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Review: The Rust Belt’s Unraveling Is Explored In Lynn Nottage’s ‘Sweat’

By Andrew Koenig, Contributing Writer, April 24, 2017

Drive around Reading, Pennsylvania at night and you’ll see a town in distress. The streets are empty, the shops all shuttered. Tracey (Johanna Day), one of the lead characters in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer ...

Review: Don’t Let This Parade Pass You By – Midler Opens in ‘Hello Dolly!’

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, April 22, 2017

Entertainment legend Bette Midler arrives boldly on Broadway following a fifty-year career that would shame the bloomers off the character she takes on. Midler inhabits Dolly Gallagher Levi effortlessly in this ...

Review: Not Just the Same Old: ‘Groundhog Day’ on Broadway

By Andrew Koenig, Contributing Writer, April 18, 2017

The main challenge of a musical based on a movie about the same day happening over and over? How to make it not annoying and repetitive. The creators of Groundhog Day have avoided these pitfalls and ...

Review: Dance Theatre of Harlem Continues Its Legacy

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, April 24, 2017 Founded in 1969 and inspired by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Dance Theatre of Harlem was established as a beacon of hope for young people. Through training in classical art form, instilling discipline and focus, a challenged ...

Review: The Rust Belt's Unraveling Is Explored In Lynn Nottage’...

By Andrew Koenig, Contributing Writer, April 24, 2017 Drive around Reading, Pennsylvania at night and you’ll see a town in distress. The streets are empty, the shops all shuttered. Tracey (Johanna Day), one of the lead characters in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize–winning play Sweat, ...

Art Break: Math and Art Merge With Joan Waltermath's 'Fecund ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 24, 2017 Back in high school, you could easily separate the math nerds from the artsy people. They each claimed to use different parts of their brains and after a couple of conversations with them, you decided they were right. ...

Review: The 'Next Generation' Is Showcased By the NY Phil

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, April 23, 2017 Three vital young musicians, as a group representing a younger demographic from which this audience might be accustomed to hearing en masse, helmed a concert by the New York Philharmonic that was extraordinarily gratifying, both in concept and execution. ...

Review: Don't Let This Parade Pass You By - Midler ...

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, April 22, 2017 Entertainment legend Bette Midler arrives boldly on Broadway following a fifty-year career that would shame the bloomers off the character she takes on. Midler inhabits Dolly Gallagher Levi effortlessly in this revival of the classic American musical, Hello ...

Tanglewood Is Building For the Future—Literally

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, April 21, 2017 The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home away from Boston, Tanglewood Music Center, is located in the Berkshire Hills, between Stockbridge and Lenox, MA. Recently an exciting and eagerly awaited announcement was made by the BSO and Music Director ...

Review: 'Citizen Jane: Battle for the City' Provides Perspective on ...

By Annika Andersson, Contributing Writer, April 21, 2017 If you've ever admired lower Manhattan's picturesque brownstones (and who hasn't), you might want to send a grateful thought to activist Jane Jacobs that they are still here. Matt Tyrnauer’s new documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City ...

Revisiting (and Revising) Home: 'Marsden Hartley’s Maine' at the ...

By Andrew Koenig, Contributing Writer, April  20, 2017 What’s most interesting about the stark, expressive works featured in “Marsden Hartley’s Maine,” on display at the Met Breuer through June 18, is the interplay between representation and memory. For Hartley, Maine was a place to leave in ...

Jazz Notes: 4 Stars for Guitarist Ralph Towner's New ECM Solo ...

By Denin Koch, Contributing Writer, April 19, 2017 It’s been more than ten years since guitarist Ralph Towner’s last solo album, but his latest release on ECM, My Foolish Heart, has made the wait worth it. On this album, Towner seeks out the delicate interplay ...

Art and Nature Mix at the New York Botanical Gardens

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 18, 2017 Dale Chihuly is considered to be one of the finest artists working in glass today. His site-specific installations at art institutions, public spaces and gardens across the world have brought attention to its beauty, as well as respect ...

