5 days ago | Theater
Theater people are natural-born contrarians. What else would you expect from a profession in which "left" means "right" and vice versa? With our newly elected non-representative government moving the U.S. to the extreme right, you can count on Ame...
13 days ago | Theater
The young Anton Chekhov, already attracting attention as a writer of humorous newspaper columns, made his first attempt to write a full-length play around 1878. When Maria Yermolova, the star actress for whom he'd written it, turned it down, he st...
28 days ago | Theater
Richard Greenberg's numerous plays fall handily into three categories: triumphs, mishaps, and...well, it's hard to know what to call that middle group: the many that don't sit entirely right with you, but contain substance that can trouble the min...
1 month ago | Theater
Two new musicals made me cry this past week, for all the best reasons. They didn't jerk tears from me with the cheap tricks that lesser musicals employ. And they didn't make me weep, as really lamebrained productions can, at their shameless waste ...
2 months ago | Theater
If I tell you, "Six teenagers died in a roller-coaster accident, and somebody thought this was a good idea for a musical," your reaction's likely to be a blank, horrified stare, especially now, with the nightmare of the Oakland warehouse fire stil...
When Bigger’s Better: 'Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812' and 'Dead Poets Society,' Reviewed2 months ago | Theater
Two highly anticipated shows gave early performances last weekend: the Broadway transfer of Dave Malloy's musical Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, newly ensconced at the Imperial Theatre, and Tom Schulman's stage version of his Oscar-...