Posts Tagged ‘Theater’

All That Glitters

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

Photo by Aaron Zebrock. ‘Restoration Comedy’ is a fun period party I just made a new friend named Chase. And another named Naomi. And yet another named Michael. They were all hosts of the raucous, rollicking party that is Restoration Comedy, now taking place nightly at the Flea Theater. All of my aforementioned new BFFs are part of the [&hellip
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Not as Easy as ABC

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

glengarry-scottlandis The latest ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ revival can’t close the deal Pity poor Shelley Levene, the has-been real estate salesman central to Glengarry Glen Ross, David Mamet’s 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the corrosive nature of capitalism. Not only is pathetic Shelley, brought down to his knees from desperation, not too proud to beg his boss [&hellip
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It’s Christmas Eve in Washington

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

ACivilWarChristmas Paula Vogel’s patchwork Civil War tale is epic in length but not scope  The holiday season is often a time of reflection, but Paula Vogel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of How I Learned to Drive, has squinted back a bit further in time than most. Vogel’s new work, A Civil War Christmas, currently staged in [&hellip
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‘Crazy Piano Guy’ Brings Classical to the Masses

Written by NY Press on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

Washington Square Park’s very own pianist By Sophia Rosenbaum Every Saturday in Washington Square Park, the normal activity of an urban green space is interrupted by a man playing a baby grand piano, stopping people in their tracks with his subtle chords and classical tunes. “Conceptually, he’s just another street performer, because he has those [&hellip
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This Land is Bore Land: ‘Giant’ Aims High but Falls Short

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

Photo by Joan Marcus. One hates to write anything negative about a show like Giant. Book writer Sybille Pearson has maintained the progressive themes from Edna Ferber’s classic novel, and musician Michael John LaChiusa has, in typical fashion, crafted character-centric songs rather than hollow showstoppers. Michael Greif, a director known for leading rich musicals as varied as Rent and [&hellip
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‘Christmas’ is a Sweet Gift for All

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

Photo by Carol Rosegg. An ever-growing subgenre has emerged within the movie adaptation umbrella constantly covering Broadway: the holiday movie adaptation. In addition to Elf and White Christmas, both making return engagements this season, A Christmas Story, The Musical, the earnest adaptation of the cult film that grew into a yuletide tradition, has arrived for a limited engagement at [&hellip
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Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson

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

Photo by Chris Bennion. Carolee Carmello gets the star treatment she deserves in an underwhelming new musical Life stories are a tricky business. Every individual weathers enough ups and downs to have their own experience merit the telling – but that doesn’t mean that all lives translate to cogent dramatic arcs. Aimee Semple McPherson, however, one of the more [&hellip
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Adults Acting Out: A Murky ‘Mother’ Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

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

Photo by Monique Carboni There is a difference between complicated and convoluted, though it can be tricky to adhere more toward the former than the trappings of the latter. One merely involves the involvement of multiple entities occurring beneath the surface at the same time, some of which having a direct effect on others. The other throws these variables [&hellip
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Dance Hall Daze: Great Cast Helps Revive Edwin Drood

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

Photo by Joan Marcus. Sandwiched in-between he monolith musicals that stormed their way from the West End to Broadway throughout the 1980s (Evita, Cats, Les Miserables, etc.) was a different kind of British import, one that was, in fact, given new life by an American. The Mystery of Edwin Drood, a 1985 Public Theater production, was musicalized and adapted [&hellip
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A Whale of a Tale: Samuel D. Hunter’s Play Offers Plenty of Food for Thought

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

thewhale-joanmarcus What is it with writers and whales? Ever since Herman Melville’s magnum opus, Moby-Dick, was published 160 years ago, cetaceans have provided an interesting allegory for man’s quest to defeat others and understand himself in literary forms. Just last year, Melvillean influence permeated Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding, arguably the best novel of the year. [&hellip
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