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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- FCUKD – the debut play from writer Niall Ransome – is a lament to Britains working class men. The unnamed protagonist who addresses the audience in poetic monologue is a Boy, who has been repressed and failed, and now forced to ex
"Do you want puppets?"No matter the weather, as you walk into the Lyttelton's auditorium for Pinocchio, youll find that it is snowing. A simple trick but one that inspires just the right childlike wonder for an adaptation of such a popular fairytale,
You can always tell an end of the year by two things . . . the number of tourists in Times Square and the number of lists summing up the year in just a handful of bullet point items. This, if you haven’t guessed already, is one of those lis
You can’t say the National’s not hell-bent on success withPinocchio. Disney have offered up the stage rights of the Oscar-winning score from their1940 classicanimation and promised they won’t interfere. The songs are arr
For the first time in history, the Almeida Theatre play host to the world premiere of The Twilight Zone. Originally created by Rod Serling, the American television series ran for five seasons on CBS from 1958-1964. Consisting of strings of unrelated
Kristine Zbornik    A society in which men recognize no check upon their freedom soon becomes a society where freedom is the possession of only a savage few.-Judge Learned Hand, American jurist (1872-1961)Happy Wednesday, D
"What would Jane Austen do?"Having embraced my inner Scrooge this Christmas by deciding not to see any productions of A Christmas Carol or any pantos either, my resolve was tested by the return of Fat Rascal to the London stage, a young company devot
The Public Theater's Mobile Unit is presenting a highly entertaining, streamlined version of The Winter's Tale through December 17. It's a lovely evening in the theater, if not quite Shakespeare's version of the play; I suspect Shakespeare w
There was a time in our parenting lives when the only way we could get to see much of our kids was by visiting them in seedy bars in questionable parts of town.  Three of our kids were in a band called "Lawsuit" for ten years and we tried to
The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending December 10, 2017. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League Read more here:You know how sometimes, a doctordoesn’t need fancy tests or equipment to give you a diagno
The Nationals new production of the timeless Italian classic, Pinocchio, is nothing short of magical. Written by Denis Kelly (Matilda the Musical) and incorporating the Walt Disney Soundtrack we see the beautiful tale come to life with mind-blowing p
Interviewing Ann Kittredge in Richard Skipper Celebrates December 3rdFriends are the siblings that God never gave us  - MenciusHappy Tuesday, December 12th, 2017! December 12 is the 346th day of the year . There are 19 days remainin
The Black Glove Off Off Broadway, August Strindberg Rep at the Gene Frankel Theatre Reviewed by Heather Violanti BOTTOM LINE: A surprisingly charming holiday play by August Strindberg. Yes, that August Strindberg. August Strindberg was a theatrical i
"Jamie stayed and explored Peterborough, which has a Waitrose. He cant resist a good WaitroseFrom the minute you walk into the Hope for A Curmudgeons Guide to Christmas Round Robin Letters, you know something special is afoot. Chairs are draped with
"Well, now, that was a mess," my daughter mused during the curtain call at Meteor Shower, currently running at the Booth through late January. "Yeah," I agreed. "Didn't really hang together, huh?" "Maybe Steve Martin wants another d
 Bah Humbug!  Before we get all warm and cozy for the upcoming holidays, here's a chance to let out all those angry feelings you've been harboring .  I copied this a long time ago and don't remember where I stole it from.
When Jerry walked into my office to record his podcast at 9 AM last Tuesday, the smile on his face was so bright, you’d think he was a rookie director who had his firstbig hit. In fact, Jerry has had fistfuls of hits over the years . . . in
It's no fun being a party-pooper. But that's the role I find myself in when it comes to the revival of Once on This Island, the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flahaerty musical that opened this week at Circle in the Square to rave reviews. Based on a 1985 n
Id probably have appreciated Macbeeth better had I not the night before watched some Garth Marenghis Darkplace with friends, which remains one of the most perfect examples of genre parody and satirical ineptitude to exist. Macbeeth has funny moments,
Any problem can be solved with a little ingenuity.-The fictional character MacGyverHappy Monday, December 11th, 2017!December 11 is the 345th day of the year. There are 20 days remaining until the end of the year. As I sit down to write today's blog,
You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension of not only bad sightlines and the sound of coughing and rustling sweet wrappers but of the mindless thoughts of Phil’s ramblings. It is the middle ground between success and failure, th
"Don't be a prick at Christmas"As many of us lurch from swapping random Secret Santa gifts at office parties to necking eggnog at pantos (just me?!) in preparation for the culinary bliss that is my dad's Christmas dinner, it is easy to forget that th
Counting Sheep Off Broadway, 3LD Reviewed by Eleanor J. Bader BOTTOM LINE: The exhilaration, chaos, and ultimate defeat of Ukraines Euromaidan Revolution is brilliantly evoked in this complex, immersive folk opera. Many of the actors in Counting Shee
Welcome to Saturday 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-
