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Edition: January 11, 2016

Celebrating NINETEEN Seasons on the web!

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Many apologies to all for the delay in this latest edition,
the lateness of some of these reviews
and the selectivity of some things reviewed and not others
(holiday offerings in particular).
Endless administrative detours with regard to
home care for parents over 92 plus an impending
trip to London for pressing career reasons,
a little paid free-lancing for The Village Voice—you'll see links—
and a few much more well-paying private gigs whose
deadlines had to take precedence—kept roadblocking the “critical path.”
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And if I can, I will upload an addendum
before I leave for the UK.
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Thanks as always for hanging in...

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New Features This Edition:

New York critic David Spencer reviews:

R.I.P. David Bowie; perhaps the title is apt...
by David Bowie and Enda Walsh
Directed by Ivo van Hove
Inspired by the novel
The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis
New York Theatre Workshop

Best musical…? For real…?
Pretty much.
School of Rock
Book by Julian Fellowes
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Based on the screenplay by Mike White
Directed by Laurence Connor
Winter Garden Theatre

"I'm your number one fan..."
by William Goldman
Based on the novel by Stephen King
Directed by Will Frears
Starring Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf
Broadhurst Theatre

New and improved (unless you saw it in London;
in which case, just as spectacular here as there)...
The Color Purple
Book by Marsha Norman
Based on the Novel by Alice Walker
Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Alice Willis and Stephen Bray
Directed by John Doyle
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

Youhave entered the Land of Shakespeare Pastiche...
These Paper Bullets!
by Rollin Jones
Songs by Billie Joe Armstrong
Directed by Jackson Gay
Atlantic Theater Company
King Charles III
by Mike Bartlett
Directed by Rupert Goold
Starring Tim Piggot-Smith
Music Box Theatre

The title tells it...
Maurice Hines: Tappin' Through Life
Written by and Starring Maurice Hines
Featuring The Manzari Brothers
Directed by Jeff Calhoun
New World Stages

The impact of war on women...
Written and Performed by Suzanne Sulby
Directed by Stephen Stahl
Theatre Row

And in brief:
A post-mortem for Once Upon a Mattress
and (via Village Voice links)

San Francisco critic Judy Richter reviews:

Jane Austen's Emma
Book, Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Robert Kelley
Presented by TheatreWorks
Lucie Stern Theatre

The Monster-Builder
by Amy Freed
Presented by Aurora Theatre Company
Directed by Art Manke
Aurora Theatre

by Sharr White
Directed by Brian P. Luce
Dragon Productions Theatre

Fiddler on the Roof
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Book by Joseph Stein
Based on stories by Sholom Aleichem
Directed by Dan Demers
Presented by Hillbarn Theatre

Florida critic Marie F. Kilker reviews:

by Richard Strand
Directed by Jason Cannon
Florida Studio Theatre's Keating Mainstage

A Motown Christmas
Created and Adapted by Nate Jacobs
Choreographed by Donald Frison
Book & Lyrics by Traditional and Various Motown Artists
Directed by Nate Jacobs
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

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