Broadway Review: “Heisenberg” at Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

“You’re not. You can hear it. That’s not listening to it. That’s different from listening./You need to follow it. The melody. Try to predict what will happen to it next. It will completely take you by surprise./That’s the secret that nobody knows about music./Music doesn’t exist in the notes. It exists in the spaces between the notes.” – Alex Priest…

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Regional Review: “Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp Live” at Enlow Recital Hall at Kean University

October 17, 2016 | Cabaret, New Jersey | Tags: ,

This is an alert notice for the residents of Northern NJ and beyond, informing them that there are options other than trekking into the great entertainment mecca across the river to satisfy their cultural appetite. Yes, there are many reputable regional theaters in New Jersey as well as NJ PAC; but also there is a little gem that is beginning…

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Off-Broadway Review: “All the Ways to Say I Love You” at MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theatre

October 16, 2016 | Off-Broadway | Tags: ,

Mrs. Johnson muses that the role of a teacher– a high school English and Drama teacher at an unnamed public school at a non-specific time – is to provide answers to students’ questions. Whether the answers are right or wrong matters not, she ponders. What matters is grappling with the issue and discovering the truth – whatever that might be….

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Off-Broadway Review: “Orwell in America” at 59E59 Theaters

October 13, 2016 | Off-Broadway | Tags:

Joe Sutton’s “Orwell in America” imagines what might happen if George Orwell were to embark on a book tour in post-World-War II America with his publicist. How would an American audience receive his “Animal Farm” and his deep commitment to Democratic Socialism? There is really nothing new in Mr. Sutton’s exposition: other than the fictional visit to America, all of…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Nat Turner in Jerusalem” at the New York Theatre Workshop

October 3, 2016 | Best Bet, Off-Broadway | Tags:

“Yes, and this country will either cease its injustice or it will slowly fall to ruin. Leave it while you can.” – Nat Turner The encounter between Nat Turner (played with a powerful morally ambiguous core by Phillip James Brannon), Thomas R. Gray (played with a palpable malicious intent by Rowan Vickers), and the Guard (also played by Mr. Vickers)…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Maestro” at 59E59 Theaters

September 22, 2016 | Best Bet, Off-Broadway | Tags:

“A composer who avoids melody is like a person avoiding breathing just to make life a little more interesting. But the things is, the melody must always be memorable.” Hershey Felder’s stunning tribute to the life and work of Leonard Bernstein is a work brimming with affection and respect for the “Maestro” currently running at 59E59 Theaters. Mr. Felder bristles…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Missed Connections: A Craigslist Musical” Connects at the New Ohio Theatre

September 16, 2016 | LGBT, Off-Broadway | Tags: ,

“Missed Connections: A Craigslist Musical” is being presented at the New Ohio Theatre after successful runs throughout Canada. It is a musical cantata with lyrics taken or derived from actual ads placed on Craigslist. That indeed ensures a variety of interesting and bizarre subject matter that is approached throughout the ninety-minute production. It is sung through as a rapid succession…

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News: Jason Sudeikis Will Star in Classic Stage Company’s “Dead Poets Society”

September 15, 2016 | Off-Broadway | Tags:

Classic Stage Company (Artistic Director John Doyle and Managing Director Jeff Griffin) announced that Jason Sudeikis will star as John Keating in the world premiere of Dead Poets Society, a new play based on the beloved 1989 film.  Written by Academy Award winner Tom Schulman, adapted from his screenplay, and directed by John Doyle, Dead Poets Society is set at a…

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