Stephen Collins

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Reviews (32)
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Live Theatre UK

“There are few pleasures greater in a theatre-going life than encountering a glorious new musical about which you know nothing. So it is with ‘Anastasia,’ a complete triumph on Broadway. The score is as lush and lavish as the spectacular sets and costumes, and the cast has no weak spots. Utterly superb singing of utterly beautiful music, some of which is blissfully funny. The kind of theatre that will make youngsters love theatre for life.” Full Review

Live Theatre UK

“One of Miller’s most obviously resonant plays…Kinney’s production is blessed with four excellent actors. Mark Ruffalo is exceptional…Ruffalo and Shalhoub are in scintillating form as they dance around each other…They are marvellous to watch…Kinney’s production is detailed and absorbing, and it is difficult to imagine better performances. Funny and moving, occasionally startling, ‘The Price’ is well worth its price, both in time and cash.” Full Review

Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Live Theatre UK

"Under the wizard-like direction of Bartlett Sher, 'Oslo' is a gripping, thrilling, and quite emotional theatrical experience...Whether you know little or a lot about tensions in the Middle East, 'Oslo' provides you with enough historical information for everything to make sense...'Oslo' is a terrific new play about the human spirit. Make time to see it. It will teach you a great deal about history but, also, about great acting and terrific theatre." Full Review

Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Live Theatre UK

"Joshua Bergasse’s sexy and stimulating choreography is the true star here–and rightly so. This is a reinvention rather than a revival–an exceptional and invigorating one...In Silverman’s hands, 'Sweet Charity' is less a vehicle for a star and more a committed ensemble piece, albeit one where frequently there is a whiff of Fosse fragrance. Stylish fluidity is Silverman’s key to unlocking the musical's strengths...Enlivening this template, Sutton Foster is gloriously unbeatable as Charity." Full Review

Therese Raquin
Midtown W
BritishTheatre.com

"Zola wrote a terrific, psychological thriller and Edmundson’s adaptation here is faithful to his intent, tender and terrifying in equal measure. Cabnet’s top notch cast do great work, enlivening the many interlocking threads, and making a powerful, theatrical treat full bodied. It could do with more emphasis on the carnality which unlocks doom for Thérèse and Laurent (Camille too) but given the wonderful acting, sets, costumes and lighting, no one should feel too short changed.” Full Review

The Humans
Midtown W
BritishTheatre.com

for a previous production "Fitting, perhaps, for a play about a family Thanksgiving, this is a turkey...Karam’s script attempts nothing new, particularly insightful or intriguing....Given the inherent limitations of the writing, Mantello does as good a job as any director might be expected to do…Karam should be grateful indeed to this cast, especially Houdyshell and Birney; they provide grounded realism, accessible acting which prevents the 'big reveal' from being nothing more than laughable." Full Review

Dames at Sea
Midtown W
BritishTheatre.com

"It’s terrific with a capital T...This a good old-fashioned Broadway treat. Tits, teeth, tapping, tunes, and tight trousers – terrific." Full Review

Bandstand
Midtown W
BritishTheatre.com

for a previous production "A work which offers many terrific parts, which is stuffed with insight and true heart, which makes one laugh and cry with delight, and which carries a strong political message...An unqualified triumph in every way, beautifully written, superbly directed, immaculately performed, and consummately engaging and absorbing...Across the board, the performances here are first rate in every respect...This is a masterpiece of musical theatre. It operates on many levels at once, and succeeds on all." Full Review

Fool For Love
Midtown W
BritishTheatre.com

"The stage reeks, throbs, pulses and radiates profound sensual, sexual energy. There is a lust at play here which is both compelling and frightening...It’s about 80 minutes of unrelenting, brutal, sexually charged theatrical urgency...Intoxicating is precisely the correct word...This is extraordinary, intensely erotic theatre. Unmissable." Full Review

Living on Love
Midtown W
BritishTheatre.com

"You might not expect Puccini to appear in full Diva garb at one point, but otherwise this play is as predictable as death and taxes. And similarly rewarding. Kathleen Marshall is a woman who understands the inherent musicality of comedy but not even her talents can make a dent on this plodding nonsense." Full Review

