Jonathan Warman

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Reviews (55)
Ink
Midtown W
Drama Queen NYC

“Lamb is the biggest, showiest role in ‘Ink’ and Miller goes for it with gusto...Murdoch is a smaller but pivotal role, and Carvel gives him an oddly powerful, evil slouch...Goold weaves a dazzlingly theatrical tapestry from Graham’s play. Mod dancing punctuates the scenes, and projections whizz and pulsate. It’s this kind of surreal sizzle that makes Goold one of my favorite directors, and he’s at the top of his game here...Riveting show.” Full Review

Red State Blue State
West Village
Drama Queen NYC

"He makes canny observations about our national character, but now he seems less sanguine about our ability to move forward...He communicates highly complicated ideas through the most mundane and absurdly funny examples...Quinn’s manner is engagingly off-hand – this is bigger and smarter than your usual stand-up, but it never totally leaves that sphere...Overall, the show is a jaunty, thought-provoking good time." Full Review

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“A very good play about Alzheimer’s, with some lighthearted stuff to make it all easier to take (until it isn’t). And at the heart of this revival is a stunning performance from the legendary Elaine May...It takes a razor-sharp mind to convey that change over the course of an evening, and May is sharp as a tack – even if Gladys isn’t – giving us a mesmerizing portrayal of fragility and decline. Recommended.” Full Review

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"Ever-agile playwright Theresa Rebeck has fashioned a highly entertaining portrayal of the struggle Bernhardt faced in bringing her Hamlet to life. Rebeck illuminates why a woman is an ideal choice to play the role, while also giving us insight into the artistic challenges facing Bernhardt in particular in making the role align with her decidedly majestic approach to acting...As Bernhardt, McTeer is scintillating and mesmerizing, just like you would want 'The Divine Sarah' to be." Full Review

This Was The End
East Village
Drama Queen NYC

“Abstract, highly visual, experimental, more concerned with theme and image than story...There are fragments of a story here, the story of Chekhov’s ‘Uncle Vanya’...Explores themes of loss, memory and aging in a deconstructed yet visceral way... Zimet is amazing...Susan brings whimsy and emotion to the proceedings, while never veering too far from the show’s bittersweet tone...If you have a taste for avant-garde theater, it doesn’t get much better than this.” Full Review

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"Director Joe Mantello has uncovered something important about Crowley’s 'The Boys in the Band.' At its base, it is a drama about an alcoholic dysfunctional family, much like 'Long Days Journey into Night.' Unlike that play, however, there is much humor and hope in this chosen family...This is a revelatory production that casts an insightful eye toward both gay history and plain old human psychology. Essential gay viewing, and highly recommended." Full Review

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"A quite solid melodrama, the closest thing to a bodice ripper Williams wrote, while still having the penetrating insight into human psychology that never left him. Cummings III has shorn the play of anything but the most important elements...Cummings focuses on a fiercely precise rendering of language and characters, two of Williams’s greatest strengths...Ireland is easily the best Alma I’ve seen...Nathan Darrow has exactly the languid charm needed to give life to this decidedly lost soul." Full Review

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“You need somebody adept in theatrical magic to make this dazzle...and Tiffany fits the bill perfectly...He isn’t shy about going big and high-tech...As Albus, Clemmett gives a marvelously shaded performance, capturing both his pain and youthful sense of wonder. Scorpius is a much more colorful character, and Boyle goes deliciously over-the-top without ever losing this emotional thread of this lonely boy. Jennings gives his usual excellent all...Recommended.” Full Review

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"Chances are very good that Jackson is going to get a Tony nomination for her spectacular performance...A masterful performance that is by turns imperious, hilarious and mesmerizing. Metcalf also rivets your attention with her drolly nuanced take on the middle-aged role...Pill acquits herself well in this impressive company...Mantello's direction is supremely tidy...The production is exquisite in every possible way: visually, intellectually, emotionally, artistically and on and on." Full Review

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"Lithgow’s love for his father is palpable in this piece, and I found that particularly moving...Lithgow is marvelously specific in the physicality he gives these short stories, realistically pantomiming an early 20th Century 'two bit' shave-and-a-haircut in the Lardner...This production is lively and vivacious, due in equal parts to Lithgow’s native theatrical intelligence and Daniel Sullivan’s canny direction. 'Stories by Heart' is thoroughly sincere and sentimental, which I find very refre... Full Review

