Nature Theater of Oklahoma and EnKnapGroup's "Pursuit of Happiness"

VIEWPOINTS – UNDER THE RADAR 2018: A Festival Recap, Part 2

Today marks the final day of the Public Theater’s 2018 edition of its Under the Radar Festival. Here are my thoughts on six more shows. All in all, its been … Continue Reading →

John Lithgow in "John Lithgow: Stories by Heart" at the American Airlines Theatre.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – John Lithgow slowly unspools STORIES BY HEART, nostalgically and masterfully

The first show to open on Broadway in this new year of 2018 was John Lithgow: Stories by Heart, a production at the American Airlines Theatre under the auspices of Roundabout … Continue Reading →

Iestyn Davies and Sam Crane in Claire van Kampen’s “Farinelli and the King” at the Belasco Theatre.

VIEWPOINTS – Enriching legitimate theater with classical music: FARINELLI AND THE KING and MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN

As a fan of live performance across genres (theater, dance, opera/classical music, cabaret, etc.), I’ve often wondered whey there hasn’t been more meaningful cross-pollination between these types of performances, apart … Continue Reading →

A scene from Humperdinck’s "Hansel and Gretel" at the Metropolitan Opera.

VIEWPOINTS – A recap of this season’s top holiday entertainments

Happy New Year, everybody! As we embark on 2018, I’d like to recap the roster of five worthwhile holiday-themed shows in New York I attended across the worlds of theater, dance, … Continue Reading →

Bruce Springsteen performs in his musical memoir "Springsteen on Broadway" at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY is muscular, intimate, and altogether exultant

I recently got my hands on a much sought-after ticket to see Bruce Springsteen on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre in the appropriately-titled Springsteen on Broadway. True to his Jersey blue … Continue Reading →

Max Posner's "The Treasurer" at Playwrights Horizons.

2017 Year in Review – Theater

2017 was another all-encompassing year in the world of New York theater. If you’re like myself and have more than just dabbled in exploring the city’s various samplings of the … Continue Reading →

Abigail and Shaun Bengson in "Hundred Days" in New York Theatre Workshop.

VIEWPOINTS – Good musicals come in all sizes: The winning SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS and HUNDRED DAYS open

Last night, New Yorkers unwrapped a pair of early theatrical Christmas presents – one an unabashedly lavish Broadway spectacle, the other an affecting small-scale autobiographical musical. The good news is that … Continue Reading →

Hailey Kilgore in the revival of Ahrens and Flaherty’s “Once on this Island” at Circle in the Square Theatre.

THE HANGOVER REPORT — Ahrens and Flaherty’s ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is gloriously revived on Broadway in Michael Arden’s revelatory production

Last night, Ahrens and Flaherty’s Once on this Island was gloriously revived on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre, thanks largely to Michael Arden’s bold, deeply-felt direction. Although … Continue Reading →

Amy Schumer and the cast of Steve Martin's "Meteor Shower" at the Booth Theatre.

VIEWPOINTS – Amy Schumer and Uma Thurman make solid Broadway debuts in two mediocre new plays, METEOR SHOWER and THE PARISIAN WOMAN

This week, two Hollywood A-listers made their Broadway debuts in two medeocre new plays. This past Wednesday marked the opening of Steve Martin’s underwhelming new comedy Meteor Shower (SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED) at the Booth … Continue Reading →

The company of "Home for the Holidays" at the August Wilson Theatre.

THE HANGOVER REPORT – HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS opens on Broadway and is mildly entertaining, at best

Last night, the hastily assembled concert Home for the Holidays limped opened on Broadway. Although the show is an altogether harmless affair, I feel the need to warn more savvy theatergoers to … Continue Reading →