Category Archives: Blog

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

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