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The Recipients — Helen and Morris Zoren Awards 2014-2015

A glorious season is celebrated by citing some of the best productions and performances seen during it. Awards are a round-up of sorts,. They compact cherished memories and give a … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tony Maunderings 2015 — Part Three: The Plays

Predicting Tony winners for plays will be more intuitive this year than in others. By depending on scuttlebutt and things I’ve heard from theatergoers, including those on the next bar … Continue reading

June 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tony Preview and Maunderings 2015 — Part Two

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Victoria Clark in “Gigi;” Judy Kuhn in “Fun Home;” Sydney Lucas in “Fun Home;” Ruthie Ann Miles in “The King and I;” Emily Skeggs … Continue reading

June 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Qualifiers for Nomination — Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards 2013-2014

Another theater season. Another theater diary completed. From the first show logged for the 2013-2014 theater year, “Mothers and Sons” at the Bucks County Playhouse, to the last, the national … Continue reading

June 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tony Awards 2014 — Preferences and Predictions

My favorite thing about each annual Tony Award presentation is being able to see some of the great production numbers and enjoying some spectacular performances over again. This could be … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill — Circle in the Square — NYC

 Audra McDonald consistently proves I do not exaggerate when I say she is the single most gifted and effective performer working in any art today. As Billie Holiday in Lanie … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Rocky — Winter Garden Theatre, New York

What the Broadway musical rendition of “Rocky” captures best is the heart of the 1976 movie that catapulted Sylvester Stallone and Philadelphia’s Art Museum steps to lasting, indelible fame. Andy … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

Gentleman’s Guide, Natasha and Pierre, Odds and Ends

Although I’d heard oodles of favorable comments about “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” and knew Jefferson Mays played numerous roles in it, I hadn’t read much about the … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Broadway Roundup — After Midnight, Macbeth, Richard III, Waiting for Godot, Etc.

So far this Broadway season has been the year of the bravura performance.        Repertory has been responsible for some of that. Bona fide stalwarts Mark Rylance, Patrick Stewart, and … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Glass Menagerie — Booth Theatre, New York

Pure genius reigns on the Booth Theatre stage as Cherry Jones gloriously demonstrates how stylization, diction, timing, and clarity conspire to make a character larger than life and piercingly human … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 · Leave a comment
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