Reviews

1984 ****

By: David Sheward

While it is not a direct response to the young Trump administration, the bracing and horrifying stage adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 arrives on Broadway at a startlingly appropriate time. Though published in 1949, the trends Orwell was spotting in political and social life are just as prevalent nowadays, even more so. The newspeak and shifting truth perpetrated by Big Brother, the tyrannical leader of a repressive future state, are shockingly similar to the “fake news” and “alternative facts” which surround us today. The denizens of Airstrip One, the decimated remains of London after an atomic conflict, are mesmerized by their TV sets just as anyone you see on a New York City subway is locked in an embrace with their smartphone. “They won’t look up from their screens long enough to know what’s happening,” warns Winston Smith, the tragic Everyman hero of the tale.

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The Rivals ***

New York Classical Theater

By: Isa Goldberg

On a summer evening in Central Park, you may fall upon a troupe of actors clad in 18th century garb, the period in which Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals is set.  A production by the all-free New York Classical Theatre, in the style of “panoramic theater,” the actors move the action from one grassy knoll, to a shaded field, on to a nearby pond, and around the park – so verdant it is calming. As is, of course, this fast-paced comedy of manners by the master of the genre, Sheridan.

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Around The Town

Up Close: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel 

By: Paulanne Simmons

In you can’t make it to the Vatican this summer or you’d like to see the Michelangelo’s panels in an air-conditioned environment with no crowds and no rush, head over to The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center, where Up Close: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel has been installed

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Fulfillment Center ****

Deirdre O’Connell, Frederick Weller

By: David Sheward

Abe Koogler gives the interconnected-lives format a quirky spin in his play Fulfillment Center, now at Manhattan Theatre Club’s studio space at City Center. The title is an ironic reference to the giant New Mexico warehouse where two of the characters are employed by an unnamed Amazon-like service. Neither they nor the two other people in the play are finding fulfillment in their work or relationships in an America where jobs and love are temporary and tenuous.

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Float Like a Butterfly *****

Barb Jungr, John McDaniel

Float Like a Butterfly – The Sting Project
By: Paulanne Simmons

After giving the likes of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen the Barb Jungr treatment, the amazing chanteuse has turned her attention to Sting. The fruit of this labor is the world premiere of Float Like a Butterfly – The Sting Project, which reunites Jungr with composer and arranger John McDaniel (Beatles show and CD Come Together) in a four-day gig at Joe’s Pub this June.

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Reviews

Angels in America **1/2

Andrew Garland, Aaron Blake

New York City Opera at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre

By: David Sheward

New York City Opera closes its 2016-17 season with the bold choice of Hungarian composer Peter Eotvos’ adaptation of Angels in America, Tony Kushner’s two-part epic on the impact of AIDS. Librettist Mari Mezei compresses the seven-hour original into a brisk two-and-a-half hour, single-evening event. Much of Kushner’s complex musings on a myriad of topics from the fall of international communism to Ronald Reagan’s soulless conservatism to the Mormon faith are jettisoned to focus on the interrelationships of the characters, each devastated by the disease and homophobia.

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The 2017 Tony Awards

Rachel Bay Jones (Winner Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical) “Dear Evan Hansen” Ben Platt (Winner Best Actor in a Musical “Dear Evan Hansen”

Dear Evan Hansen honored with 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, on Broadway’s biggest night on June 11, 2017

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Julius Caesar ****

Nikki M. James, Corey Stoll

Free Shakespeare in the Park/Public Theater

By: David Sheward

Last summer, the Public Theater’s free Shakespeare in the Park Series unsuccessfully imposed a modern feminist slant on Taming of the Shrew by employing an all-woman cast. This year, they’ve launched the 2017 season with another contemporary take on one of the Bard’s classics with transgender casting, but this time the updating and non traditional acting assignments largely work out.

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Loud and Proud

Spencer Wolfe, Sharon Schiller, Preston Fritz Smith

Loud and Proud: an evening of short plays

By: Barry Gordin

Celebrate Gay Pride in a thought-provoking way. Join the Village Playwrights at 8 pm on June 28 when they honor Gay Pride Month with staged readings of seven jury-chosen, ten-minute plays by some of New York’s most interesting playwrights. The playwrights are: Sam Affoumado, Stephen Barnett, Jack Dyville, Maia Henkin, James Masten, Mike Poblete and Bernard J. Taylor.

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Reviews

Julius Caesar ***

Gregg Henry (center) and the company in The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar, directed by Oskar Eustis, running at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park through June 18.

By: Paulanne Simmons

Julius Caesar was a Roman politician, general, and distinguished author. Before becoming leader of the free world, Donald Trump was a television personality and businessman who declared bankruptcy at least four times. One can only conclude that Trump benefits by any comparison with the man who crossed the Rubicon. Except, of course, for the fact that Caesar was assassinated.  

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2017 Tony Awards

Bette Midler (Winner Best Actress in a Musical) “Hello Dolly!”

By: Patrick Christiano

Dear Evan Hansen honored with 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, on Broadway’s biggest night.

Dear Evan Hansen, a daring story about lies and loneliness in high school, was the big winner at the 71st Annual Tony Award celebration hosted by Kevin Spacey live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Hello Dolly! won 4 Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Bette Midler won for Best Actress in a Musical.  Oslo by J.T. Rogers was named Best Play, and Indecent won 2 Awards, including a surprise win for Director Rebecca Taichman.

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My 2017 TONY PREDICTIONS

Who will win the 71th Annual Tony Awards, and my choices.

By Patrick Christiano

The Tony Awards, properly known as The American Theatre Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards®, will be presented this year in a ceremony hosted by Tony and Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey broadcast live from the Radio City Music Hall on CBS, Sunday, June 11th, 2017 from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. The evening commemorating 71 years of excellence on Broadway is being presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

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