Laurie Metcalf stars in Sharr White's Broadway transfer
Sharr Jackson's play The Other Place seems to owe a lot to Margaret Edson's Pulitzer winning 1995 play Wit. Both works have a mature woman going through a severe medical crisis that prompts her to re-assess her life. In both cases, the woman makes glib remarks to the audience in between scenes act ... More >>
I generally loathe one-person shows because they often fail to be all that dramatic, usually consisting of a long-winded famous person pretending to be another long-winded famous person, taking an occasional breath only when the phone rings. But the three one-woman shows that are coming sound like ... More >>
In 2007, Peter Michael Marino wrote a musical version of Desperately Seeking Susan with music from the Blondie songbook, though the show ended up desperately seeking an afterlife following its London and Tokyo engagements. Well, here it is: Desperately Seeking the Exit, Marino's one-man show about ... More >>
There are more than enough musicalizations of kitschy, middlebrow comedies out there, so it's nice to see a musical version of Dogfight, the serious 1991 cult period film about a marine who takes plain Jane to a party without telling her the goal is that the guy with the ugliest date gets a prize. ... More >>
Move over, Addams Family. The most intriguingly dysfunctional clan in town is now the one in Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, in which a tell-all book manuscript surfacing at Christmastime puts the hell back in holidays.
This very week, my column has a blind item about an actor/director who broke up with a Wicked chorus boy, only to take up with the Pal Joey guy, who broke up with an ex Chicago cast member. I also said that the Chicago guy is now a pair with that Book of Mormon star. Well, at the Tonys toni ... More >>
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A longtime Broadway fave from revivals like Cabaret and Mary Stuart, John Benjamin Hickey is giving a powerful performance in the acclaimed revival of The Normal Heart, in which he plays the Times writer who becomes involved with the Larry Kramer character (Joe Mantello), with bittersweet res ... More >>
Larry Kramer's now-classic AIDS play finds a home on Broadway
The dramatics! The emoting! The singing and dancing and screeching for the back row! I'm talking about what's going to happen when the Tony nominations are announced tomorrow morning. My final (and 100% correct) predictions are: BEST PLAY Jerusalem War Horse Good People Motherf**k ... More >>
Run to the Golden Theatre if you want to be reminded of how alive you are. You'll be moved, enraged, buzzed, and haunted. You will feel. By the end of the masterful revival of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart--directed by Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe--the audience has been put through an e ... More >>
MCC mounts Sharr White's look at brain disease and family
Jon Robin Baitz heads to Palm Springs for his new play
A family battles over a memoir
Plus, the return of Another American: Asking and Telling
The last year in Broadway theater saw the appearances of names like Scarlett Johansson and Catherine Zeta-Jones not just on stages, but in the same award categories as their Loyal-to-New-York-Theater co-stars. The trending caused our own lead theater critic Michael Feingold to pen an epic scr ... More >>
When Jeremy Piven abruptly checked out of Broadway's Speed-the-Plow revival in late '08, at least he was polite enough to give a health-related excuse: he'd eaten too much fish! But Megan Mullally just bolted from Lips Together, Teeth Apart without any tummyache at all.
Hugh Dancy gets caught in a love triangle
Mamet draws big laughs, Inge draws some tears, Ethan Coen draws a blank
More strange doings in an Adam Bock workplace
Whether new plays or revivals, Broadway shows seem to be singing familiar tunes
2007 Olivier-winner makes NYC debut. Shrug.
Can a good play shelter a movie star from criticism's wet blanket?
Angels in America, Part One: Millenium
Sondheim and Weidman hail the chief-killers; Larry Kramer uses rant to fight the plague
The famous librettist, sans Sullivan, is most engaging with a play that's so old it's new again
Papp's restive ghost haunts the search for Wolfe's replacement
Greenberg Wins the Pennant; Haring Gets Marketed Again
New Dramas Make ConnectionsNo Music Required