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“It is first and foremost spectacular, driven by the amazing unison dancing of the Rockettes themselves, but hugely abetted by the stunning hydraulics system and dazzling projections...Unapologetically schmaltzy and sentimental...The sheer virtuosity of all involved elevates it above mere treacle...Branam has pulled together a daunting number of elements and collaborators to put together an extravaganza that can hold its head up in the tradition of Rockettes’ legendary holiday-season shows." Full Review

M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Drama Queen NYC

"I've been told that this revival is much cooler and more cerebral than the original 1988 Broadway production, and you know what, I’m totally okay with that. Hwang is dealing with some very complex issues in ‘M. Butterfly’, and I’m more interested in exploring those with him than getting caught up in his hapless leading character’s emotional journey...Taymor puts a greater emphasis on acting, to very good effect, underlining how much politics is very, very personal." Full Review

Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Drama Queen NYC

“I am, in some ways, this show’s ideal audience…That makes me not only more attentive to details in Prince's dramaturgy, staging, and transitions, but also more forgiving of moments where he trades depth for clarity, or sacrifices complexity for more broadly comprehensible insights…Plus, when those songs are delivered by performers this good, almost nothing else matters.” Full Review

Jerry's Girls
Midtown E
Drama Queen NYC

“A stellar trio...Umoh gets the biggest solo of the evening towards the end – a smashing 'I Am What I Am' from 'La Cage aux Folles' – but everybody stops the show at some point…Music director and pianist Eric Svejcar, a fine musical theatre composer in his own right, is very sensitive to the dramatic ebb and flow of the evening. So, too, is director Pamela Hunt…All in all a terrific representation of the Herman songbook. Recommended.” Full Review

Bandstand
Midtown W
Drama Queen NYC

“I think it’s certainly the best musical of the season, and Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor’s score definitely one of my favorites…What could have so easily been nostalgic hooey is deeply humane, always engaging and even moving. With ‘Bandstand,’ Blankenbuehler joins the ranks of the truly great director-choreographers…Both Cott and Laura Osnes tend to get cast as stereotypical ingenues, but here they give riveting performances as full, conflicted human beings.” Full Review

Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Drama Queen NYC

“It is long, it is talky, yet it is never boring…Mays is quietly brilliant as the quietly brilliant Rød-Larsen. Ehle plays it cooler still, so those moments when Juul puts her foot down have all the more impact…The negotiators are intelligently portrayed, especially by Azizi, Kashani, and the hilarious Michael Aronov…Sher’s direction is every bit as smooth and invisible as the Norwegian facilitators. Unexpectedly engaging, surprisingly entertaining, and highly recommended." Full Review

War Paint
Midtown W
Drama Queen NYC

"Some of Broadway’s most solid craftsmen worked on 'War Paint,' and it shows. Most of the team previously worked on 'Grey Gardens,' and while this isn’t up to the caliber of that show, it’s still pretty darn good...The songs for Ebersole and LuPone go beyond intelligently painting the personalities of the two main characters – they are as exquisitely tailored for their talents...It’s very well-crafted, but not perfect...'War Paint' is smart and marvelously stylish entertainment." Full Review

Sweat
Midtown W
Drama Queen NYC

“An important play, but boy is it depressing…Nottage packs the play to bursting with thoughts, emotions and incident, and director Kate Whoriskey keeps all that on track and moving lucidly and fluidly. With all the points of view Sweat tries to cover, it is by necessity an ensemble piece, and is blessed with a ferociously talented cast. For me, Carlo Albán is the standout as Colombian-American barback Oscar, the person lowest in this vicious pecking order.” Full Review

Candide
Upper W Side
Drama Queen NYC

"It’s not the unimpeachable masterpiece that Lenny’s West Side Story is–the book is famously problematic–but it is still enough of a joy that as long as you nail that sublime Bernstein score, it’ll be a grand night out. Nail it this company does, and the results are glorious...The sprightly, brilliant score is one of the best things Bernstein ever wrote...While the staging is showing some signs of age, Prince has refurbished many moments for an overall better flow...Recommended." Full Review

