Friday, February 27, 2015

Bright Half Life

It's not often that I think, "Jeez, this show should have been longer," but that's exactly what happened with Tanya Barfield's latest, at Women's Project. My review's here.

An Octoroon

I revisited Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' play at Theater for a New Audience and this time I was able to focus more on what it says, rather than be merely astounded by its staging. Don't miss it. My review's here.

Thursday, February 26, 2015


I live in Brooklyn and even I was getting tired of the borough love in this new musical. Still, the show's goofy fun, especially if you're in that prize YA demo. Get your parents to pay for your ticket! My review's here.

Interview with Dylan Baker

Dylan Baker's Colin Sweeney is one of the most popular recurring guest characters on The Good Wife. And why not? The guy's such a charming sociopath! Click here for my interview with the delightful actor.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lives of the Saints

David Ives' latest collection of one-act playlets is not up to his usual standards. My review's here.

The Nether

Jennifer Haley's play quietly gets under your skin. The presence of an actual child actress in a play about (among others) pedophilia will do that. My review's here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Big Love

A revival of Charles Mee's Big Love hits Signature, and it's pretty good. My review's here.

Monday, February 23, 2015

7 lesser-known Nile Rodgers collaborations

"Get Lucky" is all well and good, but those seven Nile Rodgers collaborations are even better. Click here for the goodness.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Why banning pet stores from selling rabbits is a good idea

Bunnies are great pets, but you don't need to buy them in a store: there are plenty waiting to be adopted in shelters. Plus now it's illegal to sell them anyway. I wrote about the new city council ban here.

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Like its title, which misses half of the required accents, Nick Jones' Verité only hits half its marks. Click here for my review.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


I'm not entirely sold on Hamilton but liked large chunks of it. Too bad its zealot fans are so quick to attack any criticism. That's a bigger turnoff than anything in the show itself. Click here for my review.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Events

It took me a little while to warm up to David Greig's fractured storytelling in The Events, but I got there. My review's here.

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Iceman Cometh

Nathan Lane isn't that counterintuitive a choice to play Hickey in Eugene O'Neill's ode to the bar at the end of the line. My review's here.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Between Riverside and Crazy redux

Stephen Adly Guirgis didn't revise his play since last year, but it's changed — the news cycle did that for him. Check here for my review.

Rasheeda Speaking

Cynthia Nixon directs Dianne Wiest and Tonya Pinkins, so right there is your reason to see this show. It's not as good as it could be, but you shouldn't pass an opportunity to see those two actors duke it out. My review's here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Application Pending

Christina Bianco's talents are wasted in the middling new comedy Application Pending. My review's here.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Pretty Filthy

The Civilians look at the other side of Hollywood — the porn side — in the surprisingly sunny and upbeat (well, up to a point) Pretty Filthy. Click here for my review.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Texas in Paris

It's always a pleasure to watch Lillias White on stage, even in a show that doesn't give her much to chew on. My review's here.

Lady, Be Good

Encores! brings back a couple of classic chesnuts: the Gershwins' 1924 screwball musical and Tommy Tune. My review of this spry, loose, fun show is here.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Shesh Yak

You can take a hot-button subject like Syria and come up with a bland show, no matter how much brutality you throw at the stage. My review's here.

Monday, February 02, 2015

More US remakes of foreign TV shows

Most American remakes of non-American TV series suck. They suck and suck and suck. And yet they keep on coming, even though it's become easier than ever to watch the originals stateside. A quick look at what's coming down the pipeline.

It pays to open for Taylor Swift

Well usually it does. And then sometimes it doesn't. After Haim was announced to open on select dates for La Swift, I wondered if the sisters would end up like Ed Sheeran or like Kellie Pickler. Click here for the linkage.