John Lithgow – Stories by Heart: Soothing Bedtime Storytelling, Too Far Away from My Bed. By Ross He says it best quite early on in this kind and compassionate one man show when he exclaims, “what the hell is this?”. I literally was saying that to my fellow theatrejunkie as we took our seats at … More John Lithgow – Stories by Heart: Soothing Bedtime Storytelling, Too Far Away from My Bed.
Then She Fell: An Immersive Maze Down a Rabbit’s Hole into an Asylum. By Ross Wandering out to Williamsburg in order to fall down a rabbit’s hole and find oneself in the insane asylum at The Kingsland Ward, St. Johns, a century-old institutional building, filled with the crazy characters that populate Lewis Carroll’s Alice in … More Then She Fell: An Immersive Maze Down a Rabbit’s Hole into an Asylum.
Giving yourself over to Walsh’s Ballyturk By Ross “Freedom” might be the most prevalent or telling word spoken in Enda Walsh’s hypnotic puzzle of a play, Ballyturk currently wrecking 80’s pop music and physical havoc at St. Ann’s Warehouse. This Irish playwright who won a Tony for writing the book for one of my favorite … More Giving yourself over to Walsh’s Ballyturk
Robert O’Hara’s Mankind: Too Much, Dude, Too Much. By Ross Set 100 years after the female body has been legislated out of existence, and women have become extinct, this daring and satirical new play, Mankind, by the always aggressively passionate Robert O’Hara (Bootycandy, Barbecue) dives in with this compelling and complex scenario as a backdrop. … More Robert O’Hara’s Mankind: Too Much, Dude, Too Much.
Royal Court’s The Ferryman – Feminism, Irishness and Nostalgia. by Gus Subero for #frontmezzjunkiesUK It’s hard not to feel that Jez Butterworth’s new play becomes more poignant by the day, as British history seems to repeat itself and we continue to approach what seems to be a tumultuous Brexit for Northern Ireland. The Ferryman feels … More Royal Court’s The Ferryman: Feminism, Irishness and Nostalgia.
Shows to be Excited for: Spring 2018: The Who’s Who Who’s Coming to Broadway. By Ross Bernadette Peters is on her way back to Broadway. And I can’t wait. Along side numerous other big named Broadway and non-Broadway stage stars. She’ll be taking over the lead in the juggernaut, Hello, Dolly! And I can’t tell … More Shows to be Excited for: Spring 2018: The Who’s Who Who’s Coming to Broadway.
Donmar Warehouse’s Belleville: Messy Entitled Millennials Brilliantly Living Too Large in Paris. By Ross At first I envied these two. Living abroad, in Paris of all places, young, married and in love. Looked pretty good to me, at least in the first minutes of Amy Herzog’s devastating play, Belleville, but then the seams started to … More Donmar’s Belleville: Messy Entitled Millennials Brilliantly Living Too Large in Paris.
National Theatre’s Follies: A Rotating Middle Aged Crisis Beautifully Losing Her Mind. By Ross It has been 30 years since Stephen Sondheim’s 1971 magnificent and uniquely challenging big musical had a new and full London staging (The Broadway production opened on April 4, 1971, ran for over 500 performances, was nominated for eleven Tony Awards and won seven). So it was with … More National Theatre’s Follies: A Rotating Middle Aged Crisis Beautifully Losing Her Mind.
Best Theatrical Events of 2017: My Top 20 by Ross What a fun filled year this was. Some of my favorite shows opened on and off Broadway all throughout this year. In the spring before the awards, and now a few in the new season before Christmas. Here is my list of the top 20, and … More Best Theatrical Events of 2017: My Top 20
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: A Beautiful Monster in a Messy Landscape By Ross Before heading to the Pershing Square Signature Center to see the last NYC show of the year for me, my friend and I pondered what kind of show will Ensemble for the Romantic Century‘s production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein be. It stars Robert … More Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: A Beautiful Monster in a Messy Landscape