Category Archives: Broadway

“It’s Better Than the Movie”: Memories That Linger

With no Theatre to cover due to this nasty fellow… …I’ll share a few excerpts from “It’s Better Than The Movie,” my work-in-progress anecdotal memoir: July 1956: I was an apprentice (as interns were then called) at Theatre-by-the-Sea in Matunuck, … Continue reading

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A Star Turn by Laura Linney: “My Name Is Lucy Barton”

It seems that one-actor stage presentations have increased in number over the past decade or so. And as critical attention to them has grown with that proliferation, the quality level has risen as well. Long recognized as a theatrical form … Continue reading

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‘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

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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

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Predicting the Tony Awards

The Broadway theater season, which ends in late April, culminates with the American Theatre Wing’s Antoinette Perry Awards – the Tonys. For the 2018-19 season 42 nominators considered 34 eligible shows in 24 categories. (No critics are among the nominators … Continue reading

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Kelli and Cole spark “Kiss Me, Kate” revival

Despite an occasional misfire, tailoring some shows to a performer in a particular role can be a gimme. Dolly Levi and Mama Rose, for example, come with the territory. Lilli Vanessi does not dominate as do those. At least she … Continue reading

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