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A Sugary Rub on FAT HAM — Review

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May 27, 2022

Theatrely's Off Broadway review of Fat Ham by James Ijames now in performance at the Public Theater in New York City. Directed by Saheem Ali, the play just recently was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Off-Broadway
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INTO THE WOODS With a Hurricane of Talent — Review

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May 6, 2022

Theatrely's Off-Broadway review of Into The Woods at New York City Center's Encores! series directed by Lear deBessonet. The Sondheim musical features Sara Bareilles, Neil Patrick harris, Ann Harada, Julia Lester, Denée Benton, Gavin Creel, Shereen Pimentel, Heather Headley and more.

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Off-Broadway
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WISH YOU WERE HERE, A Masterful Work — Review

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May 3, 2022

Theatrely's Off-Broadway review of Wish You Were Here by Sanaz Toossi at Playwrights Horizons in New York City. Directed by Gate Taylor Upchurch, the cast includes Nikki Massoud, Nazanin Nour, Artemis Pebdani, and Roxanna Hope Radja, and Marjan Neshat.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

A CASE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD Is Sublime Theatre — Review

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May 2, 2022

Theatrely's Off-Broadway review of A Case for the Existence of God by Damuel D. Hunter. Directed by David Cromer, the play features Will Brill and Kyle Beltran and is produced at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City.

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Broadway
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Toil And Trouble In Chilled-Out MACBETH — Review

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April 29, 2022

Theatrely's Broadway review of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, directed by Sam Gold at the Longacre Theatre in New York City. Daniel Craig and Ruth Nega star in the new revival.

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Broadway
Reviews

MR. SATURDAY NIGHT is a Breezy Sunday Stroll — Review

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April 27, 2022

Theatrely's Broadway Review of Mr. Saturday Night starring Billy Crystal at the Nederlander Theatre in New York City. The show features Randy Graff, David Paymer, Shoshana Bean, Chasten Harmon, Jordan Gelber, Brian Gonzales, and Mylinda Hull. The musical features a score by Jason Robert Brown.

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Broadway
Reviews

HANGMEN Holds a Tight Noose — Review

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April 21, 2022

Theatrely's Broadway review of Martin McDonagh's Hangmen which is now in performance at the Golden Theatre in New York City. The show, directed by Matthew Dunster, stars Tracie Bennett, Alfie Allen, Gaby French, David Threlfall, and more.

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Broadway
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FOR COLORED GIRLS Returns Home To Broadway — Review

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April 20, 2022

Theatrely's Broadway review of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange which now in performance at the Booth Theatre in New York City. Directed by Camille A. Brown, the cast features Amara Granderson as Lady in Orange, Tendayi Kuumba as Lady in Brown, Kenita R. Miller as Lady in Red, Okwui Okpokwasili as Lady in Green, Stacey Sargeant as Lady in Blue, Alexandria Wailes as Lady in Purple, and D. Woods as Lady in Yellow.

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Broadway
Reviews

HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE Stuns With Two Excellent Performances — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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April 19, 2022

Theatrely's Broadway review of Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive which is now in performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York City. Directed by Mark Brokaw, the production features Mary-Louise Parker, David Morse, Johanna Day, Alyssa May Gold and Chris Myers.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

An Excellent CYRANO That Fights For Words — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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April 15, 2022

Theatrely's Off-Broadway review of Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand in a new version by Martin Crimp, directed by Jamie Lloyd at the Brooklyn Academy of Music starring James McAvoy.

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Broadway
Reviews

AMERICAN BUFFALO Doesn’t Tame its Beast — REVIEW

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April 14, 2022

Theatrely's Broadway review of David Mamet's American Buffalo starring Sam Rockwell, Laurence Fishburne, and Darren Criss. Directed by Neil Pepe, the drama is currently playing at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

Historic HARMONY In Turbulent Times — Review

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April 13, 2022

Theatrely's Off-Broadway Review of Harmony: A New Musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, directed and choregraphed by Warren Carlyle at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at Battery Place in New York City. The performance stars Chip Zien, Sierra Boggess, and a wonderful cast.

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Broadway
Reviews

BIRTHDAY CANDLES: The Monotonous Trick Kind — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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April 10, 2022

Theatrely's Broadway review of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City. Directed by Vivienne Benesch, the show features Debra Messing, Christopher Livingston, Enrico Colantoni, Susannah Flood, John Earl Jelks, and Crystal Finn.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

SUFFS Suffers From Stasis — Review

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April 6, 2022

Theatrely's Off Broadway review of Suffs by Shaina Taub, now in performance at the Public Theater in New York City. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the story of Wilson-era suffragists stars Jenn Colella, Nikki M. James, Philipa Soo, and an extraordinary cast.

