Shrek The Musical JR. at OPS

Because I like to occasionally spice things up a bit, a sort-of break in tradition here. Sort of, I say, because I’ve decided this still counts. I’ve just celebrated my five-year anniversary writing this blog. It’s brought me a lot of joy, a fair share of aggravation, and work as the main arts contributor for […]

Spamilton: An American Parody Off-Broadway

Unable to get into “the room where it happens”? Don’t throw away your shot! Get thee to the intimate, cabaret-style space, that is the Upper West Side’s Triad Theater in Manhattan, for the wonderfully realized spoof of “Hamilton: An American Musical”, called “Spamilton: An American Parody”. It’s short (barely 75 minutes, or, about HALF of […]

Eighteen Elite

Over the summer, I saw my 200th theatre production in the last thirty years. This covers all qualified stage performances from 1986 thru the first portion of 2016.┬áMost are from Broadway and Off-Broadway, but I’m proud to have attended a number of regional productions (professional & amateur) all around the New York Metro area, as […]

iLuminate Off-Broadway

There’s a lot to recommend concerning “iLuminate”, the impressive Off-Broadway dance/light show, that has flitted around Manhattan for the last few years. Currently it’s showing at the dark and intimate Theatre 80 St. Marks in Manhattan’s East Village (through September 4th), but it also served a stint recently at Midtown’s New World Stages. It’s a […]

The Crucible on Broadway

It’s an earthy play, that’s usually set in the late 17th century, recalling some of the names and actual events of the Salem witch trials of that period. Most theatre people know, that Arthur Miller intended it as a McCarthyism allegory when he wrote it, and its dialogue involving the naming of names makes that […]

2015 Theatre in Review

I made it. It was looking bleak for a while, but I managed to get to the theatre a quartet of occasions this year. You see, that’s my annual goal…four. Pretty modest, I think, especially considering my younger days when I would visit a dozen, or more. But I turned 50 this past October, and […]

39 Steps Off-Broadway

Well, it’s about time that I caught up with this zany spoof/homage. It’s been bouncing around for a decade between London and New York City, on Broadway and Off-Broadway while here in the States, after winning the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, at the beginning of its 9-year West End run. It’s based on one […]