I Found Myself Again When I Unleashed My Fear 1

I Found Myself Again When I Unleashed My Fear
I sat alone on the stage. In the darkness I unclipped my tie and opened the top button of my tuxedo shirt. My fellow actor H__ passed before me in the darkness. “I have the gun,” she whispered. Over the speakers music played. “I’ve got you/under my skin,” Frank Sinatra crooned. The stage was hot ...

Hitting on an Actress 1

Hitting on an Actress
I arrived at the second rehearsal studio for Breathing Under Dirt on a Tuesday with two kids and enough stuff to keep them occupied for hours. I shook hands with the director, Grant Aleksander, and he introduced me to Tina Sloan and Cynthia Watros, two of the other stars of both the play and Guiding ...

The Tempest

It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, currently at the Harvey Theatre at BAM. The show is part of the Bridge Project, a cross-Atlantic production by BAM, The Old Vic and Neal Street. This play was produced in conjunction with As You Like It, which I saw a ...

Chim Chim Cher-ee

If you had to pick one theme from the wonderful Disney stage production of Mary Poppins playing now at the New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street, it would be a line from the new song written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. “Anything can happen if you let it,” Mary Poppins sings to the children, ...

As You Like It

I’m not sure of the reasoning behind the title to this play. I’ve never really given much thought to the titles of Shakespeare’s plays before, actually. This one is, I believe, considering one of his middling plays. Not the greatest, a mediocre work, though still containing some memorable lines. “All the world’s a stage, and ...

West Side Story

The music is snappy, jazzy. The dancers, inspiring. Karen Olivo as Anita will blow you away. The scenery for the rumble under the bridge is one of the most amazing I’ve ever seen. As the bridge itself sank onto the stage, I thought I was watching a real bridge being extended into the blue background. ...

Little House on the Prairie: The Musical

The first clue I got that something may not be quite, well, spectacular about LHOP: The Musical playing at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Millburn, NJ (aside from the fact that it’s playing in Millburn, NJ), occurred as I entered the theatre. The Guild Gift Shop was selling musical memorabilia like country music CDs ...

Music is the freight train

I was taken with Passing Strange when I saw it at the Belasco last year. The more I listened to the music, the more I admired the show and the magnificent Stew who wrote and starred in it. I told friends about the wonderfully inventive show about finding yourself, about finding a creative identity, about ...

Cold Equations

If you’re interested in Old Time Radio like me, and like Sci Fi, you should listen to this episode of X Minus One from August 25, 1955, called “The Cold Equation.” Based on a short story by Tom Godwin, it’s one of the best OTR sci-fi episodes I’ve heard. The physics of the story may ...

Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler
The production of this new adaptation by Christopher Shinn playing at the American Airlines Theatre, part of the Roundabout Theatre Company, has some flaws. The acting, mostly, which may be a result of the direction of Ian Rickson. The line delivery of Mrs. Thea Elvsted (Ana Reeder) and Ejlert Løvborg (Paul Sparks) in particular is ...