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Broadway
Reviews

TAKE ME OUT Finds Loneliness In The Diamond — Review

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April 4, 2022

Theatrely's Broadway review of Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out now in performance at Second Stage's Hayes Theater in New York City. Directed by Scott Ellis, the show features Jesse Williams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Patrick J. Adams.

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Broadway
Reviews

An Unsteady Home In PARADISE SQUARE — Review

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April 3, 2022

Theatrely's Broadway review of Paradise Square directed by Moisés Kaufman and choreography by Bill T. Jones now at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City. The show features Joaquina Kalukango, Chilina Kennedy, John Dossett, Sidney DuPont, A.J. Shively, Nathaniel Stampley, Gabrielle McClinton, Jacob Fishel, and Kevin Dennis.

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Broadway
Features

Checked Out Of PLAZA SUITE — Review

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March 28, 2022

Theatrely's Broadway review of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. Directed by John Benjamin Hickey, the classic comedy is now in performance at the Hudson Theatre in New York City.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

Women On The Verge: HELP And AT THE WEDDING — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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March 28, 2022

Theatrely's review of Claudia Rankine's Help now in performance at The Shed and Bryna Turner's At The Wedding now in performance at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater, both in New York City.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

CONFEDERATES Sets The Plantation On Campus — Review

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March 28, 2022

Theatrely's review of Confederates by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Stori Ayers at Signature Theatre in New York City. The cast includes Elijah Jones, Kristolyn Lloyd, Andrea Patterson, Kenzie Ross and Michelle Wilson.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

THE LIFE Lives to Fight Another Day — Review

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March 18, 2022

Theatrely's review of The Life by David Newman, Ira Gasman, and Cy Coleman, in a newly reworked and adapted version by Billy Porter at New York City Center Encores!. The cast features Destan Owens, Mykal Kilgore, Ledisi, Alexandra Grey, and more.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

Nina Simone Comes to Life in LITTLE GIRL BLUE — Review

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March 15, 2022

Theatrely's review of Little Girl Blue starring and written by Laiona Michelle. The tale of Nina Simone is directed by Devanand Janki is now in performance at New World Stages in New York City.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

COAL COUNTRY Mines For Misery — Review

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March 10, 2022

Theatrely's review of Coal Country, from the Public Theatre and Audible Theatre. The musical by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, with original music by Steve Earle is now in production at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. The cast includes Mary Bacon, Amelia Campbell, Kym Gomes, Ezra Knight, Thomas Kopache, Michael Laurence, Deirdre Madigan, and Carl Palmer.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

THE CHINESE LADY Shines Through a Lacquered Cage — Review

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March 9, 2022

Theatrely's review of The Chinese Lady by Lloyd Suh now in performances at the Public Theater, in partnership with the Ma-Yi Theater Company in New York City. Directed by Ralph B. Peña, the performance stars Shannon Tyo and Daniel K. Isaac.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

OUT OF TIME, Just In Time — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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March 1, 2022

Theatrely's review of Out of Time, a collection of monologues by Asian American playwrights performed by an ensemble of veteran Asian-American actors which is now in performance at The Public Theater. Conceived and directed by Les Waters, the monologues are written by Jaclyn Backhaus, Sam Chanse, Mia Chung, Naomi Iizuka, and Anna Ouyang Moench.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

ENGLISH: A Stunning Education in Language — Review

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February 22, 2022

Theatrely's review of English by Sanaz Toossi, directed by Knud Adams from Atlantic Theater Company and Roundabout Theatre Company. English features Tala Ashe, Ava Lalezarzadeh, Pooya Mohseni, Marjan Neshat, and Hadi Tabbal.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

BLACK NO MORE Has Blues But No Bite — Review

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February 15, 2022

Theatrely's review of Black No More from The New Group. This new musical, inspired by George S. Schuyler’s 1931 novel, features Book by John Ridley; Lyrics by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter; Music by Tariq Trotter, Anthony Tidd, James Poyser and Daryl Waters; Choreography by Bill T. Jones; and Direction by Scott Elliott. The cast features Jennifer Damiano, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tamika Lawrence, Howard McGillin, Ephraim Sykes, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, and Lillias White to name a few.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

SPACE DOGS Aim For The Moon, Land In The Stars — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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February 13, 2022

Theatrely's review of Space Dogs, a new musical from MCC Theater written and starring Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire. Directed by Ellie Heyman, the musical about Laika the dog who traveled to space is choreographed by Darrell Grand Moultrie.