Turn Me Loose
Midtown W
Drama Queen NYC

"This deserves the widest audience possible! It’s both one of the most important and funniest shows I’ve seen in quite some time…One of the greatest talkers of his time, Gregory provides playwright Gretchen Law with abundant material…She has successfully distilled it all down to only the funniest, pithiest and most visionary bits…This is truly essential viewing, and as such gets my highest recommendation." Full Review

Bright Star
Midtown W
Drama Queen NYC

"Affable and inoffensive…The best thing about 'Bright Star' is the lovely, delicate and even sometimes sophisticated bluegrass music…There’s a rich vein of melody…The words are not nearly as successful. The plot is predictable...I had a decent enough time at 'Bright Star.' I recommend it to you mostly because its charms, though not insignificant, might be easy to miss on today’s Broadway." Full Review

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"When the willfully silly 'Disaster!' is funny, it’s one of the funniest shows in town. Plus, you will simply not hear the 1970s disco and pop rock songs that make up its score sung better anywhere – in some cases they outshine the original...Plotnick’s direction is deft, dynamic and fluid, aided and abbeted by witty, driving work from choreographer JoAnn M. Hunter...'Disaster' is plenty of fun – at its best, close to comedy heaven – and recommended." Full Review

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"A light-hearted and playful romp...I like this better than anything composer Webber has written since the late 1970s, partly because he is clearly having a blast returning to his rock roots...The sound design is a problem; lyrics aren’t always easy to make out in the murky mix...As Dewey, Alex Brightman movingly undergoes a transformation...He knows who the real stars of this show are – the kids. They are all real instrumental and/or vocal virtuosos. Recommended." Full Review

King Charles III
Midtown W
Gay Socialites

"This is an engaging, thought-provoking play, that falls a bit short of the goals it sets for itself…On the upside, playwright Mike Bartlett delves very intelligently into the paradoxes of being a monarch in a 21st Century constitutional monarchy…The problem is, Bartlett has to really push credibility to make his points...All in all, 'King Charles III' is expertly put together, and well worth seeing." Full Review

The Gin Game
Midtown W
Drama Queen NYC

"It’s a vehicle, nothing more, nothing less. 'The Gin Game' is a light-weight comedy with just enough emotional fuel in it to ignite when you get two great actors in it. James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson are undeniably great actors, and this 'Gin Game' does indeed ignite, even if it doesn’t quite satisfy...An enjoyable, diverting evening spent with two expert performers, nothing more, nothing less." Full Review

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“A ‘straight boy play’ that’s actually funny...Macdonald does a great job balancing the play’s symbolic and psychological components ‒ rightly placing a slightly stronger emphasis on the the symbolic, comic aspect of the show...The play is not what you would call ‘fully woke’ ‒ but is certainly more evolved and self-aware than most straight male centered drama of the time. Recommended.” Full Review

Drama Queen NYC

"Both the play and the direction are ambitious and aesthetically complex...While it is a compelling production, it’s not quite successful in what it sets out to do...There is a character who recalls the long sermon in 'Moby Dick,' baldy stating the plays themes in brief sermonettes. These little lectures are well performed and staged, but are simply not dramatically effective – too much telling, not enough showing. The acting company, however, is uniformly strong." Full Review

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“One tight little machine of a play...While it is dense and thematically packed, the play simultaneously retains a razor-sharp focus on character. This makes it particularly compelling...Silverman keep the tension, and propulsion, going in every moment. ‘The Lifespan of a Fact’ rigorously explores the nature of accuracy in journalism, and the dangers of taking literary license when writing non-fiction, even if the aim is getting at deep truths. Recommended.” Full Review

Carmen Jones
East Village
Drama Queen NYC

“An evening of beautiful music, beautifully sung...In that style sometimes called ‘legit’...The music is irresistible, and it’s hard not to be charmed by Hammerstein’s warmth and wit...Doyle’s direction is well within his minimalist, story-centric approach. Sometimes things get a little too still for my taste, but that also means when Jones choreography bursts through it’s all the more powerful. It’s finally Rose’s show and she is magnificent. Recommended.” Full Review

Inferno A-Go-Go
Midtown W
Drama Queen NYC

"Truly unique, not just in drag performance, but in theatre as a whole...She includes the goofy song parodies and wisecracking comedy so common in drag. However, she’s after something far more sophisticated – her seductive strangeness creeps up on you... More profound than the most chin-strokingly serious straight play, while rarely being less than belly-laugh hilarious...New, fascinating and intensely intelligent...A show that’s equal parts cheeky fun and insightful art, no small feat.” Full Review

