Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Last week I revisited Terry Johnson's revival of La Cage aux Folles to check out the two new leads, Christopher Sieber and Harvey Fierstein. And while Douglas Hodge still holds a special place in my heart, I quite enjoyed the new pair.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Soft-spoken drama The Dream of the Burning Boy opens at the Roundabout's black-box theater. It doesn't add up to much, but Reed Birney gives yet another great performance. I saw him eat at Green Symphony (love that place) a few weeks ago and almost went all stalker-fan on him. Fortunately I somehow preserved my dignity.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Come again? Yes, it's the return of Michael John LaChiusa's musical Hello Again. The Transport Group has staged it — rather unnecessarily in my view — in a Soho loft. I can't say it's site-specific because that would imply the show takes place in a specific location, and it doesn't. There's enough good moments to make this worthy, though, especially if you like LaChiusa's score (and I do).
Monday, March 21, 2011
There's some serious mayhem happening at BAM -- I'm talking about the Propeller Company's staging of The Comedy of Errors. I absolutely loved it, though you may want to think twice if the prospect of a Looney Tunes version of Shakespeare makes you shudder. Me, I see so much "respectable" Shakespeare that I'm more than happy to see people go at it with imagination and mad skillz.
I have a few reservations but overall I had a swell time at Priscilla Queen of the Desert -- the musical that just won't give up trying to entertain you. The "MacArthur Park" number alone is worth the price of admission. "Someone left the cake out in the rain": Oh yes they did!
Friday, March 18, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Who would have thought a Disney Theatricals project would ever end up at New York Theatre Workshop? Yet Peter and the Starcatcher is on E. 4th St., and it's doing great business. I found the show a bit too manic but still worthy. My review's here.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
With a title in all-caps followed by three exclamation marks, you know SWAN!!! isn't going to be your regular stage version of Black Swan. I previewed the show -- which stars Jack Ferver, Jenn Harris and Randy Harrison, among others -- in today's Post.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Rude Mechs' latest show, The Method Gun, is currently at Dance Theater Workshop (which places more emphasis on the "Theater" part of its name in this case). I've liked the company's work in the past, but this piece about a fictional acting teacher felt half-baked to me.
Monday, March 07, 2011
Wow, is the revival of That Championship Season bad! Wild horses could not have kept the Sheila in her seat: She was out like a flash at intermission. Not only is the play creaky, but the acting is seriously underwhelming. At Broadway prices, there's no excuse.
Saturday, March 05, 2011
A stage adaptation of David Almond's YA novel Skellig has just started a run at the New Victory Theatre. Not among the best things I've seen at the New Vic — one of my favorite NY houses — but still, a perfectly fine show if you want to take a kid out without insulting their (or your) intelligence. Thataway for my review.
Friday, March 04, 2011
I'd hated David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole but I loved his new play, Good People (reviewed in today's paper). Color me stunned, especially since the show is at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre -- a house I'd been considering cursed because I never seem to like anything there. Yay!
Thursday, March 03, 2011
The Black Watch team returns to St. Ann's Warehouse with Beautiful Burnout, a play about boxing set to Underworld tunes. I liked it quite a bit, despite the fact that the story is completely predictable — but isn't it the case with all boxing stories anyway?