"That's Entertainment!," anthem of the classic 1953 MGM tuner "The Band Wagon," asserts, "A show that is really a show/Sends you out with a kind of a glow." But what if it sends you out scratching…
John Doyle's brilliant, Tony Award-winning reimagining of the Sondheim/Wheeler "Sweeney Todd" as fever dream shows how a great artwork can yield new secrets when the context and metaphor are well…
"Henry IV, Part I" may not feature Shakespeare's transcendent poetry nor stimulate profound insights into the human condition.
Nilaja Sun's "No Child ...," dramatizing a trip down a rabbit hole into the bizarro world of urban public schools, is a bracing antidote to the pompous rhetoric of an election year. In its…
Richard Greenberg, the gifted playwright Henry James only dreamed of becoming, explores Jamesian themes of fortune management and self-reconstruction in his 1990 high comedy "The American Plan,"…
Although Shakespeare's plays were written for all-male performance, modern unigender productions, especially of the tragedies, usually come off as gratuitous and ly trivial. Happily, the all-female…
Every new "Cabaret" seems to strain harder to invest the Kander and Ebb musicalization of Christopher Isherwood's "Berlin Stories" with a profound statement about the Third Reich and/or universal…
Odds are, someone is performing "The Importance of Being Earnest" somewhere in the world every day -- and inadequately.
As far as legit goes, hip-hop's driving rhythms and audacious rhyme schemes have been largely restricted to poetry slams and one-person shows. Now they triumphantly represent in the telling of "The…
The 1950s Cold War setting, film noir-inspired imagery, espionage plots and references to Joe McCarthy and Ike are all red herrings in "Red Herring,"