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Edition: March 3, 2016
Celebrating NINETEEN Seasons
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Another late edition, another apology.
The London trip had a longer (positive) ripple effect than I expected,
and we're still following up meetings & potentials,
plus near-final mix of the Duddy Kravitz cast album became time-sensitive.
We'll see what the immediate future holds,
but I think the reviewing schedule should settle back
into a kind of normalcy for a while.
I think. :-)
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Features This Edition:
New York critic David Spencer reviews:
The so-far best plays of the season,
both timely and controversial
and at the heart of complex human nature:
The Body of An American
by Dan O'Brien
Directed by Jo Bonney
Starring Michael Cumpsty and Michael Crane
at the Cherry Lane Theatre
Dead Dog Park
by Barry Malawer
Directed by Eric Tucker
Yet another provocative look at
unsettling issues of human nature:
by Frank Bascoe
Directed by William Carden
Ensemble Studio Theatre
It's never too late to be the comeback kid…
Broadway and the Bard
Conceived by Len Cariou, Barry Kleinbort & Mark Janas
Directed by Barry Kleinbort
Musical Direction & Onstage Accompanist: Mark Janas
Starring Len Cariou
In some ways, he is a rich man,
in a very rich experience…
Fiddler on the Roof
Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Based on stories by Sholem Aleichem
Directed by Bartlett Sher
Starring Danny Burstein
Encores just past, Encores to come:
Cabin in the Sky and 1776
Author as hero…tricky, that…
Written and Directed by John Patrick Shanley
Featuring Robert Sean Leonard
Manhattan Theatre Club
Christian theatre from those who believe
and theatre about Christians who believe too much...
The works of Fellowship for Performing Arts
Contributing Artistic Director Max McLean
Currently on tour
by Margha Clarke and Alfred Uhry
Directed and Choreographed by Martha Clarke
Oh that's why we're sitting here;
why didn't you say so sooner ... ?
Our Mother's Brief Affair
by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Lynne Meadow
Starring Linda Lavin
A Production of Manhattan Theatre Club
at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
From the 1940s:
A socially conscious drama about a black boxer
by a black playwright
based on a novel by a white Jewish liberal.
Only in America … ?
by Abram Hill
Based on the novel
Walk Hard—Talk Loud by Len Zinberg (aka Ed Lacy)
Directed by Imani
... and in brief ...
Women Without Men
A Bronx Tale
San Francisco critic Judy Richter reviews:
She Loves Me
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Book by Joe Masteroff
Directed by Milissa Carey
Presented by Foothill Music Theatre
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by Hershey Felder
Directed by Trevor Hay
Presented by TheatreWorks
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia critic Claudia Perry reviews:
Written by Bruce Graham
Direction by Matt Pfeifer
Arden Theatre Compan
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