Elizabeth Bradley

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Reviews (26)
All My Sons
Midtown W
Broadway News

"Simultaneously a valentine to the kind of naturalism that the American theater does best, and a reminder that the virtues of the proverbial 'well-made play' when impeccably realized are never passé, this is a deeply moving and finely wrought production. Apart from the kudos owed to O’Brien, the other factor that sets this iteration apart is the utterly transcendent performance by Bening." Full Review

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"Schreck’s self-deprecating comedy and acute delivery is so spot-on that you find yourself laughing for much of the evening...Schreck’s ability to mix evocative childhood memories with disquieting statistics is impressive...This play is truly a hybrid form, with elements of performance art, documentary theater, and contemporary stand-up...A performance redolent with wit, absorbing storytelling and infectious energy." Full Review

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“The preternaturally gifted Jeremy Pope plays the title role...McCraney writes heightened, lyrical dramatic language....His characters are rich in human complexity and as a result we care deeply about what happens to them...The script seems to be on the point of ending multiple times, but ultimately resolves in a satisfying coda...Cullman is in complete command here, guiding his actors toward characterizations that are explicit and chiseled." Full Review

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"Unfortunately this latest iteration, the group’s fourth appearance on Broadway, offers many tricks, but little magic...Among the five magicians, mentalist Colin Cloud impressed me the most...The audience does not get a moment to suspend their disbelief and believe in the supernatural, even briefly, because the magicians keep taking credit for the tricks...Diehard fans of magic and illusion will likely get their money’s worth...My wish, however, was for fewer gimmicks and more heart." Full Review

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"Amiably nerdy Birbiglia finds surreal hilarity in the mundane and wins us over with humor that is neither malicious nor diminishing, along with insights that are moving but not mawkish...The material lands so acutely because Birbiglia is pungently nailing some pressing contemporary preoccupations that are rarely talked about on stage or elsewhere...Director Seth Barrish expertly assists Birbiglia in finding a way back from the more offensive places the narrative could take him." Full Review

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“McTeer proves to be a woman not only for all seasons, but particularly and triumphantly for this one...The part gives McTeer not only a potentially career-defining star turn, but one that is uncannily tuned in to the current zeitgeist of traditional gender power dynamics that continue to challenge newly empowered women...Von Stuelpnagel keeps the action moving smoothly and helps illuminate the humor in this deftly constructed and idea-rich play.” Full Review

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"What is a complete revelation...is the sheer scope and integrity of the accomplished storytelling the authors and entire creative team bring to 'Cursed Child'...The multigenerational plot is almost Shakespearean in its complications...The supreme feat that the play pulls off is that none of the stagecraft, gob-smackingly wondrous as it is, forfeits the privilege of us being taken somewhere of our own conjuring. The theatrical magic that unfolds is neither literal nor excessive." Full Review

Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Broadway News

"This taut, intense production, expertly directed by Cullman, is superbly cast...Henry creates an affecting portrayal of a black man struggling to remain true to himself in an impossible situation...Evans is a revelation as the corrupt cop...His concentrated, layered, physically expressive performance is full of surprising switches...As tightly wound as a thriller, it is also a funny play about very big ideas...Lonergan’s characters...offer a compelling road map to traversing the complexities... Full Review

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"Lithgow proves to be a congenial host and raconteur...Diverting enough, but the evening itself doesn’t exactly catch fire...The personal family history was in many ways the most fascinating story thread of all. I would like to have seen Lithgow share more depth and detail of that history...Lithgow’s formidable acting prowess ensures that 'Stories By Heart' is a largely heartwarming evening that charms within its modest conventions, even though it occasionally falls short of compelling." Full Review

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"Landau leaves almost no storytelling device unexplored, creating theatrical sorcery in this lavish production. But while the effects are impressive, often I simply wished for time to enjoy less frenetic moments of connection...Subplots among the supporting characters proliferate, but end up as superfluous, or underdeveloped red herrings...The diverse cast includes a versatile and energetic ensemble...True SpongeBob 'believers' — and stoners are going to have a great time." Full Review

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"It is hard to imagine a theatergoer who will not find solace and happiness in the exquisitely rendered serenade to our shared humanity...Under Cromer's superb and sensitive direction, Lenk and Shalhoub lead an immaculate ensemble offering unforced and beautifully detailed performances...A musical for grown-ups...Because the audience is afforded the all-too-rare privilege of subtlety, we are as grateful for what didn’t happen on stage as we are for the myriad virtues of what did." Full Review

Broadway News

"Flavors are missing and oddly combined, running the risk of pleasing neither children nor grown-ups...The music is serviceable enough without being in any way memorable. The lyrics are occasionally clever...What world are we in? Who is this show for? These strike me as the central problems with this adaptation and production...In the end, 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' doesn’t deliver either an endorphin-inducing chocolate high or a satisfying experience." Full Review

Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Broadway News

"The production’s move upstairs...gives the size and scope of the concepts ample room to manifest...Rogers’ smart, pithy writing makes both people and politics consistently relatable...At my core, I feel unsettled about a certain skilled sentimental myth-making lurking in 'Oslo'...Is a Hallmark-infused message of hope, even in intellectual wrapping, actually expansive, or ultimately reductive—no matter how much we enjoy opening the gift of a splendid outing to the theater?" Full Review

