Author: Donna Herman

Unknown Soldier

“Unknown Soldier,” currently enjoying its Off-Broadway premiere at Playwrights Horizons, is a poignant reflection on the unreliability of memory.  With book and lyrics by Daniel Goldstein and music and lyrics by the late Michael Friedman, it is a multi-generational mystery story that spans the years between 1918 and 2003.  A fact that should perhaps be made a little clearer either in the program or production.  Had the current global mania for DNA testing been available in 2003, the story would be very different.

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Girl From The North Country

“Girl From the North Country,” written and directed by renowned Irish playwright Conor McPherson, and with music by iconic American songwriter and Nobel prize laureate in poetry Bob Dylan, has made the well-worn trek from The Public to Broadway.  Thankfully, the stellar cast and creatives from the US premiere downtown that made it such a hit (the world premiere was in London), have moved almost en masse to Broadway.

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Mirrors

My friends and family know that I will cry at the drop of a hat.  I can’t watch anything with hurt animals or children.  Forget television commercials around Christmas – I’m a mess.  Especially if there are servicemen or servicewomen returning home as a surprise.  Instant waterworks.  Which is why I was perplexed by my lack of emotional response to Azure D. Osborne-Lee’s “Mirrors” presented by Parity Productions at Next Door @NYTW.

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

The takeaway from the original Paul Mazursky film “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” could be simply that what seems like a good idea at the time, may not be something to be acted upon. It’s a lesson that The New Group might have taken to heart before presenting the world premiere musical “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” based on the film with book by Jonathan Marc Sherman, Music by Duncan Sheik and Lyrics by Duncan Sheik and Amanda Green. It’s not that the musical is bad, although the first few scenes are lackluster, but I’m just wondering why anybody felt the burning need to revive this particular piece of work at this particular point in time.

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Appropriate

Sarah-Jane Scott’s “Appropriate” is one of the offerings in the 2020 juried 1st Irish Festival which has been bringing the best of Irish writing for the stage to New York for the last 12 years.  Ms. Scott not only penned the play; she performs the one-woman comedy about a panicking bride at her wedding reception.  “Appropriate” received accolades at both the Dublin Fringe in 2018 and the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 where it won the Summerhall Lustrum Award for Excellence.

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