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On The Town... With Chip Deffaa... (July 2, 2014) <= new
The City Center Encores production of Jonathan Larson's tick, tick...BOOM! is the best show I've seen anywhere in a good while. , by Chip Deffaa on July 2

Editor’S Notes: 2014 Tonys Love “Murder,” “Hedwig,” “Raisin,” “Beautiful” And Audra
Three of the top acting awards went to performers playing real people: LBJ, Billie Holiday and Carole King, as well as the fictional Hedwig., by Victor Gluck on June 11

Features & Interviews


The O’Neill Center: 50 Years Of Creating American Theater <= new
Informative panel discussion commemorating the institution’s 50th anniversary, with readings and musical performances from recent workshops., by Darryl Reilly on Sept. 10

Reflections On The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival <= new
An impressive and rewarding festival of contemporary electroacoustic music with 31 concerts, 2 installations and 3 workshops., by Jean Ballard Terepka on June 26

Ayckbourn Ensemble: “Arrivals & Departures,” “Farcicals: A Double Bill Of Frivolous Comedies” And “Time Of My Life” <= new
British master sends us a comedy, a tragedy and a drama not seen here before with his superb casts from Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough., by Victor Gluck on June 16

The 28Th Annual Mac Awards
A marvelous marathon evening of competitive and honorary awards celebrating the Manhattan cabaret scene featuring new and veteran entertainers. , by Darryl Reilly on Mar. 31

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra And May Festival, Dett's The Ordering Of Moses
Reflections on a beautiful performance of an important choral work., by Jean Ballard Terepka on May 13


Holler If Ya Hear Me <= new
The bleak life in The Hood is the setting for this compellingly presented gritty musical inspired by Tupac Shakur and using his rap lyrics. , by Darryl Reilly on June 28

Broadway:Plays with Music

Lady Day At Emerson’S Bar & Grill
A stunning tour de force. Audra McDonald brings all her resources to a crescendo of performance art as Billie Holiday., by Eugene Paul on Apr. 21


Dead Behind These Eyes
Perplexing, intimate, very interactive, performance art piece that mashes up “Look Back in Anger,” and karaoke, performed in a karaoke room., by Darryl Reilly on Sept. 1
The audience stands and moves around while being bombarded by a sensory overload of old and new “Fuerza Bruta” acrobatic and musical acts, by Darryl Reilly on July 12


Red Eye Of Love <= new
This absurdist musical about love, money, and meat leaves its audience hungry., by Daniel J. Lee on Sept. 10
Fabulous! The Queen Of New Musical Comedies <= new
Gay themed, small-scale spoof of 1930s Cole Porter musicals, with drag queens and zanies on an ocean liner that’s overlong but entertaining., by Darryl Reilly on Sept. 9
Piece Of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story <= new
This compelling, passionate jukebox bio of the most famous songwriter you never knew holds up against its original musical contemporaries., by Daniel J. Lee on July 29
Atomic <= new
Unlikely subject of ethical problems for the scientists who created the atom bomb makes for excitingly urgent new musical. , by Victor Gluck on July 26
Wikimusical <= new
Satirizing Internet culture is a fine idea, but without solid storytelling it all goes horribly wrong., by Eric Grunin on July 23

Der Gelbe Stern
A Jewish cabaret performer in 1933 Berlin faces the change in the air, and possibly the end of her career., by Eric Grunin on July 17

Clinton: The Musical <= new
The Macarena and a stained blue dress are in this puerile satirical rehash of Bill, Hillary, and the other Clinton era figures and events., by Darryl Reilly on July 23

As We Lie Still <= new
In 1920, an aged magician recounts his past triumphs and tragedies in this ambitious uneven new dramatic musical with a heavenly angle., by Darryl Reilly on July 21

Deployed <= new
Feminist Iraq war musical shoots itself in the foot with musical and thematic clichés. , by Daniel J. Lee on July 21

Pump Boys And Dinettes
It was a good ole time at this spirited revival of the original country pop music revue set at a North Carolina diner and gas station. , by Darryl Reilly on July 17

Old-fashioned, lightweight, mildly entertaining drag spoof set at a national beauty competition for women sponsored by a cosmetics company., by Darryl Reilly on July 15

Fictional appearance by Sharon Stone is part of the comic outlandishness of this goofy sci-fi musical about a boy genius’ wacky experiments., by Darryl Reilly on July 10

Gertrude Stein Saints! <= new
Theater Plastique creates a joyful postmodern mosaic, with a big boost from Gertrude Stein., by Eric Grunin on June 22

