Reviews

An Ordinary Muslim **** A Walk with Mr. Heifetz ***1/2

Purva Bedi, Rita Wolf, Ranjit Chowdhry and Sanjit De Silva in “AN ORDINARY MUSLIM”

By: Isa Goldberg

Religious persecution, the dysfunctional family, assimilation,  and loss of identity ripple down, like the domino effect, in An Ordinary Muslim, at The New York Theater Workshop. Such is the predicament of many a Pakistani family living in West London in 2011, where the play is set. In fact, it’s an especially timely production about the sad fate of immigrants all over the world.

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Reviews

Jerry Springer – The Opera ***

Florrie Bagel, Luke Grooms, Terrence Mann

By: Paulanne Simmons

It’s taken fifteen years, but Jerry Springer – the Opera has finally arrived in New York City. With music and lyrics by Richard Thomas, and book and additional lyrics by Stewart Lee, the show has a very British pedigree, which might seem a bit odd, considering it’s based on the “The Jerry Springer Show,” a talk show that featured guests many thought Springer had scraped from the bottom of the slimiest barrel of American culture. But, let’s face it, the Brits have always had a penchant for the worst in their American cousins.

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Features

Remembering Harvey Schmidt

Remembering Harvey Schmidt: Composer of The Fantasticks

By: Ellis Nassour

Harvey Schmidt of the composing team Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt died Wednesday at his longtime home in Tomball, TX. He was 88. The duo created the longest-running musical in history, The Fantasticks, which ran 42 years Off Broadway and was revived Off Broadway in July 2006 – June 2017; the Broadway musicals 110 in the Shade, I Do, I Do, and Celebration, and Off Broadway’s Road Side.

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Features

The 90th Academy Awards

The Best of 2017 Vie for the Gold at the Very Diverse 90th Academy Awards Telecast Sunday on ABC

By: Ellis Nassour

The 90th Academy Awards will telecast live by ABC from L.A.’s Dolby Theatre Sunday, again hosted by late night’s Jimmy Kimmel and presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, at 6:30 P.M. (Eastern) [Red Carpet] with a gala start at 8 P.M. The Awards will be seen or streamed live or via tape delay in more than 225 countries. This being the 90th annual awards, there’ll surely be a lot of movie history. Undoubtedly, filled as ever with glitz and bejeweled and high coutured glamour, it will run until close to midnight.

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Around The Town

LOVE N’ COURAGE Gala

Vinie Burrows, Andre De Sheilds

Theater for the New City’s 15th Annual bash honors activist & actress Vinie Burrows

 February 27, 2018:  A Gala tribute at The Players Club in New York City honored Vinie Burrows for her contributions to the life and culture of our city, especially the Lower East Side, where Theater for the New City, under Executive Director, Crystal Field, has been a unique cultural institution for the past 45 years. The LOVE N’COURAGE Gala benefits and supports TNC’s Emerging Playwrights program by nurturing established and emerging playwrights who experiment with new forms.  

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Reviews

Hangmen ****1/2

Mark Addy, Johnny Flynn

By: Paulanne Simmons

If Alfred Hitchcock had been Irish, and if he’d possessed a rascally sense of humor, he might have produced Hangmen. In the event, the play, now onstage at Atlantic Theater Company, directed by Matthew Dunster, was written by Martin McDonagh, who apparently took time off from writing the script of the award-winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to complete the task.

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Reviews

Jerry Springer the Opera ***1/2

Terrence Mann, Billy Hepfinger, Beth Kirkpatrick, Florrie Bagel, Luke Grooms, Sean Patrick Doyle

Satirical musical spoof of 90’s TV show with arias and dancing reflects the chaos of our times.

By: Patrick Christiano

February 23, 2018: With a reality TV star firmly ensconced in the White House, the time is ripe for the New Group’s production of Jerry Springer – The Opera, a satirical musical romp by Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee. The show opened Off Broadway last night at The Pershing Square Signature Center’s Linney Theatre for a limited run through March 11th. The musical, directed by John Rando, delivers the deliciously vulgar goods, replete with stunning arias and spirited dancing, choreographed by Chris Bailey.

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Reviews

Stiff ****

By: Isa Goldberg

Like “The Play that Goes Wrong,” “Stiff,” playing at TBG Theatre (312 West 36th St), is a comedy, about a murder mystery that runs amok. And yes, the set (Aaron Porter, scenic design) collapses. But in this case, that is because The Producer, Saul Solomon (Nicholas Greco), a mastermind of public relations, is also a cheap skate, and skimps on everything he can.

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Features

Lea Salonga

Lea Salonga: Celebrating 40 Years Onstage – from Li’l Orphan Annie, Vietnamese War Orphan, Disney Princess, and Now Love Goddess

By: Ellis Nassour

Olivier and Tony Award winner, “Disney princess,” recording artist, and international concert star Lea Salonga has returned to Broadway in the breathtakingly imaginative revival of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Once On This Island, set on a Caribbean island “at the mercy of the wind and sea” with the lure of tropical and voodoo rhythms..

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Reviews

IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD *****

Eve Ensler

By: Isa Goldberg

“Radiate my vagina! Do you know who I am?”, Eve Ensler demands of medical practitioners at the Mayo Clinic. After all, The Vagina Monologues, Ensler’s seminal work, has been translated into 48 languages and performed in more than 140 countries.

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Reviews

Back When We Were Beautiful ****1/2

By: Paulanne Simmons

At the opening of her new cabaret show, Back When We Were Beautiful,” on February 17, Meg Flather told the audience, “I love songs that tell stories, and I love stories that paint pictures.” The particular stories she wanted to tell and the pictures she wanted to paint this evening at Don’t Tell Mama were all about women. And so, with Tracy Stark at the piano and coming in for harmony, Flather traced the complexities of a woman’s life from first romance to wise maturity.

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Reviews

Jerry Springer the Opera ***

Will Swenson, Terrence Mann

By: Isa Goldberg

For his direction of Urinetown The Musical, director John Rando garnered his first Tony Award. With Jerry Springer the Opera, produced by The New Group at the Signature Theater, Rando moves on from pee-pee humor to poo-poo jokes, all befitting a toddler.

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PETE REX Opens @ 59E59 Theaters

Brad Raimondo, Simon Winheld, Greg Carere, Rosie Sowa, Alexander V. Thompson

A quirky tale about a smooth-talking Tyrannosaur is an homage to late night creature films.

February 15, 2018: The Dreamscape Theater is presenting the NYC premiere of PETE REX , a quirky tale by Alexander V. Thompson, about a smooth-talking Tyrannosaur named Nero. Directed by Brad Raimondo the play, billed as “part comedy, part absurdism, part horror,” focuses on Pete a small town, Midwestern guy, played by Greg Carere, and his obsessions with dinosaurs. 

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