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A sure bet: “Guys and Dolls” in Deal, New Jersey

The overture to “Guys and Dolls” is unique in that it is scripted as well as orchestrated. It is a street scene collage danced – acted-out really – by the ensemble: floozies, society dames, bobby-soxers, a cop-and-pickpocket duo, a drunk … Continue reading

Blog, Community, Professional, Regional

“Cyrano” gets a couple make-overs (including nose jobs)

Two recent adaptations of Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac,” both titled simply “Cyrano,” play fast and loose with the 19th-Century French playwright’s masterpiece. At Two River Theater Company in New Jersey last month, the play, stripped of its revered open-verse … Continue reading

Blog, Featured, NY Theater, Off Broadway

Revenge is a dish best served cold? Not so in “Lily”

Two things to know about “Lily,” the world-premiere play at New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch. First, Christopher Daftsios’s play is constructed like an orderly three-part farce, with a situational setup, followed by a discussion about how to set … Continue reading

Blog, Professional

Tennessee Williams’s Love-Play: “The Rose Tattoo”

 It is generally conceded that “Period of Adjustment” is Tennessee Williams’s only full-out comedy, but “The Rose Tattoo” could claim a close second, especially as the second half plays out in the highly entertaining Roundabout Theatre Company revival.  The laughs … Continue reading

Blog, Broadway, NY Theater

“An American in Paris” Touches Down in Westchester County

How long after seeing some musicals does it take to get a song out of your head? I’m stuck with “NYC” a full week after every “Annie,” and “Goodbye to blueberry pie” after “Gypsy.” Isolating any one number from the … Continue reading

Blog, Professional, Regional

Memorable “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man” in New Jersey

You needn’t be familiar with 20th Century Russian – Soviet Union, that is – history in order to appreciate D. W. Gregory’s “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man.”  While a sense of that history will enhance the experience, “Forgotten Man” stands … Continue reading

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