Lacy Allen plays Erica in Nick Robideau's "Inanimate" at the new Flea

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Nick Robideau’s subversive, playful INANIMATE opens the new Flea

Last night marked my first visit to the Flea’s shiny new home in Tribeca, happily located just blocks away from its much-loved original space. The shiny and upgraded venue’s inaugural production … Continue Reading →

Sandra Caldwell leads the company of Philip Dawkins' "Charm", an MCC Theater production at the Lucille Lortel

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Philip Dawkins’ CHARM exuberantly explores trans issues

Last night I caught Philip Dawkins’ exuberant Charm in an MCC Theater production at the Lucille Lortel. Mr. Dawkins’ play, originally seen in Chicago two years ago, tells the story of Mama Darleena … Continue Reading →

Noni Stapleton in "Charolais" at 59E59 Theaters

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Noni Stapleton’s CHAROLAIS is twisted storytelling (a compliment)

Leave it to the Irish to elevate twisted storytelling into artful theater. Charolais, gleefully written and performed by , is just that. It’s not surprising that the production currently running at 59E59 … Continue Reading →

The cast of "Afterglow" at the Loft at the Davenport Theater

THE HANGOVER REPORT – S. Asher Gelman’s AFTERGLOW is entertaining, engaging telenovela theater

I recently had a chance to catch the recently extended gay-themed relationship drama Afterglow, written and directed by S. Asher Gelman. I had been resisting seeing this one – friends and sources seem … Continue Reading →

Christine Lahti (right) in "Fucking A"

VIEWPOINTS – Suzan-Lori Parks’s THE RED LETTER PLAYS receive stylish, searing revivals at the Signature

Down at the indispensable Signature Theater on 42nd Street, you’ll find a pair of harrowing plays about women on the fringes of society just (barely) getting by. They are Fucking … Continue Reading →

Daniel Jenkins, Keith Reddin, Kathleen Chalfant, and Lisa Emery in Sarah Ruhl's “For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday” at Playwrights Horizons

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Sarah Ruhl’s FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70TH BIRTHDAY is heavy on whimsy, light on true magic

Playwright Sarah Ruhl has made a name for herself for taking bold, poetic, and highly theatrical flights of fancy in her plays. Her latest, For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday, … Continue Reading →

Mary McCann and C.J. Wilson in "On the Shore of the Wide World" by Simon Stephens at the Atlantic Theater Company

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Simon Stephens’ ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD quietly, unobtrusively examines the act of living

It’s part of human nature to define our lives within a tapestry of overlapping digestible narratives, populated by the good guys and the bad guys. But the experience of actually living … Continue Reading →

Ato Blankson-Wood, left, as Orlando and Rebecca Naomi Jones as Rosalind in “As You Like It.”

THE HANGOVER REPORT – Public Work’s AS YOU LIKE is an accessible, joyous summer-capping affair

Public Works returned to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park for a handful of performances this past Labor Day Weekend to close out the summer with a musical adaptation of … Continue Reading →

Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub in Atlantic Theater Company’s "The Band’s Visit" at the Linda Gross Theater

VIEWPOINTS – RIDE THE CYCLONE & THE BAND’S VISIT: Two Off-Broadway musicals that successfully think outside the box

Mention the term “musical theater” and you’re likely to draw some strong reactions – people either love it or are repelled by it. Whichever way you look at the art … Continue Reading →

Orlando James and Natalie Radmall-Quirke "The Winter's Tale" at BAM Harvey

VIEWPOINTS – Two piercing revivals spark downtown Brooklyn: THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS at TFANA and THE WINTER’S TALE at BAM

There’s something to be said about the mounting excitement over downtown Brooklyn’s Cultural District. Indeed, this fall, New Yorkers were treated to two highly theatrical revivals of well-worn classics that … Continue Reading →