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November 25, 2014




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Notes from the Webmaster

Balancing teaching, musical theatre writing, life-in-general and
ever-more-involved parent-caretaking,
I do fall behind here at times, for which I apologize.
I've finally resolved to investigate ways to renovate the 'zine
and move it out of its oldschool tech,
which will (theoretically) take a chunk off my maintenance hours
so that behind-ness is more-or-less banished.
(And that should help my regional cohorts too, who are
usually reporting on very limited runs.)
Anyway, as you'll see, this is a HUGE, action-packed ish.
Happily, most of the NYC reviews linked below are current,
but a few are of runs that have just ended.
I include them here for archival, historical reference of course…
but also because some of these shows are about to
move on to other engagements, enter the regional repertoire
or otherwise embark upon their future existence—
and here's hoping that the artisans, and the noble press reps
who worked on the accounts, will find them useful.


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:

Maybe the best play of the season so far ... and closing fast,
so hop to it ...
Grand Concourse
by Heidi Schreck
Directed by Rachel Hauck
Playwrights Horizons

Will you laugh? Read the credits.
It's Only a Play
by Terrence McNally
Directed by Jack O'Brien
Starring F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing,
Ruperty Gint, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally
and introducing Micah Stock
Martin Short Replaces Nathan Lane on January 7
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

Well, its really more like a heck of a town,
but that doesn't make it any less fun ...
On the Town
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Directed by John Rando
Lyric Theater on 42nd Street

Never split up a good set ...
Side Show
Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell
Music by Henry Kreiger
Additional Material and Direction by Bill Condon
St. James Theatre

Can it stay afloat ... ?
The Last Ship
Music and Lyrics by Sting
Book by John Logan and Brian Yorkey
Directed by Joe Mantello
Neil Simon Theatre

Is there anything to float ... ?
The River
by Jez Butterworth
Starring Hugh Jackman
Directed by Ian Rickman
Circle in the Square Theatre

... and yet the artifice ...
The Real Thing
by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Sam Gold
Starring Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal,
Cynthia Nixon and Josh Hamilton
A Production of the Roundabout Theatre Company
at the American Airlines Theatre

Plays have been Pulitzer'd for less ...
but also for more ...
Disgraced
by Ayad Aktar
Directed by Kimberly Senior
Starring Hari Dhilon and Gretchen Mol
Lyceum Theatre

The infamos Vietnam play...
Relevant anew? Or out of its era?
Sticks and Bones
by David Rabe
Directed by Scott Elliott
Starring Holly Hunter, Bill Pullman and Richard Chamberlain
A Production of the New Group
at the Pershing Square Signature Center

Black America, past and present, in multi-parts:
Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3
by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Jo Bonney
Public Theater
&
Bootycandy
Written and Directed by Robert O'Hara
Recently at Playwrights Horizons

In brief:
One-and-Two Handers:

Wiesenthal
Written by and Starring Tom Dugan
Directed by Jenny Sullivan
Theatre Row
&
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion
Conceived by and Starring John R. Waters
with Stewart D'Arrietta
Music and Lyrics by John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Union Square Theatre
&
Lost Lake
by David Auburn
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
Starring John Hawkes and Tracie Thoms
Manhattan Theatre Club

Mysticism, faith, magic realism and a puppet ...
The Oldest Boy
by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Rebecca Taichman
Ensemble Cast featuring Celia Keenan-Bolger
A Production of Lincoln Center Theater
The Mitzi E. Newhouse at Lincoln Center

Macho, macho ... no, seriously ...
Straight White Men
Written and Directed by Young Jean Lee
Ensemble cast featuring Austin Pendleton
The Public Theater

The nearly-forgotten genre of stage thriller explpred in ...
Lift
by Walter Mosley
Directed by Marshall Jones III
&
Asymmetric
by Mac Rogers
Directed by Jordana Williams
both at 59E59

Musicals of the Moment ... but is that a good thing ... ?
Found
Book by Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree
Music and Original Lyrics by Eli Bolin
Based on the Found magazines and books
created and edited by Davy Rothbart
Directed by Lee Overtree
Recently at the Atlantic Theater
&
The Fortress of Solitude

Book by Itmar Moses
Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Based on the novel by Jonathan Letham
Conceived and Directed by Daniel Aukin
Public Theater

She moves through time ...
The one-woman play about poet Emily Dickinson:
The Belle of Amherst
by William Luce
Starring Joely Richardson
Directed by Steve Cosson
Available for Licensing and Tour

Wilder and Chandler making Double Indemnity
or: Clash of the Titans ...
Billy and Ray
by Mike Vencivenga
Directed by Garry Marshall
Starring Vincent Kartheiser and Larry Pine
Recently at the Vineyard Theatre

San Francisco critic Judy Richter reviews:

The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
from the novel by John Buchan & film by Alfred Hitchcock
Directed by Hunt Burdick
Presented by Hillbarn Theatre

Anything Goes
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman
Based on the original book by
P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
Directed by Michael Ryken
Presented by Broadway By the Bay
Fox Theatre

Breakfast with Mugabe

by Fraser Grace
Presented by Aurora Theatre Company
Directed by Jon Tracy
Aurora Theatre

Harvey
by Mary Chase
Directed by Jeanie K. Smith
Presented by Palo Alto Players
Lucie Stern Theater

The Other Place
by Sharr White
Directed by Kimberly Mohne Hill
Presented by Dragon Productions
Dragon Productions Theatre

Sweeney Todd
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
from an adaptation by Christopher Bond
Directed by Robert Kelley
Presented by TheatreWorks
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Castro and Mercy Streets

The Woman in Black
by Stephen Mallatratt
Adapted from the novel by Susan Hill
Directed by Meredith Hagedorn
Presented by Dragon Productions
Dragon Productions Theatre

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