Steven Suskin

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Reviews (229)
Dana H.
Gramercy
New York Stage Review

4/5 Stars. "A theatrical explosion not to be missed. Anyone interested in acting or the power of live theater will need to sit in on this heart-stopping 70 minutes." Full Review

Darling Grenadine
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

4/5 Stars. "Newcomer Daniel Zaitchik writes honest-to-goodness songs, with melody, humor, and musical comedy know-how." Full Review

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4/5 Stars. "Things are not what they seem in this compelling play starring the altogether wonderful Laura Linney" Full Review

The Thin Place
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

3/5 Stars. "It almost seems like Hnath challenged himself to see just how minimalist a play he could devise. As one who has greatly admired the playwright's past works, I regret the inclination to consider The Thin Place something more like The Thin Play." Full Review

New York Stage Review

5/5 Stars. "A dense, undisciplined, overstuffed and excellent new play from Stephen Adly Guirgis." Full Review

The Inheritance
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

5/5 Stars: "Matthew Lopez's epic look at gay life in America, inspired by Forster's novel 'Howards End,' is a worthy successor to 'Angels in America.'" Full Review

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5/5 Stars "A magical evening from Rapp, Cromer, and the mesmerizing Parker and Hochman. Theatergoers who are not averse to listening and thinking should head over to 54th Street to hear 'The Sound Inside'" Full Review

Linda Vista
Midtown W
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5/5 Stars "'Rollicking Comedy on Broadway, from Tracy Letts': The 'August: Osage County' playwright returns with an explosively funny comedy of crotchety manners" Full Review

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4/5 Stars "'Down on the Ol' Plantation, on 45th Street': Jeremy O. Harris hits Broadway with an explosive examination of race, sexuality and more" Full Review

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4/5 Stars "'Provocative Play Offers Master Class in Acting': Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins star in Florian Zeller's newest Paris-to-London-to-New York offering" Full Review

Eureka Day
Soho/Tribeca
New York Stage Review

5/5 Stars "Jonathan Spector's Cyclonically Funny Outrageous New Comedy: The invasion of the anti-vaxxers, from-where else?-Berkeley" Full Review

Road Show
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

★★★★ "The Sondheim-Weidman musical demonstrates new life at Encores! with Raúl Esparza and Brandon Uranowitz leading the way." Full Review

Long Lost
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

“Margulies has long demonstrated his ability to devise compelling characters in dramatic situations. Margulies begins in similar fashion in his new play, but before he long loses his way...If there are problems with the writing, AuCoin, Wolff, Parisse, and Tergesen each make a good case for their characters. Manhattan Theatre Club has provided a typically expert production under the direction of Daniel Sullivan." Full Review

High Button Shoes
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

"Where the current staging falls flattest is in the star performance...Without a strong star performance, all that’s left in this 'High Button Shoes' is the 'Bathing Beauty Ballet.' And that’s not enough to support the evening. Nor does the rest of the cast capture the ragtag style the show calls for...The music, at least, is impeccably handled. Rob Berman leads the Encores orchestra with such flair that during the rambunctious overture the show sounds like a hit. But not for long." Full Review

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

"Director Scott Ellis has smoothly wrapped this musical comedy package, while Denis Jones provides the sterling choreography...’Tootsie‘ is fast and funny. Very funny, with a rapid stream of jokes and gags and some of the most mirthful choreography since those Mormon boys went to Uganda." Full Review

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

"'The Ferryman,' now with American actors in 17 of the 22 roles, is every bit as powerful as it was when it opened on Broadway in October...The struggle between husband and wife, as brought out in the last-act dissection of their estrangement, has never played so well for me...It is a great pleasure to discover that this production remains just as strong with the replacement cast of American actors." Full Review

The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
New York Stage Review

“An admirable presentation of an historically important musical...Doyle and his denizens blow the accumulated dust off the piece, bringing out the strengths in this most uncompromising work...Doyle puts his well-known devices to work on the piece, stripping it down to essentials...Doyle’s favored use of actor-musicians works perfectly...The intimate production places full attention on the cast, revealing some fine performances...A compelling production of a compelling piece of writing.” Full Review

New York Stage Review

"An astonishing theatrical event not to be missed...Told in three acts that breeze by. The production, under the direction of Sam Mendes, is altogether stunning...There is little one can say about the actors, whose combined accomplishments here are breathtaking...Mendes and Power came up with the three-actor concept, which brings such focus and fascination to this production." Full Review

I Married an Angel
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

"The trouble with opening a jeweled candy box that has been collecting shelf-dust for 80 years is—well, the contents can prove to be beyond dusty. And that, alas, is today’s report on 'I Married an Angel.' What can they—songwriters and librettists Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, at the absolute pinnacle of their talents—have been thinking?..Everything is fine at the Encores! 'I Married an Angel,' actually. It’s just Rodgers and Hart who, most surprisingly, let us down." Full Review