Review: Women Attempting to Escape the Tyranny of Men in ‘Angel’ and ‘Echoes’ at 59E59

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2017

Two parts of Henry Naylor’s trilogy of one-act plays, Arabian Nightmares, are now being presented at the Theaters at 59E59. These two one-acts, Angel and Echoes, both received awards ...

Review: Sutton Foster Brings Her Artistry to Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2017

When two-time Tony-winner Sutton Foster came out onstage she was greeted with a roar of boisterous applause before saying a word or uttering a note; her fans who filled Alice Tully Hall immediately showed her ...

Review: ‘Cuisine and Confessions’ Dazzles Audience With Honesty and Acrobatics

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, April 14, 2017

Walking into NYU’s Skirball Center I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew that Cuisine and Confessions, the latest show from the group called The 7 Fingers (directed by Shana Carroll and ...

Review: ‘Oslo’ Is A Trip Worth Taking

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, April 14, 2017

Who would ever have thought that history presented on stage could be so compelling?

Oh yeah, Lin-Manuel Miranda and that little musical called Hamilton thought so. And also J.T. Rogers in ...

The Berkshire Theatre Group Prepares For an Entertaining Summer Season

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, April 13, 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: Odds Are, You’ll Like ‘A Gambler’s Guide to Dying’ at 59E59 Theaters

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, April 10, 2017

Andrew Carnegie, once the richest person on planet earth, gave away almost all his net worth to charity. (So much for the cheap Scot stereotype). In his words, “The man who dies rich thus dies ...

Review: ‘Circus 1903’ Delights While Transporting To Another Time

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, April 7, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen! Step right up to the unusual, yet thrilling Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus. This turn-of-the-century attraction brings to the stage death-defying acts and ...

Review: Delicious Dueling Divas in ‘War Paint’

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 7, 2017

Some musicals become must-see events based on the people behind the scenes, others because of the performers featured in them. War Paint is a little bit of both.

War Paint, which ...

Review: Amélie Charms and Little More

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, April 4, 2017

Remember that great episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show when Ed Asner as gruff boss Lou Grant says to Mary, “You know what? You’ve got spunk.” And Mary smiles, thinking he’s complimenting her ...

Review: The Divine Daffiness of ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 4, 2017

As anyone who has ever been involved in theater can attest, your best war stories come from when things go wrong during a performance. Maybe a prop is missing, or someone drops a line, or some part of ...

Review: ‘Vanity Fair’ Only More Than Fair

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, April 4, 2017

I doubt that when William Makepeace Thackery published his classic (and chunky) novel of social class and social climbing back in 1948, he never imagined that it would become a movie (more than once), a TV show ...

Review: Mixing Religion, Politics, and Guns, ‘Church & State’ Is Sinful Fun

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, April 3, 2017

At a time when threats to secular government and individual liberties by doctrinaire lawmakers in the new administration are very real, many of us yearn for thoughtful and humorous responses in the arts. Jason ...

Review: ‘The Hairy Ape’ Chills and Thrills at the Park Avenue Armory

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, April 3, 2017

Oh, how I wish I had a time machine.

As wonderful as the new production of Eugene O’Neill’s 1922 expressionist drama, The Hairy Ape, is—and it is wonderful—I can only imagine how ...

Review: San Francisco in the 70’s Sings in ‘Tales of the City—A Concert’

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, March 31, 2017

“Well, that’s a queen’s wet dream,” Armistead Maupin pronounced after receiving a worshipful standing ovation upon his entrance, in his warm Southern accent. The author of Tales of ...

Review: The Ridiculous Fun of ‘The New Yorkers’ at Encores!

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 29, 2017

Every once in a while, it’s refreshing to just turn off your filter, forget everything you know about quality, and just let yourself bask in the fun. For me, this was especially true with The New ...

Review: Hell Hath No Fury Like a Diva Scorned in ‘Live From Hell’

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, March 28, 2017

In revenge-themed plays and movies, the virtuous central character has been unjustly wronged, seeks retaliation against the evildoer, and righteousness prevails. Diva: Live From Hell provides ingenious ...

Review: ‘Picnic’ and ‘Come Back, Little Sheba’ Bring Inge Back To the Stage

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 27, 2017

Several years back, I went to a screening of Splendor in the Grass, William Inge’s 1961 film for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. I remembered seeing the movie on TV when I ...

