Reviews

West Side Story ****

Isaac Powell, Shereen Pimentel

By: David Sheward

February 23, 2020: When it was announced controversial director Ivo van Hove would be staging a revival of  the beloved West Side Story, you could practically hear the screams of musical theater purists.

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A Soldier’s Play ****

Rob Demery, J. Alphonse Nicholson, McKinley Belcher III

By: Isa Goldberg

February 20, 2020: Charles Fuller’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize winning drama, A Soldier’s Play, finally makes its Broadway debut. An intense murder mystery that digs deep into the racism in our country, has found its day.

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Boom ***1/2

Rick Miller

By: Isa Goldberg

February 20, 2020: An unusually engaging piece of theater, Boom, at 59E59 St Theaters takes on the older generation from a Gen Xer’s point of view. That is the perspective of the Writer/Director/Performer Rick Miller. 

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Happy Birthday Doug ****

Drew Droege

By: Patrick Christiano

Michael Urie presents Drew Droege’s hysterical solo show, Happy Birthday Doug, at the SoHo Playhouse. 

February 16, 2020:  Happy Birthday Doug, a very funny and frequently insightful new one man-show by Drew Droege, RuPaul’s “AJ and the Queen” on Nexflix, opened at the SoHo Playhouse on Sunday.  Happy Birthday Doug is a follow up to Droege’s 2018 hit, Bright Colors and Bold Patterns directed by Michael Urie, which The New York Times hailed as “hilarious” during its five-month run at the SoHo Playhouse in 2018. The show was captured by BroadwayHD for its streaming platform. That time the setting was a gay wedding in Palm Springs, this time it’s a gay birthday celebration in the back room of a wine bar in the Silverlake section of Los Angeles. 

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Around The Town

Jamie deRoy & friends

MAC Award-winning Variety Show, Jamie deRoy & Friends, returns to Birdland.

February 17, 2020:  Jamie DeRoy, a seven- time Tony Award winning producer, brought her multi-MAC Award-winning Variety Show, Jamie deRoy & friends, back to Birdland last night. The entertaining evening, part of the Broadway at Birdland concert series, benefited The Actors Fund: Jamie deRoy & friends Cabaret Initiative which assists those in the cabaret industry who have medical needs and concerns. The Actors Fund annual gala will honor Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, along with Brian Stokes Mitchell, chairman of The Actor’s Fund, and producer philanthropist, Steve Tisch at the New York Marriott Marquis on April 6th.
Photography: Barry Gordin

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Barb Jungr: Bob, Brel and Me *****

Barb Jungr

By: Paulanne Simmons

February 17, 2020: Several times a year, British chanteuse Barb Jungr comes to New York City. On those occasions she lights up the cabaret stage like few other performers. You can fall in love with Jungr because of her tremendous talent as a raconteur, her wicked sense of humor, and her insightful jazz and blues inflected interpretations of familiar and not so familiar songs. Or you can just thrill to her beautifully expressive voice that can be tender, vulnerable or furious.

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Hamlet ****

Ruth Negga, Fiona Bell

Hamlet: Dane in Pain

By: JK Clarke

February 16, 2020: There’s a moment in the Gate Theatre of Dublin’s production of Hamlet (at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn through March 8) when one realizes there are some very different, very unorthodox, things going on in this play.

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The Commons Opens

Ben Newman, Olivia Khoshatefeh, Ben Katz, Julia Greer, Olivia Abiassi

Lily Akerman’s The Commons directedby Emma Miller makes World Premiere at @ 59E59 Theaters.

February 12, 2020:  The Commons, a tale about living with strangers by Lily Akerman, opened at 59E59 Theaters under Emma Miller’s steady hand. The play commissioned and produced by The Hearth, a group that develops new plays by women, is making its World Premier at 59E59 Theaters for a limited run through February 23rd. The opening marks the NYC debut of Akerman, a recent Hunter MFA grad, who is part of the Clubbed Thumb’s emerging writers.

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Unmasked ****

Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber Premieres at Paper Mill Playhouse

By: Ellis Nassour

February 14, 2020 – In Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, the jukebox revue having its world premiere at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse [22 Brookside Drive, Millburn] through March 1, the composer — one of the most successful of all time, isn’t physically present. However, via video feed in a way that could feel immensely intrusive but isn’t, he chats away in various settings, playing piano, and adding background to his and his lyricist collaborators’ thought process. As Lloyd Webber hovers over his vocally-gifted cast, often denigrating himself, he reveals a rarely-seen charm and sense of humor.  

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Around The Town

Track Work @ ACA

Camille Coochin, Jackie Phillip, Polly-Anna Monckton

ACA Galleries hosted a reception for Track Work: 100 Years of New York’s Subway, which showcases an array of artists.

February 14, 2020:  ACA Galleries at 529 West 20th Street in the Gallery District hosted an opening reception for, Track Work: 100 Years of New York’s Subway on view through March 14, 2020.

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Medea ** 1/2, The Confession of Lily Dare ****

Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale in “Medea”

By: David Sheward

February 12, 2020: Euripides’ Medea, the unforgettable story of a scorned woman whose thirst for revenge drives her to slaughter her own children, has reverberated through the ages, transcending time and culture. Along with Hedda Gabbler, it is the great role actresses long to play. Judith Anderson, Zoe Caldwell, Diana Rigg and Fiona Shaw drenched Broadway in blood, with the first three winning Tony Awards. Maria Callas starred in a film edition. Neil LaBute and Michael-John LaChiusa have created modern versions and just this past summer, Luis Alfaro transported the tale from ancient Greece to modern Queens while addressing immigration issues in Mojada.

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Westminster Dog Show

Standard Poodle Siba wins Best in Show

 Siba, a standard poodle, wins best in show at the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

February 12, 2020:  On Tuesday evening the super bowl of dog shows took place at Madison Square Garden, where Siba, a standard poodle, was crowned best in show at the 144th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. After the preliminary breed judging, which took place a Pier 94, the event moved to the Garden on Monday and Tuesday evenings, where the winners competed in seven different groups, hound, toy, non-sporting, herding, sporting, working, and terrier groups. The winner of each group competed for best in show, where Siba, a gorgeous all black standard poodle, strutted to the title besting the runner-up, a whippet named Bourbon.  

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Medea ***

Gabriel Amoroso, Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, Emeka Guindo

By: Paulanne Simmons

February 12, 2020: In Medea, a tragedy written by Euripides in the 5th century B.C.E., the eponymous princess from Colchis marries Jason, a Greek, who leaves her for a princess from Corinth. Medea takes revenge by killing the children she had with Jason as well as his new wife. Over the following centuries, the play has been interpreted from a psychological, political, cultural and feminist point of view.

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Broadway Update

Nathan Lane Photo: Barry Gordin

Broadway Update: Nathan Lane and Laurie Metcalf to Star in ‘Death of a Salesman’

By: David Sheward

February 11, 2020: Two of the biggest names on Broadway will headline one of the greatest plays of the 20th century. Nathan Lane and Laurie Metcalf are slated to star in the sixth Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. The announcement is not official, but Lane confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that Salesman would be opening sometime during the spring of 2021. It will be staged by Joe Mantello who is currently directing Metcalf in another American classic, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Willy Loman. the desperate drummer of the title, has been played on the Main Stem previously by Lee J. Cobb, George C. Scott, Dustin Hoffman, Brian Dennehy, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Lane is mostly known for his comic roles in such shows as The Producers, The Front Page, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. But this will not be the first time he’s played a tragic salesman. He starred as the illusion-shattering Hickey in O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh at Chicago’s Goodman Theater and BAM.

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