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Politics and Love Without the Drama

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

David Rasche. Photo by Carol Rosegg Backroom politics can make for truly awesome drama, but Kenneth Lin’s Warrior Class drains the juice out of what could have been a far more enticing show. Warrior is the second show to play this summer at the Second Stage Uptown venue, designated for up-and-coming works by emerging playwrights. One doesn’t expect perfection from these [&hellip
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A Revival Revived, ‘Porgy’ & McDonald Now Have Their Legs

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

“When I’m wrong, I say so.” That’s a direct quote from Dr. Jake Houseman (the late Jerry Orbach) in Dirty Dancing, a 25-year-old movie musical that would appear to have very little in common with The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, the Tony-winning revival now playing at the Richard Rodgers Theater. For starters, Ronald K. Brown’s [&hellip
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Deconstructing ‘Three’s Company’ for the 21st Century

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

The three roommates in David Adjmi’s 3C, currently running at the West Village’s Rattlestick Theatre—Connie (Anna Chlumsky), the blonde bimbo; Linda (Hanna Cabell), the put-upon, responsible one; and Brad (Jake Silberman), the aimless Vietnam Vet—play the age-old party game “Faces” several times throughout the show. Yet a more appropriate title for this experimentally subversive noncomedic [&hellip
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A Cirque Show Even Non-Fans May Like

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

Cirque du Soleil, the entertainment behemoth created by Guy Laliberté, is a binary creature—you either like its fusion of ballet and death-defying acrobatics or you don’t. Zarkana, which has returned for a second, slightly trimmed-down stint at Radio City Music Hall, pushes the show’s dark edges even further. But Cirque haters beware: You’d be missing [&hellip
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