Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller Score 85%

Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller

If you know how much it costs to mount a new Broadway musical, it won’t come as a surprise that the longest running original revue on the Great White Way, “Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller,” is back…Off-Broadway. And this is a good thing for the audience.  It means we can enjoy iconic songs of yesteryear by the legendary team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, sung by tomorrow’s stars, for half the price of a Broadway ticket. Oh snap.

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Emojiland Score 85%


Emojiland is set within the confines of an iPhone where there’s enough friction, warm friendship, heated passion and general blasts of energy transpiring among it’s digitized citizens to burn a hole in your pocket.

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The Originalist Score 89%

The Originalist

The Originalist by John Strand, now playing at 59E59 Theaters through August 19th, is one of those plays. You’re either going to love it or hate it.  Much like the subject matter itself, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  But not so fast.  The likes and dislikes won’t be broken down between party lines.

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Kate wants to tell us the story of the great Coney Island fire of 1911 — about the noble black lion … about the mermaid who saved the Shetland ponies … about the innocent baby elephant who loyally waited in vain for redemption.  Kate is taken with the story but it is not her story.  It was whispered in her ear by the man who wants to make it his film.  She wants to whisper it in our ear.

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