BritishTheatre.com

"A superb cast; clever, sprightly direction; an enjoyable score and clever books and lyrics. A musical theatre marriage of the best kind...See it. Don’t be that person about whom people say It Shoulda Been You that saw it." Full Review

BritishTheatre.com

"Thrilling in every way...This is one of those luxury Broadway treats – a lush, lavish and absolutely gorgeous evocation of the magic of long ago times and big dance extravaganzas...Vocally and musically, "An American In Paris" is all is needs to be – and more...A wonderful achievement and a real slice of the way things used to be on Broadway. Just a delight." Full Review

BritishTheatre.com

for a previous production "A complete triumph in every way. It takes you by the throat and clasps you firmly in its thrall for its entire duration. It is shockingly powerful, brutally honest, raw and rich at the same time....What Buckhurst has achieved here, as director of this extraordinary ‘Sweeney Todd,’ is really remarkable. He has reduced it to its fundamental elements and then unleashed the spare, violent heart of it directly into the eyes and soul of the audience." Full Review

BritishTheatre.com

for a previous production "This is dynamic, inspirational theatre of the highest order...What Van Hove has achieved here is superb in every way. The telling of Miller’s tale is clean, pulsates with reason and truth and, like a great orchestral symphony, has a shape, a fierce force, a presence greater than each of its parts...Unmissable. Almost certainly the play of 2015. Do anything, absolutely anything, to get a seat." Full Review

BritishTheatre.com

for a previous production "The Royal Shakespeare Company’s exhilarating production continues to enchant, entertain and enlighten...It’s an unrivalled spectacle of theatrical ingenuity...Go. Just go." Full Review

BritishTheatre.com

for a previous production "The play depends upon four key performances: Falstaff, Hal, Hotspur and Henry. It is not that they are all bad, but none of them are memorable, insightful, arresting or revelatory. For the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the standard here is not really acceptable. Yes, it is not anything like as bad as the worst productions in the Michael Boyd era, but it certainly is the most pedestrian work that Doran has delivered in the last seven years." Full Review

Live Theatre UK

“Cullman’s production bristles with clarity and sureness...Janney's final speeches are magical; the kind of experience you go to Broadway hoping to find…Hickey is quite wonderful as Flan…Less convincing was Hawkins, whose Paul was simply not charismatic enough to convince as the linchpin of events…Nevertheless, the crisp writing, the deft direction, and the centerpiece performances from Janney and Hickey make the 90 minutes pass easily, with attention fully engaged.” Full Review

Present Laughter
Midtown W
Live Theatre UK

"Succeeds much more than it fails. Some of the humor falls flat, some is a little too exaggerated to work as naturally as it should, but in Kline the production boasts a quite perfect Garry...Kline effortlessly shows the underlying pathos of the character...When Kline, Burton and Nelisen are together, the air is charged with first-rate skill...There is too much overplaying elsewhere...Still, none of this gets in the way of Kline. His suave, assured, and funny Garry is one for the history books." Full Review

Live Theatre UK

"Full of heart, led by an extraordinary central performance from Ben Platt, and featuring a score of rapturous and rhapsodic joy, this is a wonderful, wonderful piece of theatre…It is splendid and moving, truthful and hopeful, tragic and humorous...There is not a single moment when energy or skill flags…'Dear Evan Hansen' is a masterpiece, a truly inspirational musical and a theatrical marvel...Completely different from, but ultimately better than, 'Hamilton.'" Full Review

King Lear (BAM)
Brooklyn
Live Theatre UK

for a previous production "Doran’s production is as beautiful and lucid as one has come to expect from him. He has a rare ability to ensure that even the most difficult passages in Shakespeare are totally comprehensible, that motivations and narrative points are clear...Sher's Lear is dull...a disconnected, thoroughly unaffecting performance that is as bewildering as it is tiresomely self-indulgent...The production is redeemed, as far as possible anyway, by the triumphant turns from the three Gloucesters." Full Review

Sylvia
Midtown W
BritishTheatre.com

"Sullivan’s direction is stilted and unimaginative. The interesting underbelly of this theatrical beast is never itched. Only White’s exemplary efforts and Ashford’s winning guile lift this above the litter tray." Full Review