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Broadway
Reviews

THE MUSIC MAN Stirs Up Good Trouble — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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February 10, 2022

Theatrely's Broadway review for The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle. The book, music, and lyrics are penned by Meredith Willson. The musical is currently playing at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

SHHHH Makes Us Listen, But To What? — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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February 5, 2022

Theatrely's review of Clare Barron's Shhhh, which is now in performance at Atlantic Stage 2 in New York City. In addition to Clare Barron, Shhhh features Janice Amaya, Annie Fang, Nina Grollman, Greg Keller, and Constance Shulman.

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New York
Reviews

THE TAP DANCE KID Dusts Off Weary Shoes — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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February 3, 2022

Theatrely's review of The Tap Dance Kid, the first of this year's Encores! season at New York City Center. With music by Henry Krieger and Robert Lorick, the production is directed by Kenny Leon and choreographed by Jared Grimes. The cast includes Alexander Bello, Joshua Henry, Trevor Jackson, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and more.

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Broadway
Reviews

MJ: THE MUSICAL Is A Monument To Misconduct — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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February 1, 2022

Theatrely's Broadway review of MJ The Musical, a bio-jukebox musical about Michael Jackson now in performance at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City. Christopher Wheeldon directs and choreograph the musical with a book by Lynn Nottage starring Myles Frost.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

INTIMATE APPAREL Is Elegant, But Not Revealing Enough — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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January 31, 2022

Theatrely's review of Lynn Nottage and Ricky Ian Gordon's new opera Intimate Apparel which recently opened at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, directed by Bartlett Sher.

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Broadway
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A SKELETON CREW of Flesh and Blood — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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January 26, 2022

Theatrely's Broadway review of Dominique Morisseau's Skeleton Crew now in performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on West 47th Street in New York City. Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the play stars Chanté Adams, Joshua Boone, Brandon J. Dirden, Adesola Osakalumi, and Phylicia Rashad.

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Los Angeles
Features

Layton Lands in LA

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Juan A. Ramirez

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January 23, 2022

West End Star Layton Williams talks to us about coming to perform in America for the first time in Everybody's Talking About Jamie with Roy Haylock aka Bianca Del Rio at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles

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Cabaret
Features

Comedians Earnestly Singing Musical Theatre @ 54 Below

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Juan A. Ramirez

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January 19, 2022

Writer-comedians Reid Pope and Zach Schiffman are three things. Comedians, musical theatre fans, and very online—decide for yourself whether the list ascends or descends in unfortunateness. But, as such, they’ve gathered up a crew of fellow three-peat offenders for a show titled Comedians Earnestly Singing Musical Theatre, which promises (threatens?) fresh takes on popular showtunes. They’d done a digital version of this, back in November 2020, hosted Brooklyn Comedy Collective on their TVCO service. Per Schiffman, “everyone performed on Zoom, and it was streamed to a now-defunct app.” This time, they’ve booked Feinstein’s/54 Below for a late January show. We thought it’d be fun, given the funny people involved, to ask them a bit about comedy in musical theatre.

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Broadway
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FLYING OVER SUNSET On a Smoothed-Out Trip — Review

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December 13, 2021

Theatrely's Broadway review of Flying Over Sunset at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater. The Doors of Perception is an anomaly: the hyper-literate Aldous Huxley’s 1954 book about his experiences with mescaline, it married his breathtaking combination of crystal clear sociopolitics to a still-unmatched first person account of being under the influence of psychedelics. Equally bizarre was Clare Booth Luce, a staunch Republican congresswoman and ambassador to Italy whose 1936 play, The Women, famously featured no men and gave rich insight into the lives of Manhattan socialites. And then there’s Cary Grant, one of the handsomest Hollywood leading men who mastered the art of screwball while dodging lifelong gay allegations created by his living with another actor.

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Broadway
Reviews

A Hopeless Bachelorette in Excellent COMPANY — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 9, 2021

The 50th anniversary production of Company is not golden, as such anniversaries are, but rather an incandescent neon under Marianne Elliott’s ingenious direction. Though, thanks to the pandemic, it actually opens 51 years after the original landmark production. This lush, expensive-looking production arrives on Broadway following an acclaimed West End revival which swapped its perennially single protagonist from Bobby to Bobbie, creating an array of fascinating changes to its gender dynamics. 

