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  • Alexandra Socha & Douglas Sills in Mack and Mabel

    Even the soberest of theater-goer can surrender all hope, for there is no resisting the wildly addictive music and lyrics of Mack & Mabel, the 1974 Broadway also-ran, featuring a tough dose of booze and pills, that launches the 2020 New York City Center's Encores! series. Jerry Herman's inspired score, injected with sparkly classics and lesser known gems alike, is here in glorious health, courtesy of a full-throated company of 30, backed by a 28-piece on stage orchestra.The book though, by...

    New York City Center
  • Sheldon Woodley, Jasminn Johnson, John-Andrew Morrison, Khiry Walker & Alfie Fuller in Blues for an Alabama Sky

    It is a little unsettling that Pearl Cleage's Blues For An Alabama Sky set in Harlem in 1930, is so relevant 90 years later in 2020. It deals with the economic uncertainties right after the Great Depression when people were struggling to find jobs and keep themselves and their families sheltered, fed & clothed. It also deals with homophobia and the opposition to women's reproductive rights and agency over their own bodies. Have we really made so little progress in the last 90 years that we...

    Theatre Row
  • Carla Gugino & Jason Babinsky in Anatomy of a Suicide

    The format of Alice Birch's Anatomy of a Suicide, currently enjoying its US premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company, has been described as experimental. Which surprises me since Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey has been using the three-ring circus format for over a hundred years now. Of course, the circus is not trying to provide a narrative or explore complex familial and societal relationships while Birch is.And therein lies the rub. When you present an audience with three separate...

  • Stephanie Berry in Frankenstein

    Though created 80 years apart, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Bram Stoker's Dracula are pop-cultural close cousins. Their gothic bond was forged in 1931, when each received its own horror flick treatment, with Boris Karloff cast as the monster born from the dead and Bela Lugosi as the vampire that would not die. Since then, the works have been satirized, sexualized, analyzed and animated. And now, the Classic Stage Company resurrects them for the Off-Broadway stage, in a repertory cycle of two...

  • Matthew Saldivar, Kelley Curran & Kate Hamill in Dracula

    Over the past few years, playwright Kate Hamill has created something of a cottage industry, writing and acting in feminist stage adaptations of novels like Pride & Prejudice and Little Women. But, until now, she had denied herself the true pleasure of penning a revenge fantasy. Her Dracula, teeming with powerful women and playing in repertory at the Classic Stage Company's Lynn F. Angelson Theater, alongside a much more by the book adaptation of Frankenstein by Tristan Bernays, is biting in...

  • Donnetta Lavinia Grays in Where We Stand

    Where We Stand is a gem of a show. It sparkles from every direction you shine a light on it. Whether it is on playwright Donnetta Lavinia Grays' lyrical yet powerful writing style, director Tamilla Woodard's inclusive and imaginative staging, Grays' compelling and charismatic stage presence in this one-person show, or the thoughtful and absorbing questions the play poses, there is a glow from every facet the light hits.There is certainly nothing revolutionary about the basic plot device in Where...

  • 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...

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