Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg

About:  Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg is a critic with Applause! Applause! and The Schoenberg Spotlight. He teaches history at Vaughn College, has been a consultant to PBS and the Discovery Channel, is an expert on the Presidents of the United States, and is a major force in the "walking tours" industry in N... Read more Read less
Reviews (6)
Applause! Applause!

"'Follies' transported me back in time as I enjoyed such Broadway standards as 'I'm Still Here' and 'Could I Leave Her?' The story concerns a reunion of Weismann's Follies in a crumbling Broadway theatre, scheduled for demolition. We wander through the memories of two couples and alternate between two casts playing the characters in different stages of life set thirty years apart. Although the original book's plot is thin, this production of 'Follies' is flawless. You are in for a treat." Full Review

Applause! Applause!

“The cast is superb. The period costumes make the pre-World War I era come alive before our eyes. The fight sequences are amazingly realistic. The play features three groups - blacks in Harlem, whites in New Rochelle, and Jewish immigrants from Latvia. They live separate and apart but in this play, several events take place causing their worlds to collide. I highly recommend this production. The Gallery Players did a magnificent job. Do yourself a real favor by seeing it!” Full Review

Applause! Applause!

"The play is well-crafted because it went through 16 staged readings. Lynnette Barkley, the director, managed to bring out the best in the actors and had them interact with one another as they portrayed a variety of liberals, historical figures, and Tea Party members...Rich Orloff has a gift for transforming philosophy into interesting dialogue...A practical guide for understanding the politics of the times they were written in." Full Review

Applause! Applause!

“This farce is one big laugh riot from beginning to end. What seemingly starts out to be tensions revolving around the wedding of a single couple evolves into a romantic triangle involving three couples! And you are constantly surprised because you have no idea where the story is heading. In the end, the contradictions and dilemmas climax in a happy, romantic resolution for all three couples and their loved ones. This musical is one you must see!” Full Review

Black Coffee
The Schoenberg Spotlight

"'Black Coffee,' by Agatha Christie, already creaked when it was written in 1929. It is full of clichés and the progress of detection is slow going. The Parkside Players could not rescue 'Black Coffee' from its pedestrian plotting. As for the acting, I think the actor who played the corpse aced the role. You will need a gallon of black coffee to stay awake during this play, which has not aged well. What passed as sophisticated detective techniques back then have no place in the modern world." Full Review

Applause! Applause!

"Throughout this musical, I laughed and cried at the same time...'Happy 50ish' is a musical joyride full of the cavalcade of life's mostly good fortunes. It was a privilege to catch this well-acted, two-man play, which I believe has the potential to become a big hit that will run for years!" Full Review