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Bess Wohl’s “Make Believe” is a masterful exploration of childhood and its lingering impact set against the mystery of four abandoned children and a reconciliation as their adult selves. Tragic, funny, mysterious, and true, it is easily among the best plays I have seen all year.
A roundup look at three plays that recently opened at three of Off-Broadway’s best non-profit theatre companies: “Continuity” at Manhattan Theatre Club, “Dying City” at Second Stage Theater, and “Nomad Motel” at Atlantic Theater Company.
Bebe Neuwirth and Brandon Victor Dixon to announce the Tony Award nominations on April 30th; Sutton Foster will star in the 2020 Broadway revival of "The Music Man"; Disney to produce a musical adaption of "The Princess Bride" with a score by David Yazbek and a book by Rick Elice and Bob Martin; Second Stage Theater announces 5 out of 7 shows for the 2019-2020 season; the 2018 Broadway revival of "Angels in America" to receive audio recording; "Alice by Heart" records a cast album; Alexander Gemignani replaces Danny Burstein in "My Fair Lady"; TLC musical in development; new film adaptation of “Guys and Dolls” in the works; North Bergen High School production of "Alien: The Play" makes a splash
Two hotly-anticipated new musicals opened Off-Broadway recently: Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s “Alice By Heart” at MCC Theater, and Tom Kitt and Joshua Logan’s “Superhero” at Second Stage Theater. I take a look at each.
Broadway legend Carol Channing is dead at 97; Heidi Schreck's "What the Constitution Means to Me" will play 12 weeks on Broadway; Palace Theatre renovations have hit a snag; casting announced for “The Ferryman”, "The Courtroom", "Call Me Madam", and the film version of "West Side Story"; Brittney Johnson becomes first Glinda of color in an English language production of "Wicked"; "Beautiful" marks 5 years with appearance by Carole King
Following a hit run Off-Broadway last year, Harvey Fierstein’s landmark gay play “Torch Song” is back on Broadway with an abridged text and title, but its heart and humanity intact. On second viewing, this production feels more muted and a bit too comfortable, but the performances are richer and better, and the subject matter as timely as ever. An uproarious comedy with a suite of characters you come to love, “Torch Song” is a must-see of the fall (or any) season.
Two world premiere productions of new plays opened Off-Broadway last night, each offering their characters a reflection on their younger selves and their emotional development, conceptions of love, and visions for the future. This is a roundup look at Second Stage’s “Days of Rage” and the Vineyard Theatre’s “Good Grief” (Critic’s Pick!).
Young Jean Lee makes history as the first female Asian-American playwright with her quietly enveloping play “Straight White Men”; far from the raging jeremiad that many liberal theatregoers no doubt anticipate, this tightly directed and finely acted play is a smart, funny, and surprising look at questions of privilege and identity through the lens of America’s oldest and newest, and soon to be minority, group: straight white men.
Tracy Letts’ “Mary Page Marlowe” at Second Stage offers a fascinating, fragmented portrait of one ordinary woman’s journey through life, embodied by six actors in eleven time-hopping scenes. The tension of what happens to us versus what we control haunts the text as Mary Page traverses decades, surfing waves of feminism amidst the shifting roles of women from mid-century America to the present. Mr. Letts, director Lila Neugebauer, and an ensemble cast of 18 create a mosaic that is compelling, if ultimately mysterious.
Andy Karl replaces Steve Kazee in "Pretty Woman"; Paul Schneider joins Armie Hammer and Josh Charles for "Straight White Men"; "KPOP" angles for an Off-Broadway run in 2019; NBC will telecast a live production of "Hair" in 2019; Broadway grosses hit a record high in the 2017-2018 season, but attendance is flat; memorial service for five-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell to be held on Friday; original “Kiss Me, Kate” star Patricia Morison dies at 103
“Lobby Hero” is a funny, simple, and engaging play that follows the morally fraught actions of a quartet of uniformed personalities: two security guards and two police officers. Despite an anti-climactic ending, Michael Cera and Chris Evans give excellent performances and the play, touching on issues like workplace sexual harassment and racial bias in criminal justice, is eminently entertaining.
Broadway did well at the Oscars last night; Broadway's last gossip columnist, Michael Riedel, has left the New York Post; Tatiana Maslany and Blair Brown will star in Tracy Letts' new play "Mary Page Marlowe"; Tony Shalhoub is out of "The Bands Visit" until May; "The Fantasticks" composer Harvey Schmidt is dead at 88