Sweat Broadway Review — A timely play on our political and social climate

Sweat tells a timely story that is made all the more effective from its strong perspective and sensational performances. Though Sweat, Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer-Prize winning play that opened this Spring, takes place in the dawn and wake of the Bush presidency (2000 and 2008), its relevance to our current political climate is palpable. The play is set mostly…
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Musical Review: “Amazing Grace”

Chuck Cooper and Josh Young in "Amazing Grace" When the lights go down at the Nederlander Theatre, Thomas (Chuck Cooper) takes the stage. Thomas, a former slave, tells the audience that they may be familiar with the song "Amazing Grace," but they probably don't know the story behind it's creation. Not…
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Musical Review: “Fun Home”

One of the most satisfying experiences in musical theatre is when a composer taps into powerful and recognizable emotional moments, and against all odds, finds a way to set these revelations to music. The audience is left wondering: "how did they do that?". Sometimes it's a youth overwhelmed with love, as in 'On the Street…
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Musical Review: “Something Rotten!”

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! A joyous noise emanates from the St. James Theatre. It's the sound of uncontrollable laughter and applause. A guaranteed side effect of the funniest Broadway musical in years. It's obvious one has stumbled across something special from the opening moment of Something Rotten!. A minstrel (Michael James Scott, in glorious voice) sings…
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Play Review: “Hand to God”

Plays as irreverent, profane, and wacky as Hand to God rarely make it to the big Broadway houses. So I raise a hallelujah to the theatre gods for giving us this outstanding play at the Booth Theatre. It's one of the best shows this season. Robert Askins has written an insanely funny dark comedy that you…
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Play Review: “Skylight”

When David Hare’s Skylight premiered at the end of the Thatcher era in Britain, it surely struck a nerve with audiences. A play that intertwines politics and passion via two ex-lovers, the political ideology is still as sharp as ever even though the play has dated itself. In this first ever revival, Bill Nighy and…
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Broadway Spring Preview

Spring is often the busiest time of year for Broadway. This spring sees a bevy of new musicals, Off-Broadway transfers, demonic puppets, and British royalty. Performers gracing New York's stages include legends (Chita Rivera), newcomers (Vanessa Hudgens), and mainstays in classic roles (Kelli O'Hara). March also ushers in Tony Awards season. Every show wants to open…
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Broadway Review: “Constellations”

Have you ever wondered about the paths in life you chose not to take? What would your life be like if you didn’t take that job, if you mustered the courage to flirt with the guy on the subway, if you moved to another state? In Nick Payne’s short but haunting “Constellations”, two actors bring…
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Off-Broadway Review: “The Lion”

The writer and star of The Lion, Benjamin Scheuer, enters the stage of the Lynn Redgrave Theatre with a mane of wild, tussled hair. He sits and sings a song about a toy banjo his father made for him. With his pleasant face and the intimate atmosphere, you may think you’re in for a sweet sort…
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