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Bathing in Moonlight — McCarter Theatre Company

       While Nilo Cruz broaches some interesting subjects and often provides his characters with profound things to say, his world premiere play, “Bathing in Moonlight,” never takes off dramatically. The … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Bridges of Madison County — Media Theatre

            Jason Robert Brown has a unique way with lyrics. Several of his songs begin by wallowing, more artfully and articulately than most, in the modern trend to tell stories … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Electile Dysfunction — Act II Playhouse

       Smart is different from sharp. “Electile Dysfunction,” the satirical revue Tony Braithwaite concocted with Will Dennis and Tracie Higgins for Act II Playhouse, is not the most incisive in … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Auspicious Start to 2016-2017 Season — From “Bathing” to “Mrs. Warren”

So far, so good. And I mean really good. The 2016-2017 theater season has begun with almost unanimous quality in productions ranging from musicals to classic to the new-ish. Even … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Chairs — Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Walnut 5

Eugène Ionesco is categorized as an absurdist. The dialogue in his plays often reads as non-sequitur. His characters can rampage, pose, cower, or make declarations at unexpected times. Fantastic events … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Recipients — Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Award 2015-2016

People ask, “How can you see 216 productions in a year?” The answer is I would see more if time and cash flow allowed. Those two life-enriching commodities rarely arrive … Continue reading

September 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Helen and Morris Zoren 2015-2016 World Theater Awards — The Nominees

  You will soon realize I did not see “Hamilton.” It wasn’t for lack of trying. I didn’t buy a ticket when the Broadway run went on sale because it … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Qualifiers — Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards 2015-2016

In an unusual year during which trips to New York and London had to give way to some financial pinching, I was still able to see 216 theater productions, thanks … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

Theater Blitz — An Attack of Catch-Up Comments

As I mentioned in my last post, I needed a break from the keyboard. Apologies that shows that went uncovered, especially those that are about to receive belated favorable reviews, … Continue reading

August 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Breezing Impressions — Catching Up with a Vengeance

Frankly, my dears, I needed a break. My life is spent at a keyboard, and while I have enjoyed writing and adding my deux centimes since childhood, I had a … Continue reading

July 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

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