The Zombies: A Musical <= new
Fresh talented cast engagingly performing broadly energizes this uneven rambunctious musical spoof of small-town under-siege zombie films., by Darryl Reilly on June 18

Rugantino <= new
This 50th-Anniversary tour of a beloved Italian Romanesco musical is a treat, but only for those who know the language. , by Eric Grunin on June 14

The Anthem <= new
A freewheeling youthful rock musical loosely adapted from an Ayn Rand novella, enlivened by circus acrobatics and one of the Village People., by Darryl Reilly on June 11

Irma La Douce
A classic champagne is decanted and found wanting—is it the vintage, or is the sommelier at fault?, by Eric Grunin on June 1


Bootycandy <= new
A series of wild, time-shifting comic scenes, depicting a gay African-American male’s odyssey, linked by the essence of Michael Jackson. , by Darryl Reilly on Sept. 11
Culture Shock 1911-1922 <= new
A well-chosen program of Expressionist one-acts undermined by poor direction., by Eric Grunin on Sept. 11
Boys And Girls <= new
Smart and engaging Irish spoken word drama, this American premiere exposes the scary, messy, embarrassing truths of young love., by Daniel J. Lee on Sept. 10
Poor Behavior
New Theresa Rebeck drama of two couples on a misbegotten weekend offers first ranting and then fireworks: tiring for actors and audience., by Victor Gluck on Aug. 29
The Good And The True <= new
The Holocaust is vividly depicted in this concise eyewitness memory play set in Czechoslovakia and is enriched by two powerful performances., by Darryl Reilly on Aug. 15
King Lear <= new
Daniel Sullivan’s revival starring John Lithgow is solid, but colorless and bland, surprising from this talented cast and gifted director., by Victor Gluck on Aug. 9
Summer Shorts: Series B <= new
Neil LaBute’s new one act is another punch in the gut while Albert Innaurato’s first NY play in 25 years lampooning religion is not funny., by Victor Gluck on Aug. 8
The Opponent <= new
New boxing play from Chicago’s A Red Orchid Theatre has trouble finding its footing but ultimately packs a punch., by Daniel J. Lee on Aug. 7
Sex With Strangers <= new
First great romantic dramedy of the decade is sexy, hip and literate with “Breaking Bad”’s Anna Gunn and Billy Magnussen aka Durang’s Spike., by Victor Gluck on Aug. 4
Strictly Dishonorable <= new
Preston Sturges’ hit 1929 stage play proves to be a charming old-fashioned romantic comedy quite different from his iconic Hollywood movies., by Victor Gluck on Aug. 3
Between Riverside And Crazy <= new
A complicated quirky comic drama about a wily embittered African-American ex-NYC cop facing eviction and the colorful people in his life. , by Darryl Reilly on Aug. 1
Gertrude: The Cry <= new
It’s Hamlet’s mother, the much maligned Gertrude, who takes center stage with a vengeance in Howard Barker’s reexamination., by Eugene Paul on Aug. 1
Summer Shorts: Series A <= new
Three new American one acts on love and loss and the vicissitudes of life with one extraordinarily poetic play called “Riverbed.” , by Victor Gluck on July 30
Pentecost <= new
Work on restoring an art masterpiece is interrupted by a mob of armed, war torn refugees seeking their own salvations. Fully engaging., by Eugene Paul on July 28
Enter At Forest Lawn <= new
Surely you have wondered about the frustrations behind those TV shows you see happily going on week after week. Wonder no more. , by Eugene Paul on July 28
The Qualification Of Douglas Evans <= new
The Amoralists plunge headlong into the harrowing subject of man’s propensity for repeating his history., by Eugene Paul on July 28
Picture Ourselves In Latvia
A terrific ensemble cast can't quite make up for the lack of drama in Ross Howard's allegorical tragicomedy., by Eric Grunin on July 17

The Religion Thing
A thought-provoking, well-written script that leaves those paying attention a bit wiser about what is important in life and relationships., by Constance Radut on July 8

The Muscles In Our Toes
A rollicking night of absurdity quickly becomes a muddled examination of racism, sexuality, and male homosocial relationships. , by Daniel J. Lee on July 7

Clown Bar
An uproarious mélange of classic film noir crime drama, burlesque musical sequences and lots of clowns, set and performed in a nightclub., by Darryl Reilly on July 6

Donogoo <= new
Mint’s second Jules Romains play in a new translation satirizes a giant scam of stock market and real estate speculators. , by Victor Gluck on June 30

