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Friday, March 7 2014

The New York Philharmonic’s ‘Sweeney Todd’ Truly Earns Its Standing Ovations

The New York Philharmonic's resurrection of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson, proves to be one of the most delightfully wicked evenings of theater in recent memory.


Monday, January 24 2011

‘Mistakes Were Made’: Barrow Street Theatre, New York

With irony and extremely funny dialogue, West Village playwright Craig Wright nails modern angst on a theatrical cross -- for redemption in the beauty of a seriously flawed world.


Tuesday, October 13 2009

Animal Crackers: 18 September-25 October 2009 - Chicago

Eighty years have passed since the Broadway debut of this work and another national economic crying time greets the Goodman’s production, but we can laugh until we pass out and forget our troubles in the meantime.


Wednesday, May 20 2009

Mary Stuart: 20 April 2009 - Broadhurst Theatre, New York

Portrayed by the explosively accessible Janet McTeer, Mary Stuart demands our attention, lures our senses, and holds our hearts with a blend of power and tenderness


Sunday, April 12 2009

Pangs of the Messiah

Lerner's characters lean to one-dimension; their humanity never makes its presence known as they perform high acts of cruelty and treason, even amongst one another.


Tuesday, April 7 2009

Magnolia

As anyone who’s attempted to shake themselves loose from a diseased family tree can tell you, it’s not the branches that eternally grasp and devour the soul; it’s the root that can never be excised.


Thursday, February 12 2009

Eugene O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape”

It’s as if O’Neill had a fever dream of our present times as we too, fear we are little more than hairy apes.


Thursday, February 5 2009

Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Desire Under the Elms’

This is allegory for the modern reality-show line-up – its classic Jerry Springer and Maury Povich on perpetual familial loop.


Monday, January 19 2009

Eugene O’Neill’s Zona de Guerra (In the Zone)

At the time this was authored, Germany’s Kaiser was decimating young soldiers with mustard gas, American organized crime was providing an economy for the neglected ethnic masses ... not much has changed since.


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