Let's Talk Off Broadway

Yvonne Korshak reviews Off-Broadway, Broadway, Film and Art

Month: February 2015

REVIEW Fashions for Men by Ferenc Molnar | Directed by Davis McCallum | Mint Theater

 … back to Budapest with you! … 

I had the good luck to see Molnar’s Liliom recently off- off Broadway and it’s a marvelous play:  in its way as good as the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel, based on it.  So (though I admit the title struck me as a little silly) I was really keen to see another Molnar play. Molnar, a Hungarian, was after all among the most popular playwrights in Europe and America for much of the first half of the 20th century.

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REVIEW The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill | Directed by Robert Falls | at BAM

Starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy,  Goodman Theatre’s production

… too much truth …

The Iceman Cometh is a great play that anyone interested in theater and literature should have the chance to know. It’s a true classic.

It’s a play about a bunch of “bums” – what daring to write on all counts! Sixteen alcoholics, have-beens and never-will-be’s hang out around Harry Hope’s bar, drowning their disappointments in booze while holding hope – and bolstering each others’ hopes — for a better tomorrow.

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REVIEW The Subtle Body by Megan Campisi | at 59E59

Directed by Michael Leibenluft, Gold No Trade production

This is a light comedy about an English physician, Dr. John Floyer, and his wife who are in China in the early 18th century.  There really was a Dr. John Floyer at this time who, like Floyer in this play, was interested in measuring the rate of the pulse, although the real Dr. Floyer never went to China.  What he knew about Chinese medicine came through missionary reports.

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REVIEW The Events by David Greig | with Neve McIntosh and Clifford Samuel | Director Ramin Grayn | Music by John Browne

In the summer of 2011 in Norway, Anders Reivik massacred 77 young people at a recreational camp. Among the who, barely escaping death themselves, witnessed teenagers pleading to the relentless killer for their lives was a female vicar and leader of a community choir. The Events, written by Scottish playwright David Greig and set in Scotland, examines the vicar’s frantic quest to find sense or meaning in the event, and to somehow purge herself of the memory and of the guilt of having been spared.

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