Off-Broadway Review: “The Pink Unicorn” at the Episcopal Actors’ Guild

“I am gender queer, Ma. Look it up.” – Jolene Lee to Her Mother Trisha The LGBTQ+ communities have undergone significant and healthy upheaval since Elise Forier Edie developed “The Pink Unicorn” in 2011 at The Blue Mountain Center in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Although the playwright has attempted to update the script, its present incarnation currently…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Original Sound” at Cherry Lane Studio Theatre

What a pleasant surprise to walk into the Studio space at Cherry Lane Theatre and see a fresh, new look developed for the exciting new production “Original Sound” by Adam Seidel. Scenic designer, Justin Townsend has transformed the space into a multi-purpose set used for several different locations but always having the lingering aura of a contemporary, professional recording studio….

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Off-Broadway Review: “Happy Talk” at the New Group at Pershing Square Signature Center’s Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

Happy talk – the type of verbal communication, replete with counterfeit smiles, that too often serves as a replacement for authentic connection between individuals – cascades across the stage at the New Group’s world premiere of Jesse Eisenberg’s “Happy Talk” at the New Group at Pershing Square Signature Center’s Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre. Lorraine (a broken and dangerous Susan…

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Off-Broadway Review: “BLKS” in the Newman Mills Theater at the Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space

Poet-playwright Aziza Barnes puts many ingredients into their script blender to whip up a “comedic look” at the lives of Octavia (Paige Gilbert), Imani (Alfie Fuller), and June (Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, three twenty something black women living in New York City – a city where black lives seem not to matter and where, for that reason, it has become difficult for…

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Broadway Review: “Tootsie” Grapples with Gender at the Marquis Theatre

“Tootsie” has arrived and the lights on Broadway, especially those the Marquis theater where the musical is in residence, are shining much brighter because of the energy generated by the incredible cast that delights the audience and sparks uproarious laughter and spontaneous applause at every turn. This new production based on the 1982 movie starring Dustin Hoffman has transferred to…

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Broadway Review: “Be More Chill” at the Lyceum Theatre

It is difficult to separate “Be More Chill,” currently running at the Lyceum Theatre, from the hype surrounding what has become a teenage cult musical since its 2015 run at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey and its recent off-Broadway run at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center in 2018. This hype has…

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Broadway and Off-Broadway News: 69th Annual Theater Awards – Outer Critics Circle Announce 2018-2019 Season Nominees

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators covering New York theater for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, announced today (April 23, 2019) its nominees for the 2018-19 season. Broadway’s “Tootsie” star Julie Halston along with “Torch Song” sensation Michael Urie presided over the (11AM) announcement ceremony in the Oak Room at New York’s renowned…

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Broadway Review: “Oklahoma!” Fails to Measure Up at Circle in the Square

Buried somewhere beneath the myriad sheets of plywood neatly lining the walls and covering the floors of Circle in the Square is the original sheer splendor, strength, and – yes – the overwhelming darkness of the original production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” Alas, that poor “Oklahoma!” is dead and is unceremoniously buried in Daniel Fish’s pretentious and overwrought “Oklahoma!”…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Nantucket Sleigh Ride” in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center Theater

In the 18th and 19th centuries, new phrases entered the language of the sailors who took to the sea off the island of Nantucket, one of the whaling capitals of the world during that period. One specific expression “Nantucket Sleigh Ride” describes what happens when a harpooned whale drags the sailors in their long boat across the surface of the…

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Off-Broadway Preview and News: “Miracle in Rwanda” Opens on April 9, 2019 and Will Play through May 11, 2019 at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row

MIRACLE IN RWANDA – the play by Leslie Lewis and Edward Vilga – scheduled to premiere Off Broadway following an acclaimed world tour, with preview performances beginning April 4 prior to an official opening night April 9 at the Lion Theatre on Theater Row (410 W. 42 St.) in Manhattan, will now play through May 11, 2019. Directed by George…

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