Steven Suskin

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Reviews (245)
New York Stage Review

"The playwright could indeed have arranged matters so that all familial relations are reinforced; but that would come at the expense of the swift pace." Full Review

New York Stage Review

"Encores has traditionally been a refuge for theatergoers in search of favorite and/or unjustly neglected shows with the original music elements reasonably intact. 'Into the Woods' more than delivers." Full Review

Suffs
East Village
New York Stage Review

"Suffs can still use some editing and sculpting—it’s impossible for the author to concentrate on refinements when she is onstage giving a herculean performance every night—but that will come in time...Even now, the present excitement is similar to what you might have experienced on the very same stage at the Public during the premiere productions of A Chorus Line, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, Fun Home, and Hamilton. That’s quite a class, and Taub is on the verge of becoming a member." Full Review

New York Stage Review

"3/5 stars...The production, as opposed to the play, is admirable. The actors handle their chores well...While 'The Daughter-in-Law' was likely provocative when Lawrence filed it away in 1913—or would have been, had anyone seen it—the controversial issues addressed have been visited so many times that they are now the stuff of sitcoms." Full Review

Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

"4 stars!...The sandwiches—and these kitchen dreamers continually play at conjuring up ultra-tasty-sounding delights while filling less exalted orders rifled through the counter window by the cigarette-smoking dragon of a proprietor—are not sandwiches, per se. They are metaphors for life, specifically the life faced by these ex-cons struggling along the halfway-house treadmill to life outside." Full Review

New York Stage Review

"Sharon D Clarke doesn’t quite take the stage of Studio 54, mind you. She is cemented to it...Clarke—who has thus far been a remarkable, intensely controlled presence—breaks through with a searing intensity most welcome after the recent series of societal upheavals. Some of which, mind you, are especially relevant to the theme and content of Caroline, or Change." Full Review

New York Stage Review

"The Lehman Trilogy is intriguing, involving, and sparklingly filled with theatrical wizardry. Wizard-in-chief is director Sam Mendes, yes; but honors extend to just about everyone on and behind the stage." Full Review

New York Stage Review

"The author has developed an impressive stock company of actors over his panorama. As with the other installments in the series, What Happened...exemplifies what it is we seek from live theater." Full Review

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

New York Stage Review

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

New York Stage Review

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

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

New York Stage Review

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
New York Stage Review

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

New York Stage Review

for a previous production 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

New York Stage Review

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

"A satisfying entertainment of significant promise, sparked by a notable assemblage of performances. If the aspiration is to follow in the path of that other unconventionally outspoken awkward-child memoir-musical, 'Fun Home,' it clearly does not yet succeed. " Full Review

New York Stage Review

"The warmhearted riches and laughter contained within the 90-minute span—along with surprises in writing and staging formulated by Hunter and his director, David Cromer—are such that it’s best not to further describe them. 'A Case for the Existence of God' will surely hold up on second viewing, when the conceptual choices are already known. But rather than spill the proverbial beans, it’s preferable for the viewer to discover the play as it unfolds." Full Review

At The Wedding
Upper W Side
New York Stage Review

"4/5 stars...Wiseman herself is a comic find. Left to her own devices by Turner and Worsham at that moment when the 'Til Death' neon flickers, she corners her audience—like a boorishly outrée guest at a wedding party—but artfully wins them over to her corner in what promises to be a nuptial battle...The play, at this early stage, is perhaps not quite fully realized; even so, laughter constantly flows, quite often outrageously so, through 70 lively minutes. Making play, playwright, and perform... Full Review

The Tap Dance Kid
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

"That said, Joseph’s performance is just about the highlight of the show. Next to the dancing of Bello and Jackson, and that spectacular ensemble, and those wonderful numbers (beginning with “Fabulous Feet”) from choreographer Grimes. So while The Tap Dance Kid is not a Broadway classic nor an Encores! classic, the entertainment value at City Center this weekend is mighty high." Full Review

New York Stage Review

"NOVEMBER 14, 2021 7:50 PM BABY: CHARM-FILLED MALTBY-SHIRE MUSICAL MAKES A WELCOME RETURN By Steven Suskin ★★★ Share on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter Julia Murney, Liz Flemming, Danielle Summons, and Jamila Sabares-Klemm in Baby. Photo: Jo Chiang The joys of Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire’s score for the 1983 musical Baby are immediately apparent through the first scenes of the revised version which opened tonight. After three pairs of prospective parents go through th... Full Review

New York Stage Review

"To say that there is a kinetic thrill emanating from the stage of the St. James Theatre at present is something of an understatement. What you get in David Byrne’s American Utopia is a hundred-minute jolt that stays with you long after you’ve exited onto 44th Street." Full Review

SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
New York Stage Review

"not what you might call a traditional musical, nor what formerly would have been considered a well-crafted one. But it has mass appeal, immediacy, enthusiasm, and an incredibly high sense of style; and it revels in what used to be called “girl power” but can now more properly be described as simply, or not-so-simply, power." Full Review

New York Stage Review

"To say that director Ali (resident director at The Public) has assembled a stageful of talent is an understatement. Happily, he sets them all firing sparks in tandem. He also pulls exceptional work from his design team." 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

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

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

New York Stage Review

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

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

New York Stage Review

"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