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Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘The Brightness of Heaven’ by Laura Pedersen

(back to camera first) Emily Batsford, Bill Coyne, (L to R) Peter Cormican, Kate Kearney-Patch, Kendall Rileigh, James Michael Lambert in 'Brightness of Heaven.' Photo taken from the website.

The acclaimed writer's play explores strict adherence to religious principles and a new generation's rebellion against them. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Self Made Man: The Frederick Douglass Story’

Phil Darius Wallace in 'Self-Made Man: The Frederick Douglass Story' (Photo: Daniel Region)

In his powerful solo show Phil Darius Wallace portrays multiple characters in Frederick Douglass's life and tells the abolitionist's story in Douglass's own words. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Allegro’ at Classic Stage Company

Claybourne Elder and Alma Cuervo in Classic Stage Company's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Allegro' directed by John Doyle. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

A new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1947 Broadway flop suggests that Hammerstein's talent was not only innovative but even more forward-thinking than he himself and those around him might have realized. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Lift’ by Walter Mosley

The Life by Walter Mosley

It is a nightmare scenario to be stuck on an elevator with the terrifying prospect that one will plunge to one's death if the elevator cable snaps. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Lying’ by Matt Opatrny, Based on Lauren Slater’s Memoir

Lying by Blessed Unrest

Blessed Unrest's adaptation of the controversial psychologist's "metaphorical memoir" delivers a powerful punch to both lobes of the brain. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Valley of Astonishment’ by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne

Kathryn Hunter in The Valley of Astonishment

Stories of synaesthesia inspired by Oliver Sacks, a celebrated mnemonist, and an ancient Sufi poem. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Bedbugs!!!’ the Musical by Paul Leschen and Fred Sauter

Chris Hall as Cimex (center) surrounded by his loyal bedbug followers in 'Bedbugs!!!' at the ArcLight Theatre. Photo by Rex Bonomelli

This deliciously campy show has so much frenzied, blood-sucking energy the small ArcLight theater can hardly contain it. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story’ Off-Broadway

Zak Resnick and Gabrielle Ruiz. Photo by Jenny Anderson

Glorious music overshadows some rickety storytelling in this joyful jukebox musical about "one of the great untold stories of rock and roll." Read More »

Music Review: ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ (Original Cast Recording)

love's labor

While there is much that works well in the adaptation, for the most part its music is uneven. Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Heathers: The Musical’

'Heathers The Musical,' photo by Chad Batka

A bright new musical based on the cult movie sticks closely to the story but deepens the characters. Read More »