The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Drama Queen NYC

"Speciale has staged the play somewhat athletically, and with a strong sense of what Williams described as 'plastic theatre' – a theatre that is simultaneously sculptural and kinetic. This is especially true in the sexual byplay, but pervades every moment of the production...It took a while for my ear to tune to the purpleness of Dawkins’s prose, but once it had, 'The Gentleman Caller' had many pleasures to offer. Recommended." Full Review

Drama Queen NYC

"Rashad does solid, thoughtful work. I’ve seen far too many bad puns about fire in reviews of 'Saint Joan,' so believe me when I say I mean no such thing when I tell you Rashad gives her a slow steady burn. She is aided by a superb supporting cast, particularly Patrick Page as a terrifyingly calm and methodical Inquisitor, and John Glover as an archbishop as politically cunning and he is theologically astute." Full Review

Drama Queen NYC

"One of my favorite things is just how much gayer conceiver and bookwriter Fey has made the character of Damian...Fey quite rightly adds social media elements to her tale of high-school status-seeking, to appropriately toxic effect...Nicholaw is exactly the right director-choreographer for this material, with crack timing in the books scenes and bristling energy in the dance numbers...Just as entertaining and smart as the film." Full Review

Rocktopia
Midtown W
Drama Queen NYC

"A whole lot of cliched yet still powerful classic rock fun...The evening as a whole leans toward the pleasantly accessible...The only real failure is a too-gentle version of Led Zeppelin powerhouse 'Kashmir' accompanied by images, not of the region of India that gives the song its name and sound, but of Egypt...The most rock-solid part of the show: the vocals...The most consistently magnificent - and versatile - singer is Chloe Lowery...Recommended." Full Review

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“Essentially a vehicle for two of the world’s greatest talents, actor Mark Rylance and operatic countertenor Iestyn Davies...Rylance is unsurprisingly magnificent...Davies singing, however, is the soul of this love letter to the power of music, and he is every bit as terrific...Dove’s marvelous staging, set among Jonathan Fensom’s sumptuous set and costumes, rises to the level of his collaborators...I have a minor quibble with the script itself, which falters toward the end.” Full Review

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“This musical marries very traditional musical theatre structure, courtesy of Itamar Moses’s sturdy book, and traditional Egyptian classical music...Though the ensemble work is terrific, with Lenk and Shaloub the definite stand outs, the real star here is David Yazbek’s masterful score. He shows that he can create beautiful, affecting music in any idiom he sets his mind to, while never losing sight of the need for theatrical effectiveness.” Full Review

Drama Queen NYC

"'Time and the Conways' is rich with political thoughts that range from the most idealistic socialism to the most mercenary capitalism, which speaks loudly to the anxieties of 2017 America. Taichman is an ideal match for this thoughtful material...She creates several coups de théâtre that express Priestley’s ideas in breathtakingly simple theatrical moments...The outstanding performance is Gabriel Ebert as the quietly thoughtful and stoically content Alan." Full Review

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“An often funny, often disturbing dolled-up political rally. Because, make no mistake about it, much of ‘Terms’ is what you’d expect: an anti-Trump screed, by turns despairing and gleeful. But ultimately it is more than that, it’s a call to action in the most general of terms…Definitely go see ‘Terms of My Surrender,’ it is a marvelous and surprisingly entertaining bit of encouragement in these dark days.” Full Review

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"Essential queer theatre viewing–and one hell of a lot of fun...The director for this production is Ludlam’s husband and muse, Everett Quinton. Quinton is the ideal interpreter of Ludlam’s plays, knowing when to be loyal to what Ludlam had already done, and when to push things even further into preposterousness to keep it fresh. Quinton has a marvelous cast to work with, who seem to truly get it...Hilarious, and highly recommended." Full Review

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“Shaiman’s music is charming – full of tasty licks as usual...It is most unfortunate that muddy sound design often obscures those witty lyrics. Christian Borle portrays Wonka with his usual élan, with somewhat more humanity than previous incarnations. Director Jack O’Brien has presented a smaller-scale production than Sam Mendes on the West End, and while I’m not sure that was the right decision, it’s still sufficiently splashy and vivid. Recommended.” Full Review

