Interim Note: December 25, 2017

A second batch of "Stopgap Review Roundups"
To keep us active until the renovated site goes live.
Happy Hollandaise.
(See the green?)


Interim Note: November 18, 2017

Following up on my interim note of November 3, just below,
here is the first of possibly several entries that I'll call
"Stopgap Review Roundups" — current reviews in brief,
uploaded to stay active and keep Aisle Say going
in the period before the renovation of the site goes live.
Hoping that'll be December, but now that certain wheels are turning,
January may be more realistic.

Anyway, here are the latest. Reviews of:


Interim Note: November 3, 2017

Okay, folks, here's the deal.
I've just embarked, with my webhost and a designing service,
upon the construction phase of the new site,
to get me out of this way-out-of-date oldschool tech cave
and leap Aisle Say's architecture into the second decade of the new millennium,
so that the site's internal mechanism can do
more of the presentation-format heavy lifting than I,
so I can mostly just be writing content for it.

I'm not sure how long it will take: this is a new adventure for me.
I may be able to upload some new reviews before it's done,
I may not. When I am done, the new Aisle Say
will be starting basically from scratch, however
these old pages and their content will be preserved
as an accessible archive.

The ETA I'm shooting for is December.
Great if it were sooner, but a reading of DUDDY KRAVITZ
is imminent (you'll hear more about that soon),
and as will happen, any occasion like that
can take over your life no matter how pure your intentions.
So yeah, I'm thinking December.

Apologies to loyal readers too long unserved and
the noble community of press reps who have amazingly
not chased after me to ask what's going on,
but seem to trust, after knowing me all these decades,
that something is.

Stay tuned.

Some reviews may continue to appear
at Times Square Chronicle as individual uploads
wth cross-links to take you back here,
to the Aisle Say NYC and Environs archive index
as well as one to the TSC index for me
—but as soon as the new AISLE SAY is up,
new reviews will again be exclusive to this site.

Thanks, though, to editor Suzanna Bowling at TSC
for helping me through an overwhelming time.
Stay tuned.

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New Features This Edition:

From New York critic David Spencer:

Contemporary Notions in Classical Drag ...
A Doll's House Part 2
by Louis Hnath
Directed by Sam Gold
John Golden Theatre

Not merely hello ... huzzah!
Hello, Dolly!
Starring Bette Middler and David Hyde Pierce
Book by Michael Stewart
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Jerry Zaks
Shubert Theatre

Forget does he see his shadow…
Does he see a musical?
Groundhog Day
Book by Danny Rubin
Based on his screenplay
Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Directed by Matthew Warchus
August Wilson Theatre

Family Friendly ... ?
The Lightning Thief
Book by Joe Tracz
Music and Lyrics by Rob Rokicki
Based on the Percy Jackson novels by Perry Riordan
Directed by Steven Brackett
Book by Craig Lucas
Music by Daniel Messé
Lyrics by Nathan Tyson Daniel Messé
Direction by Pam McKinnon
Walter Kerr Theatre

An off-Broadway survey for late March/early April:
Sam & Dede or My Dinner With Andre the Giant
by Gino Dilorio
Directed by Leah S. Abrams
(closed at 59E59)
Cry Havoc
Written and Performed by Stephan Wolfert
A Production of Bedlam Theatre
Church and State
by Jason Odell Williams
Directed by Marcus Potter
Still running at New World Stages
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage
by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Rebecca Taichmann
A Production of Lincoln Center Theatre
Joan of Arc: Into the Light
A Rock Opera by David Byrne
(Closed at the Public Theatre)

At least it gets its Broadway cred for licensing
Significant Other
by Joshua Harmon
Directed by Trip Cullman

The furnishings of choice …
The Price
by Arthur Miller
Directed by Terry Kinney
Starring Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shalhoub,
Danny Devito, Jessica Hecht
A Production of the Roundabout Theatre Company

Plays about Power People
by Penelope Skinner
Directed by Lynne Meadow
Manhattan Theatre Club
White Guy on the Bus
by Bruce Graham
Directed by Bud Martin

The dark victory of
Kid Victory
Music by John Kander
Book and Lyrics by Greg Pierce
Story by Kander & Pierce
Directed by Leisl Tommy
Vineyard Theatre

March at the Signature Center, Part Two
Wakey Wakey
Written and directed by Will Eno
Starring Michael Emerson
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Lila Neugebauer

March at the Signature Center, Part One
Productions of the New Group:
Evening at the Talk House
by Wallace Shawn
Directed by Scott Elliot
All-star cast featuring Matthew Broderick,
Wallace Shawn and Claudia Shear
All the Fine Boys
Written and directed by Erica Schmidt

Sometimes there's God so quickly ...
and sometimes there isn't ...
Man from Nebraska
by Tracy Letts
Directed by David Cromer
(2nd Stage)
The Most Reluctant Convert
Written and performed by Max McLean
as C.S. Lewis
Co-Directed by Ken Denison and Max McLean

Light Verse and Infidelity Lite
The Liar
by David Ives
Adapted from Le Menteur by Pierre Corneille
Directed by Michael Kahn
Yours Unfaithfully
by Miles Malleson
Directed by Jonathan Bank
Mint Theatre

Two modern classic first plays in revival:
by August Wilson
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
by Martin McDonaugh
Directed by Garry Hynes

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