Monthly Archives: April 2014

Can’t get to Long Branch? Count your blessings…

           Lee Blessing has written some 35 plays since “The Real Billy the Kid” in 1975. The first one I saw was “Cobb.” Co-produced off-Broadway by Kevin Spacey in 2001, it was a moody examination of the life and career … Continue reading

Blog, Professional, Regional

Musicals: On and Off-off B’way

          It’s déjà vu all over again. “Cabaret” is back, with Alan Cumming as the epicene Master of Ceremonies, and overseen once again by 1998 director Sam Mendes and co-director/choreographer Rob Marshall. This is my fourth Broadway “Cabaret,” including the … Continue reading

Blog, Broadway, NY Theater, Off Broadway

“Trouble in Mind” (and “Chaos” too) in Red Bank

           A review of “Trouble in Mind,” on stage at Two River Theater, could begin by praising artistic director John Dias for resurrecting the play by African-American playwright Alice Childress. Or by noting that the play employs the popular backstage … Continue reading

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“RAISIN” and Broadway Short Shots

           A Raisin in the Sun is set firmly in its time (1950s) and place (inner-city Chicago), but it transcends those restrictions in its depiction of a family in crisis. The particular family is African-American (“colored” or “Negro” in context), … Continue reading

Blog, Broadway, NY Theater

Moliere in Holmdel NJ

 On February 17, 1673, during a production of his final play, Le Malade Imaginaire (“The Imaginary Invalid”), Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molière, suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis, was seized by a coughing fit and a hemorrhage while playing the hypochondriac … Continue reading

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