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Rocky – Winter Garden Theatre, New York

Writers: Thomas Meehan and Sylvester Stallone Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Director: Alex Timbers Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the blue corner we have musicals, traditionally romantic, emotional and more than a little bit camp; in the red corner there is boxing, traditionally brutish, blood-spattered and very macho. A mismatch for sure, but the fact that this show’s two key ...

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A Raisin in the Sun – Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director: Kenny Leon Reviewer: Stephen Bates Bruce Norris’s savage satire Clybourne Park, a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 2010, centred on the impact on an exclusively white Chicago suburb of that name when a black family moves in in 1959. Therefore it makes a fascinating theatrical cross reference to now see this play, ...

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Of Mice and Men – Longacre Theatre, New York

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Anna D Shapiro Reviewer: Stephen Bates Set in California during the depression era of the 1930s, John Steinbeck’s classic tale (a novel which he adapted into a play) about yearning and despair is a parable, near Biblical in its nature. Anna D Shapiro’s revival is handsomely mounted, using four elaborate sets, and features star names, better ...

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Heathers: The Musical – New World Stages, New York

Writer: Daniel Waters Adaptor/Book/Music/Lyrics: Kevin Murphy &Lawrence O’Keefe Director: Andy Fickman Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos It’s hard to adapt a film into an effective musical. It’s harder to adapt a film of the 1980s that contains a school shooting into a post-Columbine musical of the 2010s. This is why Heathers: The Musical is such an impressive success. The story remains (roughly) ...

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Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School / Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, New York

Conceived by: Nancy Cassaro Director: Tony Lauria Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Whether you’ve been to a stereotypical Italian-American wedding, or only imagined how amazingly, hilariously painful it could be, you will have a blast at the wedding of Valentina Lynne Vitale and Anthony Angelo Nunzio—Tony and Tina, played by Joe Ferraro and Marilia Angeline. As an interactive theatrical experience, the success ...

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Left Out Festival: Selected Short Subjects – Stage Left Studio, New York

Writer: Alex Beck; William Locasto; Joe Hutcheson Director: Cassandra Sandberg; William Locasto; Cheryl King Reviewer: Jamie Rosler On this particular night of the Left Out Festival, we see three short plays exploring the loves, losses, and lore of three different men (and in one case, his boyfriend). As one would hope, the stories, characters, and situations explored are not exclusive ...

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Greed: A Musical for Our Times – New World Stages, New York

Book, Music and Lyrics: Michael Roberts Director: Christopher Scott Reviewer: Jamie Rosler While the lesson we’re supposed to walk away from this show with is 'Greed is not good', that is unfortunately how one could also describe Greed: A Musical for Our Times. More of a musical revue than a musical, we take a journey through various incarnations of greed, ...

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Adoration of the Old Woman– INTAR, New York

Writer: José Rivera Director: Patricia McGregor Reviewer: Jamie Rosler A hot summer night in Puerto Rico, the not too distant future. A small house with two occupants who clearly do not get along. Doña Belen—played wonderfully by Socorro Santiago—allegedly between 100 and 150 years old, is verbally accosted by Adoración—played quite strongly by Danielle Davenport—who turns out to be the ...

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