Theatre

Timm, Fitzpatrick play Leopold and Loeb in ‘Thrill Me’

By ALAN SMASON, Theatre Critic, WYES-TV (“Steppin’ Out”)

While the Jazz Age produced headlines that proved titillating and provocative, none captured the nation’s attention more than the thrill-seeking murder of an innocent 14-year-old by two Jewish college graduates, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. In the anything-goes period marked by the...
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Jason Robert Brown’s ‘Last 5 Years’ closes here

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

Composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown has won multiple Tony Awards for his brilliant compositions and, most especially, for his tender ballads. First noted for his 1995 production of Songs for a New World, Brown later received critical acclaim for Parade, which...
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Last chance to see ‘Chicago’ Sunday

By ALAN SMASON, Theatre Critic, WYES-TV (“Steppin’ Out”)

There are many reasons why John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Chicago is the longest-running American Broadway show on the Great White Way. First of all, it is a thoroughly satisfying adult comedy with a remarkable book by the late Ebb and the...
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Ed Asner interview: The star of ‘A Man and His Prostate’ speaks

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

A fixture on TV and film screens for six decades, actor Ed Asner will be making a rare stop in New Orleans starring for two nights only in a one-man play “A Man and His Prostate” at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré...
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Immigrants stories told in ‘Amerike – The Golden Land’

By ALAN SMASON, Special to the CCJN

For the third year in a row the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbeine (NYTF) has presented a major theatrical production in Yiddish at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. This time out, it is “Amerike – The Golden Land,” a piece...
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Summer Lyric ends season with great ‘Gypsy’

By ALAN SMASON, WYES-TV Theatre Critic (“Steppin’ Out“)

With the final production of its 50th anniversary year, Summer Lyric Theatre (SLT) at Tulane has pulled off an amazing series under the helm of artistic director Michael McKelvey and “Gypsy” is the cherry on top of its sweet confectionary of Broadway...
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Tony Award winning ‘Indecent’ finishing its Broadway run

By ALAN SMASON, Theatre Critic, WYES-TV (“Steppin’ Out“)

Near the beginning of Indecent, the one-act ensemble piece by Paula Vogel, which netted director Rebecca Taichman her first Tony Award, the character of Lemml, the Stage Manager (Richard Topol), peers into the darkness enveloping the theater audience and announces “Every night...
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Cosmetic moguls’ rivalry revealed in ‘War Paint’

By ALAN SMASON, Theatre Critic, WYES-TV (“Steppin’ Out“)

What truly establishes “War Paint” as one of the most unusual Broadway experiences is that rarely are two Tony Award winning actresses allowed to share the stage with one another and stand strongly pound-for-pound, song-by-song next to each other and sing and...
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Artists ask Lincoln Center to boycott play supported by Israeli government

(JTA) — A group of more than 60 artists has called on Lincoln Center to retract a play that has backing from the Israeli government.

The play, “To the End of the Land,” is a part of the Lincoln Center Festival at the famed arts complex in New York. It...
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Producers for ‘Indecent’ change their minds; hold show till August

In a rare decision, the producers of “Indecent,” the Tony Award-winning play that describes the controversial mounting of Sholom Aleichem’s play in the 1920s, have decided to rescind their closing notice that would have shuttered the play in early July.

The decision has been made to keep the play running...
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