The Cake
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

"This one is played for laughs and a feel-good ending, which is a perfectly practical choice by the playwright but trivializes what hinted to be a provocative message...The play is produced with Manhattan Theatre Club’s typically high standards...Here, the comedy doesn’t exactly diminish the potential power of the drama; but it doesn’t enhance it either, which makes 'The Cake' interesting and entertaining enough. But the layers don’t quite rise as high as the recipe suggests." Full Review

New York Stage Review

“Exciting and creatively successful...Those familiar with the score will be struck from the outset by a brave and most fortuitous reinstatement 'Rich and Happy,' which seems to have been used only in the original 1981 production of the show...The cast is exceptional...If the thought of a reduced ‘Merrily’ leaves you apprehensive of the handling of Sondheim’s score, fear not...’Merrily’ does work, indeed; just look at it now, at the Roundabout.” Full Review

Call Me Madam
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

"The new 'Call Me Madam' satisfactorily delivers what they used to call a good old-fashioned musical, with sly cracks from the jokebook interrupted by a parade of brightly tuneful but not especially relevant songs. This is accomplished in high fashion, with some enjoyably charming turns from the players...'Call Me Madam' is, yes, enjoyable and cotton candy to enthusiasts of the genre. But the holes are apparent...It’s the ministrations of choreographer Jones that most delight the crowd." Full Review

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“A knockout tale of music, homophobia, and racism told in rousing and entertaining manner...With an expanded production, a strengthened script, and the return of three of the central actors, McCraney’s play is even more powerful now...Spirituals, sung by the choir, are woven through the drama...What is most significant about these spirituals is that they are so exceptionally performed...Pope is remarkable as the self-assured singer who refuses to back down.” Full Review

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"The episodic and escapadish manner of Undine’s un-fabulation is well handled by director Lileana Blain-Cruz...Yes, this return visit of Nottage’s early 'Fabulation' is worthy and highly enjoyable. The playwright’s unrestrained humor sparks the play with flashes of lightning; but by the time of 'Vera Stark,' she had developed the skill to display wild humor in a more sustained and controlled manner." Full Review

New York Stage Review

"'A Chorus Line,' done right, is an altogether marvelous combination of words, music and movement. And at City Center it is done right...The songs snowball, demonstrating more impact as the evening proceeds...Two critical sequences...have always been somewhat dependent on the power of the performers on hand. In this case, Eddie Gutierrez as Paul and Hurder as Cassie are excellent, with both of these scenes enhanced by Yazbeck as one of the best Zachs we’ve seen." Full Review

The Sabbath Girl
Midtown E
New York Stage Review

2/5 Stars. "The one about the Orthodox boy who meets the Italian girl and brings her a sweet potato knish." Full Review

Grand Horizons
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

2/5 Stars. "Strong comedy performances offset the surprisingly mild script by the usually adventurous Bess Wohl" Full Review

Sing Street
East Village
New York Stage Review

3/5 Stars. "Despite some weaknesses, 'Sing Street' makes an adequately entertaining evening; but the magic of something like Once rarely comes twice." Full Review

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4/5 Stars. "Rather than simply standing up there and singing songs, Connick has gone out of his way to provide not only a Porter concert but a bells-and-whistles show. And it's a dandy one." Full Review

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2/5 Stars "Wheezy Geriatric Comedy, with Fart Jokes: Len Cariou charms his way through George Eastman's creaky play" Full Review

The Michaels
East Village
New York Stage Review

5/5 Stars "Nelson, in his 'Rhinebeck Panorama' series, has presented us with evening after evening after evening of intriguing and engrossing drama. The Michaels join the Apples and the Gabriels, and playgoers are urged to take a seat around the table while seats are still available." Full Review

Soft Power
East Village
New York Stage Review

3/5 Stars: "'Soft Power' is inventive, satiric, caustic and intriguing. But at some point-despite a joyfully singing and dancing Hillary Clinton-the fun stops as the fantasy runs aground." Full Review

The Wrong Man
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

3/5 Stars "'Joshua Henry Shows Conviction as Man Wrongly Accused': Pop songwriter Ross Golan tries his hand at a sung-through musical, directed by Thomas Kail" Full Review

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4/5 Stars "'High-Flying Improv at the Booth': Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail successfully bring a new-style event to Broadway" Full Review

New York Stage Review

4/5 Stars "'Legerdemain Unleashed at Cort': UK illusionist offers evening of protean prestidigitation and purely astonishing fun" Full Review

Betrayal
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

4/5 Stars "Pinter's Web of Deception Returns to Broadway, Incisively: Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Cox, and Zawe Ashton star in Jamie Lloyd's London transfer" Full Review

Handbagged
Midtown E
New York Stage Review

“In ‘Handbagged’, we get not one but four handbag-wielding forces: two named Margaret Thatcher and two named Queen Elizabeth...Buffini sets them onstage all at once, bolstering and buffeting and contradicting not only their opponent but their own alter ego in a dizzyingly funny manner...The success of this play depends, in great part, on the cast being able to deliver the intricately woven material...Much fun comes from the men in their jumble of roles.” Full Review

