Front Row “Center Pieces” for 2016-2017 Season
Jun20

Front Row “Center Pieces” for 2016-2017 Season

The Front Row Center Pieces – Our favorites from the 2016-2017 season.

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Underground
Jun19

Underground

With a thin script by early career playwright Isla van Tricht, this year’s Brits Off Broadway festival concludes not with a bang, but with two whiners.

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Animal
Jun08

Animal

Clare Lizzimore is betting that the audience will buy in to 90 minutes of analysis and hallucination before learning what has gotten her heroine here in the first place. And thanks to a talented cast, crisp direction and some poetic touches by the playwright, the gambit mostly pays off.

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Can You Forgive Her?
May24

Can You Forgive Her?

A tale of bad romance and questionable financial planning is set in a dead woman’s house on Halloween, but the playwright is not so much concerned with physical threats as she is with intellectual and socioeconomic ones.

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A Life Behind Bars
May10

A Life Behind Bars

For Ruth, bars are not bastions of cheery comradery. Having worked and patronized a slew of them in Manhattan and Brooklyn, they are little purgatories where a health inspector can ruin your day and burgeoning hipsters wave for service using their selfie sticks.

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Baghdaddy
May02

Baghdaddy

Baghdaddy is a great musical trapped inside of a good musical. Based upon the actual events that led the United States to invade Iraq in 2003, the production is sometimes at battle with itself. At its best, it is a touching look at how small, human flaws can escalate toward catastrophe. At its worst, it is sketch comedy, albeit with free donuts and coffee for the audience.

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Daniel’s Husband
Apr05

Daniel’s Husband

Director Joe Brancato keeps what could have been a runaway train on the rails, showing a deft comic touch at the start, and painting an ending that is melancholy without being maudlin.

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Sweat
Apr03

Sweat

Sweat may well be the best American play set in a bar since The Iceman Cometh. Back then, O’Neill established the local pub as a place where dreams come to die. Lynn Nottage is of similar mind, but her focus is on a specific dream, the one involving the land of opportunity and its inherent promises.

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The Emperor Jones
Mar13

The Emperor Jones

Plenty of compelling visuals, and a mostly powerful performance by its lead. Come for the history and morality lessons, stay for the terrifying puppets.

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Crackskull Row
Mar07

Crackskull Row

Imagine a bizarro world version of A Christmas Carol with Scrooge replaced by a financially and morally bankrupt old woman, haunted by the sins of her past.

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Dear World
Feb28

Dear World

For Jerry Herman fans, a rare chance to appreciate a mid-career work. But it is easy to understand how Dear World ran for 4 months on Broadway and was not seen in New York again, until now.

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Sunset Boulevard
Feb16

Sunset Boulevard

In this spitfire revival of Sunset Boulevard, Glenn Close has mastered the art of bringing controlled madness to her method.

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The Mother of Invention
Feb10

The Mother of Invention

Never a dull moment. But, while there is humor, there is disappointingly little pathos. In a play about moving out and moving on, few of the characters are very moving at all.

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BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 3
Jan31

BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 3

By Stanford Friedman For the second year in a row, BroadwayCon coincided with a severe storm. But this time, instead of a blizzard, a fierce political wind raged through the city, with thousands taking to the streets in protest. At the Javitz Center, in keeping with theater tradition, the show went on. And what a show it was. Sunday morning brought out a dozen of the industry’s most talented artists. First, there were the...

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BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 2
Jan29

BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 2

I arrived earlier than planned tho BroadwayCon on Saturday morning,so I snuck into the end of a discussion on cosplay because, really, how could one not? On the dais, a princess, a cat, and a Phantom of the Opera held forth. The audience was full of assorted Schuyler sisters, and various characters from Wicked. The conversation was a rather fascinating mix of gender politics and tips on buying fabric; surely it was the only outlet at BroadwayCon where Goodwill shops and transgenderism were simultaneously getting proper recognition for their merits.

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