Broadway Review: “Sweat” Evaporates Quickly at Studio 54

“Sweat,” currently running on Broadway at Studio 54, seems to be a play about not what it is assumed to be about. It is not about post-election politics. It is not about the history of factory closings in America’s rust belt or the pandemic of brokenness in American cities. “Sweat” is about human brokenness, the kind of brokenness that results…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba: William Inge in Repertory” at Transport Group Theatre Company at the Gym at Judson

“Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba: William Inge in Repertory” at Transport Group Theatre Company at the Gym at Judson leaves one longing for more William Inge and more Transport Group – perhaps a trifecta that includes the 1955 “Bus Stop.” Inge’s themes of deep angst, “small ambition,” the search for identity and purpose, lost (or abandoned) youth, choices and…

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Off-Broadway Review: “The View UpStairs” at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project

“Forty years ago this place was a fabulously tacky gay bar with a life-sized cardboard cutout of nude Burt Reynolds hanging from the ceiling. It was a church. There was live music and dancing, hustlers, drag queens, even a mother who came with her son. It was a community of people who were funny, and brave, and full of life.”…

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Off-Broadway Review: Bated Breath Theatre Company’s “Beneath the Gavel” at 59E59 Theaters

When one visits an art museum and stands in front of a painting – let us say Jeff Koons’s “Woman in Tub” – one reacts in one of perhaps three ways: the visitor “likes, just likes it” and snaps a digital image and moves on to another contemporary artist; the visitor pauses for some time and examines the work, deciding…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Sundown, Yellow Moon” at the McGinn/Cazale (WP Theater)

At sundown, when objects lose their precise “black-and-white” identity, the yellow moon begins to assume the role of providing “light.” Moonlight is far more forgiving than sunlight – it is the light of all things Eastern, leaving the bright Western light to its own devices of conditional judgement. It is the salvific murkiness of the yellow moon that draws fraternal…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Chess Match No. 5” at Abingdon Theatre Company’s June Havoc Theatre

Now, we don’t want to say, “Where do we come in?” or, “Where do we go out?” Because we would like, I think not to leave, but to stay here, now that we’re here. – He There is nothing like watching theatre directed by SITI Company’s Anne Bogart. Her attention to detail is unparalleled and her signature staging that includes…

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Broadway Review: Roundabout’s “The Price” at the American Airlines Theater

The cast of four in Arthur Miller’s “The Price” is filled with glitter: Mark Ruffalo, who has shone primarily on film; Tony Shaloub, who has won and been nominated for awards in multiple mediums; Jessica Hecht, a vibrant presence in countless productions; and Danny DeVito, for whom, surprisingly, this is a Broadway debut. Even more surprisingly, it is DeVito who…

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Broadway News: “Hamilton” and the Rockefeller Foundation Welcome 1,300 Students to an Exclusive Student Matinee of “Hamilton” on Wednesday March 15, 2017

It was exhilarating watching thirteen hundred students from New York City public schools gather on Wednesday March 15th at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway for the continuation of an unprecedented partnership between the producers and creator of the musical HAMILTON, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute and the NYC Department of Education. The partnership was funded through a…

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Off-Broadway Review: “The Light Years” at Playwrights Horizons

“You are not simply an electrician, you are illuminating the world!” claims one of the six characters in “The Light Years,” a pleasant, but less than fulfilling concoction now playing at Playwrights Horizons. Produced by a company called the Debate Society – which recreates slices of Americana – it focuses on two Chicago world fairs, exactly forty years apart. It…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Dolphins and Sharks” at Labyrinth Theater Company at Bank Street Theater

When recently entering the Bank Street Theater for the production of “Dolphins and Sharks,” the new play by James Anthony Tyler produced by Labyrinth Theater Company, I felt as though I was at a theatrical site-specific location. This is all due to the remarkable use of the small space, impressive attention to detail and encompassing the up close audience with…

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