First Daughter Suite
East Village
BritishTheatre.com

"Every element of the design and directorial vision is acutely, passionately detailed, leaving the gifted cast with nothing more to do than be transcendent, a feat each and every one of these marvellous actors manages seemingly without effort." Full Review

Ripcord
Midtown W
BritishTheatre.com

"A production directed with cool panache by David Hyde Pierce. It may be a bleak view of the present state of humanity, but it seems accurate and uncontroversial...Hyde Pierce ensures that the silliness factor is high throughout and this deflects from the real issues with the play. Often, it is not clear what is real and what is fantasy. One assumes Hyde Pierce intends to smooth over the vicious self-interest by these diversions and it seems to work on the basis of the reaction of the audienc... Full Review

Old Times
Midtown W
BritishTheatre.com

"The parts are played with vigour, brasher than you would expect to see on an English stage...The sexy edge is more angular, the stakes are higher, the comedy quite a bit funnier. All deliberately so. It reaps rewards often." Full Review

BritishTheatre.com

for a previous production "A cogent, funny and sympathetic telling of Shakespeare’s play…Munby avoids the great questions of the play and steers a course through the waters of sympathy, self-interest and capitalism. The result is a richly amusing take on the play, which is involving and clear, but which never achieves great heights of lyricism or drama, happily accepting ‘everyday’ as its overall pulse...Pryce presents a memorable, complete and completely flawed Shylock." Full Review

The Visit
Midtown W
BritishTheatre.com

"For 90 minutes of ecstatic storytelling, you are transported...It is the best, most important, musical currently playing on Broadway...If you embrace it and let it engulf you, you will be richly rewarded. This is first-rate in every way and, more importantly for the life of the musical form, an invigorating – but shattering – new direction." Full Review

BritishTheatre.com

"The reworkings of the score and book take most of the creaks out of 'Gigi' and provide a convincing framework for its success...There is a lot to love in this production; the creative team has delivered in spades." Full Review

Something Rotten!
Midtown W
BritishTheatre.com

"One cannot stop basking in the memories of the unmitigated joy which has just played out over the course of two hours and thirty minutes of sheer, unadulterated bliss...As a piece of ribald, shameless and hysterical musical theatre, 'Something Rotten' is unrivaled on Broadway at present. It is fresh, fabulous and frenetic fun...go see 'Something Rotten' – it will restore your faith that musical theatre can be magical in every way." Full Review

Antigone (BAM)
Brooklyn
BritishTheatre.com

for a previous production "if you are open to the possibility that Greek tragedy can tap into the fears and troubles of any generation, then this is an irresistible production, compelling and disturbing...This is a vibrant and completely absorbing take on a classic from the Ancient Greek repertoire. The cast excels under van Hove’s centred, firm vision and all aspects of the production blend to triumphant results. It will leave you pondering the relationship between power and the individual, the state and tradition." Full Review

Beowulf
Soho/Tribeca
BritishTheatre.com

for a previous production "It might bear the same name as the great poem, but that is where the similarities begin and end...Part improvisation, part slick comedy routine, part pantomime, part musical, part physical theatre, part arrant nonsense, this Beowulf is an imaginative comic romp...It defies categorisation, and not in a bad way...The piece is slightly too long and for too much of the performance Buffery has nothing to do. But it is undeniably inventive and there are many laughs created." Full Review

King Charles III
Midtown W
BritishTheatre.com

for a previous production "It’s not a great play, nor is it a play likely to have a long life or endless revivals – but it is a magnificent theatrical spectacle for this decade, this time. For now. It evokes the spirit of Shakespeare and thereby gives itself a heightened sense of importance. The play is a genuine thriller, with twists and turns that are both wholly unexpected and ravishingly intricate and enthralling...This is theatrical alchemy of the rarest kind." Full Review

Richard II (BAM)
Brooklyn
BritishTheatre.com

for a previous production "I cannot remember ever seeing a production of a play by William Shakespeare as exquisite as Gregory Doran’s wonderful 'Richard II'...From the very first words, there is a clarity at work with the text – this production tells the sad tale of Richard and Henry clearer and cleaner than any I have ever seen. Tennant is quite miraculous...The casting is solid, almost everyone is perfect...This is a startlingly clear and quite gorgeous production of a play which can seem convoluted." Full Review