The Review: LCT’s Admissions By Ross Tip toeing into the messy terrain of race and racism, Joshua Harmon (Roundabout’s Bad Jews, Significant Other) bravely and purposefully digs in to the world of a private school admission director’s life and family, played heroically by the always fascinating Jessica Hecht (Broadway’s The Price). Revolving around the ideas of … More Admissions: Landmines and Arguments Blowing-up Beautifully.
The Review: EST’s Dido of Idaho By Ross Sometimes we learn things that we never expected to when we walk into the theatre. Hopefully. This time I learned something about a well-known English Baroque opera named Dido and Aeneas, written by composer Henry Purcell with a libretto by Nahum Tate, names that I have never … More The Dido of Idaho Voyage Lands Solidly in a Safe Harbor.
The Review: Tilda Swinton Answers An Ad on Craig’s List By Ross I’ve only been to the Laura Beechman Theatre on 42nd Street and 9th one other time, and that was for a private cabaret birthday party, so I can’t really count on that to inform me of anything. But I can tell you this: that … More Tilda Swinton Answers An Ad on Craig’s List and Snap, The Job’s a Game.
The Review: The Public Theater’s The Low Road By Ross Michelle Obama once inspiringly told us that when they go low, we should go high, and although I have always believed in that motto whole heartedly, it all didn’t quite work out in the way that I was hoping it would in the last election. … More The Low Road Tries Valiantly To Hit the High.
The Review: Roundabout’s Amy and the Orphans By Ross The background story for this new play by playwright Lindsey Ferrentino is pretty intriguing. It might just be more fascinating than the actual play it inspired, if I’m being completely honest . In some ways, I would love to see a documentary about the history behind this play’s … More Amy and the Orphans: A Salute to the Real Aunt Amy and to the Play’s Star, Jamie Brewer.
The Review: Broadway’s Escape to Margaritaville By Ross With a super talented cast of great singers and energetic talented dancers, Escape to Margaritaville frolics onto Broadway with a sun-kissed smile and a happy easy going song. It’s basically the fun brother-in-law to the super successful Mamma Mia, with a dash of movie-style Rom-Com opposites-attract dynamic, … More Escape to Margaritaville: Island Breezy Fun (But Beware the Hangover the Next Morning)
The Review: Keen Company’s Later Life By Ross Interruptions. Interruptions. That’s the thing that keeps happening in A. R. Gurney’s Later Life, now being revived by the Keen Company at Theatre Row. One after the other, but it all starts with a setting of the stage by Sally, the lovely and pushy host of a … More Keen Company’s Later Life: Politeness, Interrupted.
The Interview: Jeffrey Hayenga Discusses Hal and Bee with Michael Raver Actor Jeffrey Hayenga is one of those stage animals who lives for the connection he gets with a director, with a writer, his castmates and most certainly with the audience. Subtle communication is everything. While incredibly stalwart and fierce, he can, in the blink … More The Interview: Jeffrey Hayenga On Aging, Audiences, Hal and Bee.
The Review: TACT’s Three Wise Guys By Ross This is TACT’s swan song as a producing theatrical company, and although I must admit I have never seen any of their productions, it is always a sad day when the people who love the world of theatre find they have to close up shop. Hopefully, they … More Three Wise Guys: A Smile and a Giggle (Not a Gaffaw) to Say Good-bye.
The Review: Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo: Homelife & The Zoo Story By Ross Making his Off-Broadway debut back in 1959, Edward Albee gave American theater a jolting and surprising great gift in the form of his visceral, award-winning one-act play, The Zoo Story. The play, having been first rejected by numerous American … More Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo: To Be or Not To Be An Animal or Vegetable.