The Review: 2ST’s Lobby Hero by Ross The four intriguing characters that make up the square edges in Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero, the revival that ushers Second Stage Theater on to the Broadway scene, find themselves caught in a quagmire of complications as they struggle and get tied up into ever tightening knots of loyalty and … More 2ST’s Lobby Hero Tackles Broadway and Wins.
The Review: TFANA’s The Winter’s Tale By Ross There’s a lot to be said about the beginning of Theatre for a New Audience‘s production of The Winter’s Tale, a wonderfully rendered production of one of Shakespeare’s ‘problem plays’. This is mainly because the first three acts are filled with intense psychological drama, while the last two … More The Winter’s Tale: To Bare or Not to Bear.
Angels in America: “History is about to crack wide open. Millennium Approaches.” By Ross I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was to have the opportunity to sit through another 7 1/2 hours of Angels in America last week. I had seen the NTLive’s screening last summer at BAM’s Rose Theaters of this … More Angels in America: Loving A Gay Fantasia on National Themes One More Time.
The TV Review: NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live! By Ross I’m always hesitant when I see an exclamation point after pretty much any title of any show. It’s like they are daring me not to be excited by it, especially after the word, ‘Live‘. But regardless of that punctuation mark, I was truly eager to … More Jesus Christ Superstar: A Happy Easter Gift from NBC
The Review: Yerma at the Park Avenue Armory By Ross Are we being forced to look at ourselves as soon as we sit down in our seats at the Park Avenue Armory? Or are we being pushed to examine the world and the people within our society? It’s a compelling first few moments as we … More Yerma: Brilliantly Barren Under Glass.
The Review: Frozen, the Musical on Broadway By Ross This was going to be an exciting evening at the theatre for me. Not for the reason you might first expect, but for another, because this time would be the first time I was going to the theatre with my young niece, Hazel, just the two … More Frozen: An Elated Hazel Sees a Serviceable Snowy Show.
The Review: Rocktopia By Ross When I walked into the Broadway Theatre the other day, I was filled with trepidation. I was not sure how an afternoon at Rocktopia was going to pan out. My friend and fellow theatre writer was optimistic but I wasn’t so sure. The name of this show was enough to … More Rocktopia: Rock and Rolling My Eyes And Cringing.
The Review: Donizetti’s Il Pigmalione/Rameau’s Pigmalion By Ross Spreading my theatrical wings a bit wider than normal, I ventured far west to the lovely Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College where the New York City Opera has set up residence for two days to premiere a never seen before pairing of two famous … More NYCOpera’s Double Bill of Obsessive Love: Il Pigmalione/Pigmalion
The Review: Babette’s Feast By Ross Abigail Killeen, who expertly portrays the older and somewhat wiser sister, Martine in the compelling and quietly hypnotic new play, Babette’s Feast, conceived and developed this artistic statement with writer Rose Courtney (Cycle) and director Karin Coonrod (A Perfect Wedding) over many years of detailed development, basing the piece … More Babette’s Feast: A Flavorful Feast of Plenty, on a Simple Stage.
The Review: Encores’ The Grand Hotel By Ross As with any Encores! production, I always find myself swept up in the history of these shows, dying to look them up on Wikipedia and ingest the nostalgia. The dreamy desire to have been there and seen that can’t be helped. Reading about it now, the 1989 … More The Grand Hotel: I’ll Gladly Stay One More Night.