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Married Thirty-five Years and Counting (or maybe not): “Bone on Bone”Premiere

Many a fine play is waylaid by shoddy acting and/or directing. (Recall your last misbegotten Shakespeare.) Conversely, a lesser theater piece can be enhanced by superior efforts in those categories. Such is the case with Marylou Dipietro’s “Bone on Bone,” … Continue reading

Blog, Professional, Regional

Bye Bye Blackface/Send In The Clowns

Ken Ludwig’s 1980s farce “Lend Me a Tenor” revolves around two operatic tenors being mistaken for one another in costume and makeup for the same role. The play is funny…or not, depending on taste. I had always thought it so, … Continue reading

Blog, Professional, Regional

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players: Doing What They Do Best!

Want to be like the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players? Just pick a niche-market art form and become a world-class expert at it. Founded in 1974, NYGASP’s performance-ready repertory of all thirteen of the writing team’s extant Savoy Operas … Continue reading

Blog, NY Theater, Off Broadway

‘Swallow it down’ (“Jagged Little Pill”) ‘It feels so good’

A conundrum/problem/challenge: How to describe a Broadway musical that pretty much exceeds familiar superlatives in pretty much all its facets. Well, let’s try, by first thanking Alanis Morrisette for resisting entreaties over the past two decades to turn her 1995 … Continue reading

Blog, Broadway, NY Theater

Dad is getting on in years: “Harry Townsend’s Last Stand”

If it is true, as often stated, that there are only seven basic plots from which all plays are derived, one of the seven certainly involves conflicted parent-offspring relationships. Think “King Lear” and “Death of a Salesman” for prototypes. While … Continue reading

Blog, NY Theater, Off Broadway

Paper Mill Playhouse is giving a ball! “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” in NJ

“Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” comes by that official title honestly. Having gone through several revisions since its debut as a TV special in 1957, the show depends for its success (or not) on how well (or not) that legendary team’s … Continue reading

Blog, Off Broadway, Professional, Regional