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Review: A Glimpse Behind the Canvas in ‘Van Gogh’s Ear’

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 18, 2017

In the world of art, you often hear about Van Gogh’s style of painting described as revolutionary when compared to his Impressionist counterparts. And at the time it was, and still is. The sad part is the ...

Review: A Well-Cast ‘Company’ at Barrington Stage

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 16, 2017

One of the best places to see top-quality theater outside of New York City has got to be the Berkshires. From the Williamstown Theater Festival to the Berkshire Theatre Group to Shakespeare & ...

Review: ‘Curvy Widow’ Is Creaky and Coarse

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017

As I stood in the lobby of the Westside Theatre, a diminutive women of a certain age came up to me and my theatergoing companion, shook our hands, and introduced herself as Bobby Goldman, the author ...

Catch the Final Summer Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's ...

ZEALnyc, August 23, 2017 It's easy to be swept away in the romanticism of the parties and lifestyle depicted in F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic The Great Gatsby. Over the years, events and celebrations evoking this 'devil may care' sensibility and featuring period jazz band music and dancing ...

Jazz Notes: Discovering the U.K. Jazz Underground With Shabaka ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, August 22, 2017 In the past couple of years, there has been an excitement in the jazz underground of the U.K., finally getting recognition across the pond with its dynamic acts that have wowed the home crowd as well as ...

End of Summer Museum Round-up: Part 1

A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 21, 2017 As we edge toward the end of summer we often find ourselves wanting to get that last bit of pleasure and enjoyment out of season. August can be one of those times of year when you just don't want ...

Review: Schumann and Brahms Shine Bright at Mostly Mozart

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, August 18, 2017 This has been quite the year for New York audiences to revisit the music of Robert Schumann, and this former sceptic has been finding great art therein. Recent concerts at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival presented an opportunity to ...

Review: A Glimpse Behind the Canvas in 'Van Gogh's Ear'

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 18, 2017 In the world of art, you often hear about Van Gogh’s style of painting described as revolutionary when compared to his Impressionist counterparts. And at the time it was, and still is. The sad part is the artist ...

Commentary: Thoughts on Polymath's Exploration of Music and Philosophy

By Leonard Bopp, Contributing Writer, August 17, 2017 This past Sunday there was a summer lab project performance at National Sawdust involving the combined forces of Found Sound Nation and Polymath Club. In order to appreciate the work of Polymath Club, a research/creation collective that explores ...

Review: A Well-Cast ‘Company’ at Barrington Stage

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 16, 2017 One of the best places to see top-quality theater outside of New York City has got to be the Berkshires. From the Williamstown Theater Festival to the Berkshire Theatre Group to Shakespeare & Company, Western Massachusetts has plenty for ...

Review: 'Curvy Widow' Is Creaky and Coarse

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017 As I stood in the lobby of the Westside Theatre, a diminutive women of a certain age came up to me and my theatergoing companion, shook our hands, and introduced herself as Bobby Goldman, the author and subject of ...

Review: 'Macbeth' Proves To Be a Moving Experience—Quite Literally

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017 As someone who frequents the theatre, I’m accustomed to taking my seat and remaining there for two hours, maybe longer. This isn’t exactly how the New York Classical Theatre presents their productions. Under the leadership of Artistic ...

Art Break: 'All The World's A Stage' For Hilary Knight

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017 This week, our focus is on Hilary Knight, an artist with a wide ranging career in book illustration, stage and costume design, and writing. From his expressive pen came Eloise, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Wallace, the Algonquin Cat, and so ...

Review: ‘Macbeth’ Proves To Be a Moving Experience—Quite Literally

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2017

As someone who frequents the theatre, I’m accustomed to taking my seat and remaining there for two hours, maybe longer. This isn’t exactly how the New York Classical Theatre presents their productions. ...

Review: An Intimate and Joyous ‘Jerry’s Girls’ at the York Theatre Company

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 9, 2017

If we’ve learned one thing this Broadway theater season, it’s that Jerry Herman’s music retains its crowd-pleasing appeal. The blockbuster revival of Hello, Dolly! certainly has Bette ...

Two Festivals, Both Alike In Dignity In Fair Canada

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, August 4, 2017

Attending a theatre festival is often a destination experience, so when considering your options, there are two shining examples just north of the border in Canada; experience live theatre at its finest at ...

Review: ‘Really Rosie’ Is Really Wonderful

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, August 3, 2017

Really Rosie began as a half-hour animated television special in 1975. The script and the lyrics were written by the famous children’s author, Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) with ...

A Salute To Broadway Royalty—a ‘Prince’ To Be Exact

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, August 3, 2017

What do Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Candide, Sweeney Todd, Evita and The Phantom of the Opera have in common? They’re all Broadway musicals of ...

Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Makes For a Magical Night

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, August 1, 2017

Lord, what fools these mortals, and fairies, and royals be!

Director Lear deBessonet’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Delacorte is filled with charm and hilarity, ...

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 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 ...