The Village Bike <= new
Provocative new British play starring Greta Gerwig in her NY stage debut examines female sexuality and male attitudes towards women and sex., by Victor Gluck on June 26

When We Were Young And Unafraid <= new
Director Pam MacKinnon mounts a splendid production, with a superb cast in playwright Sarah Treem’s engrossing play. Go!, by Eugene Paul on June 26

Much Ado About Nothing <= new
Big entertaining Shakespearean comedy reset in Victorian era reteams Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater as feuding lovers Beatrice and Benedick., by Victor Gluck on June 23

These Troubled Times <= new
An amiable gay uncle in Florida battles bigotry and space aliens in this “Twilight Zone” style allegory intended for young adult audiences., by Darryl Reilly on June 23

Power Plays <= new
For their fourth annual short play festival, TBTB has commissioned works by five of today’s star playwrights., by Eugene Paul on June 16

And If You Lose Your Way, Or A Food Odyssey <= new
A clever spirited reinvention of Homer’s “Odyssey” performed in a Brooklyn loft with music, symbolic food to eat and audience participation., by Darryl Reilly on June 15

Off-Broadway:Solo Performance

Off-Broadway:Solo Performance

The Pianist Of Willesden Lane <= new
Pianist Mona Golabek tells the story of her mother's escape from wartime Vienna to London, and she tells it with exceptional honesty., by Eric Grunin on July 29


Pia Zadora: "Pia Reloaded" <= new
Las Vegas comes to West 22nd Street as the campy show business veteran in Bob Mackie outfits brings her effervescent cabaret act to NYC., by Darryl Reilly on Aug. 7
Peggy Eason: “I’Ll Show Them All!”
The Chocolate Diva packs the house at Don’t Tell Mama with her one-woman show., by Constance Radut on June 12

Megan Hilty At The Café Carlyle
The television series Smash star and Broadway performer makes her Café Carlyle cabaret debut in a captivatingly performed well paced show., by Darryl Reilly on May 29


Broadway By The Year: The Broadway Musicals Of 1990 - 2014 <= new
Like the era it covered this exhilarating show was all over the place with rock, pop, jukebox tunes, and thrilling tango and tap numbers., by Darryl Reilly on June 27

Quintet Of The Americas: “Wind Chamber Music From 1983-2014 By Roberto Sierra”
Two fine new pieces by Roberto Sierra are the highlights of a thoughtfully-chosen and well-played program., by Eric Grunin on June 6

92Y’S Lyrics & Lyricists Series: “Panning For Gold: Great Songs From Flop Shows” <= new
A splendid concert celebrating songs salvaged from failed Broadway musicals was well performed by a talented cast of notable entertainers., by Darryl Reilly on June 3


Marilyn Maye: The 14Th Annual Kathryn W. Stein Memorial Concert <= new
It was a euphoric afternoon as the radiant singing legend performed a glorious swinging matinee concert of classic Broadway and pop songs. , by Darryl Reilly on June 17


The Collegiate Chorale: David Lang's Battle Hymns <= new
Dense musical sound and human meaning presented on the historic Intrepid air-craft carrier and museum., by Jean Ballard Terepka on May 26

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra And May Festival, Dett's The Ordering Of Moses
Reflections on a beautiful performance of an important choral work., by Jean Ballard Terepka on May 13

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra And May Festival, Adams Harmonium And Dett The Ordeing Of Moses
A remarkable and rewarding evening of gorgeous and powerful American music., by Jean Ballard Terepka on May 13

The Cecilia Chorus Of New York With Orchestra: Vaughan Williams, Cipullo, Brahms And Bruckner
A lovely evening, featuring three wonderful familiar works and an exciting Tom Cipullo premiere., by Jean Ballard Terepka on May 10

New York Choral Society And Orchestra: Holst And Higdon
An evening of passionate and dramatic music, including a New York City Jennifer Higdon premiere, gorgeously presented and happily received., by Jean Ballard Terepka on May 5


The Tender Land <= new
American master Aaron Copland swore off opera after this, but Chelsea Opera suggests it's worth another look. , by Eric Grunin on June 24

Waking In New York: A Chamber-Opera By Elodie Lauten With Libretto By Allen Ginsberg <= new
A beautiful performance of a remarkable work on the last weekend of the composer's life., by Jean Ballard Terepka on June 13

Gothic Chamber Opera: The Raven, Music By Toshio Hosokawa, Libretto By Edgar Allen Poe <= new
An astonishingly beautiful evening of Poe-inspired music, including a glorious Hosokawa premiere., by Jean Ballard Terepka on June 13

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