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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 & 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,...

  • 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...

    Barrymore Theatre
  • 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...

  • 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
  • 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...

    Studio 54
  • 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...

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