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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

Casa Valentina — MTC at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre — NYC

The laughs stop suddenly in Harvey Fierstein’s new play, “Casa Valentina.” Three quarters through a first act that appears to center on a fun-filled cross-dressers’ sleepover, complete with snappy one-liners … Continue reading

May 1, 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

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
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