Reviews

War Paint ***1/2

Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole in “War Paint”

By: Isa Goldberg

That the women who portray Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden in Doug Wright’s new musical, War Paint on Broadway, are titans in their own right, is the obvious understatement. Patti LuPone, as the vampire-like Jewish immigrant (Rubenstein), and Christine Ebersole, as the Episcopalian socialite (Arden), each reveal the vulnerability of these two over achievers, who created an industry. Had their names been Henry Ford, they indeed would be remembered in just that way. In their case, however, it takes Wright to rediscover them.

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Sweat ****1/2

Johanna Day, Michelle Wilson, Carlo Alban, Alison Wright

By: Isa Goldberg

“Number 1, I’m representing for women, and No. 2, I’m representing for playwrights of color,” Lynn Nottage expressed in an interview with The Los Angeles Times, following the announcement of her second Pulitzer win for drama. Indeed, Nottage is the first woman in history to receive two Pulitzers.

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The Hairy Ape ***** – Sweat ***1/2 – The Play That Goes Wrong ***

Bobby Cannavale (center) and the cast of "The Hairy Ape"

By: David Sheward

There’s more than a tinge of irony in the fact that two current NYC productions depict the  travails of the American working class and none of the characters could probably afford the price of a ticket. Aside from this economic consideration, both The Hairy Ape and Sweat offer insightful looks at their struggling subjects.

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The Play That Goes Wrong ***

Jonathan Sayer, Greg Tannahill, Henry Lewis, Dave Hearn, Charlie Russell

Transfer of West End farce opens at Lyceum Theatre.

By: Patrick Christiano

The setting is an isolated mansion in a snowstorm with the owner’s corpse in the drawing room, and his killer at large. Enter a bumbling group of actors, who create a manic slapstick whodunit that is relentlessly hysterical, or is it?  One thing for sure the London import is relentlessly well performed. The entire ensemble is brilliant as they pull out all the stops in a physical comedy that never lets the air out for a second while delivering a persistent attack on our funny bone.

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Around The Town

The New York Pops Gala

On Monday, May 1, 2017, The New York Pops will celebrate its 34th birthday with a grand gala evening honoring Karen van Bergen, the CEO of Omnicom Public Relations Group, and Tony Award winners Kelli O’Hara and Bartlett Sher

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Features

London’s West End 42nd Street

London’s West End Gives the 42nd Street Danceathon Revival a Five-Star Welcome

By: Ellis Nassour

The billboards all over London have it right: 42nd Street, “Broadway’s biggest show on London’s biggest stage.” The lavish revival at the historic (1812) Theatre Royal Drury Lane, where it premiered in 1984, winning the Olivier for Best Musical, has been given a royal welcome not only by critics and audiences but also by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

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Features

Theater in London – Part One

Theater in London: Home-grown Classics; Broadway Drama, Comedy, Musicals, and Epics

By: Ellis Nassour  

Many are aware of Shakespeare’s works and his Globe, first built in 1599 for the opening of the Bard’s Henry V. However, maybe not as many know of the Rose “playhouse” on London’s Bankside. It’s where for over 50 years, during the reigns of Elizabeth I, James I, and Charles I, an early theatreland thrived – from the 1570s to the closure of theatres in 1642, with the outbreak of civil war..

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Reviews

Amelie ***

Adam Chanler-Berat, Phillipa Soo

Phillipa Soo stars in musical adaptation of beloved French film at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

By: Patrick Christiano

The French film Amelie enchanted audiences in 2001 winning five Oscar nominations, including one for Best Foreign Language Film. And now last week a whimsical new musical adaptation, starring Tony nominee Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) in the title role, opened on Broadway directed by Pam MacKinnon with a lovely, yet bland score by Daniel Messe that features precious lyrics by Nathan Tysen.

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Theater in London – Part Two

Theater in London: Home-grown Classics; Broadway Drama, Comedy, Musicals, and Epics

By: Ellis Nassour

American theatrical footprints are all over London theater – just as West End footprints are all over Broadway.

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Gordin's View

Guild Hall 2017 Artists Members Exhibition

On Saturday April 8, Guild Hall presented the winners of the 79th Artist Members Exhibition that featured 383 local artists in the oldest non-juried museum exhibition on Long Island. Judge Ruba Katrib, Curator, SculptureCenter, awarded Joyce Kubat Top Honors for her ink on paper piece Armour (2016).

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Features

Olivier Awards

Olivier Awards: Top Prizes Go to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Groundhog Day

By: Ellis Nassour

Going in, U.K.’s Olivier Awards, handed out yesterday at London’s Royal Albert Hall, looked to be a Harry Potter-dominated affair. It turned out to be true. On the West End’s biggest theater occasion, John Tiffany’s smash two-part production of J.K. Rowling’s book Harry Potter and the Curse Child led the pack with a record-breaking 11 nominations. It won nine: Best New Play, Director, Best Actor – Jamie Parker, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Costumes, Design, Lighting, and Sound.

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Reviews

Present Laughter *** – Amelie **** – How to Transcend a Happy Marriage ***

Kevin Kline, Kate Burton “Present Laughter”

By: David Sheward

Charm and whimsy are the main ingredients in three recent theatrical offerings on and Off-Broadway. Each has its own unique tastes and flavors—one is a reliable old favorite, the second a delightfully frothy new dessert and the third a strangely interesting souffle of emotions, ideas, and observations on modern life.

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EXTINCTION at Guild Hall

Gabe McKinley’s dark, yet funny drama Extinction opens at Guild Hall in East Hampton

By: Patrick Christiano

Josh Gladstone, Artistic Director of Guild Hall, helms a strong production of Extinction starring Sawyer Spielberg as Finn and Eric Svendsen as Max. The actors turn in impressive work as two friends at odds with one another in Gabe McKinley’s scorching drama. The story about male bonding is set in adjoining rooms circa 2007 at The Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, where the two long-time college buddies have come to renew their bond, or have they?

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Around The Town

2017 Tomatoes Got Talent

The “4th Annual Tomatoes Got Talent” show took place on Monday April 3, 2017 at The Triad, 158 West 72nd St., playing to a sold-out crowd!

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Around The Town

2017 Miscast Gala

By: Iris Wiener

Norbert Leo Butz as Dreamgirls’ Effie. Carmen Cusack as Hamilton’s King George. Kelli O’Hara as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s Willy Wonka. The evening’s line-up reads like an April Fool’s joke, but casting this unique is par for the course at MCC Theater’s annual Miscast gala, which was held Monday night at Hammerstein Ballroom. Now celebrating its 30th year, MCC produces the event to help fund their Off-Broadway work, in addition to supporting their Youth Company and in-school partnerships that serve New York City public high school students.

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