Review: Brooklynite at the Vineyard Theatre

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Today I experienced one of those "only in NYC" experiences: BROOKLYNITE, a new show playing at the Vineyard Theatre. The show has a lot of star power behind it - book by Peter Lerman and Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening), music and lyrics by Peter Lerman, with characters created by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. The show opens this 2/25 and plays for a limited engagement through Sunday, March 22nd. I found it to be electrifying, vibrant and incredibly unique, akin to when I saw Rent in its early days playing the off-Broadway Read More


Giveaway: On the Town on Broadway


When I think of certain films I was introduced to as a young girl, I can’t help but smile. One of those films was ON THE TOWN, a musical with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and amazing talent such as Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. My parents took me and my sisters to see it at a repertory film house in downtown Atlanta. For two hours, we were transported to the city of NYC with a group of sailors (Gabey, Chip and Ozzie) galavanting for 24 hours on their leave through music and dance. I saw the play later in Read More


Review: Constellations on Broadway, a MTC Production


I did something very impulsive the other day. I went to a matinee on a Wednesday afternoon, chucking all my responsibilities (work/kids/etc.) and dashed into the city to see Constellations, a Manhattan Theatre Club production, written by Nick Payne. With a 70-minute running time, I could make it home in time for the afternoon busy-ess of having two tween aged children. As a thespian, I was excited and the idea of doing something so frivolous during the week gave me chills. As an avid, addicted watcher of The Affair on Showtime at this very moment, the Read More


Guest Post: Review of Cirque ZIVA at the New Victory Theater

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CIRQUE ZÍVA at the New Victory Theater, with artistic direction by Danny Chang and choreography by Angela Chang, is a superbly performed piece of physical theatre. If their purpose was to demonstrate the incredible capabilities of the human body, they achieved it without a doubt. The Golden Dragon Acrobats are flexible and well balanced athletes, actors and artists who were trained in their craft from early childhood. There are acrobats spinning around within metal rings, strong women standing on each other, while keeping smiles on their faces, men Read More


Guest Post: Review of Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas


When you first read Fancy Nancy to your young daughter, you may have asked yourself, "Do I really want my daughter to put so much emphasis on her look at such young age?  Is she going to give me hard time when we buy clothing? Should I start with French classes or is Chinese a better choice?" But when you watch the play, Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas, which Vital Theatre Company adapted from the Jane O’Connor book, with illustrations by Robin Peiss Glasser, you will realize that Fancy Nancy is not too fancy and has is someone with many good Read More


Review: Love Letters on Broadway


When I was offered tickets to Love Letters by A.R. Gurney on Broadway, I honestly didn't know what to do. Which rotating cast would I choose? It was an abundance of riches: Carol Burnett, Mia Farrow, Candice Bergen, Brian Dennehy, Alan Alda, Anjelica Huston, Martin Sheen, Stacy Keach and Diana Rigg. They are all masters in their own right and it would be an honor to see any of them perform on stage. I ended up choosing Candice Bergen and Alan Alda. She plays Melissa Gardiner, he plays Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. The pair just extended their current run Read More


Giveaway: Love Letters on Broadway


Andrew Makepeace Ladd III wrote his first letter to Melissa Gardner to tell her she looked like a lost princess. They were both seven years old. For the next fifty years, through personal triumphs and despair, through wars and marriages and children and careers, they poured out the secrets of their hearts to each other. They defied a fate that schemed to keep them apart, and lived – through letters – for the one most meaningful thing, their undying love for each other. A.R. Gurney's 1988 play, LOVE LETTERS, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, based on Read More


Ticket Watch: Kids’ Night on Broadway


  This morning I attended a very special press event honoring the upcoming KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY. Tickets are on sale for the public tomorrow, starting at 11:00am E.S.T. The program, which will take place Friday, January 9th to Thursday, January 15th, 2015, is an annual event when kids ages 6 to 18 can see participating Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A ticket includes pre-theatre activities, restaurant discounts, parking discounts, educational programs, and more. The program is in its 19th Read More


Announcing The Noir Series, a Play (live and online)

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If you're into live theater and don't live in NYC, here is an opportunity to experience a new production....from your living room! Heretick Theater Lab’s live production of “The Noir Series”, a series of four thematically linked, interactive plays written by Stephen McFeely, Ed Brubaker, Nancy Keystone, John Hindman, and The Burglars of Hamm, will see four performances in Los Angeles which will be live streamed to the world via the internet. Studio audience tickets can be purchased for $20 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/.  Online purchases and Read More


Review: Lincoln Center Theater’s The Oldest Boy by Sara Ruhl


THE OLDEST BOY resonated with me on so many levels - as a mother, as a spiritual human being, as one who is curious about other cultures, as a theater lover who loves plays that revolve around women characters. Over the course of two hours during this new show by Sara Ruhl, I was introduced to a family torn apart by the husband's culture after two Buddhist monks appear at the door one day to declare a high-ranking lama, or high Buddhist teacher, has been reincarnated in the body of their son, Tenzin. The monks want permission to take him to a Read More