Author: Donna Herman

MAC BETH

If you’re interested in seeing some Shakespeare, don’t make the mistake of going for the big names you can see on Broadway.  Do yourself a favor and go to the village to see “MAC BETH,” Adapted and Directed by Erica Schmidt at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.  Firstly, you’ll be seeing a far superior production, and secondly, you’ll be saving yourself a chunk of change.  And, side benefit, you’ll be spending 100 riveting minutes instead of 210 head-scratching minutes.  Oops, did I say that?

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Curse of the Starving Class

I admit it, I’m a big fan of Sam Shepard’s plays, especially his 70’s and 80’s works like “Curse of the Starving Class,” which is currently being revived by Signature Theatre in an outstanding production.  Not only is it masterfully directed by Terry Kinney who was a long-time collaborator of Shephard’s, having both acted in his plays and directed them, but the cast is superb.  And the production values are impeccable. If you’re a fan, go see it.  If you’ve never seen a Shepard play, don’t miss it. 

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King Lear

I can only advise going to see the current production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” on Broadway at The Cort Theatre if you really want to see Glenda Jackson in the title role.  She’s very good, but it’s a muddle of a production because Sam Gold, the director, seems to have thrown every idea he’s ever had at it and then left the room.  Leaving all the actors to do their own version.  It doesn’t make for a cohesive or particularly coherent presentation.  If you’ve never been to a Shakespeare play before, don’t make this one your first.

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Tootsie

Ladies and gentlemen, strap on your best bra and slip into your most sensible pumps and run, don’t walk over to the Marriott Marquis Theater to see “Tootsie.”  It’s the most successful and smartest transfer of a big screen comedy into a stage musical I’ve seen.  It’s both witty and laugh-out-loud funny, and the entire cast is a bunch of seasoned pros at the top of their game.  Truthfully, I can’t wait to see it again.

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Hadestown

I realize that a trip to hell doesn’t sound like a good night out – but trust me – you want to go to “Hadestown.”  It’s not a punishment, it’s a reward with great music, incredible voices, some wonderful performances, and a surprising love story.  Based on a couple of Greek myths, it’s a home run, high-toned but accessible, moving, engaging, filled with great music and voices and just plain fun!

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