Sunday, November 28, 2021

REVIEWS

Review: ‘Clyde’s’ treats the sandwich as art

When is a sandwich more than a sandwich?  When it becomes a symbol of redemption, aspiration and hope, as in Lynn Nottage’s latest play, “Clyde’s,” a lively and funny if sometimes ham-handed — or should...

Review: ‘Trouble in Mind’ issues a sharp critique of the theater industry

Better late than never.  Or rather: much, much better late than never.  As a pre-show announcement at the American Airlines Theatre makes clear, it took about 66 years for the pioneering Black playwright Alice Childress’s comedy-drama...

Review: ‘Diana,’ a musical so bad that it must be seen

To answer the question that absolutely no one with a Netflix account and an interest in Broadway musicals is asking: Why, yes, “Diana, The Musical” is every bit as abysmal as rumored. Social media...

Review: Sharon D Clarke is electrifying in ‘Caroline, or Change’

Should you happen to pass Sharon D Clarke on the street, you might not find her to be a particularly imposing figure. But as the title character in the superlative Broadway revival of the...

Review: ‘Dana H.’ leads us into the underworld

A play as uncommon, and uncanny, as Lucas Hnath’s “Dana H.” requires an actor of, well, uncommon and uncanny talents. Deirdre O’Connell is just such an actor. Something of a grande dame of Off Broadway...

Review: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ chips away at a monolith

“The Lehman Trilogy” represents the kind of prestige Broadway production that invariably causes a certain class of well-heeled, culturally savvy New Yorkers to salivate over tickets. It hails from London — the National Theatre no...

Review: ‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ asks the audience to listen

The busy streets of Brooklyn provide the background to Keenan Scott II’s “Thoughts of a Colored Man,” but firmly seizing the foreground are the seven captivating actors who bring to life the dreams, fears,...

Review: ‘Is This A Room’ narrows in on an unsettling truth

People generally don’t attend a Broadway show expecting to become flushed with anxiety. But it’s hard to watch the documentary drama “Is This A Room” without beginning to feel a little tense.  The play is...

Review: ‘Chicken & Biscuits’ serves up roaring comedy

Douglas Lyons’s “Chicken & Biscuits,” at Broadway’s Circle in the Square theater, is a savory comedy served with a hefty side order of sentiment. It’s a mostly successful combo plate, even if the play’s...

Review: In ‘Lackawanna Blues,’ Ruben Santiago-Hudson revives his community

All great blues songs have a timeless quality, so it’s entirely fitting that Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s solo show “Lackawanna Blues” still gleams like a newly minted coin some 20 years after it was first produced....