At the beginning of “The Heiress,” the heartbreaking story of an abandoned love, Jessica Chastain descends the staircase of a sumptuous mansion in a dazzling red dress and a glorious smile – and right away, we see the problem with the fifth Broadway production of this celebrated play, which opens tonight...read more
Within the first minutes of the Transport Group Theatre Company’s “House for Sale,” billed as the first work by Jonathan Franzen (Freedom, The Corrections) to be adapted for the stage, I suddenly remembered an unhappy experience I hadn’t thought of for years. As the temporary host of a WBAI radio program,...read more
Near the end of the latest Broadway revival of Cyrano de Bergerac, much to my surprise, the Les Miz Rule kicked in. If a Broadway show shines bright lights directly in your face, features stage smoke and lots of arty lighting, and has grim-faced men in period costume pledging their troth...read more
“You’re all flops,” Martha says drunkenly to her guest in “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?” the first full-length play by Edward Albee, which has proven once again to be the opposite of a flop. Its fourth Broadway production, which opened on Saturday – 50 years to the day after the first...read more
There were reasons to have faith in “Grace,” a play about the downside of faith and the mystery of grace. Its stellar four-member cast includes Paul Rudd and Ed Asner, two performers whose presence implicitly promises laughs and endearment. It marks the Broadway debut of playwright Craig Wright, a onetime writer...read more
A day before the opening on Broadway of “An Enemy of the People,” which is a play about the efforts to silence a difficult man, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange lashed out at Obama in a video presented at the U.N. General Assembly, for what Assange said was the president’s attempts...read more
Julia Roberts made her Broadway debut in “Three Days of Rain,” Daniel Craig in “A Steady Rain,” and now Jake Gyllenhaal is making his U.S. stage debut in a play that begins in a steady downpour and ends in a flood.
If there is a special connection between movie stars and watery...read more
It is hard to know who to blame for the horribly wrong turn taken in Job, the Flea Theater’s initially promising stage adaptation of the Biblical Book of Job, the text that long has offered comfort to sufferers and debate for the religious.
Why do good people suffer? How can an all-knowing,...read more
Halfway through “Detroit,” Lisa D’Amour’s funny, dark and timely new play with a pitch-perfect cast that includes David Schwimmer and Amy Ryan, a character named Sharon explains that she has just had a run-in with a neighbor, who accused Sharon’s dog of crapping all over her lawn.
“But we...read more
Anyone listening to Jason Robert Brown perform his songs at Below 54 realizes two things right away: He’s as deserving as any other composer-lyricist of his generation to be called Mr. Broadway, and he knows his way around a piano bar.
Brown got his first gig on Broadway at the age of...read more
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