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

“Yes exactly. I would’ve felt like a traitor. Besides, retired people are like nuclear power stations. We like to live by the sea.” – Hazel to Rose The success of “The Children,” currently playing at Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, is primarily the result of playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s effective and judicious use of tropes, particularly the…

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Broadway Review: “Meteor Shower” at the Booth Theatre

Steve Martin has titled his new play “Meteor Shower.” Currently running at the Belasco Theatre, the comedy is as broad as the night sky above and filled with just as many stars and enlists the audience members to listen to and watch the actors on stage as they await occasional bursts of comedy that handily counterpoint the intermittent falling stars…

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Broadway Review: “M. Butterfly” at the Cort Theatre

“M. Butterfly,” the stunning albeit straightforward play about fantasy, deception, espionage, and betrayal seems to have lost its way at the Cort Theatre. Whether this results from David Henry Hwang’s revisions and updates or from something inherent in the production itself is uncertain. This latest iteration focuses on Song Liling’s (Jin Ha) sexual status rather than on French diplomat Rene…

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Broadway Review: “SpongeBob SquarePants” at the Palace Theatre

Walking into the Palace Theater to view the new musical extravaganza “SpongeBob SquarePants,” your senses are attacked by a barrage of Crayola colors, shimmering tinsel, happy music and an array of ornamental objects that appear as though Pee Wee Herman went overboard at Party City, shopping for a big beach bash. As you scrutinize the multifarious audience, there is a…

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Broadway Review: “The Parisian Woman” at the Hudson Theatre

Beau Willimon is perhaps best known for creating the successful Netflix original series “House of Cards” which is completing its final season. Much of what made the series so savvy was the way the writers exposed the chicanery and dishonesty of politics without “naming names.” The episodes wisely left making connections to current events to the viewers. Inspired by Henry…

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Broadway Review: “Once On This Island” at Circle in the Square Theatre

“Once On this Island” was certainly an enchanting and memorable visit twenty-seven years ago and that may in fact cloud the opinions expressed when recently returning to this island and commenting on what had changed. Some audience members may have experienced finding an unknown out of the way place that had a simple and charming ambience, with friendly locals that…

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Broadway Review: “JUNK” at the Vivian Beaumont in Lincoln Center Theater

The highly anticipated new play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar entitled “JUNK” – referring to the bonds sold in the 1980s by Machiavellian inside traders – does tend to sacrifice intrigue for the sake of entertainment. The plot centers around the fictional junk bond king Robert Merkin (played with unscrupulous charisma by Steven Pasquale), as he manipulates his…

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Broadway Review: “Time and the Conways” at the American Airlines Theatre

“No, Time’s only a kind of dream, Kay. If it wasn’t, it would have to destroy everything—the whole universe—and then remake it again every tenth of a second. But Time doesn’t destroy anything. It merely moves us on—in this life—from one peephole to the next.” – Alan to Kay Rebecca Taichman’s staging of “Time and the Conways,” currently running at…

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News: Lifetime® Channel’s Season Four of “Broadway Balances America” Continues with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies”

Broadway Across America’s collaboration with the award-winning morning show “The Balancing Act®,” on the Lifetime® Channel continues Season Four of the six-part series “Broadway Balances America” with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s LOVE NEVER DIES. This new episode debuts on Monday, September 25th at 7:30 am ET and will re-air on Monday, October 2nd at 7:30 am ET. In episode two, viewers…

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Broadway Review: “1984” Wrinkles Reality at the Hudson Theatre

“Yes, ‘n’ how many years can some people exist/Before they’re allowed to be free/Yes, ‘n’ how many times can a man turn his head/And pretend that he just doesn’t see/The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind/The answer is blowin’ in the wind.” – Bob Dylan, “Blowin’ in the Wind” (1962) Did the 1947 Paris Peace Treaties at the…

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