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

KIMBERLY AKIMBO a Momentous Masterpiece — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 8, 2021

Kimberly Akimbo, the new musical which premiered tonight at the Atlantic Theater Company, does not carry itself with the weight David Lindsay-Abaire’s book and lyrics, and Jeanine Tesori’s music, hold. The offbeat anti-comedy glides along like an awkward teen at the New Jersey ice-skating rink its characters hang around, but make no mistake: this is a momentous work of theatre, exquisitely performed by a stellar cast of talent, known and new.

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Broadway
Reviews

CLYDE’S Serves Up Dreams and Insults — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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November 23, 2021

Clyde's is now in performance at the Hayes Theatre on 44th Street in New York City. A Broadway review of Lynn Nottage's latest play at Second Stage Theater.

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Broadway
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TROUBLE IN MIND Spotlights Racism’s Grip on Theatre — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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November 18, 2021

Alice Childress had a lot to say about being a Black woman working in theatre in 1955, and channeled those righteously indignant observations into Trouble in Mind, which finally opened Broadway earlier tonight. The work had been scheduled to transfer from its successful original off-Broadway run, but Childress would not make the cuts producers felt would smooth out the play’s open-faced callout of systemic racism, and the production was canceled. The story of how the play finally made it to the Great White Way is a bittersweet triumph that says more about our culture than about the work itself, and Roundabout Theatre Company is ensuring that we know it, announcing it before performances and noting it in all of its advertisements. The play’s insights, and the fact they remain as relevant now as they were over 60 years ago, are equally more about the context than the material. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright without the red-blooded urgency it calls for, it is more of a respectful replica of a time capsule than an authentic relic itself. A review of Trouble in Mind on Broadway.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

CULLUD WATTAH, Clear Vision — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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November 17, 2021

Erika Dickerson-Despenza, the writer of Cullud Wattah, a magnificent new play which just opened at the Public Theater, calls herself a ‘cultural-memory worker.’ I’d usually bristle at the self-proclaimed title, so vague in its implications, but anyone who can follow the stunning shadow/land—the first installment in her epic 10-play “Katrina cycle,” released as an audio production by the Public earlier this year—with a work of such breathtaking beauty can do just about anything, including convincing me of their title. Because, while Dickerson-Despenza is a playwright of the once-in-a-generation kind, these two works assert her mastery at combining the intimate family histories of classic memory plays with the political sharpness of an agile social worker. A review of cullud wattah at the Public Theater.

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Broadway
Reviews

DIANA Wears a Delightful, Dizzy Crown — Review

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November 17, 2021

Diana, The Musical opened tonight at the Longacre Theatre on West 48th Street here in New York City. Our Chief Critic Juan A. Ramirez went and reviewed the new production starring Jeanna de Waal.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

NOLLYWOOD DREAMS of Stardom Made Simple — Review

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November 12, 2021

Nollywood Dreams is a simple, delightful play in which a young woman wishes to break into Nigeria’s film industry (known as Nollywood) as it booms in the ‘90s. Written by Jocelyn Bioh with wit and well-observed attention to characterization, it is not much more than that. In its premiere production at MCC Theater, though, performed by a lovable cast, it doesn’t have to be. A review by Juan A. Ramirez.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

The Sparkle Is There With TREVOR — Review

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November 10, 2021

In that same spirit, Trevor, an agreeable new musical about a gay teen’s 1981 life, which just had its New York premiere at Stage 42, goes through the motions of the typical teen dramedy, likely inspiring younger audience members without risking anything in the process. With Dan Collins’ charming, if trite, book and lyrics, and Julianne Wick Davis’ forgettable music, it is much like the Instagram infographics which have recently taken the place of genuine activism: a telegraphed signal of virtue without much commitment.

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Off-Broadway
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THE VISITOR Carries Heavy Immigration Baggage — Review

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November 4, 2021

We first see Walter reprimanding his students for being distracted in class. Soon enough, however, he realizes he is just as distracted with his own life. Walter, played admirably by David Hyde Pierce, is a widowed economic professor whose spark is in danger of going out. In The Visitor, a new musical based on the 2007 film of the same name which premiered at the Public Theater, he rekindles that flame thanks to the discovery of two strangers who have set up camp in his unused Manhattan apartment. With music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, and a book by Yorkey and Kwame Kwei-Armah, it is a story which attempts to bridge the gap between an established American and the two undocumented immigrants he finds. Whether it closes that same divide between its intentions and its results is a question the work seems to have left answered back during the film’s premiere. The Visitor is now in performance at the Public Theater through December 5, 2021.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

MORNING SUN Shines a Tender Light on Ordinary Families — Review

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November 4, 2021

Morning Sun starring Blair Brown, Edie Falco, and Marin Ireland is now in performance at Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center through December 19, 2021.

