Monthly Archives: October 2012

A kingdom for a stage: “Henry V” at Two River Theater

Henry V is not one of Shakespeare’s most poetic plays; nearly half is in prose. Neither is its plot complex; the story is outlined in the first two scenes and unfolds in a straight line. It is, however, a fitting … Continue reading

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No Place To Go, at Two River Theater through November 4, is essentially a one-man show. While writer/performer Ethan Lipton is backed on stage by three talented musicians, the 90-minute quasi-musical odyssey about coping with job loss is singular to … Continue reading

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The ex comes to call: “Annapurna” at NJ Rep

The first scene of Annapurna, Sharr White’s new play at New Jersey Repertory Company, is about 20 seconds long, enough time to see that Emma, with her luggage, has crashed the digs of Ulysses while he’s cooking breakfast wearing nothing … Continue reading

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What they do for love: A Chorus Line” at Paper Mill Playhouse

I saw the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line five times, including early in the run, performance # 5,000 (of 6,137) on August 10, 1987, and on March 30, 1990, a few weeks before it closed.  Since then, I’ve … Continue reading

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“Cyrano” on Broadway – at 78 RPM

The rapid-fire delivery of an uninspired translation robs the current Broadway revival of Cyrano de Bergerac of its poetry. The result of that double disregard is the reduction of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 masterpiece to an earthbound staging of a theatre … Continue reading

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Batter Up: “Rounding Third” at Holmdel

If you’ve ever been a Little League player, coach or parent, which pretty much covers all the suburban New Jersey bases, you’ll find something to identify with in “Rounding Third.” The engaging two-hander is batting a solid .300 at Holmdel … Continue reading

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