review: southern comfort

Southern Comfort Book and lyrics by Dan Collins Music by Julianne Wick Davis Directed by Thomas Caruso Featuring Annette O’Toole, Jeff McCarthy, Jeffrey Kuhn Cap21 Theatre, 18 West 18th Street 5th Floor October 5, 2011 — November 5, 2011 [extended] production web site Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee November 5, 2011 “You tell the truth

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review: other desert cities

Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz Directed by Joe Mantello Featuring Stockard Channing, Judith Light, Rachel Griffiths Booth Theatre, 222 West 45th Street November 3, 2011 — open-ended production web site Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee November 3, 2011 “I need seasons to mark where I am” (Brooke on her preference for New York

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review: a charity case

A Charity Case Written and directed by Wendy Beckett Featuring Alison Fraser, Alysia Reiner, Jill Shackner Clurman Theatre, Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street November 2, 2011 — November 20, 2011 production web site Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee November 1, 2011 Motherhood by biology and motherhood by adoption.  Adolescence by age, indulgence, self-absorption. Everyone

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review: verse chorus verse

Verse Chorus Verse by Randall Colburn Directed by Richard Riethmuller Featuring Lorraine Rodriquez-Reyes, Forbes March, Joshua Coomer Cherry Lane Studio Theatre, 38 Commerce Street October 28, 2011 — November 12, 2011 production web site Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee October 29, 2011 “How old are you?” “17” “You said 16.” “14 … but I’m smart.

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review: chinglish

Chinglish by David Henry Hwang Directed by Leigh Silverman Featuring Gary Wilmes, Jennifer Lim, Stephen Pucci Longacre Theatre, 220 West 48th Street October 26, 2011 — present production web site Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee October 30, 2011 “Bring your own translator.” “Where is company … in your pants?” “Every once in a while a

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review: rumer at rockwood music hall

Rumer at Rockwood Music Hall Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street (between Houston and Stanton) venue web site artist web site Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee October 28, 2011 I have no idea how the routine works when I arrive for my first visit to the Rockwood Music Hall south of Houston, as First Avenue

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life lessons from judy garland movies

Several years ago on a Garland discussion board I mused about lessons in style and substance contained in the many films of Judy Garland’s career. I adapted those ideas into multiple entries on another blog in late 2009. This musing continued during the summer of 2011 inspired by the Paley Center for Media and Film

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reading ruminations: tcg playwrights in conversation

TCG Playwrights in Conversation New Voices in the American Theatre Monday, October 24, at 7pm Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, 44 Charlton Street event web site The program proceeds as planned.  New voices (read young playwrights) are welcomed, introduced, their work read aloud (sometimes by the playwrights themselves, sometimes by actors), and discussed.  Engaged in

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review: a splintered soul

A Splintered Soul by Alan Lester Brooks Directed by Daisy Walker Featuring John Michalski, Michael Samuel Kaplan, Anya Migdal Theater Three, 311 West 43rd Street, 3rd Floor October 21 – November 13, 2011 production web site Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee October 23, 2011 Playwright Alan Lester Brooks imagines the conditions for decisions and their effects

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review: 22nd new york cabaret convention night 2

The 22nd New York Cabaret Convention Night 2 Produced by Donald F. Smith Hosted by Andrea Marcovicci and KT Sullivan  Production stage manager Rick Meadows Featuring Andrea Marcovicci, Elena Bennett, Amanda King, Karen Oberlin, Amy Beth Williams, Natalie Douglas, Joyce Breach, Ronny Whyte, KT Sullivan, Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway, Marilyn Maye Rose Theater, Frederick P.

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