branches so deep and convoluted that you practically need hip boots to wade on in to this tale. And wade on in you will definitely want to do. No question about that.It is 1936 Pittsburgh. Boy Willie (Brandon J. Dirden) and his friend Lymon (Jason Dirden) have driven up from Mississippi, and the trip has taken them two days on account of their truck breaking down more than once. They...

  • Review by Daniel Dunlow 14 February 2016Brave, courageous, and full of heart. There's no play like The Woodsman. There's no play like The Woodsman. There's no play like The Woodsman.Now that the The Wizard of Oz puns are out of the way, opening up at New World Stages is incredibly innovative new play The Woodsman which tells the story of the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz in his transition from man who chops down trees to becoming the rusted, metal creature in the woods that we all know from the...

  • Written by: Laura Wade Directed by: Abigail Morris Cast: Judith Light, Brian Murray, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe. Synopsis: Faced with the news of her impending demise, Myra is trying for once to be the model home-maker, wife, and mother, turning her household topsy-turvy as she sets her sights on a few domestic tasks to complete before she leaves...like arranging every last detail of her own funeral and relentlessly trying to force her fractured family to communicate with each other. Myra, her...

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