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  • It�s musical chairs time at the MTC Biltmore. Theresa Rebeck�s new play Mauritius, her debut on Broadway, is one of those roundelays in which each of the five characters is trying to screw the others out of his/her interest in some very rare objects (here, postage stamps) and the whole thrust of the show is to find out which one(s) will be standing when the music stops and the final curtain falls.It is tightly plotted and full of the kind of snappy dialogue that one is familiar with from TV...

  • The New York Theatre Guide last reviewed the New York production of Avenue Q seven years ago, so we thought it was high time we re-visited Princeton, Kate Monster and co. at New World Stages to see if that fur-covered musical magic is still alive and well. I'm happy to report that Avenue Q is still right up my (Sesame) street!In 2003, this musical comedy from the creative genius of Jeff Whitty, Jeff Marx and the now EGOT-winner Robert Lopez defied all conventions and broke the mold of modern...

  • Review by Tulis McCall 25 February 2015Charles Mee lives on a planet very near the one that Bill Irwin calls home. I don't know where it is, but I do know I have visited it, several times. With Big Love now at the Pershing Square Signature Center, he has achieved lift-off once again.Big Love is based on the The Danaids by Aeschylus. Fifty perspective brides are fleeing fifty pursuing grooms. In Mee's version, the time is the present and the place is a stunning location designed by Bret J....

  • A review by Tulis McCallOh, they try, these women. They do try. They sing. They dance. They change clothes onstage. They try so hard they make you tired, and you aren't doing much of anything except sitting through this long, dull toothache of an evening.This is the story of three best friends from Texas, whose accents may come and go, but their friendship remains solid. More or less. Mary (Lauren Kennedy ) is a rebel, Joanne (Sarah Stiles) wants to grow up so she can be a wife and have...

  • Music by: Duncan Sheik Book and lyrics by: Steven Sater Based on play by: Frank Wedekind Directed by: Michael Mayer Choreography by: Bill T. Jones Cast: Jonathan Groff (Melchior Gabor), Lea Michele (Wendla Bergman), John Gallagher, Jr. (Mortiz), Skylar Astin (Georg), Lilli Cooper (Martha), Gideon Glick (Ernst), Brian Johnson (Otto), Lauren Pritchard (Ilse), Phoebe Strole (Anna), Jonathan B. Wright (Hanschen), and Remy Zaken (Thea), Stephen Spinella (Male Adult characters) and Christine Estabrook...

  • Review by Holli Harms April 4, 2017Words From A Nine Year Old:This story begins with the legendary Rick Riordan story of Percy Jackson book #1. It starts in NYC, in the Metropolitan museum with Mr. Brunner, Mrs. Dodds, the Yancey academy kids, and our hero, Percy (plus his right hand man, Grover). If you've ever read the first book "The Lightning Thief," you probably would know what godly thing is about to happen. And guess what, with costume, theater technique, and maybe a touch from the gods...

  • Review by Tulis McCall 18 Mar 2010Well, folks, there is trouble in River City and her name is Grace. Well, she is not the trouble really, but she surely has a way of attracting it to her.Set in nowhere Southwest, near the Fence that is supposed to be keeping aliens out of the country, Grace lives with her husband, known only as Vet. Grace looks for the good while Vet looks for the borders. Borders define what is yours and what is mine. For Vet, pretty much everything falls into the "what is...

  • Review by Tulis McCall 20 May 2015There are times when Neil LaBute gets to me and times when he does not.With The Way We Get By at Second Stage Theatre LaBute rang the bell on this one.Doug (Thomas Sadoski) and Beth (Amanda Seyfried) are in post coital sturm and drang. Their decision to sleep together after they see each other once again at a wedding reception seemed like a good idea at the time. And there are remnants of that good idea still present in the wee small hours of the morning, but...

  • Music & Lyrics by: Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane Book by: Hugh Wheeler Directed by: Charlotte Moore Cast: George S. Irving, John Hickok, Sarah Pfisterer, Becky Barta, Danielle Piacentile, Gabrielle Piacentile, Doug Boes, Merideth Kaye Clark, Kerry Conte, Ashley Robinson, Bonnie Fraser and Colin Donnell. Synopsis: The story of the Smith family as they eagerly anticipate the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis just after the turn of the century. Optimism and young love are severely tested and of course,...

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