Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lemon Sky

The Keen Company revives Lanford Wilson's 1970 memory play, Lemon Sky. Thataway for my review.

The Submission

Jeff Talbott's would-be-Mametian play, The Submission, is now at the Lucille Lortel. Main reason to go: Rutina Wesley, best known for playing the thankless role of Tara on True Blood. More in my review.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Bald Soprano

The Pearl brings back Ionesco's The Bald Soprano. It's only an hour but feels much longer. (If we were in Paris there would be no need to bring it back since it never left: The same production has been playing the Théâtre de la Huchette since 1957.)

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Yes, the period is part of the title in After., a new play by Chad Beckim. A little precious maybe, but don't let that stop you: This is a worthy show. And it's playing at the Wild Project, a nice little East Village theater that's conveniently located right across from Mama's, home of the best mac 'n' cheese in town.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Arias with a Twist

Joey Arias and Basil Twist's head trip, Arias with a Twist, is back for a limited run at Abrons. Go! Oh, you need more background? Fine, my review's here.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Cirque de Légume

Today's review is of Cirque de Légume, a nifty little Irish show that features enough vegetables to fulfill the food pyramid's requirements for a whole week.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Wood

Dan Klores' play about Mike McAlary, The Wood, is a letdown, considering the action's background: NY in the 1990s, tabloid wars, police brutality, old-school journalism. I wonder what would have happened if Richard Price had written that show.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Itamar Moses' Completeness, at Playwrights Horizons, is very, very chatty and yet feels…incomplete. That's my review for the day. I also in today's paper is our fall preview, in which I handled the forthcoming musicals — not that there's many of them on the horizon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


The revival of Sondheim's awesome 1971 musical Follies just opened. As you can tell by my review, I was underwhelmed. Still, the score is rich enough to recommend a trip to the Marquis, especially if you get a discount ticket.

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Select (The Sun Also Rises)

I was as engaged by The Select (The Sun Also Rises) as I was bored by Gatz. It's not just that this time, Elevator Repair Service abrided the book: The whole experience is more theatrical, a commentary on Hemingway's novel as much as an adaptation of it. Review here.