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All on Bard

All on Bard

Photo by Daniel Winters Photography New York Shakespeare Exchange’s stop-and-frisk “Othello” — at Hudson Guild Theater through Oct. 27. BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  It happens every fall. As leaves turn, the NYC theater community’s cozy little cottage industry of Bard-based fare goes from Shakespeare in the Park to Shakespeare Everywhere You Look. A repertory presentation […]

No new ground broken, but ‘Beasting’ still has teeth

No new ground broken, but ‘Beasting’ still has teeth

Photo by Steve Durham Written by a former Bronx public school teacher, “Beasting” lacks nuance but nonetheless packs a punch. A former public school teacher grades Miller’s dramatized memoir BY SARA LANG  |  “Why You Beasting?” is a drama that depicts the journey of a first year high school English teacher in the Bronx, along […]

At Metropolitan Playhouse, a season of justice

At Metropolitan Playhouse, a season of justice

Photo by Jacob J. Goldberg Photography L to R: Holding a photo of her (biological?) son, Frank Ware (Kathleen Dobbs) is confronted by Lione Brum (Regina Gibson). Revival puts a woman’s stamp on a ‘Man’s World’ BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Innovative, indefatigable and edging ever-closer to its own quarter century mark, the forward-looking, history-obsessed Metropolitan Playhouse […]

Take the kids

Take the kids

Photos by Jonathan Slaff Mermaids sing of their love for our oceans. ‘Off the Grid’ is right on BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  A trip around the world has a way of changing your outlook — but for Billy, Vinnie and Cheech, the adventure of a lifetime “all really started on Avenue D, on a Wednesday, […]

See it in September

See it in September

Broadway, brunch, a bunhead and Barbra Over the next few weeks, the A&E section will welcome back some familiar contributors (Martin Denton on theater, Stephanie Buhmann on art) and debut a few new well-traveled experts in their fields (Ophira Eisenberg on storytelling). This week, we’re proud to introduce a column by Jim Caruso — who […]

Get the sense you’ve done time in Texas

Photo by Rachael Grace Patten Molly Montgomery takes aim, and hits her mark. Lone show scores a considerable success for its star BY MARTIN DENTON  |  I’ve only spent about 24 hours of my life in Texas, and just about all of them were spent inside a hotel or at the DFW airport. But after spending […]

Bard meets Bram

Bard meets Bram

Photo by Neal J. Freeman They did the mash: “The Nightmare Dream” deftly fuses horror and farce. ‘Nightmare Dream’ is a bloody good romp BY MAEVE GATELY  |  Equal parts literary fusion and dramatized gothic hilarity, “The Nightmare ‘Dream’ ” presents a darkly comedic take on both “Dracula” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Making good […]

In Penn Station, connections missed & made

In Penn Station, connections missed & made

Photo by Matthew Reber Mike (Charlie Gorrilla) and Jenny (Keelie A. Sheridan) bond over a beer. Gasps trump guffaws on ‘Track Twelve’ BY SCOTT STIFFLER  |  Packed like sardines into rows that allowed little if any room between chairs, a sold-out audience waiting to see “Track Twelve” marked time by getting to know the person […]

Of Snow and Shakespeare

Of Snow and Shakespeare

Common threads, among FringeNYC’s 185 shows BY SCOTT STIFFLER |  Here’s an early review of the 17th Annual New York International Fringe Festival that you can take to the bank and cash before the first curtain goes up. Of the 185 dramatic, dance, musical, solo and cross-disciplinary shows that will be performed multiple times from August […]

TEA FOR THREE: LADY BIRD, PAT & BETTY

TEA FOR THREE: LADY BIRD, PAT & BETTY

Photo by Ron Marotta You’ll laugh, you’ll cry: Elaine Bromka, as Betty Ford. TEA FOR THREE: LADY BIRD, PAT & BETTY  Three gold frames hang on the back wall of a room in the White House — where we’re about to meet a trio of first ladies in the waning hours of their reign. There’s […]