Monday, April 16, 2018

The Be More Chill phenomenon

Even if you follow musicals, you can be forgiven for not having heard of Be More Chill: After all, it only had a month-long run in NJ just under three years ago. Last year, however, the cast album took off, fueled by viral fan interest. I tracked it all in this Times feature.

King Lear

The RSC was back at BAM with Gregory Doran's King Lear, starring Antony Sher. My thoughts for the Times.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018


Billie Piper's performance is really all that, but I was also astounded by the level of skill and ingenuity in the sound and set designs. Frankly Yerma makes most NYC productions look a little clunky. Click here for my review.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Live from the Humana Festival

I flew down to Louisville for the Humana Festival and had a blast. What could be better than gorge on theater while staying in a hotel and not worry about cooking or making the bed? I will say that I'm happy Please and Thank You does not have a branch in NYC because their chocolate-chip cookies are now my favorite ever. It's hard to stop at just three, or 30. OK, and now just read my report for the Times.

Abba Gold in Salon

Psyched that Salon is featuring an excerpt from my book Abba Gold!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Women, sports and theater

Women, sports and theater: three great tastes that taste great together! Another think piece for the Times, and it's thataway.

What constitutes the American Songbook?

I came up with some kind of theory about what constitutes the American Songbook. Hint: it's not so much about the Songbook part as it is about the American part. Click here for my Times piece.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Yes, I saw Rocktopia on Broadway! It's classical, it's rock, it's classic rock. Here's my review for the Times.

Babette's Feast

Isak Dinesen's short story gets the stage treatment courtesy of Karin Coonrod, and I'm not entirely sold. Click here for my review.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Leonora and Alejandro

I could not make head nor tail of this play, but it's about Leonora Carrington and Alejandro Jodorowsky so that's par for the course. And I loved it. Do you want a head trip? Head to Montclair! And don't forget to read my Times review.

Oye! For My Dear Brooklyn

Modesto "Flako" Jimenez strikes out on his own in this unruly but pretty damn cool show at Abrons. My review for the Times is here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Three Wise Guys

TACT tried to tackle Damon Runyon for their latest (and last) show. Here's my review for the Times.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Time No Line

It's always a pleasure to catch up with whatever John Kelly is up to, but I particularly enjoyed Time No Line. It's got a few days left at La MaMa, so make your way to E. 4th St. In the meantime, here's my review for the Times.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Black Light

Jomama Jones, diva extraordinaire, shines in Black Light at Joe's Pub. Until she starts singing. My review for the Times is here.

Joël Pommerat's Little Red Riding Hood

French writer-director Joël Pommerat presented his Little Red Riding Hood this weekend, and I previewed it for the New York Times here.

Monday, February 26, 2018

New Georges tackles sound

I reviewed a double bill of sound-centric new plays for the Times. As you may know, I'm frustrated by theater's lack of interest in the possibilities of sound, so it was rewarding to catch shows that at least try to make the most of it. Click here for my critic's notebook.


I can't believe the title of Andrew Lloyd Webber's autobiography doesn't have an exclamation mark but there you go. I had a ton of fun reviewing it for Newsday. All the Cats action you'd want is here.

Sunday, February 25, 2018


Another play about women and sports, but I'm not complaining — we have a lot to catch up after decades of disinterest. My review of Athena for the Village Voice is up here.

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Deirdre O'Connell is a living treasure of the New York stage. Every time she's in a show, I know that show will have at least one thing going for it. Right now she's in Terminus and...well, read my New York Times review here.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Against the Hillside

Going to EST is always a bit of a trip, often in more ways than one. A few days ago (sorry for the delay posting, I was otherwise engaged), I reviewed Against the Hillside for the Times.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Interview with Nina Hoss

Like most Americans familiar with her work, I discovered Nina Hoss in the Christian Petzold movies Barbara and Phoenix. It was a real treat to interview her before her star turn in Returning to Reims. Thataway for my chat with one of my favorite contemporary actors.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Divine Horsemen

I climbed several sets of stairs to reach Divine Horsemen at the Access Theater, then I reviewed the show for the Times.

Cute Activist

After Cute Activist, I definitely want to see more from the New Saloon company. Here's my review for the Village Voice.

Monday, January 15, 2018

The rarity of the rock & roll experience in plays

For the life of me I can't understand why rock is never used as a subject or even as background in American plays. Well, turns out two shows just did, and I reviewed them for the Times. Click here.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

All About Bruce Haack

Bruce Haack's 1970s concept albums The Electric Lucifer and Electric Lucifer Book 2 have been turned into a rock opera by Jim Findlay and Philip White. What a trip to dig into Haack's life for the Times. Click here!

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)

I reviewed Split Britches' latest for the Times and it's here. Amazing that in all these years, this is the first time I've officially written about this company!

Friday, January 05, 2018

Blanka Zizka and the Wilma experiment

A fascinating theatrical experiment is underway in Philadelphia, and I wrote about it for the Times. Click here to read all about the Wilma.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Interview with Dane Terry

I love all those genre-hopping artists who keep popping up in the downtown scene. Check out Dane Terry, whom I interviewed for the Times.