As I said before, my reviews have continued since September
at Times Square Chronicle, and will upload there first,
for the foreseeable future; but now I've renewed cross-linking from here.
In this current ish, the new (and "new") features below are listed backward,
current, recent and older; basically a season summary record and catchup listing,
bringing the indexing and archive of the Aisle Say site up to date
with what's been appearing at T2C, going back about three months.
New cross-links and reviews are imminent.
As usual, regional review links below the NY ones.

Edition: January 26, 2017

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New Features This Edition:

From New York critic David Spencer:

Short Takes for January:

The Dork Knight
Written and Performed by Jason O'Connell
Directed by Tony Speciale
Abingdon Theatre

Providence R.I.
by Skylar Fox and Simon Henriques
Directed by Skylar Fox
The Tank

and at 59E59:
Made in China,
The LaBute New Theater Festival


"Rake"-ing up the past in
The Present
by Andrew Upton
After Anton Chekhov's Platonov
Directed by John Crowley
Starring Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh
Ethel Barrymore Theatre

Two takes on the Moor:
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Sam Gold
New York Theatre Workshop
Othello the Remix
Written, Composed and Directed by CQ and JQ
Westside Arts


Odd Duck Musicals

Part One:
Sweet Charity
Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Starring Sutton Foster
New Group

Part Two:
Ride the Cyclone
by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell
Directed by Rachel Rockwell

Part Three:
The Band's Visit
Book by Itmar Moses
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek
Directed by David Cromer
Atlantic Theatre


The Theatre of Politics

Party People
Directed by Liesl Tommy

by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Kate Whoriskey

Women of a Certain Age
Written and Directed by Richard Nelson
(all three at the Public Theater)

The Death of the Last Black Man
in the Whole Entire World

by Suzan-Lori-Parks
Directed by Lileana Blain-Criz
Signature Theatre


New tries at past glories:

Les Liasons Dangereaux
by Christopher Hampton
Based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos
Directed by Josie Roarke

MASTER HAROLD…and the boys
Written and Directed by Athol Fugard
Starring Noah Robbins, Leon Addison Brown and Sahr Ngaujah
Signature Theatre


Based on the Screenplay:

Terms of Endearment
by Dan Gordon
Based on the novel by Larry McMurtry
and the screenplay by James L. Brooks
Starring Molly Ringwald

Dead Poets Society
by Tom Schulman
based on his screenplay
Directed by John Doyle
Starring Jason Sudaikis


That Tolstoy Tuner:
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Book, Music and Lyrics by Dave Molloy
Directed by Rachel Chavkin
Imperial Theatre


Comedy, the most democratic
Form of entertainment:

She Stoops to Conquer

by Oliver Goldsmith
Directed by Scott Alan Evans
TACT at Theatre Row

Written by and starring Lisa Lampanelli
Directed by Jackson Gay
Women's Project Theatre

Oh, Hello on Broadway
Written by and starring Nick Kroll and John Mullaney
Directed by Alex Timbers

The Front Page
by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur
Directed by Jack O'Brien
Starring Nathan Lane and John Slattery
Lincoln Center Theatre


Muscal Revivals

Part One:

Tick, Tick … Boom!
by Jonathan Larson
Book Adaptation by David Auburn
Directed by Jonathan Silverstein
Keen Company on Theatre Row

Holiday Inn
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge
Directed by Gordon Greenberg
Roundabout at Studio 54


Part Two:

Finian's Rainbow
Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Directed by Charlotte Moore
Starring Melissa Errico
Irish Rep

Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn and James Lapine
Directed by James Lapine
Walter Kerr Theatre


In brief for early October

A Taste of Honey
by Shelaigh Delaney
Directed by Austin Pendleton
Pearl Theatre

The Trial of an American President
by Dick Tarlow
Theatre Row

Nat Turner in Jerusalem
by Nathan Alan Davis
Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
New York Theatre Workshop

What Did You Expect?
Written and Directed by Richards Nelson
Public Theater

The Producers
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Directed by Don Stephenson
Paper Mill Playhouse

San Francisco critic Judy Richter reviews:

The Diary of Anne Frank
by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett
Based on "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl"
Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
Directed by Dennis Lickteig
Presented by Palo Alto Players
Lucie Stern Theater

Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Joe Masteroff
Directed by Erica Wyman Abrahamson
Presented by Hillbarn Theatre

Crimes of the Heart
by Beth Henley
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli
Presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

Daddy Long Legs
Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Book by John Caird
Adapted from the 1912 novel by Jean Webster
Directed by Robert Kelley
Presented by TheatreWorks
Lucie Stern Theatre


by August Wilson
Presented by California Shakespeare Theater
Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges
Bruns Memorial Amphitheater


by Steven Dietz
Directed by Erin Gilley
Presented by Dragon Productions
Dragon Productions Theatre

Mary Poppins

Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
Directed by Dan Demers
Presented by Hillbarn Theatre

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon
Directed by Meredith McDonough
Presented by Marin Theatre Company
Boyer Theatre

The Night Alive
by Conor McPherson
Directed by Tony Kelly
Presented by San Jose Stage Company

Our Town
by Thornton Wilder
Presented by Foothill Theatre Arts
Directed by Bruce McLeod
Lohman Theatre

Philadelphia Critic Claudia Perry reviews:

The returning national tour of
Mama Mia
Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus
And some songs with Stig Anderson
Book by Catherine Johnson
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd

Toronto critic Robin Breon reviews:

Come From Away
Book, Music and Lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein
Directed by Christopher Ashley

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