Blithe Spirit Score 75%

Blithe Spirit

Noel Coward’s classic comedy about the power of the past to disrupt the present–in the form of the ghost of his first wife–retains its sparkling ability to entertain, some 77 years after it first appeared on stage.

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Gettin’ the Band Back Together Score 55%

Gettin’ the Band Back Together

I saw “Gettin’ the Band Back Together” last night and saw something I’ve never seen on Broadway before – a warm up act.  Yup.  Like when you go see a television show being taped and there’s a comedian/crowd wrangler who comes on before the show starts and tells jokes and gets the audience revved up and laughing.  And while it may be the cheesiest thing I’ve seen done on Broadway, it’s very clever because it worked. 

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Be More Chill Score 92%

Be More Chill

Based on the late Ned Vizzini’s 2004 novel of adolescent angst amid cyber weirdness, and rocked to life by a couple of Joes (score by Mr. Iconis, book by Mr. Tracz), the work is catnip for theater kids and a dynamic dose of escapism for their parents.

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The House That Will Not Stand Score 70%

The House That Will Not Stand

The location is Faubourg Tremé, New Orleans, Louisiana.  The date – and this is the important part – is 1813.  A decade earlier Napoleon sold a beaucoup chunk of land (828,000 square miles for 15 Million dollars.  Or 529,920,000 acres – not a bad trade) to the U.S. A decade later things in New Orleans were about to change for the 6 women who live in and around this “Creole Cottage.”

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HEAD OVER HEELS Score 85%

HEAD OVER HEELS

The thematic thrust here is “binary is so last century!”  It’s not so much politically edgy as it is gently teasing, a crash course on LBGTQ+ sensibility, but all very safe.  This high-spirited production is for folks looking for a good time — a lot of pounding good music — young actors with powerhouse voices — and a director who knows his way around a farce.

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Mike Birbiglia: The New One Score 95%

Mike Birbiglia: The New One

Birbiglia sends us into the stratosphere howling at his observations, and brings us to a full stop when he wants to drop deeper into what it means to be a man on the verge of changing his life f-o-r-e-v-e-r. He examines all of it. And going along for the ride is an experience not to be missed. The way life is not to be missed. Get it?

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