Posts Tagged ‘Doug Strassler’

‘Raisin in the Sun’ 50 Years Later, a Worthy Homage

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

: Nathan Johnson Caption: Damon Gupton, Annie Parisse, Crystal A. Dickinson and Jeremy Shamos in Clyborne Park. Photo by Nathan Johnson Clybourne Park arrives bearing serious dramatic lineage. Bruce Norris’s 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winner for drama, which, under Pam McKinnon’s adroit direction has already enjoyed a successful run at the Off-Broadway Playwrights Horizons in addition to London and Los Angeles tours, is a direct descendant of Lorraine Hansberry’s milestone work A Raisin in the Sun, set in [&hellip
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‘Proof’ Playwright Turns to Lithgow to Tackle David Alsop

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

JOhn Lithgow and Grace Gummer in "The Columnist". Photo by Joan Marcus 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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‘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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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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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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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

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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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