Month: April 2017

GROUNDHOG DAY

A zebra and a unicorn have a great deal in common but they are not the same. It might be tempting to take the extraordinarily rich and fully staged Groundhog Day currently on Broadway, as a mere remake of the 1993 film. It’s not. The film was a terrific zebra; the Broadway musical, is a kind of unicorn.

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Twelfth Night

Mobile Unit’s TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare and directed by Saheem Ali is devil-may-care production, hysterically funny, rapid fire acting at a neck breaking pace and that is all for free.

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LOVE LETTERS

“Love Letters” is a love letter to letters themselves. Dan Lauria and Wendie Malick render the handwritten voices of their iconic characters with subtlety, humor, and honesty at a 3-night benefit for NJ Repertory Company in Long Branch.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Adapting a classic story is a tall order. It requires bold choices to convey Dahl’s eccentric tale of a chocolate dystopia, with its manic Oompa Loompas and colorful child-murdering, candy creations. This adaptation fulfills that goal admirably.

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Anastasia

Anastasia, is a perfectly crafted Broadway musical fairy-tale that is going to run forever. Family-friendly, romantic, glittery, great sets and costumes, show-stopping second banana (Caroline O’Connor I’m looking at you), and songs the audience already knows and loves. Wait, what? It’s billed as an original musical with book by noted playwright Terence McNally, and music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, the duo who brought us “Ragtime”, and oh yes, the animated movie musical “Anastasia.”

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