Reviews

The Portuguese Kid ****

Jason Alexander, Sherie Rene Scott

By: Paulanne Simmons

John Patrick Shanley’s new play, The Portuguese Kid, is a little like a guilty pleasure. You get the feeling maybe you shouldn’t be enjoying it so much. But somehow you can’t help yourself.

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Red Roses, Green Gold ***

David Park, Natalie Storrs, Michael Viruet, Brian Russell Carey, Michael McCoy Reilly

By: Paulanne Simmons

Deadheads Rejoice. Michael Norman Mann’s Red Roses, Green Gold, featuring the music and lyrics of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter is making its premiere at the Minetta Lane Theatre. The musical, directed by Rachel Klein, has all your favorite songs and even a plot … of sorts.

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Around The Town

Big Apple Circus

The Big Apple Circus Returns Bigger, Better, More Dazzling, and Thrilling Than Ever

By: Ellis Nassour

After a one year hiatus, New York’s home-grown Big Apple Circus has made a triumphant return, premiering its 40th Anniversary season at its longtime home under the big top in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, with performances through January 7. Rescued by Big Top Works , this New York original and intimate one-ring “circus with a heart” is back bigger, better, and newer than ever.

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The Exterminating Angel ****

Sally Matthews as Silvia de Ávila, Iestyn Davies as Francisco de Ávila, Sophie Bevan as Beatriz, David Portillo as Eduardo, Joseph Kaiser as Edmundo de Nobile, Audrey Luna as Leticia Maynar, Amanda Echalaz as Lucia de Nobile, Frédéric Antoun as Raúl Yebenes, and Sir John Tomlinson as Dr. Carlos Conde in Adès’ “The Exterminating Angel.”

By: David Sheward

Existentialist angst is not your usual fodder for the opera stage, but Thomas Ades’s The Exterminating Angel, based on Luis Bunuel’s classic 1962 film, explores the terrifying territory of lost identity and purpose. Now at the Metropolitan Opera after a world premiere last year at Salzburg and a production in London, this disturbing work challenges notions of traditional musical staging.

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Office Hour **1/2

Sue Jean Kim, Ki Hong Lee

By: Isa Goldberg

To put it bluntly, Office Hour, Julia Cho’s new play at The Public Theater, isn’t at all funny. The central character, a withdrawn Chinese American student, evocative of the lone gunmen of recent days.

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Golden Boy ****

Mia Christo, Fady Kerko

By: Paulanne Simmons

When playwright Clifford Odets wrote Golden Boy in 1937, he was working as a Hollywood scriptwriter, hoping to make money for the Group Theater, which had produced his previous plays, Waiting for Lefty and Awake and Sing! But Odets was conflicted. He was keenly aware of his personal struggle between art and materialism. So it should not be surprising that this conflict become the subject of what may be his best-known work, Golden Boy.

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Torch Song  ***

Mercedes Ruehl, Michael Urie

By: David Sheward

When Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy was nominated for a Best Play Tony Award in 1983, presenter Diahann Carroll wasn’t even allowed to accurately describe the tender, hilarious play. While giving a detailed synopsis of each of the other nominees, her copy for Torch merely summarized it as being “about love and the merciless mayhem loves wreaks.” When the play unexpectedly won, producer John Glines sent shockwaves across America by thanking his male lover. (I remember Johnny Carson made a joke about it on The Tonight Show the following evening.) Even the show’s TV commercial covered up its then-controversial content. Producers were afraid if Straight John and Jane Q. Public knew the show was about an unapologetic gay drag performer’s quest for a long-term relationship and an extended family, they’d shy away.

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The Band’s Visit *****

Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk

By: Isa Goldberg

There is a new lullaby on Broadway, with a fusion of influences from the big bands to traditional Egyptian music, to get lost in – enchantingly lost, that is, and charmed. 

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Death of a Salesman ****

Rob DiSario, David-Manis, Carolyn Popp, Scott-T.-Hinson

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presents Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama Death of a Salesman opened at Bay Street Theater as part of their ongoing annual Literature Live productions. The powerful play intensely directed by Joe Minutillo is arguably one of the greatest of the 20th century. Set in the late 1940’s the story focuses on the Loman family’s struggle with financial insecurity and their illusions just after World War II. Although Miller wrote the play in 1949 it feels equally relevant today as Americans face declining opportunities to achieve their dreams.

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Around The Town

Legs Diamond @ 54 Below

Peter Allen (far right) and the company of the Original 1988-89 Broadway Production of “Legs Diamond”

The Original Broadway Cast  INCLUDING CHRISTINE ANDREAS, BRENDA BRAXTON, BOB STILLMAN  and more in 
LEGS DIAMOND 30TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION CONCERT  

FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW (254 West 54 Street NYC), Broadway’s Supper Club, presents the Original Broadway cast of the much heralded musical in Legs Diamond 30th Anniversary Reunion Concert on Sunday, December 3 at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm.

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Anyone Can Fly

Faith Ringgold, Vaughn Bergen

16th Annual Exhibition & Silent Auction hosted by ACA Galleries

November 8, 2017:  The 16th Annual Anyone Can Fly exhibition and silent auction hosted by ACA Galleries at Affirmation Arts, 523 West 37th Street, featured a remarkable selection of art at the silent auction. Selected works were posted online for preview and early bidding prior to the event. Music at the festive evening was by the Jazz Doctors starring M.C. Joe Camardo. Dancing to the trio’s vivacious tunes  followed the auction.

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Death of a Salesman

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor presents Death of a Salesman

November 11, 2017:  Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama Death of a Salesman opened at Bay Street Theater as part of their ongoing annual Literature Live productions. The powerful play directed by Joe Minutillo is arguably one of the greatest of the 20th century. Set in the late 1940’s the story focuses on the Loman family’s struggle with financial insecurity just after World War II, and although Miller wrote the play in 1949 it feels equally relevant today as Americans face declining opportunities to achieve their dreams.  

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Friends! the Musical Parody ****

By: Iris Wiener

Could this musical BE any more fun? Nope. Friends, the hit NBC show of ten years, is ripe for riffing, and who better to take it on than parody masterminds Tobly and Bob McSmith, the clever writers behind Showgirls! The Musical! and Bayside! The Musical!? Whether you’ve simply caught the sitcom in reruns or you have pined for the day when Ross and Rachel would finally get together, this musical is a hysterical send-up of all that you loved to hate (or hated to love) about the 90s, and the cheese-filled archetypical tropes that defined comedic television.

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What We’re Up Against ***

Krysta Rodriguez, Marg Helgenberger

What We’re Up Against By Theresa Rebeck Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt @ WP Theater through Nov. 26, 2017

By: Lauren Yarger

In the workplace, employees have to watch out for sexual harassment. A simple phrase might be taken the wrong way. The twist here, is that the employee lamenting the state of things is a male — and the boss — who says men having to deal with women in the office is just part of What We’re Up Against in this all-too-timely, darkly humorous play from Theresa Rebeck at WP Theater (formerly the Women’s Project.)

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