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Broadway
Reviews

A Searing CAROLINE, OR CHANGE Finds Pain in Hope — Review

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October 27, 2021

A review of the Broadway production of Caroline, or Change starring Sharon D Clarke which is in performance at Studio 54 on West 54th Street in New York City.

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

FAIRYCAKES Not Worth Believing ― Review

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October 24, 2021

There is a whopping cast of twelve in Fairycakes, Douglas Carter Beane’s new sendup of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and other assorted fairy tales, which just opened at the Greenwich House Theater. Its stage is of a large enough size, but it buckles under the weight of Beane’s bloated design: twelve performers, some playing multiple roles, struggling to find a spare minute with which to make an impression, and tools to help them.

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Off-Broadway
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Sweating Out THE FEVER — Review

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October 17, 2021

You have to feel bad for the sole character in The Fever, Wallace Shawn’s 1990 monologue which just opened in a new production starring Lili Taylor at the Audible Theatre at Minetta Lane Theatre. The only thing worse than spending a night with your head in a porcelain bowl is doing so with a troubled mind, terminally regretful of every single thing you did to wind up here. Maybe you even start thinking about the state of the world, paralleling your own face-down demise to larger, global themes. The difference between such nights and this one-act performance, though, is that one is usually content to grab the toothpaste and move on.

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Broadway
Reviews

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY Trades Greed for Gold — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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October 14, 2021

A review of The Lehman Trilogy on Broadway, by Stefano Massini and adapted by Ben Power, which is now in performance at the Nederlander Theatre on West 41st Street in New York City.

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Broadway
Reviews

THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN Writ Large and Unoriginal — Review

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October 13, 2021

A Broadway review of Thoughts of a Colored Man, a new play by Keenan Scott II and directed by Steve H. Broadnax III and is now in performance at the John Golden Theatre on West 45th Street in New York City.

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Broadway
Reviews

IS THIS A ROOM Unsettles Reality — Review

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October 11, 2021

Our Chief Critic Juan A. Ramirez reviews Is This A Room on Broadway, which is now in performances at the Lyceum Theatre on West 45th Street in New York City, conceived and directed by Tina Satter.

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Broadway
Reviews

CHICKEN & BISCUITS Worth Seconds — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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October 11, 2021

A review of the new Broadway comedy Chicken & Biscuits which is now in performance at the Circle in the Square Theatre on West 50th Street in New York City.

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Broadway
Reviews

LACKAWANNA BLUES Hums a Tender Portrait of a Doting Matriarch — Review

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Juan A. Ramirez

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October 7, 2021

Ruben Santiago-Hudson is intimately familiar with Lackawanna Blues, his play which opened Thursday night at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, and not just because he based it on his own upbringing. The one-man ode to the woman who raised him premiered at the Public in 2001, was adapted by HBO in 2005, and has been performed here and there since. And yet, his eyes throughout the show reflect more than a glimmer of the bright lights of Broadway—they spark with the joy of generations and cultures finally expressing themselves on the largest stage in the country.

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New York
Features

Spilling BACKSTAGE TEA at Motel 23

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October 4, 2021

Jarvis Derrell and Rob Morean are figures well-known in two distinct, but not entirely separate, New York social spheres: theatre and queer nightlife. The two friends are lifelong performers and personalities—Morean was an understudy in the Broadway revival of Torch Song Trilogy, and Derrell is perhaps best known for his “She Has Had It!” Instagram account—who can often be seen toasting each others’ theatrical nature around the NYC queer scene.They’ve now partnered up to host Backstage Tea, a weekly Broadway-themed cabaret at Motel 23, a gay cocktail lounge which opened last year in Chelsea. The show promises well-known stars and up-and-coming performers “singing their favorite songs, answering your burning questions, and spilling all the tea,” with their first lineup featuring J. Harrison Ghee (Mrs. Doubtfire, Kinky Boots) and Danny Peter Smith, and future guests including Jelani Remy (Ain’t Too Proud, The Lion King) and Sojourner Brown.The Monday night residency at first seems unlikely programming for the revelrous club perhaps best known for hosting Lil Nas X’s SNL after-party, so I spoke with Derrell and Morean ahead of their first performance to get the scoop on their ambitious plan. 

