Category: theater (reviews)

Critical Eye: Rupert Murdoch on Broadway in Tony-nominated “Ink”

[Full article published in Quill Magazine May 10, 2019.] James Graham’s play “Ink” opened April 24 at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Quill asked New York-based arts journalist Martha Wade Steketee to take a look and report back. Here are her thoughts. Playwright James Graham’s “Ink” imagines tabloid emperor Rupert Murdoch’s origin story, rooted in a 1969

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‘The Price of Thomas Scott’ Offers Social Themes, a Dutiful Daughter, and Dance Breaks

The Mint Theater will unfurl a trio of plays this season by Elizabeth Baker (1876-1962), a woman of religious upbringing who worked in her family dry goods business as a teenager and in London offices in her twenties and thirties, where she discovered theater and began to write plays. The Price of Thomas Scott, the

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2018: excavation review themes

I squeezed adventures in Norway, Sweden, the wilds of central Wisconsin, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island into 2019, a year of paring, sifting and sorting of involvement on professional boards and continuing projects. I served on the executive committee of the American Theatre Critics Association, as a judge for the Henry Hewes Design Awards and the

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Heather Raffo in ‘Noura’ Unpacks Family Legacies with Radical Hope and Forgiveness

Noura by Heather Raffo Directed by Joanna Settle Featuring Heather Raffo Playwrights Horizons November 27, 2018 – December 30, 2018 production site On the 2017 list by The Kilroys of unproduced and under-produced new works by women, trans and non-binary playwrights, Heather Raffo’s elegantly constructed Noura asks a salient question: Do we live for each other

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In ‘Network’ on Broadway, Design Battles Howard Beale

[Full article published in The Clyde Fitch Report, December 6, 2018.] The countdown clocks are everywhere at the Belasco Theatre these days. Whether on a screen or presented verbally by characters playing TV technicians or embodied by main characters playing veteran newsmen and newswomen, digital drives Lee Hall’s adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky’s 1976 film Network. The design almost overwhelms the story. Network is

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Breaking Bad Brecht: Off-Broadway ‘Arturo Ui’ Goes Kerplop

[Full article published in The Clyde Fitch Report, November 14, 2018.] It is hard to appreciate a play meant to capture a self-promoting sociopath’s rise to power, especially a broad, biting political satire, when living through a time of political lies, overt repression and daily decimation of the rule of law. But this is The Resistible Rise of Arturo

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After 50 Years, Elaine May Returns to Broadway

[Full article published in The Clyde Fitch Report, October 26, 2018.] After a half-century absence, Elaine May has returned to Broadway, only to fade away before our eyes. Each beat of Kenneth Lonergan’s long sob of a play, The Waverly Gallery, buries her character, Greenwich Village denizen Gladys Green, a little more. All the while, each of

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Film Review: A Problematic Stage ‘Funny Girl’ To Appear on Screens World Wide

  Funny Girl is a late 20th-century show built on the bones of the singular performer Barbra Streisand. This musical with a grand set list that has moved into the Great American Songbook and cabaret acts across the country in the decades since this show first opened in 1964, has a book suggested by facts,

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As Joan of Arc’s Mother, Glenn Close Sears Your Soul

[Full article published in The Clyde Fitch Report, October 17, 2018.] As Isabelle Arc, Glenn Close is a no-nonsense, straight-talking, country woman. She speaks to us from France in the early 1400s amid the Hundred Years War in Jane Anderson’s play Mother of the Maid, now running at the Public Theater. This is Isabelle’s story: the subtitle

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‘Travisville’ Explores Race, Urban Renewal and Generational Divide

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, October 15, 2018.] What happens when private business interests align with public interests, and public servants determine to destroy existing communities for commercial gain? There are too few dramatic treatments of the effects of urban renewal that ran through most cities in the U.S in the mid-20th century from the

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