Category Archives: NY Theater

#AmericanSonMatters on Broadway

“American Son” premiered in 2016 at Barrington Stage in Massachusetts and was staged at George Street Playhouse in New Jersey in February 2017. In those recent years, its theme of racially-charged encounters between African-American males and law-enforcement officers reflected the … Continue reading

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A solo show evokes Lenny Bruce: Comedian…and so much more

You are unlikely to ever see the theatrical title “I’m Not a Comedian…I’m Richard Pryor.” Or George Carlin. Or Chris Rock. Or Sarah Silverman. But appending the name Lenny Bruce is altogether appropriate. Not that he wasn’t a comedian, because … Continue reading

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Elaine May astonishes in “The Waverly Gallery”

It is generally true that the decline into dementia is a gradual process. From early symptoms – forgetting names or dates or where one left the keys – to a failure to connect with the real world, can take years. … Continue reading

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Unresolved Mother-Son Issues: “Apologia” off-Broadway

Line readings are a generally under-valued (and under-credited) facet of the actor’s craft. As many times as you see “Hamlet,” for example, is how many different readings of the “To be or not to be” soliloquy you will encounter. Having … Continue reading

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Bernhardt/Hamlet/McTeer

In 2017, Elizabeth Marvel appeared as Marc Antony in the Free Shakespeare in Central Park “Julius Caesar.” In 2018 women are playing Caesar as well as Antony and Cassius at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, where, to boot, Martha Henry … Continue reading

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A playwright and play to reckon with: “Agnes” off-Broadway

“I don’t think I know the difference between sexual harassment and flirting” might not seem like a ground-breaking admission, but as spoken by Charlie in Catya McMullen’s outstanding new play “Agnes,” running through September 29 at 59E59 Theatre, it registers … Continue reading

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