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On Screen
Features

Gideon Glick on THE OTHER TWO

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October 4, 2021

Gideon Glick has been endearing himself to audiences since originating the role of shy, lovestruck Ernst in Spring Awakening. An actor capable of generating an incredible amount of empathy for his often bashful characters, he was last seen onstage as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors—a lauded run which was cut short by the pandemic.Never one to stay too far away from the spotlight, he recently appeared in the second season of HBO’s hit series, The Other Two, created by Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider . Playing Jess, the level-headed boyfriend of co-lead Cary Dubek (Drew Tarver) he stuck out in the surreal, pop culture-savvy comedy. His character’s sheer normalcy gave the show—possibly the sharpest, funniest critique of modern gay culture—a chance to explore gay relationships in the age of Instagram.

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Broadway
Reviews

SIX Earns Its Crown Jewels — Review

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October 3, 2021

Juan A. Ramirez reviews Six The Musical, which opened on Broadway tonight and currently plays at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York City.

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AND...SCENE!
Features

AND… SCENE! The Tonys Hangover

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October 2, 2021

Juan A. Ramirez spills on all of his thoughts on this year's Tony Awards in his latest column AND...SCENE!

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On Screen
Features

Lily Rabe on AHS and Repertory Theatre

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Juan A. Ramirez

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September 29, 2021

Chances are you’ve seen Lily Rabe in your favorite season of American Horror Story (AHS): she’s been on all but one of the long-running anthology’s ten iterations. The daughter of playwright David Rabe and actor Jill Clayburgh, she has made as much an impact onstage as she has onscreen, notably appearing in four productions at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park—one of which, The Merchant of Venice, earned her a Tony nomination.Back in the innocent Murder House days of the first AHS season, it’s unlikely that series creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck had envisioned forging what would essentially become a repertory theatre troupe. Now in its tenth season, the show has become a recurring playground for stage actors like Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, and Adina Porter.

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Tony Awards
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74th Annual Tony Awards — Our Predictions, Thoughts, and All That Jazz

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Juan A. Ramirez

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September 23, 2021

As we near this Sunday and the 74th Annual Tony Awards, which celebrates the Broadway season of almost two years ago, we at Theatrely got together to try and rack our brains and reflect on the 19/20 season. Editor-in-Chief Kobi Kassal, Chief Critic Juan A. Ramirez, and Contributing Writer Meg Masseron recently sat down to discuss this year’s Tonys and see the results of the Theatrely team’s ballot. We had 20 of our staff members fill out their picks and our conversation followed.

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On Screen
Reviews

DEAR EVAN HANSEN, You Missed Your Chance — Review

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September 22, 2021

Critic Juan A. Ramirez reviews Dear Evan Hansen, the film adaptation of the musical which will hit theatres on September 24.

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AND… SCENE! They Nearly Tore the Balcony Down!

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September 18, 2021

In Juan's column this week, he was on the ground at Chicago's opening night on Broadway and it was certainly a night for the books.

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Off-Broadway
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Triple-texting THE LAST OF THE LOVE LETTERS — Review

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September 13, 2021

Juan A. Ramirez reviews "The Last of the Love Letters” which plays through September 26 at the Linda Gross Theater at the Atlantic Theater Company on 20th Street in New York City.

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Off-Broadway
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Y mi mamá también: NI MI MADRE — Review

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August 26, 2021

Arturo Luís Soria’s Ni Mi Madre plays at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater through September 19. Our review for Theatrely.

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Broadway
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A New Dawn with PASS OVER — Review

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August 25, 2021

Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu's PASS OVER is now open on Broadway at the August Wilson Theatre. Read Juan A. Ramirez's review for Theatrely now.

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AND… SCENE! A Soulless Tribute to the Queen of Soul

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August 18, 2021

Juan dives deep into "Respect" with Jennifer Hudson and debates why this biopic wasn't quite what he was hoping for in this week's AND...SCENE!

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On Screen
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EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE: Twinky Boots — REVIEW

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August 14, 2021

Max Harwood stars as Jamie New in Everybody's Talking About Jamie film which lands on Amazon on September 17. Juan A. Ramirez reviews for Theatrely.

