Category Archives: Off Broadway

Compelling Conversation Goes Live: “Lessons in Survival: 1971”

From 1968 to 1973, “SOUL!,” America’s first Black-hosted nighttime TV talk show, celebrated Black literature, poetry, music and politics, largely in interview formats. In 1971, prolific poet, activist and prominent figure of the 1960s Black Arts Movement Nikki Giovanni interviewed … Continue reading

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Romeo and…Bernadette? Why Not; What’s In a Name?

There are many reasons for taking a date to a community theater production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Maybe you are both studying English Lit or are enrolled in acting classes. Maybe a friend is playing Mercutio or has constructed … Continue reading

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What’s Old Is New Again: Mint Theater Revives “The Daughter-in-Law”

In years past I have seen several plays performed in foreign (to me) languages. “Death of a Salesman” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” both familiar works, were perfectly clear in Yiddish, while Ionesco’s “The Bald Soprano” (so-titled from an actor’s … Continue reading

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Reality Adds a New Dimension to Off-Broadway “WIT”

Vivian Bearing, PhD, a college professor of 17th-Century poetry, specializing in the Holy Sonnets of John Donne, is undergoing chemotherapy for stage-four metastatic ovarian cancer. Fifty years of age, Vivian is a fictional character. Erin Cronican, producer/actor and Executive Artistic … Continue reading

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Understudy: Not a Job for the Weak of Heart

Theater lore abounds with tales of understudies who have gone on to a degree of stardom, some as a direct result of having filled in for an indisposed performer. Shirley Maclaine, who subbed for Carol Haney in “The Pajama Game” … Continue reading

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“Kimberly Akimbo” + Music: Perfect Together

How do you improve on perfection? Well, you can’t – by definition. But you can approach it from a different direction, which is what David Lindsay-Abaire has done in adapting his marvelous 2002 play “Kimberly Akimbo” into a 2021 musical. … Continue reading

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