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March 4, 2014
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Notes from the Webmaster

Sorry yet again for more lateness.
This time the "culprit"—seems such an inappropriate word for it—
is that my and Alan Menken's musical The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
(based on the novel by Mordecai Richler) is finallyfinallyfinally
going to be in full production, debuting at the Segal Centre in Montreal
in a little over a year (July 2015), directed by Austin Pendleton.
And no sooner did the contracts get signed than all kinds of work began,
from creating an up-to-date and comprehensive piano-vocal score
(and with my being the obsessive chronicler of which draft contained which material,
that task naturally fell to me) to targeting rewrites to creating casting lists
—of Canadian actors, a playing field I know somewhat better
than most Yanks, from all the Canuck teevee I watch,
but not nearly as well as I'd like to—or will!
So of course the extracurricular avocation got back-burnered.

That, plus teaching, plus life, plus an imminent short trip to Toronto
(where there'll be even more theatre to review) has had me writing
reviews on the fly, but not quite able to catch up, polish or format for upload.
And this is the biggest crunch of the season for critics: opening after opening
with seemingly no respite. So I'm overextended to boot.

Thus I beg your indulgence; I think realistically the next ish will be uploaded
around the last week of April, first week of May.
Earlier if I can, but on the calendar those weeks
seems blessedly uncluttered. So, fingers crossed ...

And as ever and always, I thank you for hanging in!

For previous reviews of current or recent attractions,
as well as a partial selection of archival material
see regional indexes at the bottom
of the Home Page.

New Features This Edition:

New York critic David Spencer reviews:

The real star of the show may surprise you ...
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Book by Douglas McGrath
Music and Lyrics by Carole King (and others)
Directed by Marc Bruni
Starring Jessie Mueller
Stephen Sondheim Theatre

An Irish tone poem ...
Outside Mullingar
by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Doug Hughes
Starring Debra Messing and Brian F. O'Byrne
A Production of the Manhattan Theatre Club
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Is it a drag queen scam ... or a sly homage?
The Tribute Artist
by and starring Charles Busch
Directed by Carl Andress
A Production of Primary Stages
59E59

Life ... don't talk to me about life ...
Machinal
by Sophie Treadwell
Directed by Lynday Turner
Starring Rebecca Hall and Michael Cumpsty
A Production of the Roundabout Theatre Company
American Airlines Theatre

A gentler play, also a revival,
about the plight of women in the workplace and beyond ...
London Wall
by James van Druten
Directed by Davis McCallum
Mint Theatre Company

And another gentle revival,
in which love beats the system ...
Middle of the Night
by Paddy Chayefsky
Directed by Jonathan Silverman
Starring Jonathan Hadary
A Production of The KEEN Company
Theatre Row

Revival of a more recent vintage;
the Pulitzer Prize platy about how people and couples change ...
Dinner with Friends
by Donald Margulies
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
A Production of the Roundabout Theatre Company
Laura Pels Theatre

If you sit in the front row, you may
get hit by a spurt of
Intimacy
by Thomas Bradshaw
Directed by Scott Elliot
A Production of The New Group
Theatre Row

Another play about intimacy: real vs. imagined ...
Stage Kiss
by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Rebecca Taichman
Starring Jessica Hecht
Playwrights Horizons

A biographical musical about Bruce Lee ... without the songs ...
Kung Fu
by David Henry Hwang
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Signature Theatre Company

9/11 as an epic poem
Bikeman
by Thomas F. Flynn
Adapted by Thomas F. Flynn and Michael Bush
Directed by Michael Bush
Starring Robert Cuccioli
Tribeca Performing Arts Center

Plus a musical in New Jersey ...
The Other Josh Cohen
Book, Music and Lyrics by
David Rossmer and Steve Rosen
Starring the Authors
Directed by Ted Sperling
Paper Mill Playhouse

and a classic drama in Washington DC ...
Mother Courage and Her Children
by Bertolt Brecht
Translation by David Hare
Directed by Molly Smith
Starring Kathleen Turner
Arena Stage

San Francisco critic Judy Richter reviews:

Gidion's Knot
by Johnna Adams
Presented by Aurora Theatre Company
Directed by Jon Tracy
Aurora Theatre

The Grapes of Wrath
Based on the novel by John Steinbeck
Adapted by Frank Galati
Directed by Greg Fritsch
Presented by Hillbarn Theatre

Lasso of Truth
by Carson Kreitzer
Directed by Jasson Minadakis
Presented by Marin Theatre Company
Boyer Theatre

Little Shop of Horrors
Music by Alan Menken
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Directed by Milissa Carey
Presented by Foothill Music Theatre
Lohman Theatre

Major Barbara

by George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Dennis Garnhum
Presented by and at the American Conservatory Theater
In association with Theatre Calgary

Man in a Case
Based on two short stories by Anton Chekhov
Adapted & Directed by Paul Lazar & Annie-B Parson
of Big Dance Theater
Produced by Baryshnikov Productions
Presented by Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Roda Theatre

Rx

by Kate Fodor
Directed by Jeanie K. Smith
Presented by Dragon Productions
Dragon Productions Theatre

Silent Sky
by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Meredith McDonough
Presented by TheatreWorks
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

Philadelphia critic Claudia Perry reviews:

The National Tour of
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin
Book Adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks
Musical Score Adapted by Diedre L. Murray
Directed by Diane Paulus

Florida critic Marie J. Kilker reviews:

Daddy Long Legs
Music & Lyrics by Paul Gordon; Book by John Caird
Based on the Book by Jean Webster
Directed by John Caird; Musical Director: Corinne Aquilina
Florida Studio Theatre's Gompertz

Philadelphia, Here I Come!

by Brian Friel

Directed by Frank Galati

Asolo Repertory Company

Florida State U. Center for the Performing Arts:
Mertz Theatre


...and three productions from France!

Because what the hell,
if you're there, you might as well,
mais oui?

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