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Review: ‘The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin’ Retains Its Relevancy In Today’s Divisive Times

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, July 27, 2017

Encores! Off-Center’s latest offering is a timely staging of an unfortunately little seen musical that has much to say. Efficiently directed here by Robert O’Hara, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her ...

Review: Lincoln Center Festival’s ‘While I Was Waiting’ Explores the Aftermath of Political Upheaval and Hope

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, July 26, 2017

Now in its 22nd year, The Lincoln Center Festival hosts a myriad of performances from around the globe. Making its North American debut at the festival, While I Was Waiting is a play based on a ...

New Tenants In the ‘Doll’s House’ Starting This Week

ZEALnyc, July 25, 2017

When we think of a Broadway show, we often think of a musical. Of course there are dramas and comedies, as well as other special event productions, like Michael Moore’s upcoming one-man play The Terms of ...

Review: 'The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin' Retains ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, July 27, 2017 Encores! Off-Center's latest offering is a timely staging of an unfortunately little seen musical that has much to say. Efficiently directed here by Robert O'Hara, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin dates from around 1999 when it was ...

Review: Lincoln Center Festival's ‘While I Was Waiting’ Explores the ...

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, July 26, 2017 Now in its 22nd year, The Lincoln Center Festival hosts a myriad of performances from around the globe. Making its North American debut at the festival, While I Was Waiting is a play based on a true story by ...

Jazz Notes: What To Look Out For at This Year's 63...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, July 25, 2017 The Newport Jazz Festival celebrates its 63rd anniversary this summer, promising three full days of exceptional live musical performances across multiple stages at Fort Adams Park in Newport, Rhode Island from Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6. Under new artistic ...

New Tenants In the 'Doll's House' Starting This Week

ZEALnyc, July 25, 2017 When we think of a Broadway show, we often think of a musical. Of course there are dramas and comedies, as well as other special event productions, like Michael Moore's upcoming one-man play The Terms of My Surrender, which promises to be a ...

Mostly Mozart Festival Opens Tomorrow—What To See and Hear

ZEALnyc, July 24, 2017 Summer in New York brings many performances and festivals for which we look forward, from the Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in Central Park to the Lincoln Center Festival, bringing the world's theater, music and dance to our own backyard, followed by their Out ...

Art Break: Helene Schjerfbeck and Other Finnish Artists at Scandinavia ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 24, 2017 Hey, let's face it—summer weather in New York can be challenging. It’s hot, it’s humid, and sometimes it’s just tough to be outside. Sometimes all you want is a half hour in a cool ...

Lincoln Center Goes 'Out of Doors' With a Big Free ...

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, July 21, 2017 Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival is bringing an other-worldly level of performers for an "only in New York" kind of experience. The festival’s free performances (that's right—FREE) runs July 26 through August 13, and includes a Double Dutch ...

Review: The Elusiveness of Peace Brought To the Fore In ...

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, July 20, 2017 In this era of dismal, seemingly endless intractability in the Middle East, it’s startling to be reminded that, not too long ago, the prospect of peace between Israel and Palestine was tantalizingly close. That reminder, and the horrible ...

Review: Compagnie XY Proves Its Strength Is Working Together

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, July 20, 2017 Compagnie XY is a French-based circus, but there’s no big top, no trapeze rig, no spangled leotards nor wild animals. Instead, it is a troupe of individuals with extraordinary abilities and exquisite training who develop theatrical programs that ...

Jazz Notes: Passing the Newport Jazz Festival Baton from Founder ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, July 19, 2017 As the new artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival, Christian McBride has put his stamp on this year’s lineup for the 2017 performances, adding a mix of incredibly diverse musicians—though, by his own account, he was totally ...

Review: The Elusiveness of Peace Brought To the Fore In ‘Yitzhak Rabin: Chronicle of an Assassination’ at Lincoln Center Festival

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, July 20, 2017

In this era of dismal, seemingly endless intractability in the Middle East, it’s startling to be reminded that, not too long ago, the prospect of peace between Israel and Palestine was tantalizingly close. ...

Review: Compagnie XY Proves Its Strength Is Working Together

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, July 20, 2017

Compagnie XY is a French-based circus, but there’s no big top, no trapeze rig, no spangled leotards nor wild animals. Instead, it is a troupe of individuals with extraordinary abilities and exquisite training ...

