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March 1, 2015

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New Features This Edition:

New York critic David Spencer reviews:

It feels liker a hit, it plays like a hit,
it ought to be a hit ... why isn't it more of a hit?
Honeymoon in Vegas
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Andrew Bergman,
based on his screenplay
Directed by Gary Griffin
Starring Tony Danza, Rob McClure and Brynn O'Malley
with Nancy Opel
Nederlander Theatre

Brilliant classics delivered brilliantly
The Iceman Cometh
by Eugene O'Neill
Directed by Robert Falls
Starring Nathan Lane, Brian Dennehy and Stephen Ouimette
A Production of Chicago's Goodman Theatre
at the BAM Harvey Theatre in Brooklyn
Into the Woods
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld
A Production of the Fiasco Theatre
Presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company
at the Laura Pels Theatre

A less brilliant classic delivered less brilliantly
A Delicate Balance
by Edward Albee
Direcvted by Pam McKinnon
Starring Glenn Close and John Lithgow
John Golden Theatre

Not a classic, but not bad, and featuring
a classic performance ...
john and jen
Music by Andrew Lippa
Lyrics by Tom Greenwald
Directed by Jonathan Silverstein
Starring Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan
A Production of the Keen Company
at Theatre Row

As to forgotten classics...
Rocket to the Moon
by Clifford Odets
Directed by Dan Wackerman
A Production of the
Pecadillo Theatre Company
Theatre at St. Clement's
Fashions for Men
by Ferenc Molnar
Directed by Davis McCallum
A Production of 311 West 43rd
The Mint Theatre Company
311 West 43rd

When ambiguity is purposeful, you get ...
Rasheeda Speaking
by Joel Drake Johnson
Directed by Cynthia Nixon
Starring Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest
The New Group
at The Pershing Square Signature Center
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre

When ambiguity is not your friend, you get ...
by Nick Payne
Directed by Michael Longhurst
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson
A Presentation of the Mahattan Theatre Club
at the Samuel E. Friedman Theatre
Bright Half Life
by Tanya Barfield
Directed by Leigh Silverman
A Women's Project Production
at City Center Stage II

The secret isn't only timing ...
Everybody Gets Cake
Written and Peformed
by Parallel Exit
Lives of the Saints
by David Ives
Directed by John Rando
A Production of Primary Stages
at the Duke, W42
5 Times in One Night
by Chiara Atik
Directed by RJ Tolan
A Production of Youngblood EST
at Ensemble Studio Theatre

The great man made only good ...
Churchill: The Play
Adapted and Performed by Ronald Keaton
Directed by Kurt Johns
New World Stages

Can sense be made out of senseless tragedy...?
The Events
Text by David Greig
Direction by Ramin Grey
Starring Neve McIntosh and Clifford Samuel
A Production of Actors Touring Company
at New York Theatre Workshop

Two solo shows/One single theme ...
The Lion
Written and Performed
by Benjamin Scheur
Directed by Duncan Macmillan
Lynn Redgrave Theatre
at Culture Project
Every Brilliant Thing
Written by Duncan Macmillan
with Johnny Donahoe
Starring Johnny Donahoe
Directed by Georghe Perrin
Barrow Street Theatre

Music—and France—make strange bedfellows
of a white cowboy and a black gospel singer ...
Texas in Paris
by Alan Govaner
Directed by Akin Babatunde
Starring Lillias White and Scott Wakefield
York Theatre

But Paris isn't magical for everyone ...
City Of ...
by Anton Dudley
Directed by Stephen Brackett
A Production of Playwrights Realm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre

How thrilling is your stage thriller ... ?
The Road to Damascus
by Tom Dulak
Directed by Michael Parva

New cast, same laughs ...
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang
Directed by Don Stephenson
Starring Mark Nelson, Michelle Pawk
and Caroline McCormick
Paper Mill Playhouse

San Francisco critic Judy Richter reviews:

2 Pianos 4 Hands
by Ted Dykstra & Richard Greenblatt
Directed by Tom Frey
Presented by TheatreWorks
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

by Peter Shaffer
Directed by Leslie Lloyd
Presented by Hillbarn Theatre

The Convert
by Danai Gurira
Directed by Jasson Minadakis
Presented by Marin Theatre Company
Boyer Theatre


by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Jeffrey Lo
Presented by Palo Alto Players
Lucie Stern Theater

Indian Ink

by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Carey Perloff
Presented by and at the American Conservatory Theater

A Lie of the Mind
by Sam Shepard
Directed by Loretta Greco
Presented by and at Magic Theatre

The Lyons

by Nicky Silver
Presented by Aurora Theatre Company
Directed by Barbara Damashek
Aurora Theatre

Mr. Burns
by Anne Washburn
Directed by Mark Rucker
Presented by American Conservatory Theater
Geary Theater

Show People
by Paul Weitz
Directed by Austin Edgington
Presented by Dragon Productions
Dragon Productions Theatre

Sunday in the Park with George

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Milissa Carey
Presented by Foothill Music Theatre
Lohman Theatre

Venus in Fur

by David Ives
Directed by Kimberly Mohne Hill
Presented by San Jose Stage Company
The Stage

X's and O's (A Football Love Story)

by KJ Sanchez with Jenny Mercein
Directed by Tony Taccone
Presented by Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Thrust Stage

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