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 →

Andy Karl leads the company of "Groundhog Day" at the August Wilson Theatre

VIEWPOINTS – In Memoriam: Bidding farewell to the under-appreciated THE GREAT COMET, BANDSTAND, and GROUNDHOG DAY

Are some shows just too good for Broadway? Over the last few weeks, I bid farewell to three extraordinary new musicals, each of which ended their Broadway runs this month. … 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 →

Alfie Boe and Pete Townsend rock in "Classic Quadrophenia"

VIEWPOINTS – The legacy of The Who lives on in divergent renditions of TOMMY and QUADROPHENIA

On recent back-to-back nights (yesterday and Sunday), I had the opportunity to experience two of The Who’s most famous rock operas, Tommy and Quadrophenia, in divergent renditions that made me consider these … Continue Reading →

The cast of "Prince of Broadway"

THE HANGOVER REPORT – PRINCE OF BROADWAY has some thrilling highs, lackluster lows

Over the past few decades, Broadway has seen retrospectives of theater luminaries grace its stages, often times to strong critical and commercial acclaim. Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Fosse, and Sondheim on … Continue Reading →