These songs, as delivered to perfection by Sullivan, are jewels. She closes her evening with Your Face, Your Smiles, which Sullivan heard first at David Ackles memorial service and was was the first song she recorded. It is s song that bypasses the head and dives directly into your heart. You are defenseless. Which is kind of the idea.
Wow, wow, double wow, in fact, wow times 6.
The most compelling element of this double header is the concept. Mfoniso Udofia is telling the story of a slice of the Nigerian Diaspora as it unfolded, beginning with the late 1970’s. This is a rich territory to mine because it is pretty much untouched.
Hamish Linklater knows from relationships. In The New Group’s The Whirligig now at Pershing Square Signature Center, he lays them out like a card shark fanning a deck. You can take your pick. Father/Daughter. Mother/Daughter. Father/Mother. Daughter/Friend. Friend/Husband. Husband/Bar Customer. That is enough to get you started.
Barbara Bleier and Austin Pendleton are together again at Pangea with a new show Beautiful Mistake. And are we not the better for it? I don’t know if audiences come to these two for the music (which is out of this world) or just to see these two bask in each other’s company. Who cares?
If you like your brains scrambled, or over easy, or poached or any way other than the way you usually carry them around, Derren Brown is the fella for you. This one is a Jeeze Louise of the Highest Order.
For those of you looking for a fluffy night out at the theatre, where all you have to do is sit back and bask in the good work bestowed upon you by others – you are directed to swan right past the entrance to Venus at Signature Theatre and go directly to the bar. Suzan-Lori Parks does not write for the passive observer. Venus, her most recent production (written 20 years ago) makes you sit up and pay attention – even if you don’t want to.
Chita Rivera doesn’t just take the stage at Cafe Carlyle. She hoists it over her shoulder and walks off with it. Rivera is a performer so in love with being on a stage that you wonder what pitiful amount of energy she might have left to devote to other matters.
Producers Sonia Friedman, Shakespeare’s Globe and Paula Marie Black have announced that three-time Tony Award winner and Oscar winner Mark Rylance will return to Broadway in a transfer of the West End hit Farinelli and the King. The Shakespeare’s Globe production will begin previews at the Belasco Theatre on December 5, 2017, before an official opening on December 17 and a strictly limited engagement through to March 25, 2018.
Sam Gold’s direction pulls these extraordinary cast together into an ensemble that summons the Spirits of the Small Moments to the table to create a banquet. This is a feast all around. A Doll’s House Part 2 is a reminder of why theatre – or art itself – is, at its best, a life altering experience. It reminds us that Walt Whitman wasn’t kidding when he wrote:
“you are here—that life exists and identity,
… the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”
This is the sort of play that makes us remember we are alive.
This is a musical that treads the razor’s edge – is it a romance or is it a veterans’ salute? It is both, and makes no apologies. At times it also makes no sense, but the underpinning, which is the cost of war, carries the day.
2017 DRAMA DESK AWARDS NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED Awards will be presented Sunday, June 4th at The Town Hall www.DramaDeskAwards.com (Thursday, April 27, 2017) – Nominations for the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced this morning at Feinstein’s/54 Below by Laura Benanti (She Loves Me, Gypsy) and Javier Muñoz(Hamilton, In the Heights). The nominations announcement was streamed live on www.TheaterMania.com. The full...
Lions and Tigers and – oh, I mean SHAKESPEARE. Oh my. If this is summer a comin’, it must be Shakespeare.
Annie Baker picks apart silence like a molecular scientist. One atom at a time. She is fearless in her ability to let a thought hang in the air like a cloud. Even a cloud, however, needs to move on or transform eventually. In Antipodes there is no such movement.