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‘Proof’ Playwright Turns to Lithgow to Tackle David Alsop

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film

Is it fair to ascribe the sophomore slump to a Broadway writer whose second play hit the stage nearly 12 years after the first? Because that seems awfully close to what happened with The Columnist, David Auburn’s follow-up to the Tony and Pulitzer grabber Proof. Columnist, a peek into the life of powerful mid-20th-century journalist [&hellip
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Hard Work

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Doug Strassler on Matthew Broderick’s new Broadway offering Nice Work If You Can Get It Remember a few months ago that Honda commercial featuring Matthew Broderick retracing his steps as the iconic high school skipper Ferris Bueller? It’s not every day a fifty-year-old gets to play a young whippersnapper, especially in show biz. Kathleen Marshall’s [&hellip
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‘Dinner’ Theater that Leaves You Hungry

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film

Matthew Warchus’ 2008 revival of Marc Camoletti’s Boeing-Boeing was a blast of sexist slapstick farce, anchored by Mark Rylance’s ebullient award-nabbing role as Robert. We meet him and his misogynist pal Bernard again in the current Roundabout revival of Camoletti’s follow-up, Don’t Dress for Dinner. Remember the adage “all’s well that ends well”? Well, Bernard [&hellip
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A Lower Calling

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

There’s a great star to be found in Leap of Faith – and it isn’t Raul Esparza   Somewhere, 1992 is laughing its ass off. Sister Act, which hit screens almost exactly twenty years ago, is a solid Main Stem hit, while two less-successful films also released that same year – Newsies and Leap of [&hellip
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Chain This

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Ghost the Musical sucks the spirit out of its source material Making a hit movie is an inexact science. If the risk involved weren’t so high, the rewards would be less appealing. And there’s no easier rubric when it comes to adapting a big stage musical from a hit movie. Successful source material far from [&hellip
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Mack to the Future

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

August Schulenberg asks clever questions in Deinde Something wonderful is happening at the Secret Theater. Science fiction has taken over this Long Island City that’s begun to play host to a series of intellectually stimulating pulp theater, starting with Mac Rogers’ ongoing Honeycomb Trilogy with Gideon Productions there. Now, the provocative cyber-thriller Deinde joins the [&hellip
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Doug Strassler Reacts to the 2012 Tony Award Nominations

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in A Trip Through the Archives, NY Press Exclusive

It wasn’t one of the greater seasons on record, but the Tony Awards committee did manage to come up with an eclectic list of nominees for the June 10 awards ceremony that included newbies and veterans alike – and left out a few surprising performers once thought to be a sure thing. That certainly applies [&hellip
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Mommie Un-Dearest

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Michael Esper and Linda Lavin shine in The Lyons By Doug Strassler Saying that Linda Lavin is the best thing about Nicky Silver’s The Lyons is akin to saying that the sun is the center of the universe. It’s both obvious and doesn’t really give a full picture of all of the other elements so [&hellip
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