Off-Broadway Review: “Evening at the Talk House” Reveals a Dystopian Present at the New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center’s Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre

“Well — in any case, the play hadn’t been terribly well-liked by the public, and it wasn’t a success, but quite a few people had enjoyed it quite a bit, including, interestingly, a certain Mr. Ackerley, who not long afterwards began to take a more and more prominent place in our national life, which, I’d have to admit, was not…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Kunstler” Lumbers Along at 59E59 Theaters

February 23, 2017 | Off-Broadway | Tags:

“Dying is no big deal; the least of us can manage that. The trick is how you live, and Mr. Bill Kunstler lived. He lived with a searing pace, a furious energy, and overwhelming love of right and dislike of wrong.” – Jimmy Breslin in “The New York Times” Attorney William Kunstler was an important figure in American jurisprudence. “Kunstler,”…

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Broadway News: Jevon McFerrin Steps into Title Role in “Hamilton”

February 23, 2017 | Broadway, News | Tags:

Jevon McFerrin, the young actor who has portrayed Alexander Hamilton in “Hamilton” on Broadway as an alternate to the musical’s lead Javier Munoz, will step into the role effective immediately while Mr. Munoz takes a medical leave to recover from a physical injury, it has been announced by “Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller.  Mr. Munoz will return to the production following…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Kid Victory” Soars at the Vineyard Theatre

February 22, 2017 | Off-Broadway | Tags:

“I think so. I think he’s a good God, who can make bad plans. Thing’s going OK over at the shop?” – Joseph (Dad) to Luke Unable to score a substantial victory with his parents, his girlfriend Suze (played with a doleful and deep sadness by Laura Darrell), or his conservative Baptist faith community, seventeen-year-old Luke (Brandon Flynn) – as…

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New from TCG Books: “Here We Go” / “Escaped Alone” by Caryl Churchill

February 17, 2017 | News, Previews | Tags: ,

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the publication of “Here We Go / Escaped Alone” by Caryl Churchill. Both critically acclaimed works in this new volume premiered in London – Here We Go in the fall of 2015 at the Lyttelton Theatre, and Escaped Alone in January of 2016 at the Royal Court Theatre. Escaped Alone will premiere in the…

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Off-Broadway Review: “The Dressmaker’s Secret” at 59E59 Theaters

February 16, 2017 | Off-Broadway | Tags:

“The Dressmaker’s Secret” by Sarah Levine Simon and Mihal Grunfeld is enjoying its world premiere at 59E59 Theaters. The new play is based on Mr. Grunfeld’s novel “The Dressmaker’s Son” and the change from ‘son’ to ‘secret’ is more significant than might be obvious at first glance. Why did the playwrights shift the focus from the son to the mother’s…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Ring Twice for Miranda” at New York City Center Stage II

February 12, 2017 | Off-Broadway | Tags:

“Sometimes I think you’re delusional about having all this power. Other times I think you’ve far too much of it.” – Miranda to Sir Alan Hruska’s new play “Ring Twice for Miranda,” currently playing at New York City Center Stage II, is starkly reminiscent of Jean-Paul Sartre’s “No Exit” and revisits the important existential themes of choices and their consequences,…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Yen” at MCC Theatre at the Lucille Lortel Theatre

February 12, 2017 | Off-Broadway | Tags: ,

More “Of Mice and Men” than “Orphans,” “Yen,” currently playing at MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, dives headlong into the miasma of dysfunctional families without abandon and lands in a matrix of enduring questions that British playwright Anna Jordan decides not to answer in this play that makes its way from a successful run at the Royal Exchange…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Crackskull Row” at Irish Rep Theatre in the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre

February 10, 2017 | Off-Broadway | Tags:

Legend has it that on May Eve all sorts of sorcery abounds in the country sides of Ireland. That is certainly the case on Crackskull Road somewhere in Dublin 2 on the April 30 in question in Honor Molloy’s delightful psychological thriller “Crackskull Road” currently playing at Irish Rep Theatre. For eighty riveting minutes, the complex Morrigan family system splays…

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Off-Broadway Review: “The Object Lesson” at New York Theatre Workshop

February 9, 2017 | Off-Broadway | Tags:

“Do you have what you need? Do you need what you have?” – Geoff Sobelle The audience enters the New York Theatre Workshop into a vast display of “stuff” up for viewing, exploring, opening, sharing, moving around, and engaging with. And there is plenty to explore: lamps of all sizes and shapes; small boats filled with boxes suspended from the…

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