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“Easily the most entertaining serious play I’ve seen so far this Broadway season…The night I saw it, Linney was a steely marvel as Regina, and Nixon heartbreakingly vulnerable and sincere as Birdie...Sullivan has crafted a production so rock-solid, and intelligently observed in its details, that any skilled actor would feel secure and supported…The supporting cast is every bit as potent as the leads…A ripping yarn and this production gives that full play. Highly recommended.” Full Review

Present Laughter
Midtown W
Drama Queen NYC

"Noël Coward created one of the great comic monsters of the modern theater...It’s a truly luscious role, and Kevin Kline makes a full meal of it...This makes for a very textured 'Present Laughter'...This is also the most precisely directed 'Present Laughter' I’ve seen, thanks to Moritz von Stuelpnagel; every intention is crystal clear, and there’s plenty of truly inventive comic business...Highly recommended." Full Review

Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Drama Queen NYC

"The score isn’t Webber’s absolute best...The best moments, however, are among the best things Webber ever wrote, and hearing those lushly rendered by that enormous ensemble really is a treat...As pleasurable as the lush arrangements and Close’s grand opera scale emoting are, it still feels like they add up to a bit less than the sum of their parts. Director Lonny Price’s minimalist staging doesn’t make any convincing arguments for it either." Full Review

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"If you love New York, there are a handful of lump-in-your-throat moments...Sure, they are rather baldly emotionally manipulative, but I for one didn’t care…Director/choreographer Mia Michaels has pulled together a daunting number of elements to put together an extravaganza that can hold its head up high next to the Rockettes’ legendary holiday-season shows. Recommended." Full Review

Cagney
Midtown W
Drama Queen NYC

"As energetic and optimistic as its subject, this bio-musical is fizzy fun with just enough seriousness to make it a satisfying tribute to the pugnacious movie star. The show is above all a vehicle for Robert Creighton, who shares Cagney’s charisma and fleeted-footed dancing ability…The choreography of Joshua Bergasse elevates the evening from fun to truly fabulous entertainment...The routines Bergasse gives the cast are truly riveting." Full Review

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"Ellis’s nimble staging flows like champagne out of a bottle: shimmering and effervescent. Rockwell’s candy-colored jewel-box set design is packed with surprises. Benanti is perfectly cast as Amalia...The bigger surprise is Levi as Georg...he handles this arguably more difficult genre with effortless aplomb...The leads’ work is made all the easier by the sterling supporting cast...This is first class fun and highly recommended." Full Review

The Humans
Midtown W
Drama Queen NYC

"This is a major play, no doubt about it...'The Humans' is a deeply humane and compassionate play, and, in spite of tackling difficult subjects, a sparklingly funny one...The cast is uniformly extraordinary, with my personal favorite being the always sparkling Houdyshell. Director Joe Mantello delineates ever turn of this intricate play, never missing a detail or a nuance. Highly recommended." Full Review

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"I liked this as well as I could. Ivo von Hove is a very thoughtful director, but he’ll never be my favorite...Hove’s production of Miller’s 'A View from the Bridge', is, however, the most lucid work I’ve seen from this sometimes opaque auteur director. It’s rock-solid theater for sure, but not quite up to the mark of director Gregory Mosher’s production a few seasons back...Worth seeing, but I didn’t find it the revelation some other people felt it to be." Full Review

Dames at Sea
Midtown W
Drama Queen NYC

"Goofy, giddy, silly, old-fashioned fun – this show’s got tons of it. If you find it funny the the male romantic lead is named Dick, then you’ll have a good time. If you get why it’s funny that the female lead is named Ruby, then you are 'Dames at Sea‘s' target audience." Full Review

Drop Dead Perfect
Midtown W
Gay Socialites

"'Drop Dead Perfect' may not be the most substantial show ever to pay homage to 'Ridiculous theatre,' but it is undeniably frisky and entertaining. It doesn’t hurt that it stars Everett Quinton, the greatest living actor in the Ridiculous tradition (and among the very best in any tradition, as far as I’m concerned)...'Drop Dead Perfect' succeeds as a lighthearted tribute to Ridiculous theatre, and is in any event lots of fun. Recommended." Full Review