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New York
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Getting Personal with Amber Iman

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August 12, 2021

About midway through the first night of her Feinstein’s/54 Below residency, Amber Iman, a performer perhaps best known for her roles in Shuffle Along and Hamilton, said she “hates musical theatre, but loves not being homeless.” She was (sort of) kidding but, with a setlist that barely even touched the Broadway songbook, proved her talents brighter than a midtown marquee.

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New York
Reviews

MERRY WIVES: Falstaff & Chill — Review

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August 10, 2021

Juan A. Ramirez reviews Jocelyn Bioh's adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor currently playing at the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park — a celebratino of the joyful pan-African spirit.

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AND… SCENE! Concerts, Cabarets, and Causes Célèbres

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August 4, 2021

Juan A. Ramirez spent the past weekend jumping from concert to concert and seeing stars from Adrienne Warren to Larry Owens. He reflects in this week's AND...SCENE!

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New York
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Larry Owens: All Sondheim, All the Time

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July 30, 2021

Actor Larry Owens is now set to take the stage at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall for Sondheimia. An intimate blend of personal history and finely-tuned musical performance he began developing in July 2020, it is the logical outlet for a lifelong obsession with the work of the late Stephen Sondheim.

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AND… SCENE! Jagged Little Tina

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July 23, 2021

Who will take home the Best Actress Tony this year, Juan A. Ramirez thinks it's between Elizabeth Stanley with Jagged Little Pill and Adrienne Warren in Tina. Only time will tell.

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Virtual
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Phillipa Soo on Audible's THE STAND-IN and Representation

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July 21, 2021

Phillipa Soo, the actor best known for her work in musical favorites like Hamilton and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, has lent her Tony-nominated vocals to a more intimate avenue. In The Stand-In, an Audible Original by Lily Chu, she narrates and performs the story of Gracie, a Chinese-Canadian woman who becomes a Chinese star’s secret body double after a series of mistaken identities.

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AND… SCENE! Lillias White’s Parade

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July 16, 2021

In this week's column, Juan dives into Tony Winner Lillias White and all of her roles from Dreamgrils to Hercules.

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New York
Reviews

FRUMA-SARAH Ready For Her Close-Up — Review

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July 15, 2021

In E. Dale Smith’s new one-act play Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings), Jackie Hoffman stars as Ariana Russo, an embittered actor playing the ghost Fruma-Sarah in a community theatre production of Fiddler on the Roof.

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AND… SCENE! Who is Flying Me Out To See ANYTHING GOES?

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July 13, 2021

Will Anything Goes even be understood by Gen Z? Juan is READY to fly to London and see Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney and talks all about it in his latest And Scene!

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On Screen
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John Benjamin Hickey on SUBLET and Gay Representation

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June 26, 2021

John Benjamin Hickey recently starred in Sublet, a film by Yossi & Jagger director Eytan Fox about a gay travel writer who strikes up a friendship with the young owner of the Tel Aviv apartment he rents for an assignment.

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AND...SCENE! Sweet, Sweet, Charity

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June 18, 2021

In this week's AND...SCENE!, Juan talks more about Sweet Charity.

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On Screen
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Krysta Rodriguez Talks Liza Minnelli and Messy Women

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June 16, 2021

Krysta Rodriguez has spent much of her career playing ambitious, off-beat women. From Wednesday Addams, to Ilse in Spring Awakening, and Megara in the Public’s Hercules, her characters have often reflected her own scrappy, can-do spirit.In the Netflix miniseries Halston, about the fashion trailblazer’s life, she has found a perfect match playing Liza Minnelli. The EGOT recipient was a close friend of the fashion icon, and their Studio 54-heavy lifestyles closely mirrored each other in their highly publicized mix of brilliance and self-destruction.

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On Screen
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REVOLUTION RENT Brings America to Cuba and Back Again

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June 15, 2021

Revolution Rent airs on HBO and HBO Max on June 15. We spoke with Andy Señor Jr. on how the film came to be.

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AND... SCENE! Suddenly Screaming

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June 11, 2021

In this week's AND...SCENE!, Juan dives deep into stanning a new diva, the one and only Ellen Greene!

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Virtual
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THE NICETIES Finds Focus in New Virtual Production

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June 10, 2021

The Niceties, Eleanor Burgess’s play about the explosive fallout between a white American History professor and one of her Black students, is now a free, online production.

