The Big Deal

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

Dan LeFranc has constructed the play of a lifetime By Doug Strassler “Auntie Mame” would fit right in with the family depicted in playwright Dan LeFranc’s The Big Meal. Her “life is a banquet” sensibility echoes throughout the show, running at Playwrights Horizons after a decorated turn in Chicago last year, in which events unfold [&hellip
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The Mandate: How to help a boyfriend when he’s down on his luck

Written by The Mandate on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive, Opinion and Column, Our Town Downtown, Sex & Relationships

I have been with my boyfriend for 2 years, and I love him a lot. I’m worried that he might be struggling financially and I want to be able to help him. I’m in a place right now where I can afford to help him out but I’m worried he’ll be embarrassed and lash out. [&hellip
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Elysian Fields Forever

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

There’s nothing definitive about the new Desire revival It’s hard to breathe new life into a classic work. With performers ranging from the iconic Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh to Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Jessica Lange, Frances McDormand, and Treat Williams breathing life and resuscitating it into the immortal roles of Blanche DuBois and Stanley [&hellip
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To Sirs, With Shrugs

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

James Corden makes us all slaves to laughter in One Man, Two Guvnors By Doug Strassler Francis Henshall (James Corden) has an enormous appetite for most things, it would seem: for life, for attention, and, most appropriately, for food. It’s the latter quest that drives him to desperately agree to work for two separate servants [&hellip
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Some ‘Regrets’ in a Hotel in Reno

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive, Uncategorized

It’s not been a good year for Manhattan Theater Club’s City Center series, which included Zoe Kazan’s dramatically anemic We Live Here and Molly Smith Metzler’s amateurish Close Up Space. If Matt Charman’s Regrets, directed by Carolyn Cantor, is the best of the bunch, it’s only because it is raising the bar from a subterranean [&hellip
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Mavericks of American Dance

Written by Susan Reiter on . Posted in NY Press Exclusive

The Joffrey Ballet was an integral, vibrant element of the New York dance scene during the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, but more recently it has barely been visible in the city. For those who attended its performances (at one point, the highly popular company had two six-week seasons a year at City Center) during those [&hellip
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