Reviews

The Cake ***

Debra Jo Rupp

By: Isa Goldberg

March 21, 2019: Definitely a Hallmark play, The Cake lives fashionably in that zone where people-friendly, shallow social acknowledgements thrive.

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Reviews

Daddy ***

Alan Cumming, Ronald Peet, Charlayne Woodard.-back.- Onyie Nwachukwu, Denise Manning, Carrie Compere

By: Isa Goldberg

March 21, 2019: Subtitled “A Melodrama,” Jeremy O. Harris’ new play “Daddy,” exploits the perception that gay lives matter.  If you smell disgust and contempt in the air, you’re still breathing.

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Reviews

My Life on a Diet ****

Renée Taylor

By: Iris Wiener

March 18, 2019: “My name is Renée and I am a food tramp. That is someone who eats around,” says Renée Taylor at the start of her touchingly hilarious memoir-on-stage, My Life on a Diet. The clever actress and writer, most well-known for playing Fran’s mother on the 90s sitcom The Nanny,goes on to use food and her love/hate relationship with it as a roadmap through a life filled with curves, calories and kindness. 

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Reviews

Kiss Me, Kate ****1/2, Be More Chill ****

Kelli O’Hara in ‘Kiss Me, Kate'”

By: David Sheward

March 17, 2019: The new Kiss Me, Kate from Roundabout Theater Company at Studio 54tries a bit too hard to be au courant with feminist perspectives on the historically sexist plot derived from Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, but it’s so damned entertaining, joyously staged and performed that the minor politically correct tweaks to its book hardly matter. 

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Features

WP Theater Gala

Bonnie Comley

Bonnie Comley to be honored at WP 40th Anniversary Season Gala

This year, at their 4oth Anniversary Season Gala, WP Theater is honoring Bonnie for her incredible accomplishments as a leader in the Broadway community, Founder and Co-President of BroadwayHD and a multi Tony Award-Winning Producer.

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Features

Golden Shamrock Gala

The Gingold Theatrical Group honored Stephen Schwarz and Mary Pamela Singleton

March 17, 2019: The Gingold Theatrical Group hosted their 2019 Golden Shamrock Gala on Saturday, March 16th at 3 West Club (3 West 51st Street), and honored humanitarian and award-winning creator of Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked, Stephen Schwartz, and tireless supporter of the arts in New York, Mary Pamela Singleton.

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Reviews

Marnie Klar Sings Bobbie Gentry ****

Marnie Klar

By: Paulanne Simmons

March 18, 2019: Bobbie Gentry is not exactly a name we hear often these days. Yet the singer/songwriter was one of the first female artists to compose and produce her work. Born in Chickasaw Country, Mississippi, she was hugely influenced by the music she heard growing up on her grandparents’ farm. Gentry’s country rock, blues-inflected style helped her rise to international fame with her mega-hit, “Ode to Billie Joe,” which was the No. 1 pop song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967.

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Around The Town

Holy Day Opens at New Ohio

Premiere of a New Drama by Andrew Bovell

March 15, 2019:  Andrew Bovell’s new drama,Holy Day, set in Australia, 1850  opened at the New Ohio Theater in the West Village directed by Barbara Rubin and Heather Benton.  Produced by The New Natives, founded in 2015 by Charly Clive and Jillian Geurts. Their production company will change names shorty and will live on with an entirely new name, which they feel will better represent their mission.

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Reviews

The Mother **

Isabelle Huppert, Chris Noth

By: David Sheward

March 14, 2019: French playwright Florian Zeller managed a rare feat in 2016. He made dementia a compelling topic for a Broadway play. After hit runs in Paris and London (the latter in an English translation by Christopher Hampton), Zeller’s The Father provided a stunning New York vehicle for Frank Langella as an elderly man slipping into senility and Doug Hughes’ staging sleekly provided the realization of Zeller’s vision of a world gone mad as seen from the title character’s point of view. The author’s earlier play The Mother follows a similar template with reality and delusion clashing for a female lead who perceives both her husband and son deserting her. The American premiere Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company (also translated by Hampton) features French actress Isabelle Huppert in a compelling display of emotional unbalance, but in Trip Cullman’s pedestrian production, the effects come across as gimmicky rather than disturbing.

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Reviews

The Disharmonic Misadventures Trio ****

The Disharmonic Misadventures Trio – Jonathan L.Segal

By: Paulanne Simmons

March 15, 2019: In Jonathan L. Segal’s, Disharmonic Misadventure Trio, which returned to The Triad on March 13, Segal sings, tells stories and (corny) jokes, and plays the piano. It is the last that is most impressive. Watching Segal’s hands fly over the piano while his feet thump the beat is like witnessing a mighty river rolling over the land.

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Reviews

Hurricane Diane ****

Becca Blackwell

By: Isa Goldberg

March 9, 2019: A fun little romp about the apocalypse, Hurricane Diane, at the New York Theater Workshop, delivers a necessary moral about the way we keep our bodies, our homes, and our planet. As is her wont, Pulitzer nominated Madeleine George’s new play weds disparate elements. Here, the god Dionysus, described “as a masculine person who does not identify as male,” is played by the trans actor, Becca Blackwell. 

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Reviews

Fiercely Independent **1/2

Christopher M. Smith, Jordan Sobel, Caitlin Gallogly

THE MARRIAGE GO-ROUND: FIERCELY INDEPENDENT

By: Samuel L. Leiter

March 9, 2019: Broadway producer turned playwright Kathleen K. Johnson’s Fiercely Independent, now at the Soho Playhouse,is a mundane drama of marital discord. Something of a defanged Strindberg (or Albee) exercise, with its venom drained and its character insights and local color washed away, it’s set in a conventional hotel room (designed by William E. Cotton, who also did the lights), equipped with twin beds. 

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Features

My Fair Lady

Allan Corduner, Laura Benanti, Christian Dante White, and the company of Lincoln Center Theater’s “My Fair Lady.”

5 Reasons Why My Fair Lady is Worth a Second Visit

By: Iris Wiener

March 8, 2019: How can you improve upon a stellar musical that was nominated for ten Tony awards (of which it won one) and five Drama Desk awards (of which it won two)? It’s a difficult feat, but not an impossible one. The classic show, now playing at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre, has aged well in its current production, and still feels as fresh and exciting as it did when it opened in April 2018. This is equally attributable to the care with which My Fair Lady was originally constructed and the new talent that only elevates the exquisite piece. Here are five of many reasons why it’s time for a second go-round with this “loverly” musical:

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