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New York
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THE DRAMA BOOK SHOP is Reopening! Thomas Kail and David Korins Chat The Importance of This New York Landmark

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June 8, 2021

The Drama Book Shop—a storied purveyor of scripts and other theatre-related products—will open its doors in a new location on West 39th Street. Owners Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, lead producer Jeffrey Seller, and theatre-owner James L. Nederlander are excited to share it with New York once more.

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On Screen
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IN THE HEIGHTS’ Daphne Rubin-Vega on the Power of Representation

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June 8, 2021

Theatre royalty Daphne Rubin-Vega stars in IN THE HEIGHTS, we caught up with Rubin-Vega via Zoom to talk about her career, and why she thinks the film is a landmark for movie musicals and Latinx representation. 

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AND… SCENE! Orville Peck, Born His Way

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June 4, 2021

It is almost entirely confirmed that Orville Peck was in the cast of Peter Pan Goes Wrong on the West End and possibly other stage shows.

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New York
Reviews

Immersive PERSOU In Chelsea Leaves Room For More — Review

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June 3, 2021

"Persou" is currently running at The Cell Theatre in Chelsea until June 12th.

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On Screen
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CRUELLA, The Joker Wears Puppies — Review

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June 3, 2021

Emma Stone and Emma Thompson star in "Cruella" which is currently in theatres and streaming on Disney+.

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Industry
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MARQUEE DIGITAL is Changing Theatre One Program At A Time

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May 24, 2021

Marquee Digital––a paperless alternative to print theatre programs––has the potential to revolutionize the way we engage with the performing arts. 

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AND… SCENE! Everybody’s Disappointed About Jamie (and Evan)

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May 22, 2021

Earlier this week, Amazon announced that the film adaptation of "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" is headed to their streaming service, and Juan A. Ramirez has some thoughts in this week's AND...SCENE!

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On Screen
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IN THE HEIGHTS Lives Up To Its Name — Review

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May 21, 2021

See what our chief critic thought of IN THE HEIGHTS which hits theaters and HBO Max starting June 11.

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Virtual
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The ANIMAL WISDOM of Ghosts and Catfishes — Review

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May 20, 2021

A new filmed adaptation of her 2017 Bushwick Starr “musical seance”, ANIMAL WISDOM is co-produced by the American Conservatory Theater and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

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Off-Broadway
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LILIES Is No Fresh Bouquet — Review

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May 19, 2021

We sent our chief critic to one of the first indoor performances in the city, see what he thought of "Lilies" - currently playing at The Theatre Center Off-Broadway.

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AND… SCENE! Who’s Gonna Rouge Their Knees in September?

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May 15, 2021

It's dream casting season now baby...In this week's AND...SCENE! Juan ponders who might be in Chicago once it reopens in New York City this September.

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AND...SCENE! Anything Went

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May 8, 2021

Juan dives deep into his obsession of Sutton Foster and explores her new pre-recorded concert special "Bring Me to Light" at New York City Center in this week's AND...SCENE!

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AND… SCENE! Local Street Gangs Dance Again

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May 1, 2021

In this week's AND... SCENE!, Juan A. Ramirez caught the official teaser for Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story", and he has some thoughts...

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AND… SCENE! The TikToker’s Frug

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April 23, 2021

Continuing with his love of Gwen Verdon, in this week's AND...SCENE!, Juan A. Ramirez explores the latest TikTok trend using the "Rich Man's Frug".

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On Screen
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Billy Magnussen Talks Stage, Screen, and Toxic Masculinity

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April 20, 2021

Star of stage and screen Billy Magnussen chats with Juan A. Ramirez on his latest performance in HBO Max's "Made For Love" and his love of the theatre.

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AND… SCENE! Whatever Verdon Wants...

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April 16, 2021

No thoughts this week, just Gwen Verdon. In this week's AND...SCENE!, Juan A. Ramierz dives into his deep love of Ms. Verdon.

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New York
Reviews

SHADOW/LAND a Stunning First Entry in Public’s ‘Katrina Cycle’ — Review

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April 16, 2021

Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s play shadow/land, presented as an audio production for the Public Theater, is a tremendous new work. As the first installment of an epic 10-play ‘Katrina cycle,’ it signals the beginning of what promises to be a staggering achievement in theatre which concerns itself with race, ecology, queer feminism, and human displacement.

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And...Scene! John Cullum and the Broadway Divo

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April 9, 2021

We all love a good Broadway Diva...but what about the leading men?! Juan A. Ramirez explores this very topic in this week's AND...SCENE!

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