Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bastard Jones

A musical adaptation of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones novel: what a great idea! The show still needs work but there's real potential. My review's here.

A feature about Say Something Bunny!

I hope you will be as charmed by Say Something Bunny! as I was — one of the most inventive, effortlessly (despite the amount of work that went into it) charming shows I've seen in a while. My feature for the Times is here.

Sunday, June 25, 2017


En Garde's latest, Harbored, doesn't work as well as I wish it would, but it's great to see the company back in action. My New York Times review is here.


The only reason I could follow the stage 1984 is that I'd re-read the book shortly before going. But you can't disregard the show's visceral impact — it's great to see something so unabashedly genre on Broadway. My review for Newsday is here.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

EST Marathon of One-Act Plays, Series C

One-act-play evenings are, by definition, a mixed bag, and so it goes with this latest offering from EST. My review for the Times is here.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Articles of Faith

I certainly do not wish a catastrophic event on anybody, but Cynthia Hopkins did make wonderful art of her house burning down. My review of her show Articles of Faith is here.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


What a marathon that was: almost five hours spread over two evening! My review of Streepshow! is now out in the Times.

The Artificial Jungle

I reviewed the new revival of Charles Ludlam's The Artificial Jungle for the Times, and it's here.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Julius Caesar

When I saw Julius Caesar at the Delacorte, the audience responded more to this Trumpian avatar emerging naked from a bath tub than from his being assassinated. My review for Newsday is here.

Friday, June 09, 2017

A chat with Rebecca Hall

Here's what I didn't want to do in my Rebecca Hall piece: I didn't want to go on and on about her father. It's in every single article about her. Yes, he casts a long shadow but she's 35, let her be her own person! 

Here's what I wanted to do: try to find a thread linking her stage and screen roles — with an emphasis on screen because it was easier to see a whole bunch of them. My favorite discovery was Please Give, which sent me on a Nicole Holofcener bender.

The resulting Village Voice article is here.

The End of Longing

Matthew Perry tries his hand at playwriting and believe it or not, my review for Newsday was among the kindest ones! Click here.