Author: Donna Herman

I Was Most Alive With You

You may have a hard time remembering the name of Craig Lucas’ new play – “I Was Most Alive With You.”  But once you see it, you’ll never forget the play itself.  While the subject matter is one that has been fascinating for millennia, the production is startlingly original and creative. Lucas’ two inspirations for this play are the biblical story of Job; in the face of unimaginable and undeserving pain and suffering, how do we have faith and believe in a just and loving God? And the deaf actor Russell Harvard, who he saw in Nina Raine’s Tribes, and pledged to write a show for.

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The True

Our current President may have gotten elected by promising to “drain the swamp,” but when it comes to corruption, DC has nothing on Albany, NY’s long-standing reputation for misdeeds. But Sharr White’s riveting new play “The True,” set in 1977 during the penultimate mayoral campaign of Erastus Corning II’s (Michael McKean) 40+ years in office, brushes aside the corruption whispers.  Instead, the picture painted by his chief fixer and confidant, Polly Noonan (Edie Falco), is a Democratic Party with heart, that cares. And expects loyalty in the voting booth in return.

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Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties

Jen Silverman’s “Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties” is as smart and unflinching as it is funny.  The New York premiere is a riveting rollercoaster, powered by the sensitive direction of Mike Donahue, and the dazzling performances of all 5 Betties.  Bravo to MCC Theater for picking a winner, and to canny audiences who look to Off-Broadway for their theater choices.

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The Gospel At Colonus

I know, I know, you’re a jaded New Yorker and you don’t blink when you spot a celebrity, you don’t pay retail and you NEVER wait in line for anything.  Well my darlings, get over yourselves and drag your fabulous behinds to one of the five locations where tickets to “The Gospel at Colonus” are being given out every day for that evening’s performance.  And do it now because the last performance is Sunday, September 9th.  Despite the waiting in line thing, you’ll still hold your New Yorker card.  Tickets are FREE, and this is THE kickoff cultural event of the season.  And oh yes, like you, it’s FABULOUS!

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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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