Review: ‘Prayer for the French Republic’ Arrives Right on Time

Review: ‘Prayer for the French Republic’ Arrives Right on Time

BY MICHAEL MUSTO | The Broadway transfer of the award-winning Off-Broadway play Prayer for the French Republic could not be more timely. As written by Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other), it concerns various clashes within a Jewish family in France in 2016-17 as nerves fray due to the latest rise of antisemitism. Arriving at […]

Closing Soon, Danny DeVito-Starring, Hoarding-Themed ‘I Need That’ Deserves Space on Your Overstuffed Schedule

Closing Soon, Danny DeVito-Starring, Hoarding-Themed ‘I Need That’ Deserves Space on Your Overstuffed Schedule

BY EILEEN STUKANE | On the stage where I Need That is in performance, the curtain, playing the part of a canvas, offers a painted aerial view of streets and houses—a grid of suburbia in Anywhere, USA. My Playbill is even more specific: “Place: New Jersey” and “Time: Now.” Spilling from beneath the curtain and […]

Review: The Haunting ‘Harmony’ Recalls Comedians Trapped in the Holocaust

Review: The Haunting ‘Harmony’ Recalls Comedians Trapped in the Holocaust

BY MICHAEL MUSTO | A Holocaust musical by Barry Manilow? Relax, it’s actually good. Harmony has been gestating since 1997, when it premiered in San Diego, and now—after playing the Museum of Jewish Heritage last year—it’s finally arrived on Broadway. With music by long-running pop star Manilow and book/lyrics by Bruce Sussman, who’s written film […]

‘Terror Vision’ Brings Old Hollywood Horror to Times Square

‘Terror Vision’ Brings Old Hollywood Horror to Times Square

BY CHARLI BATTERSBY | Spooky Season in New York is off to an early start this year. An interactive haunted house has been running just off Times Square since a week before Fall officially began. The premise of Terror Vision is that the audience members are visiting HorrorWood Studios. They are guests of a film […]

Come Again: Sherry Vine Shoots Six Times, Scoring Big with Season 2 of ‘Variety Show’

Come Again: Sherry Vine Shoots Six Times, Scoring Big with Season 2 of ‘Variety Show’

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | There’s something satisfying about the fact that while self-aggrandizing lawmakers in Tennessee and other states were spending 2022/2023 trying to limit, license, discourage, and otherwise disavow drag, Sherry Vine and friends were creating six episodes of variety television that plays such pomposity for laughs, while putting the pursuit of cock where […]

Review: Laurie Metcalf Brings Gravitas to Eerie “Grey House”

Review: Laurie Metcalf Brings Gravitas to Eerie “Grey House”

BY MICHAEL MUSTO | The masses know Laurie Metcalf as the likably neurotic Jackie from Roseanne and The Conners, but insiders have long realized that an in-person, theatrical experience that features Metcalf is generally a capital-E Event. A two-time Tony winner with range and skill, she managed to make the part of the demented Annie […]

Alex Newell Wants To Play Effie—And Other Drama Desk Winner Revelations!

Alex Newell Wants To Play Effie—And Other Drama Desk Winner Revelations!

TEXT & PHOTOS BY MICHAEL MUSTO | The Drama Desk Awards honor Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off, always putting together a talent-studded event that’s like an award winning production in itself. This time, they wisely opted for gender-nonspecific acting categories, picking two winners per category. The winners were announced on May 31 and this Tuesday, there […]

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