New York Stage Review

"That McDonald plays Frankie so well is not surprising; she has repeatedly demonstrated that she can do just about anything...With McDonald and Shannon in Frankie and Johnny’s shoes, or rather bare feet, the stage is dazzled with lightning sparks of alternating current...Arbus carefully modulates her two powerhouse actors, not necessarily an easy task. The three of them, along with McNally, combine to creating an enchantedly moonlit evening." Full Review

Ink
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

“’Ink’ spins a yarn for our times about a true underdog...Graham gets us to vehemently root for this antihero...Carvel, as always, is a marvelous chameleon of an actor...Carvel is marvelously slimy...And powerful...Miller is a phenomenal actor, so much so that he singlehandedly upends ‘Ink’...The rest of the cast is equivalent to the original group: all quite good, with a few standing out.” Full Review

Burn This
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

“A facile but overdrawn comedy-drama which is highly entertaining much of the time, with too much of that time spent on wild theatrics and glib characters cracking wise...Mayer stages the play efficiently, under the circumstances. What the play needs, it seems, is the severe editing and trimming that you can’t easily accomplish with a revival of a play by a deceased playwright.” Full Review

New York Stage Review

“Despite the able and game ministrations of Fleming and Whishaw, the enterprise is incomprehensible...The cast does march nobly onto the field of battle...Whishaw goes beyond the bounds of duty in a valiant attempt to bring life to Norma Jeane...Fleming has a most curious role, singing brief patches of jabberwocky...This develops into a frenzied but effective musical fury and hints at what Carson and Clark were trying to do...and how it might have been intended to work.” Full Review

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"Heidi demonstrates how she slayed opponents with a combination of knowledge, charm, humor and an ability to cater to the debate audiences...The teenagers are up to the level of Schreck; so is Iveson, who eventually steps out of his VFW uniform and contributes his own experience. Director Oliver Butler keeps things both moving and interesting...While Schreck’s performance is excellent, she has written a role that can stand very well on its own." Full Review

Smart Blonde
Midtown E
New York Stage Review

"The actress does not offer a precise catalogue of Holliday’s attributes nor a step-by-step impersonation, but she smoothly and convincingly (and entertainingly) brings to life this representation...Instead of creating a compelling play, he offers episodes from the life of Judy Holliday. Many are highly amusing, especially as staged by Peter Flynn and breezily performed by three versatile actors who cover all bases...Burns is constantly and unflaggingly winning." Full Review

The Mother
Chelsea
New York Stage Review

“One is tempted to say that ‘The Mother’ must have lost something vital in the translation, but Hampton is skillful and careful enough to make this seem unlikely. Perhaps the issue is the production, but one doesn’t see what more Cullman could have done with this play, in this form...Huppert is enough of a raison d’être to justify the production. She is impressive, but under the circumstances strays over the top to the extent that you might have trouble believing her." Full Review

New York Stage Review

“The rickety amateur-theatrical scenery is even more rickety than before; shoehorned onto a considerably smaller stage...The cast is new...The present troupe is more than satisfactory...'The Play That Goes Wrong’ still proceeds like a well-oiled clock that doesn’t actually keep time. But it is not quite up to speed...This will come, sure; but they are not quite there, yet...Even so, the comedic fever pitch as ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ remains rambunctiously boisterous.” Full Review

New York Stage Review

"What is revealed at the York is the work of writers well on their way towards maturity. A few of the songs are quite nice...Adaptor/director Mark Acito appears to honor the original, carefully preserving what seems to be the voice of librettist Lerner...Acito adds jokes about McCarthy, Davey Crockett, and even Brigadoon, which don’t enhance the entertainment...Even so, these are minor carps given that Acito has managed to make a compelling argument for this forgotten show." Full Review

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“’My Fair Lady’ has been boosted with vitamin shots. What kept us dancing all night, back then, now positively soars...The biggest boost comes from Ms. B-12 herself, Benanti...A second B-jolt comes from Burstein...Adding to the high charm of the production is Harris...Sher’s staging and the exquisite production...remain in pristine condition...’My Fair Lady’ is enhanced...and the results are even more exquisite than before.” Full Review

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"Concerns about whether the script by Sorkin supports or subverts the novelist’s intentions are instantly allayed, with the audience held in rapt attention throughout. This stage Mockingbird is majestically triumphant...The soul and conscience of the 1960 novel virtually leap across the footlights...The Broadway 'Mockingbird' will likely leave a throb in your heart and a well of tears in your eyes." Full Review

The Jungle
Brooklyn
New York Stage Review

"This is not merely the story of a triumphant theatrical production. 'The Jungle' is living history, which would make it impressive enough. But the method of the piece inserts 'we, the people,' literally into the action...Patrons are not merely presented with an impassioned representation of this monstrous refugee camp...we are plunked inside the story, inside the migrant camp...The most riveting moments come from John Pfumojena as Okot, the 17-year-old refugee from Darfur." Full Review

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"He walked on stage and from his first line, delivered in a warm-and-friendly-but-awkward manner, I was a convert...Seth Barrish serves as director, although Birbiglia seems to be directing himself (which, admittedly, is precisely how it should appear)...Not as big and spectacular as 'King Kong,' needless to say, but gargantuanly more entertaining." Full Review