Thursday, December 29, 2011


Cheeseball alert at Theater for the New City! I'm referring to Hypnotik: The Seer Will Doctor You Now, and my full review's here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Close Up Space

Though it's common for critics to moan about all the bad plays we have to see, it's actually rare to be subjected to one as inept as Close Up Space, currently at MTC I.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Peter Pan

Peter Pan is back in town, and so is Cathy Rigby. Of course, I was there.

Lysistrata Jones

I liked Lysistrata Jones off Broadway, and I still like it on Broadway: a cheerier show is hard to find. Full review here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Farm Boy

Farm Boy, Michael Mopurgo's sequel (of sorts) to War Horse hits 59E59. Warning: no puppets on stage.

Monday, December 12, 2011

James X

My review of Gerard Mannix Flynn's James X, about abuse in church-run institutions in Ireland, is in today's paper.

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Michael Mayer's revisal of this 1965 musical maudit has finally opened, and my review's in today's paper. In brief: Instead of a show with a great score and a clunky book, we now have a show with a great score and a different clunky book. The more things change, the less they do.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Stick Fly

Lydia R. Diamond's sudser Stick Fly opened on Broadway last night. My glass half empty/glass half full review is here.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Maple and Vine

Two of my stage faves, Marin Ireland and Jeanine Serralles, star in Maple and Vine, and despite that cast plus a great premise, the show flounders.

Neighbourhood Watch

Alan Ayckbourn's 75th (!) play lands at 59E59. To, er, watch or not to watch? My take's here.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011


New York Theatre Workshop may have a new Rent on its hands with Once, the stage version of the Irish movie. Read my review, then go buy a ticket — if there are any left.


Cillian Murphy stars in Enda Walsh's Misterman at St. Ann's Warehouse. And when I say "stars," I mean just that: He's terrific, plus he's alone onstage. Full review thataway.

Happy Hour

Ethan Coen complete his trifecta of one-act anthologies with Happy Hour. At least I hope he's done, because the shows have steadily worsened. More here.

Monday, December 05, 2011

The Cherry Orchard

CSC delivers a Cherry Orchard that's all over the map, and weirdly gripping in its own disjointed way. I elaborate here.

Elective Affinities

David Adjmi's tasty curtain-raiser, Elective Affinities, gets the deluxe treatment courtesy of director Sarah Benson and star Zoe Caldwell. My full review's here.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Bonnie & Clyde

Six months after Wonderland tanked, Frank Wildhorn has another musical on Broadway: Bonnie & Clyde, inspired by you-know-who. What I thought? Read on.