Broadway News

"It is clear that Mac’s is a singular creative voice that should be heard on Broadway...Now, to ask the unfortunate question — how did these titans manage to collectively conspire to give us this deeply disappointing production?...This play has the marks of an unfinished ‘mind dump,’ and even when the mind in question is of the caliber of Taylor Mac’s, it takes more to architect a coherent work of theater...We needed more help finding our way to an authentic place." Full Review

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"I find the implicit messages the material sends to young people repellent enough that I would advocate for impressionable minds to take in this musical with caution...I found its tone increasingly off-putting...The diverse and talented cast often seem pushed to the edge of caricature by cheap jokes and manic performances...The characterization of Jeremy’s peers, particularly the young women, also left me cold." Full Review

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for a previous production "Unfortunately, in this production, the whole never becomes the sum of its very considerable theatrical parts. This is especially regrettable because the creative team behind 'Mockingbird' consists of 'A-listers' all the way...Bartlett Sher’s direction does not help Daniels as he is often blocked downstage, with his back almost facing the audience during pivotal courtroom scenes that never seem to quite catch fire." Full Review

Broadway News

"While the ongoing zany homage succeeds in keeping us entertained, the real achievement is that by the end of the night I truly cared what was to become of the characters...This achievement is due in no small part to Kinnunen, who gives a performance of such consistent, anchored emotional sincerity and authentic musicality that she succeeds in keeping the entire show from slipping away into silliness....Nicholaw is nothing if not a master showman." Full Review

Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Broadway News

"Urie triumphs in this play, primarily through the brilliance of his physical comedy, which adds another layer to the play’s fast and funny dialogue...It falls to director Moisés Kaufman to keep the one-liners aloft, and he does so adroitly, at a pace that means neither we nor the actors have time to catch our collective breath between laughs. But under all the verbal jousting is the sense that people, no matter how flawed or extreme, are reaching toward each other and a shared humanity." Full Review

Travesties
Midtown W
Broadway News

"Sparkling and incisive revival...A piece Stoppard wrote in his thirties continues to illuminate our untethered times with whiplash accuracy...There is the acrobatic language which became Stoppard’s signature; puns, alliteration, and skewered clichés, which all fly past at lightning speed...Marber has emphasized the bittersweetness underneath the hijinks and coaxed out a depth of feeling without compromising the Swiss watch precision of the play. Perhaps that is the neatest hat trick of all." Full Review

Broadway News

"Fails to illuminate that quest for connection or compellingly engage us in its telling...Jackson is simply not up to the demands of the part...The performance merely becomes monotonous and wearing. This is a huge drawback in a play that only works if we become totally invested in the two principal characters...Ridloff is a delicate, almost gamine Sarah whose charisma and emotional clarity somewhat compensates for a lack of ferocity." Full Review

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“This is a cleverly crafted production, honestly done within its own convention and fun to watch…While a sitcom sensibility could run the risk of translating into a formulaic musical, the opposite proves true here…Nolan is so effortless, authentic and winning in this part that he is well nigh irresistible...‘Margaritaville’ is made up of a seriously talented rainbow of performers...‘Margaritaville’s’ seeming freshness and lack of cynicism…is remarkable...One fine time.” Full Review

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"Watching Rylance convey the pain, fear and vulnerability of that striving is heart-rending and unforgettable...Farinelli is played by an actor and a famous countertenor...The device works beautifully, thanks to director John Dove, who demonstrates a dab hand throughout...Overall, there is a fairytale-like lightness to the simplicity of the storytelling. This quality charms in places but can seem predictable or overly 'on the money' in others." Full Review

Broadway News

“Leguizamo's command of an audience and his transformative capacities are astonishing...But the many digressions and the scattershot quality of the facts we are served eventually feels reductive...'Latin History for Morons' does not allow the audience to engage with the important ideas it introduces...The inherent wild looseness of Leguizamo’s acting style does temporarily distract from flaws in the script...Taccone might have assisted here by trimming the piece to sharpen the focus." Full Review

Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Broadway News

"The integration of style, form and content is forced and contrived. Sumptuous production values and a fine cast cannot, in the end, overcome the drawbacks of the production...It is, in fact, all over the place — and what a lot of places there are to be all over! Here I am speaking not only of geography but also of influences...Tresnjak is a director whose body of work deserves admiration, but he hasn’t managed to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts of this musical." Full Review

Indecent
Midtown W
Broadway News

"Cumulatively, the many elements of the staging affords us the scope to think as well as feel. Vogel and Taichman provide the audience with many signposts to navigate and much to ponder, so much so that we can become preoccupied with tracking the morphing of the characters, as opposed to investing emotionally in their singular inner lives...The unintended outcome is that 'Indecent' sometimes seems negatively distant, or in the vernacular – a little 'meh.'" Full Review

Present Laughter
Midtown W
Broadway News

“Mr. Kline is so compulsively watchable, so utterly and consummately in control of the proceedings that we simply surrender to an actor at the top of his game…Attention is paid here to anchoring the farcical frivolity in a way that allows us to believe that real things are happening to real people in real situations…Marred only by a couple of moments of curiously awkward staging, Stuelpnagel deploys his ensemble throughout this clockwork comedy to generally excellent effect.” Full Review