Review: ‘Come From Away,’ A Celebration of Our Better Selves

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2017

It’s not often that a Broadway musical transcends mere entertainment and provides an essential salve for the wounds of the country. The year 2016 was without question divisive, wrenching, and damaging ...

Review: ‘Angry Young Man’ – A Zany Yet Serious Satire

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, March 24, 2017

Angry Young Man, by accomplished British playwright and director, Ben Woolf, is a satire that explores varying and complicated attitudes towards immigration. The imaginative and slapstick play was ...

Review: ‘The Price’ Returns a Rarely Seen Miller Work to Broadway

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 23, 2017

What makes life a success?

In Arthur Miller’s The Price, which opened on Broadway recently, policeman Victor gave up his dreams and dropped out of college to care for his father, who went bust in ...

Manhattan Theatre Club Serves Up ‘The Little Foxes’—With A Twist

By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, March 23, 2017

Manhattan Theatre Club presents a revival of Lillian Hellman’s classic 1939 drama of greed and ambition, The Little Foxes, which  begins previews on March 29 and opens on April 19 at ...

Review: ‘Beneath the Gavel’ Interrogates the Art World Via the Auction House

By Justin Sharon, Contributing Writer, March 22, 2017

“I’ve always felt that a lot of modern art is a con, and that the most successful painters are often better salesmen and promoters than they are artists,” said by a man in 1987 who knows art, or at least ...

Review: ‘Chess Match No. 5’—A Tribute to Composer John Cage

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, March 22, 2017

Chess Match No. 5 is the current production by the Abington Theatre Company playing at the June Havoc Theatre. The show, which felt more like a 90 minute monologue, centers around two characters, He ...

Review: ‘How To Transcend a Happy Marriage’ Is, Well, Transcendent

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 21, 2017

We are all so confused.

Here are the headers of the first two Show-Score member reviews of the new Sarah Ruhl play, How to Transcend a Happy Marriage. The first says: “Boring, Excruciating, ...

Review: ‘The Strangest’ Addresses Family and Political Strife With Poignancy in French Algiers

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, March 20, 2017

Inspired by Albert Camus’ classical novel, The Stranger, and coupled with playwright Betty Shamieh’s fascination of Middle Eastern storytelling cafes, we have a dynamic ...

A ‘Choice List’ for Off-Broadway This Spring

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 16, 2017

From Lieutenant Sulu to Stephen Sondheim, Joan of Arc to John Leguizamo, the Off-Broadway spring season truly has something for everyone. But since I’m most interested in what it has for me, here’s a ...

Review: The Quirky Charm of ‘The Outer Space’

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 15, 2017

As Broadway is enjoying a bit of a banner year for musicals — at least in terms of the number of new shows — a broad array of Off-Broadway musicals have also opened this season.

So far, ...

Review: Jarring Styles Defeat ‘Kid Victory’

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 15, 2017

Kid Victory is a real odd duck of a show. The subject matter itself is extremely challenging: a teenage boy falls prey to an online sexual predator and is held hostage for nearly a year. Now, ...

A Crowded Spring on Broadway

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 15, 2017

One thing’s for sure: it’s going to be a very crowded spring on Broadway. Although, just a few weeks ago, more than half of the 41 theaters on Broadway were empty, by the time we reach the cutoff ...

Review: ‘Haram! Iran!’ Tackles the Topic of Homosexuality and Islam

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, March 14, 2017

Haram! Iran! is an appealing coming of age play about the growing friendship between two apparently very different teenage boys, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhouni. They engage in enlightening and ...

Review: ‘Linda’ Personifies the Working Feminist/Out-of-Touch Mom

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, March 13, 2017

With recent public events like the Women’s March On Washington and A Day Without A Woman, there is no shortage of efforts to reinvigorate the feminist movement. Merely turning on a television these days ...

Review: ‘The Glass Menagerie’ Returns with a Simple Beauty

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, March 9, 2017 

After nearly six decades in film and television, Sally Field comes to Broadway in a tour-de-force role, played with a gentle and devastating accuracy.

The role is Amanda, and Field appears in what is a ...