REVIEW

Jonathan Tolins Hits a High Note With Opera Spoof, The Forgotten Woman

Jonathan Tolins uses one of the characters in his cleverly insightful and brilliantly funny new play, The Forgotten Woman, to prove a point–lovers of opera face life head on. Tolins is clearly passionate about the art, which is obvious in the fact that Forgotten takes on the story of a gifted soprano on the verge of a major operatic career. Ashley Atkinson, Darren Goldstein, Mark Junek, Robert Stanton and Justin Mark star in the play. ... Read More...

Emma Stone Brings Intensity, Sexual Energy to Sally Bowles in ‘Cabaret’

Emma Stone radiates on-screen chemistry in the movies; so it’s hard to expect anything less on Broadway, where she’s currently playing Sally Bowles, the decadent, yet vulnerable singer in the hit musical Cabaret. No surprise, she largely delivers. Sally is a complex role that has been essayed by some of the most renown actresses over its many revivals, including the incomparable Liza Minnelli. Jill Haworth played Sally when Cabaret debuted on Broadway in 1966, kicking off more than 1,100 performances that saw Anita Gillette and Melissa Hart also play the part. But Minnelli defined the role in the 1972 movie version directed by Bob Fosse. She was joined by Michael York and Joel Grey, who reprised his role from Broadway. ... Read More...

Chip Zien, Lewis Stadlen Star in Sunshine Boys

Chip Zien and Lewis J. Stadlen are the Sunshine Boys. They star in the John W. Engeman theater production of the play, a never-ending laugh fest, ripe with relatable humor and slapstick comedy that is sorely missing from plays today. This endearing story, coupled with a clever cast of skilled actors, makes for an incredibly fulfilling and fun experience in theater.... Read More...

Broadway Spring Sprouts Losers, Winners, Part 1

This spring has brought New York an unrecognizable Robin Williams in a beard, the creators of South Park at the helm of a musical, and scores of men in drag. Though some productions fell flat almost immediately (Wonderland, anyone?) and some are hanging on by a thread due to a few award nominations for their actors (Jerusalem), the stages are chockfull of interesting gems. Here’s The Improper’s guide to what’s worth checking out as the summer approaches. ... Read More...

One Play Hits, Another Misses as Off-Broadway Opens

With the deluge of new Broadway shows opening this season, it’s easy to miss what’s happening on the outskirts of the Great White Way. Off-Broadway has featured some of the best theatrical productions to hit New York, including this season’s Blood from a Stone, The Whipping Man and Three Sisters. Two of the most recent Off-Broadway pieces to open are The Other Place and Marie and Bruce, though only one is really worth checking out. ... Read More...

Kiefer Sutherland, Chris Noth Air Balls in ‘That Championship Season’

That Championship Season has all the ingredients of a fantastic play: an exceptional group of talented actors, all of whom have long resumes and great reputations in the entertainment business; the director of last year’s critically applauded A View From the Bridge; a neat little back story about the deceased playwright, Jason Miller, and his son Jason Patric starring in the production; and a story that has an intriguing hook at first glance. Unfortunately, these ingredients are for more interesting than the final product itself, and will leave audiences trying to hide their experience in their napkins. ... Read More...
La Bête Music Box Theatre Synopsis: A fast-paced contemporary comedy in the classic style of Moliere, satirizing the modern stage and the state of the arts. Show Advisory: None Genre: Comedy Cast List: David Hyde Pierce Mark Rylance Joanna Lumley Stephen Ouimette Lisa Joyce Greta Lee Robert Lonsdale Michael Milligan Liza Sadovy Sally Wingert Deanne Lorette Steve Routman Production Credits: Matthew Warchus (Direction) Mark Thompson (Set and Costume Design) Hugh Vanstone (Lighting Design) Simon Baker (Sound Design) Claire van Kampen (Music) Other Credits: Written by: David Hirson

Last Chance for Broadway Gems, ‘La Bête’ ‘Pitmen Painters’

In a season filled with big holiday musicals and star-studded fare, some of Broadway’s most interesting plays end up on the back burner when it comes to theatergoers opening their wallets. Before the year’s end, spend some time with the quality plays sure to leave their mark on your social consciousness. Be sure to catch The Pitmen Painters, which is only playing through December 12th. The absorbing play is based on the triumphant true story of a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves and unexpectedly become art-world sensations. After the Painters’ inspiring story, head over to La Bete, which comes to a close on January 9th. La Bete focuses on a high-minded classical dramatist who loves only the theater, and a low-brow street clown who loves only himself. When a fickle princess decides she's grown weary of the royal theater troupe, a battle ensues between the two men. David Hyde Pierce and Mark Rylance make La Bete a must-see. ... Read More...
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