Joseph Huffman, Sarah Chalfie, and Valeria A. Avina in Steph Del Rosso's "Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill" at The Flea Theater.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Steph Del Rosso’s word-drunk FILL FILL FILL FILL FILL FILL FILL dabbles with tough questions

What actually happens to us as individuals when we enter into serious, long-term relationships? Do we give up a part of and/or compromise ourselves? And when that relationship ends – as … Continue Reading →

Thisispopbaby's "Riot" at NYU Skirball

VIEWPOINTS – Variety shows with a twist: XIVARIÉTÉ and Thisispopbaby’s RIOT

In the early 20th century, variety shows – particularly vaudeville – were staples of American stage entertainment. Over time, vaudeville took a back seat to make way for more “sophisticated” … Continue Reading →

The company of The Mad Ones' "Miles for Mary", originally staged The Bushwick Starr, at Playwrights Horizons.

VIEWPOINTS – The Bushwick Starr establishes itself as a hotbed for the next generation of exciting theater-makers (MILES FOR MARY, [PORTO], CUTE ACTIVIST)

Last night, I caught the return engagement of The Mad Ones’ sensational Miles for Mary at Playwrights Horizons. I had caught the devised piece previously at The Bushwick Starr, a theater company located … Continue Reading →

Sutton Foster leads The Actors Fund's 15th Anniversary reunion concert of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the Minskoff Theatre.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – The Actors Fund’s 15th Anniversary reunion concert of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE was thoroughly miraculous

Last night, I caught The Actors Fund’s 15th Anniversary reunion concert of the 2002 Tony-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Minskoff Theatre (the current home of the long-running Disney hit The Lion King). … Continue Reading →

Douglas Hodge (front), John Glover, and Marin Mazzie in Terrence McNally's "Fire and Air" at Classic Stage Company.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Terrence McNally’s FIRE AND AIR investigates the turbulent circumstances of creating art

Last night, I attended a performance of Classic Stage Company’s production of the highly-anticipated Fire and Air by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally. The play chronicles the turbulent, often times painful, circumstances of … Continue Reading →

The cast of Paul Alexander's "Trinkets" at the Gene Frankel Theatre.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Paul Alexander’s TRINKETS strives and stumbles, but still shines

Last weekend (its closing weekend), I caught a performance of the return engagement of Paul Alexander’s Trinkets at the Gene Frankel Theatre in the East Village. The musical depicts the eclectic experiences … Continue Reading →

Juliana Canfield and Tom Pecinka in Adrienne Kennedy's "He Brought Her Heart Back in a Black Box" at Theatre for a New Audience.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Adrienne Kennedy’s HE BROUGHT HER HEART BACK IN A BLACK BOX at TFANA is slight, stylized, and expansive

Before its limited run ends this weekend, I got a chance to catch the world premiere of Adrienne Kennedy’s He Brought Her Heart Back in a Black Box at Theatre for a New … Continue Reading →

Vanessa Williams in Encores! "Hey, Look Me Over!" at New York City Center.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – HEY, LOOK ME OVER!, via Encores!, is mandatory viewing for “men in their chairs”

Tonight, I caught Encores! production of Hey, Look Me Over! Haven’t heard of the musical? That’s because the show, which only runs through February 11th, is a revue comprised of musicals that … Continue Reading →

Matthew Polenzani and Pretty Yende in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” at the Metropolitan Opera.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Donizetti’s L’ELISIR D’AMORE receives an appealing revival, courtesy of Bartlett Sher, from a solid cast

Tonight, I caught a performance of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore at the Metropolitan Opera, in a refreshingly traditional, intimate staging by go-to Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher (he’ll be represented back at Lincoln Center … Continue Reading →

Eve Ensler in MTC's production of "In the Body of the World" at New York City Center.

VIEWPOINTS – [PORTO], IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD, and HINDLES WAKE: Feminist playwrighting then and now

These are interesting times for feminist thought and activity in this country. Not surprisingly, this collective shift in balance is being reflected in a recent crop of productions in New York… … Continue Reading →