Monday, November 05, 2018

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The latest from the Public Theater's Mobile Unit is a fast and loose take on A Midsummer Night's Dream. You lose some (the poetry and bittersweet feels) but you also gain some (it's often very funny). Click here for my review.

I'm Not a Comedian...I'm Lenny Bruce

What Would Lenny Bruce Do? Doesn't matter: chances are, current progressive activists would not like it. I reviewed Ronnie Marmo's solo show for the Times, and it's here.

Torch Song

There's a lot of talent onstage in Torch Song, but it's not actually doing much for the play itself. I reviewed the Broadway transfer of this revival for Newsday.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Best ski resorts for beginners, northeast division

My latest ski story for Newsday: the best ski resorts for beginners in the northeast. It's never too late to learn, folks! Click here for the article.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Gloria — A Life

My first review for The Hollywood Reporter is of the new bioplay Gloria — A Life, about Gloria Steinem. The show's subject popped up at the end of the performance so year: awe-struck. Click here for the review.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Sakina's Restaurant

I thoroughly enjoyed Aasif Mandvi's solo play, especially for what it tells us about 1998 vs 2018 -- and it's been left pretty much intact from then. Click here for my Times review.

Travisville

William Jackson Harper makes a polished playwriting debut. A bit too polished perhaps -- and yes, there is such a thing. Click here for my review for the Times.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

The Evolution of Mann

Max Crumm wasn't the one we wanted back in that Kathleen Marshall Grease revival (a cynical ploy if there ever was one), but he's much better in the otherwise blah new musical The Evolution of Mann. Click here for my Times review.

"Art" in quotation marks

Yasmina Reza's "Art" (quotation marks in the title) is 24 and aging rather well. A reason: we now fight dirty with our friends, exactly as she described it back then. The very entertaining tg STAN/Dood Paard revival only confirmed that. Check here for my New York Times piece about how our perception of the play has changed over the years.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet

Bedlam tries a theatrical mashup and let's just say it didn't quite gel. Click here for my review.

Todd Solondz makes his stage debut

I talked to Todd Solondz about making his stage debut as playwright and director at the Flea Theater. Thataway for my New York Times feature.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Soundstage

Rob Roth's Soundstage at HERE is intriguing but ultimately unrewarding. It did make me wonder what would happen if a director gave Rebecca Hall a siren role in a movie. Click here for my review.