Robbie Fairchild and company in Christopher Wheeldon's production of Lerner and Loewe's "Brigadoon" at New York City Center.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Christopher Wheeldon’s robust and romantic BRIGADOON at City Center is a revival to swoon over

This week, I attended New York City Center’s gala performance of Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon. Last year’s gala produced much excitement, when Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford led a transcendent Sunday in the Park … Continue Reading →


Joshua Boone and Alexandra Boone in Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Anna Ziegler's "Actually" at New York City Center.

VIEWPOINTS – THE LAST MATCH and ACTUALLY: A pair of skillfully written and staged plays by Anna Ziegler (but is that enough?)

These are exciting times for playwright Anna Ziegler. This fall in New York, a pair of her plays are receiving expertly-staged productions. Ms. Ziegler first came to my attention about … Continue Reading →


Thomas Dausgaard leads a performance of Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" at David Geffen Hall.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Thomas Dausgaard leads the Swedish forces in a magnificent performance of Beethoven’s MISSA SOLEMNIS

This past Sunday, I was lucky to attend a truly magnificent performance of Beethoven’s choral masterwork Missa Solemnis from the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Swedish Radio Choir at David Geffen Hall. … Continue Reading →


John Windsor-Cunningham and Rachel Pickup in Brian Friel's "The Home Place" at the Irish Rep.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Brian Friel’s late-career THE HOME PLACE at the Irish Rep slowly simmers to a boil

The current main stage production at the Irish Repertory Theater, The Home Place, is vintage Brian Friel. The late, great Friel, one of Ireland’s great playwrights, is that rare artist … Continue Reading →


Edgar Oliver stars in his "New York Trilogy" at the Axis Theatre.

VIEWPOINTS – Two solo shows create exspansive theater: Edgar Oliver’s NEW YORK TRILOGY and THE BECKETT TRILOGY starring Conor Lovett

Who says that big things can’t come in small packages? Two solo performances I attended recently have reminded me all over again of the potency of the form to produce … Continue Reading →


Ki Hong Lee and Sue Jean Kim in Julia Cho's "Office Hour" at the Public Theater.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Julia Cho’s intense OFFICE HOUR opens at the Public

This week, Julia Cho’s intense new drama Office Hour opened at the Public Theater. The play tells the story of a college English teacher and her efforts to counsel one of her … Continue Reading →


The company of Hofesh Shechter's "Grand Finale" at BAM.

VIEWPOINTS – STATE OF SIEGE and GRAND FINALE give us timely, if tiresome, glimpses of the apocalypse at BAM

Things have been looking grim at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where two Next Wave Festival offerings are giving audiences timely glimpses of the apocalypse. Unfortunately, I found both, despite … Continue Reading →


Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub in "The Band's Visit" at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – THE BAND’S VISIT quietly opens on Broadway, triumphantly

Tonight, a significant new musical triumphantly opened at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre – David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ gorgeous, unconventional The Band’s Visit. I had seen this spare, deeply-felt musical … Continue Reading →


Sara Mearns in Matthew Bourne's "The Red Shoes" at New York City Center.

VIEWPOINTS – Matthew Bourne’s THE RED SHOES: Thriving at the intersection of dance and theater

One of my “aha” moments in dance was when I first encountered Matthew Bourne’s bold interpretation of Swan Lake nearly two decades ago in London. Using a corps of all-male … Continue Reading →


Jason Alexander and Sherie Rene Scott in Manhattan Theatre Club's production of "The Portuguese Kid" by John Patrick Shanley at New York City Center.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – John Patrick Shanley’s THE PORTUGUESE KID at once fizzes and fizzles

Last night at City Center, I got a chance to catch up with John Patrick Shanley’s latest play The Portuguese Kid, courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Club. The handsomely-mounted Off-Broadway production, … Continue Reading →