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Donald Trump Political Satire ‘Me the People’ a Hilarious Call to Arms

Me the People: The Trump America Musical manages to be entertaining and cringe worthy at its best moments and only slightly schlocky at its worst. Me the People is not simply a jab at America’s current president; this cabaret is an important call to arms. In an era of watered down jokes and impressions a la “The Tonight Show with Jimmy zoneslon” and “Saturday Night Live,” it’s a gift to find a show that is as funny as it is unapologetic for its painful impressions and humor. ... Read More...

Intimate Apparel Beautifully Weaves Hopes, Pathos, Desire in Moving Play

Intimate Apparel, written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony nominee Lynn Nottage, is as beautifully woven as the fine fabrics running through the hands of protagonist Esther Mills (Kelly McCreary), a New York City seamstress circa 1905. Currently playing at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, the production addresses a litany of complex issues that might have overcrowded a 130-minute play in less worthy hands. ... Read More...

Rolling Stones Taking the Stage… As Subjects of New West End Musical?

The Rolling Stones have played their music on stages all over the world. So is it time for the stage to return the favor with a musical based on the rock group? Actors are reportedly auditioning in London’s West End… with one caveat. Mick Jagger and crew–Keith Richards, 73, Charlie Watts, 76, and Ronnie Wood, 70, have yet to sign off on the production. ... Read More...

Lucas Hnath’s Doll House, Part 2, Takes Ibsen In Whole New Direction

If A Doll’s House, Part 2 is viewed as a sequel to Ibsen’s A Doll’s House theatergoers will be in for disappointment. It does not complement the original play, nor does the new piece give it new meaning. A more appropriate label would be fan homage. Lucas Hnath’s Part 2 takes the 19th century classic and adds modern vernacular and insightful wit, while presenting a story centered on women who are battling against oppression. ... Read More...

Neil Patrick Harris Sends ‘Glorious’ Birthday Note to Hubbie David Burtka

Neil Patrick Harris let his fans know just how much husband David Burtka means to him. He paid tribute to his “glorious husband” on his birthday, sharing a photo with fans of his six-year-old twins Harper and Gideon. “Happy Birthday, David,” he captioned the photo. “You’re the most glorious husband/father/person I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. ... Read More...

Baghdaddy Relives Iraq War’s Dark Truths in Quirky Off-Broadway Musical

Free donuts and coffee, name tags, a church basement. Is this an AA meeting, or is it a musical? Actually, it’s a bit of both. Factor in political satire, vigorous choreography, dark humor, strobe lights and rap and rock music, and you get Baghdaddy, a show with a title just as bizarre as its storytelling. The audience is a part of the show as disgraced spies sit among guests revealing their truths: “I’m Martin. I started the Iraq War,” says one actor.... Read More...

Drama Desk Theater Nominees Celebrate the 2016-2017 Season

The 62nd Annual Drama Desk Award nominees met with members of the organization on May 10th at the New York Marriott Marquis Manhattan Ballroom. The Drama Desk Awards, hosted by Michael Urie, will be presented on June 4th at the Town Hall in Manhattan. The organization, comprised of theater critics, journalists, editors, broadcasters and publishers covering theater, honors outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway.... Read More...

Vagaries of Power Define This Year’s ‘Author Directing Author’ Theme

Playwright Neil LaBute (reasons to be pretty, Fat Pig), Italian playwright Marco Calvani (Strong Hands) and Spanish playwright Marta Buchaca (Emergencia) explore power struggles in three one-act plays as part of the this year’s “Author directing Author” project. Though the roles of playwright and director often overlap in rehearsals, their work is usually distinguished by their jobs; this is what makes “Author directing Author’ so special.... Read More...

James Monroe Iglehart Warms Hearts With Lots of Soul at 54 Below

James Monroe Iglehart has punch and pizzazz. Both were on display at Feinstein’s/54 Below in his solo cabaret show, “How the Heck Did I Get Here?” This Genie holds more magic in his big heart than he’s ever displayed in Broadway’s Aladdin. Iglehart won a Tony award in 2015 for his show-stopping performance in Aladdin’s “A Friend Like Me.” What might be surprising is the number of layers beneath his comical veneer.... Read More...

Mike Pence Undercuts Trump Hamilton Feud; He Wasn’t Offended!

Donald Trump’s Twitter feud with the cast of Hamilton just lost a key ally–Mike Pence. At the risk of being next in Trump’s dog house, the Vice President-elect said today (Nov. 20) he wasn’t offended when actor Brandon Dixon addressed him from the stage. Pence, who appeared on “Fox News Sunday” was expected to advance Trump’s argument that the show owed him an apology. But he did just the opposite. ... Read More...

Jude Law Honored at Only Make Believe 17th Annual Gala (Photos!)

Jude Law was the marquee guest at Only Make Believe’s 17th Gala, an event that brings together Broadway stars to help raise funds for the non-profit organization’s interactive theatre for children in hospitals and care facilities. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the principle that freeing a child’s imagination is a valuable part of the healing process.... Read More...