Review: ‘Assassins’ Chills and Thrills at Encores! Off-Center

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, July 19, 2017

For years, I’ve been threatening to write a book entitled Everything I Know I Learned from Musical Theater.

I have Andrew Lloyd Webber to thank for my religious education. I listened to Jesus ...

Review: ‘1984’—More Distasteful Than Intense

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, July 13, 2017

Broadway productions don’t come timelier than 1984. Or, at least, that’s what the creators are hoping you will think. And, to be sure, in this time of “alternative facts” and such ...

Review: ‘Opening Skinner’s Box’ at Lincoln Center Festival is Absorbing, Stimulating and Refreshing

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, July 12, 2017

The famous American psychologist and father of radical behaviorism B. F. Skinner (1904-1990) is considered to be the most influential psychologist of his time. His work is the springboard for Lauren ...

Review: Classic Theatre of Harlem Brings a Bit of the Hood To Its ‘Three Musketeers’

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, July 12, 2017

The story of The Three Musketeers was already a “classic” when it was written by Alexandre Dumas in 1844, setting the story two hundred years earlier. I had the pleasure of being ...

Review: Say Hello To the ‘Other’ Dolly!

By Chris Caggiano, Contributing Writer, July 11, 2017

Here’s some good news if you can’t get a ticket to see Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! — or if you couldn’t afford that ticket even if you could find ...

Help For Making Your ‘Dream’ Come True—Getting Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park

ZEALnyc, July 11, 2017

The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park is one of the best theater deals in town, because as its title states: it’s FREE! Tonight A Midsummer Night’s Dream begins performances and continues through August ...

Review: Barrington Stage Offers a Stirring ‘Ragtime’

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, July 10, 2017

One of the best things about summer is the opportunity to get out of the city and take in some quality regional theater. Fortunately, there’s ample opportunity to do so at any of the first-rate theater ...

Lincoln Center Festival Brings the World’s Theater, Music, and Dance to NYC

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, July 7, 2017

The culturally diverse Lincoln Center Festival takes place this summer from July 10 through 30 with a very special and unique lineup of events. Whether you’re looking for an incomparable night of theatre, ...

The New York Musical Festival Is Bigger and Better Than Ever

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, July 7, 2017

In 2004, a new theatre festival came onto the scene with the idea that strength and vitality of musical theater lie in its ability to stay fresh and relevant. The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) created a ...

Review: ‘Marvin’s Room’ Moves to Broadway After 26 Years

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 30, 2017

There’s a lovely and unexpected moment that comes near the end of the new production of the 1991 play Marvin’s Room by Scott McPherson.

It comes towards the end of the play, when sisters Lee and ...

Review: A (Family) Tree Grows in ‘Napoli, Brooklyn’

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, June 28, 2017

Egypt’s King Farouk, after fathering Ferial, Fawzia, and Fadia in quick succession, despaired of ever having a son. So much so, he insisted that any subsequent princess be named Fiasco. In Napoli, ...

Shakespeare Reigns (Even When It Rains) In Outdoor Productions Around NYC

ZEALnyc, June 23, 2017

Presenting Shakespeare’s plays in outdoor settings during the summer months has become a veritable institution in America and around the world. New Yorkers have been privileged with the Public Theater having started their tradition in ...

The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Summer Theater

ZEALnyc, June 23, 2017

The phrase “summer theater” conjures up images of everything from small converted barns and non-typical performing spaces showcasing the talents of youthful, up-and-coming performers, all the way to prestigious, highly-regarded ...

Berkshire Theatre Group Brings Musicals, Dramas and Farce to Multi-Venue Stages

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, June 22, 2017

What do famous Hollywood legends and current film stars have in common with Western Massachusetts? A history and a connection to the Berkshire Theatre Group. Gracing the stage of the Colonial Theatre from when it ...

Review: ‘Fulfillment Center,’ A Quietly Moving Character Study

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 21, 2017

There’s a long strip of a stage. A folding chair. And six orange cones.

But something is missing in the lives of the folks in the new Manhattan Theatre Club production Fulfillment Center by ...

