The company of "27" at New York City Center

THE HANGOVER REPORT – MasterVoices celebrates its 75th season with Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s delicious and accessible 27

This past weekend, I attended one of the two performances of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s 27 at New York City Center, courtesy of MasterVoices, which this season is … Continue Reading →

John Slattery and Nathan Lane in "The Front Page" at the Broadhurst Theatre

THE HANGOVER REPORT – The Broadway revival of THE FRONT PAGE is ultimately cast iron entertainment

Last night, the revival of Hecht and MacArthur’s 1928 The Front Page opened on the Great White Way at the Broadhurst Theatre. Set in 1920’s Chicago, the madcap play is a … Continue Reading →

The cast of "Paris!" at the Irondale Center

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Company XIV’s PARIS! is one of its most riotously entertaining outings yet

I think of Company XIV shows in the same way I do of those Cirque du Soleil extravaganzas. Once you’ve seen one of them, viewings of subsequent shows start to … Continue Reading →

The cast of "The Roads to Home" at the Cherry Lane Theatre

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Horton Foote’s warm, bittersweet THE ROADS TO HOME is a rich love letter to Harrison, TX

I always cherish my trips to the fictitious Texas town of Harrison via the late, great Horton Foote’s plays. Although Mr. Foote almost always set his engrossing, gentle plays in … Continue Reading →

Richard Armitage and Amy Ryan in "Love, Love, Love" at the Laura Pels Theatre

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Mike Bartlett’s LOVE, LOVE, LOVE is a brilliant love story for our times

Mike Bartlett’s surprising multi-generational love story Love, Love, Love opened last night at Off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre, courtesy of Roundabout Theatre Company. With this latest play, Mr. Bartlett takes a … Continue Reading →

Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt in "Heisenberg" at the Friedman Theatre

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THE HANGOVER REPORT – Simon Stephens’ deceptively straightforward HEISENBERG is anything but

When I first saw Simon Stephens’ two hander Heisenberg a little more than a year ago (also produced by Manhattan Theatre Club in one of its Off-Broadway spaces at City Center), … Continue Reading →

Stuart Skelton and Nina Stemme “Tristan und Isolde” at the Metropolitan Opera

THE HANGOVER REPORT – The Met’s trenchant new TRISTAN AND ISOLDE takes its audiences on a pitch black journey into the unknown

Last night, I caught up with the Metropolitan Opera’s trenchant and ultimately transcendent new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. The challenging new staging, by Warsaw-based director Mariusz Trelinski, has … Continue Reading →

Roundabout's revival of "The Cherry Orchard" at The American Airlines Theatre

VIEWPOINTS – The risks and rewards of high concept revivals: TACT’s SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER vs. Roundabout’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD

High concept revivals can be thrilling affairs. Take last season’s Tony-winning revival of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, in which Belgian avant-garde theater director Ivo van Hove stripped … Continue Reading →

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s "Vortex Temporum" at BAM

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s VORTEX TEMPORUM manifests the relationship between dancers and musicians at BAM

This past weekend, I returned to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to catch Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Vortex Temporum, a dance set to spectral composer Gérard Grisey’s shimmering, tension-filled score … Continue Reading →

Jessica Scott's "Ship of Fools" at HERE

VIEWPOINTS – Puppetry and Madness: Jessica Scott’s SHIP OF FOOLS and Kevin Augustine’s THE GOD PROJEKT use phantasmagorical imagery to evoke internal discord

Puppetry, as with the visual arts in general, has the uncanny ability to draw visceral, many times unexplainable, reactions from its viewers. As such, the art form is an ideal … Continue Reading →