What are the odds that I'd see two different takes on Madama Butterfly in rapid succession? Pretty high, it turns out: they're both running in revival here, I have a student writing an honors thesis about Asian stereotypes on Broadway, I'm teaching a
Last week, I talked about how we’re in what I call The Independent Theater Era on Broadway (and actually – the embrace of Once On This Islandby audiences and critics that I’m oh so grateful for, further proves the point)
The actress Jocelyn Bioh was a total delight in such shows as An Octoroon, Men on Boats and Everybody, bringing an extra zip to every line she spoke. So I figured a play Bioh wrote might be equally delightful. And I was right. School Girls; Or, the A
Tom Crowleys adaptation of Great Expectations transports Charles Dickens classic tale to the 21st Century. It follows the story of Pip (Joshua Asare), a young man living in a council estate with his mother (Sarah Thom). The two of them have very litt
We’ve got a lot of great interviews set up for the second half of our season! Check out the line-up and release dates! (Release dates are subject tooccasionaldelay. I’m sorry, sometimes teaching, directing and running my Theatre a
"Somethings are meant to be"Finally made my first trip to the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester's fringe powerhouse which has been firing transfers down to London with quite the regularity. I wanted to experience the theatre for itself though and having
Once on This Island Broadway, Circle in the Square Theatre Reviewed by Regina Robbins BOTTOM LINE: The gods heard our prayer: after far too long away, this musical jewel has returned to New York in a brilliant revival. Once on This Island is a show a
Everybody has been talking aboutEverybody’s Talking About Jamieand dusting it with the glitter of 4 and 5 star reviews as though glitter were about to be banned. Trouble is we’ve seen this sort of brouhaha before. And you don&
Our Christmases these days are quite different from the days of old, much calmer, for one thing -- but part of me misses the "old days," when we had to borrow an extra table and chairs from the local community center and when we were never really sur
"Meteor Shower" by Steve Martin is perfectly cast and great fun, but it's not much of a play. The nonlinear plot makes little sense, the characters aren't compelling - except in their quirks, which are fascinating to watch: Laura's (Laura Be
The film will be in theaters nationwide December 20.
Last week, I talked about how we’re in what I call The Independent Theater Era on Broadway (and actually – the embrace of Once On This Islandby audiences and critics that I’m oh so grateful for, further proves the point)
Sarah Jones in Bridge & Tunnel. (Photo by Paul Kolnik)Broadway.com, Feb. 1, 2006Bridge & TunnelReviewed by Rob KendtIf the Tonys had an ensemble award, Sarah Jones would be an odds-on favorite. For among the many feats of her extraord
Described as vintage cabaret with a twist of drag, RuPauls Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoons latest show The Vaudevillians is nothing short of brilliant. Jinkx and her composer buddy Major Scales have put together a rowdy and rousing show sure to delig
No post today. And I'm too pooped to even turn on the ghost light that usually indicates I'm taking a break. Here's why: Over the past week, I've:taped my first episode of TheatreTalk (it's scheduled to air on public TV stations across the c
"The passengers were bound to resist"Michael Buffong's reinterpretation of Guys and Dolls, a co-production between the Royal Exchange and Talawa Theatre, is just that, a bold re-envisioning of the classic musical that consequently comes up with somet
In which Phil acts as advisor to Mel Brooks. Phil’s having a half-arsed catch up of shows he missed during his confinement. Or you could say a catch up on the seventies since this is his third in a row that steals from classic movies from t
Now that #45's tax bill is about to pass, I'm thinking of what I'll do when all that money comes flooding in.  Taking Stephen Colbert's advice, I went shopping on Goop.com, Gwyneth Paltrow's web site for the uber rich so I can make my Christ
John McMahonA ship in harbor is safe but that is not what ships are built for. John A. SheddHappy Thanksgiving!Today is November 22. November 22 is the 326th day of the year.  There are 39 days remaining until the end of the year.My career c
Lauren Ambrose will lead the cast at Broadway's Vivian Beaumont Theater.
The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending December 3, 2017. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League Read more here:Holiday shopping time is truly upon us as the first weekend after Thanksgiving has come and gone. And
Harry Clarke Off Broadway, Vineyard Theatre Reviewed by Lexi Orphanos BOTTOM LINE: In David Cale's new solo show starring Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke is the one man you want in your life, and the one man you'll give up your own lot to be. Philip Brugg
When I was twelve, I had my first taste of success when I came second in my school Eisteddfod playwriting competition. I had written a dark piece about an evil army of killer guinea pigs set in a largely imagined medieval Wales and, as an ignorant mo
Disgraced was the play of the moment when it won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. This month it returned to Toronto for its second run by The Hope and Hell Theatre Co. and David Mirvish at the Panasonic Theatre.Though the play centers around a dinner part
"Will I ever be more than I've always been?"Proving that you don't need to win the reality show that you're in to set your career, and that it's your talent that matters, Rachel Tucker's success is testament to just how far hard work and a hella big