Review: The Laudable But Rambling Path of ‘Bella: An American Tall Tale’

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 20, 2017

There aren’t nearly enough women or African Americans writing musical theater. Not by a long shot. So when someone comes along who is both, it’s really something to celebrate, even if the results ...

Patrick Wilson Replaces Steven Pasquale in New York City Center Encores! ‘Brigadoon’ with Kelli O’Hara

ZEALnyc, June 20, 2017

While the 2017 Tony Awards are still fresh, New York’s new theater season begins. Early and with turmoil. 1984, fresh from a successful run at London’s Almeida Playhouse opens this week with a dystopian look at ...

‘1984’—The First Broadway Production of the 2017-2018 Season

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, June 20, 2017

It’s a book; it’s a film, and now it’s a play. It’s George Orwell’s classic 1984, written in 1949, which gives a chilling look at a future marked by war, government surveillance and public ...

Review: ‘Zero Hour’ Has Lots of Pluses

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, June 15, 2017

Zero Hour is the one-man show written and performed by Jim Brochu about the legendary performer Zero Mostel. This current incarnation playing at the Theatre at St. Clement’s is a remounting of the ...

Review: ‘Julius Caesar’ in the Park Gets the Trump Treatment

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 13, 2017

The process is complete. My brain is fully and totally Trumpified.

I’m trying to remember the last time I saw something on stage that didn’t make me think about our current president. Dear ...

Remember Zero Mostel? Jim Brochu Won’t Let You Forget In ‘Zero Hour’ at St. Clement’s

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, June 9, 2017

Actor/playwright Jim Brochu reprises his award-winning role as legendary actor Zero Mostel in Zero Hour, a one-person tour de force, which he has performed since 2006. The play is being presented at ...

Review: ‘The Cost of Living’ at MTC Explores the Cost of Caring

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 8, 2017

What is the cost of living? The cost of being alive, as in really alive, as in Bobby in Company being alive, is other people. Relationships with other people, connections with other people, giving and, even ...

Review: ‘The Boy Who Danced On Air’ Musical Remains Earthbound

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 8, 2017

Off-Broadway musicals this season have been tackling some seriously downbeat subject matter. Ride the Cyclone focused on a group of teenagers who die in a roller-coaster tragedy. Kid Victory ...

Tony Awards 2017: Who will win? And who cares? I do!

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 7, 2017

This year’s Tony Awards are looking like a rather sedate affair, aren’t they? Maybe that’s to be expected, considering that they follow 2016, otherwise known as the year Hamilton made ...

Review: ‘Composure’ (Keeping It or Losing It?) At the Workshop Theater

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, June 7, 2017

Composure is the latest offering by The Workshop Theater, which develops and produces new American plays and musicals. Written by Scott S. Sickles, Composure adeptly covers a great deal of ...

Review: Art, Eulogies, and a Nod to Mark Twain In Foundry Theatre’s ‘Master’

By Dan Bacalzo, Contributing Writer, June 6, 2017

A gallery of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and found objects greet audience members as they enter the Irondale Theatre for Master, a Foundry Theatre production written by W. David Hancock in ...

Review: The Government Inspector–It’s Delightful, It’s Delicious, It’s Delirious…

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, June 2, 2017

It’s The Government Inspector, revived by those clever folks  at the Red Bull Theater. And it’s more than funny—this madcap comedy of mistaken identity is the perfect antidote to whatever ails ...

Tony Predictions 2017 — Who Will Win? Who Should Win?

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, June 1, 2017

For some theater seasons, the outcome of the Tony Awards is slightly more predictable than for others. Last year it was all but certain that Hamilton would take nearly every category in which it ...

Review: Signature Theatre’s ‘Venus’ Is More Than a Side Show Curiosity

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, May 30, 2017

These are heady days for the 1810s. First Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 blazed a Tony-nominated trail. Now comes Suzan-Lori Parks’s Venus at the Signature Theatre, set in the ...

Review: ‘Can You Forgive Her?’ Presents Timeless Themes For a 21st Century Audience

By Dan Bacalzo, Contributing Writer, May 29, 2017

Amber Tamblyn delivers a delightful and often wickedly funny performance in Gina Gionfriddo’s engaging play, Can You Forgive Her?, making its New York premiere at the Vineyard Theatre. She plays ...