Monday, October 21, 2019

REVIEWS

Review: Evoking nostalgia with an eye to the future in ‘American Utopia’

“We’re on a road to nowhere,” David Byrne sings in the final encore of his Broadway concert, “American Utopia,” at the Hudson Theatre. Can we get an encore of that encore, please?  While the thrumming,...

Review: A return to gloom in ‘The Sound Inside’

Pop quiz question: Can you name a single writer darker than Dostoevsky? The options are few, but I hereby nominate Adam Rapp, the playwright and novelist whose vision is so unrelievedly grim he makes that...

Review: ‘The Lightning Thief’ inventively reveals the demigods among us

You think your dad (or mom) is a deadbeat? Consider the plight of the young characters in “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical,” a thoroughly endearing family-friendly musical at the Longacre Theatre. Each...

Review: Comedy trumps romanticism in this ‘Rose Tattoo’

As Serafina Delle Rose, a grieving Italian-American widow struggling to open herself to life again in Tennessee Williams’s “The Rose Tattoo,” Marisa Tomei bares just about all, emotionally speaking. Sorrow hollows out Serafina’s heart...

Review: In ‘Linda Vista,’ one man’s spiral creates a tornado

A sad romantic comedy sounds like a contradiction in terms, but it’s an apt-enough description of “Linda Vista,” a slight but funny and quietly affecting play from Tracy Letts, which has opened on Broadway...

Review: ‘Slave Play’ questions more than it answers

If there’s anything more boring than hearing about other people’s dreams, it’s hearing about their therapy sessions. And, to my mind, hearing about people's sexual fantasies — admittedly not a topic that crops up in...

Review: ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ expertly treads the tightrope of improv

If “gerund” isn’t the very last word I ever expected to hear uttered on a Broadway stage, it’s probably pretty darn close. Broadway rarely gives grammar lessons, after all.  And yet there it was, being...

Review: LBJ receives a lengthy reprise in ‘The Great Society’

When incendiary current events are leaping from your TV screen into your lap on an almost hourly basis, a play such as “The Great Society” has a tough row to hoe. How to excite...

Review: Tracking a moving center in ‘The Height of the Storm’

As a literary luminary slowly sinking into senility, thrashing through his failing memory like a man battling the suffocating grip of quicksand, Jonathan Pryce gives a performance of remarkable compassion, acuity and devastating power...

Review: Derren Brown brings a sense of wonder to Broadway

Where did that infernal banana go?  This is not the kind of question you expect to be rattling around your brain during an evening of theater. And yet rattle me it did more than once...

More News

Matt Doyle, Jennifer Simard and more join cast of ‘Company’

“Company” has announced additional cast members for the Broadway run this spring. Joining Katrina Lenk, playing Bobbie, and Patti LuPone as Joanne, are Matt Doyle...

‘Betrayal’ director Jamie Lloyd on his relationship with Harold Pinter

Jamie Lloyd did not grow up seeing theater.  But, as the British director of “Betrayal” reflects on his childhood living on the southern coast of...

Review: Evoking nostalgia with an eye to the future in ‘American...

“We’re on a road to nowhere,” David Byrne sings in the final encore of his Broadway concert, “American Utopia,” at the Hudson Theatre. Can...

‘Moulin Rouge!’ will stage a West End transfer in 2021

"Moulin Rouge!" will debut on the West End in 2021. The musical, which opened on Broadway on July 25, will play London's Piccadilly Theatre in...

Review: A return to gloom in ‘The Sound Inside’

Pop quiz question: Can you name a single writer darker than Dostoevsky? The options are few, but I hereby nominate Adam Rapp, the playwright and...