Author: Donna Herman

David Byrne’s American Utopia

“David Byrne’s American Utopia” is the perfect first post-pandemic theater to see. It is unlike anything you’ve seen before – unless you’ve seen IT before. It is exuberant, joyful, mesmermizing, moving, thoughtful and fun! It is also completely safe. Vaccinations, ID and masks required.

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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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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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