Edition: May 25, 2017

Annnd here we are again.
Just the usual reminder: my reviews are contining to appear
first at Times Square Chronicle as individual uploads
but each contains a cross-link to take you back here,
another to the Aisle Say NYC and Environs archive index
as well as one to the TSC index for me.

Apologies for the delay.
It has been a very busy year, both personally (parentcare: they're 93 & 95)
and professionally (the Duddy Kravitz cast album and more not yet announcable)
so I'll be catching up with a number of end-of-season reviews over the
next several weeks and into the Summer — but as you'll see,
there have been  good number of end-of-season reviews logged along the way as well.

As established with the last ish, the new features below are listed backward,
current, recent and older; basically a summary record and catchup listing,
bringing the indexing and archive of the Aisle Say site up to date
with what's been appearing at T2C since the last Aisle Say edition.

New cross-links and reviews are imminent.
I'll be adding regional reviews at a later date.

Edition: May 25, 2017

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between editions, click here for the Times Square Chronicles'
"Aisle Say on the Square"
index
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New Features This Edition:

From New York critic David Spencer:

Contemporary Notions in Classical Drag ...
A Doll's House Part 2
by Louis Hnath
Directed by Sam Gold
John Golden Theatre

Not merely hello ... huzzah!
Hello, Dolly!
Starring Bette Middler and David Hyde Pierce
Book by Michael Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Jerry Zaks
Shubert Theatre

Forget does he see his shadow…
Does he see a musical?
Groundhog Day
Book by Danny Rubin
Based on his screenplay
Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Directed by Matthew Warchus
August Wilson Theatre

Family Friendly ... ?
The Lightning Thief
Book by Joe Tracz
Music and Lyrics by Rob Rokicki
Based on the Percy Jackson novels by Perry Riordan
Directed by Steven Brackett
and
Amélie
Book by Craig Lucas
Music by Daniel Messé
Lyrics by Nathan Tyson Daniel Messé
Direction by Pam McKinnon
Walter Kerr Theatre

An off-Broadway survey for late March/early April:
Sam & Dede or My Dinner With Andre the Giant
by Gino Dilorio
Directed by Leah S. Abrams
(closed at 59E59)
and
Cry Havoc
Written and Performed by Stephan Wolfert
A Production of Bedlam Theatre
and
Church and State
by Jason Odell Williams
Directed by Marcus Potter
Still running at New World Stages
and
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage
by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Rebecca Taichmann
A Production of Lincoln Center Theatre
and
Joan of Arc: Into the Light
A Rock Opera by David Byrne
(Closed at the Public Theatre)

At least it gets its Broadway cred for licensing
Significant Other
by Joshua Harmon
Directed by Trip Cullman

The furnishings of choice …
The Price
by Arthur Miller
Directed by Terry Kinney
Starring Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shalhoub,
Danny Devito, Jessica Hecht
A Production of the Roundabout Theatre Company

Plays about Power People
Linda
by Penelope Skinner
Directed by Lynne Meadow
Manhattan Theatre Club
and
White Guy on the Bus
by Bruce Graham
Directed by Bud Martin
59E59

The dark victory of
Kid Victory
Music by John Kander
Book and Lyrics by Greg Pierce
Story by Kander & Pierce
Directed by Leisl Tommy
Vineyard Theatre

March at the Signature Center, Part Two
Wakey Wakey
Written and directed by Will Eno
Starring Michael Emerson
and
Everybody
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Lila Neugebauer

March at the Signature Center, Part One
Productions of the New Group:
Evening at the Talk House
by Wallace Shawn
Directed by Scott Elliot
All-star cast featuring Matthew Broderick,
Wallace Shawn and Claudia Shear
and
All the Fine Boys
Written and directed by Erica Schmidt

Sometimes there's God so quickly ...
and sometimes there isn't ...
Man from Nebraska
by Tracy Letts
Directed by David Cromer
(2nd Stage)
and
The Most Reluctant Convert
Written and performed by Max McLean
as C.S. Lewis
Co-Directed by Ken Denison and Max McLean

Light Verse and Infidelity Lite
The Liar
by David Ives
Adapted from Le Menteur by Pierre Corneille
Directed by Michael Kahn
CSC
and
Yours Unfaithfully
by Miles Malleson
Directed by Jonathan Bank
Mint Theatre

Two modern classic first plays in revival:
Jitney
by August Wilson
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
and
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
by Martin McDonaugh
Directed by Garry Hynes
BAM

Regional Reviews to Follow in Coming Weeks



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