Lonesome Blues Begs for Your Heart

The Review: The York Theatre Company’s Lonesome Blues By Ross In Lonesome Blue, as directed by Katherine Owens at The York Theatre Company, attempts to dive into the myth and mystery surrounding the true and fascinating story of blues singer Blind Lemon Jefferson (1893-1929). Born blind, Jefferson found release singing his “Match Box Blues” songs on a … More Lonesome Blues Begs for Your Heart

Half Time Is A Glass Half Full of A Chorus Line Charm and Half Empty of Emotional Depth

The Review: Paper Mill Playhouse’s Half Time By Ross Back in 2008, a documentary was made by Dori Berinstein about a basketball halftime dance team that was made up of performers over the age of 60.  It was titled, “Gotta Dance“, and somewhere in that setup, an idea was born that this story could and … More Half Time Is A Glass Half Full of A Chorus Line Charm and Half Empty of Emotional Depth

To Swim or Not To Swim Out to Dan Cody’s Yacht

The Review: MTC’s Dan Cody’s Yacht By Ross There is a reference in Anthony Giardina’s interesting but problematic new play, Dan Cody’s Yacht to the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, “The Great Gatsby“.  And it is in that segment of the book when Gatsby speaks in desirous awe of Dan Cody and his yacht, that the … More To Swim or Not To Swim Out to Dan Cody’s Yacht

The New World Stages of Desperate Measures: Shakespeare’s Blazing Saddles

The Review: Desperate Measures: Brooks & the Bard Would Be Proud.  By Ross If you took a spoonful of Mel Brook’s ‘Blazing Saddles‘ and stir it into the musical, The Robber Bridegroom and mix it half and half with a smart slice of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, the concoction you mightcreate, if you’re extremely lucky, is Desperate Measures. Transferred from … More The New World Stages of Desperate Measures: Shakespeare’s Blazing Saddles

Cannibal Galaxy: A Love Story That Cuts Short The Exploration of Trauma and Engagement

The Review: New Ohio Theatre’s Cannibal Galaxy: a love story By Ross This group of museum nerds, gathered together and surviving 2015 inside Charise Greene’s new and complex play, Cannibal Galaxy: a love story guide us through the museum showrooms of this twisted tale with wild dexterity and a nervous unfocused passion. It presents a world … More Cannibal Galaxy: A Love Story That Cuts Short The Exploration of Trauma and Engagement

Tony Awards 2018 – Nominations, Predictions, and Winners

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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical Tony Awards 2018 – Nominations, Predictions, and Winners By Ross Nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards were announced May 1, with Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical coming out on top with 12 nods each including Best Musical. Joining the two titles in the category were The Band’s Visit (with…

Secret Life of Humans Mystifies Gravity and Philosophy

The Review: 59E59 Theater Presents New Diorama Theatre’s Secret Life of Humans By Ross In 1973 there was a groundbreaking series on British television which brought Jacob Bronowski and his brand of popular scientific philosophy to the masses. The show titled, “The Ascent of Man” discussed an idea of linear and optimistic theory.  An assessment … More Secret Life of Humans Mystifies Gravity and Philosophy

Tony Awards 2018 – Nominations, Predictions, and Winners

Tony Awards 2018 – Nominations, Predictions, and Winners By Ross Added June 11: The beautiful and subtle musical The Band’s Visit, which transferred to Broadway last fall from the Atlantic Theater Company Off-Broadway, was the hands-down biggest winner at the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, which were presented June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. The … More Tony Awards 2018 – Nominations, Predictions, and Winners

BAM presents Love and Intrigue, A Russian Tragedy That Has Nothing To Do With An Election (But It Does Have Something To Do With A Ruthless Power Hungry President)

The Review: BAM’s presentation of Maly Drama Theatre-Theater of Europe’s Love and Intrigue By Ross I can’t say honestly that I was sitting in the BAM Harvey Theatre thrilled at the premise of a 2 hour and 15 minute intermission-less German tragedy spoken in Russian with English subtitles, but the visually arresting production snaps you … More BAM presents Love and Intrigue, A Russian Tragedy That Has Nothing To Do With An Election (But It Does Have Something To Do With A Ruthless Power Hungry President)