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"'Plough' has its funny moments, most of them in Act 1. O’Casey had a fondness for dark humor. He populated the play with undereducated barflies from the lower depths who wax philosophical and political, the kind Eugene O’Neill would love. They are funny in a sad way, an Irish way...Part of O’Casey’s genius lies in his talent for depicting tragedy in situations that could simply be melodramatic." Full Review
"A strong and thoughtful play with music...As for the production, performing in Joe’s Pub yields mixed results. When the characters are in the Flying Scotsman, it is akin to immersive theater and very engaging; when they venture out on the road trip, real and imaginary, it is a little distancing...The ensemble works extremely together seamlessly, playing multiple parts...Elements all combine to create an ambiance, a taste of and for Scotland and Scottishness." Full Review
"It actually makes for a fun evening. ‘Screwtape’ is deliciously evil...One of the more interesting, if uneasy things about ‘Screwtape’ is that for a while it actually gets you to root for the devil...Finally, while this is a serious play at heart, there are lots of humorous moments.” Full Review
“A fast-moving, intimate production...The book does show some signs of being dated...But in character development, the play holds up surprisingly well...‘On a Clear Day’s’ plot does what it must do: serve as a coatrack on which to hang some of the loveliest songs Lerner and Lane ever wrote...It doesn't hurt that here those songs are sung by three of the best performers in theater today...It is a moving and fun excuse to hear some of the best tunes of old Broadway.” Full Review
"One of the more problematic works of Rodgers and Hammerstein, but it also contains some of their best music...In the delightful revival, that music is given the star treatment...A stellar cast...The topic of spousal abuse could not be more relevant, and it is front and center in 'Carousel'...Mueller is lovely as Julie...Henry shows Billy to be tender, angry, funny, sad and determined...'Carousel' offers a highlight reel of the best of the Golden Age of Broadway." Full Review
"Dolly is back, and she is new and improved. Peters has quickly made the role of Dolly her own. She can still reach back and belt out Jerry Herman tune, can land a joke, but hers is a quieter, warmer Dolly...While Midler was playing brilliantly to the audience. Peters plays brilliantly off her cast members...Zaks had a potential juggernaut of a show and could have left it alone...Instead, he has adapted to their talents and made 'Hello, Dolly!'even more special." Full Review
for a previous production "One irreverent, funny roller-coaster ride to hell and back. It has bloodcurdlingly, witty dialogue. And a bunch of over-the-top characters. A man down the aisle from me laughed so hard he nearly lost one of his heads...The hidden star in this show, however, is Scott Brown and Anthony King’s book. It is cleverly written and constantly surprising, and very, very funny. This is one show where some people will bust a gut; others may laugh their asses off." Full Review
“Bolt’s engrossing drama...Is not easy to pigeonhole...The premise is simple...The play is smart and complex and it is served by a cast that across-the-board excellent. It is led by Michael Countryman, who plays More...There is nothing beatific in his portrayal of this future saint and that makes his tragedy all the more compelling...The play may be almost 60 years old and about events that happened almost 500 years ago, but it could not be more timely.” Full Review
"A hilarious and at times touching musical farce...Ineptitude, inflated egos and teenage angst will likely never be this much fun...The choreography by director Casey Nicholaw is amazing—perhaps too amazing: Some of the kids dancing at the prom look like they were raised in a boot camp run by Michael Kidd and Bob Fosse...But you best just go with it, lest you miss some of the funniest dialogue around...An unashamed comedy with some well-earned, genuinely touching moments." Full Review
"A powerful revival...Washington is the most sympathetic Hickey I have seen...This 'Iceman' is at once a star vehicle and an ensemble piece, and the ensemble here is stellar...Morse's performance is incredibly nuanced, masterfully depicting a man who doesn't care at all and cares too much, often at the same time...Briskly paced direction...Time does fly when you're in the presence of some top-flight artists at the top of their game...A production to remember." Full Review
"The play is still unrivaled, thanks to a production directed by Marianne Elliott that brings out the best in the work...But it's the cast that makes this 'Angels' soar...Whoever thought to cast Lane as Cohn should be given a MacArthur 'Genius Grant'...His Tony Award–worthy performance is matched by Garfield's own as Prior, the heart of the play...The reason companies will stage this work for decades, is that it's first and foremost great, riveting drama. And its time has come—again." Full Review