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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Review of Avenue Q

    Avenue Q

    5/5

    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...

    New World Stages
  • 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....

  • 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...

    Longacre Theatre
  • 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...

    Studio 54
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...