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Life — Writ Large

Life — Writ Large

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | There really is only word to describe the revival of “Sunset Boulevard” now on Broadway: glorious. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sprawling musical adaptation of the Billy Wilder movie has always been larger than life, as befits the legendary Hollywood it attempts to portray. Yet under Lonny Price’s brilliant direction, the musical both maintains […]

Reckless Abandonment

Reckless Abandonment

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Joshua Harmon’s “Significant Other” was warmly received when it premiered Off-Broadway at the Roundabout’s intimate Laura Pels Theatre nearly two years ago, and for good reason. The heartfelt portrait of Jordan Berman, a socially inept, 29-year-old gay man yearning for love while his gal pals marry off one by one, was as […]

The Perils of Normalization

The Perils of Normalization

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | As the reality of the Trump administration bent on rolling back hard-won civil liberties starts to take hold, half of America feels blindsided, wondering in disbelief, “How the hell did this happen?” Wallace Shawn, the esteemed, conscience-tweaking dramatist and actor, is probably not so surprised. As the author of “Evening at the […]

Are You There, God?

Are You There, God?

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | In his brilliant and profoundly affecting and timely play “Man from Nebraska,” playwright Tracy Letts takes on one of the most classic literary forms: the quest. From “Gilgamesh” to Tolkein, the epic hero must persevere through seemingly insurmountable challenges on a “road of trials” to redeem themself and move on. Whereas most […]

High Infidelity

High Infidelity

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | The Mint Theater Company is famous for unearthing old theatrical gems and polishing them to a brilliant luster for a new generation to enjoy. Plays that were hits back in their day yet, for whatever reason, got lost over time. With its latest production, “Yours Unfaithfully,” the Mint even tops itself. Although […]

French Farce Brilliantly Adapted by David Ives

French Farce Brilliantly Adapted by David Ives

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | David Ives is at it again. He’s taken an antique French play and turned it into a rollicking comedy that will leave you in awe of his linguistic facility, crying with laughter, and thoroughly delighted. Just as he upended Molière with “The School for Lies,” he has now taken on “Le Menteur,” […]

Disruption, Before It Was the Fashion

Disruption, Before It Was the Fashion

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The first Broadway production of August Wilson’s “Jitney,” from Manhattan Theatre Club, delivers the kind of moving and magnificent experience one always hopes for in that moment between the dimming of the houselights and when the action begins on stage. The play, the first one written in what became Wilson’s 10-play cycle […]

Things to Celebrate from 2016

Things to Celebrate from 2016

BY DAVID NOH | And so, 2016 ends with both a bang (of the most unsettling proportion with the incoming POTUS’ myriad threats) and a whimper (all of us, in reaction), yet Manhattanites who have been out on the town this year had plenty to treasure in live performances that blessed this city. Here are the […]

Neither Here Nor There

Neither Here Nor There

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | “In Transit” bills itself as “Broadway’s first a cappella musical,” destined to “make history.” Indeed, under the guidance of director/ choreographer Kathleen Marshall, the skillful cast delivers terrific renditions of jazzy pop tunes and power ballads with nary a woodwind, string, or drum. Instead, the ensemble, alternately led by beatbox masters […]

Torn from the Headlines

Torn from the Headlines

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE |  “The Front Page” is a rollicking, screwball comedy in the classic tradition that seeks to do nothing but entertain. If it reminds you of the profit-driven sensationalism of today’s media, well, that’s probably a sign of how prescient this nearly century-old play was. The lavish production, thanks in large measure to Douglas […]

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