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Category: ATW Digest

'Bright Star' - A Tuneful, Moving Journey

Carmen Cusack and Paul Alexander Nolan in Bright Star (©Nick Stokes) The hands of time sweep backward in Bright Star, the musical which has just opened at Broadway's Cort Theatre. It's not just that the show takes place in the early 1920s and mid-19… more »

'Wide Awake Hearts' - A Pirandellian Look at

Tony Naumovski, Ben Cole, and Clea Alsip in Wide Awake Hearts (©Carol Rosegg) Theatergoers enter a multimedia Pirandellian universe in Brendan Gall's Wide Awake Hearts, which opened last night at 59E59 Theaters. Gall's conceit for the piece centers… more »

'Love & Money' - Gurney Channels Dickens, Guare

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'From Broadway With Love' - CDs, DVD, Blu-Ray Offer Stirring Performances, Aid Worthy Cause

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'Honeymoon in Vegas' - Much Fun to Be Found in This Musical Trip to 'Sin City'

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ATW Digest - UK Propeller Opens 'Merchant of Venice' at BAM - read the reviews

New York Times Shylock Schemes Behind Prison Bars This provocative new production puts Shakespeare’s play on lockdown in a brutally violent men’s jail. New York Post 'Merchant' is a pound of fresh In a season packed with superb revivals, you'd be r… more »

ATW Digest - Offices opens at Atlantic - read the reviews

New York Times Coen’s-Eye View of 9 to 5 This set of three short plays by Ethan Coen leaves a distinctive if fleeting aftertaste that you’re not sure whether to savor or spit out. New York Daily News 'Offices' is all work and three short, sly plays… more »

ATW Digest - Scott's 'Rapture' opens off-Bway - read the reviews [updated]

ADDITIONS LATE DAY May 4, 2009 BackStage Everyday Rapture reviewed by Adam R. Perlman The world was created for Sherie Rene Scott. This is one of the options presented by "Everyday Rapture," her one-woman autobiographical show—which is neither strict… more »

ATW Digest - Waiting for Godot opens - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - Waiting for Godot Finding Beckett's Merrier Side New York Times Tramps for Eternity Anthony Page’s smart, engaging production of “Waiting for Godot” makes it clear that this greatest of 20th-century plays is also enterta… more »

ATW Digest - Musical 9 to 5 opens - read the reviews

TheaterMania Review: 9 to 5 Allison Janney gives a marvelously charismatic performance in this sturdy if unexceptional musical version of the film about a trio of strong-willed secretaries. [this is my review for this one] New York Times Sisterhood… more »

ATW Digest - Accent on Youth opens on B'way - read the reviews [updated]

Additions, midday, April 30, 2009: Bloomberg.com Hyde Pierce Restores Comic Gem of Depression-Era Broadway: Jeremy Gerard Like you, no doubt, I’d never heard of Samson Raphaelson. Until last night, when his 1934 “Accent on Youth” opened in a sparkli… more »

ATW Digest - Desire Under the Elms opens on B'way - read the reviews [updated 4/29/09]

Additions for April 29, 2009: ny1 NY1 Theater Review: "Desire Under The Elms" Director Robert Falls has taken some bold liberties with "Desire Under The Elms," starting, most conspicuously with the elimination of the trees. Instead of elms, we get ro… more »

ATW Digest - The Singing Forest opens at the Public - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review: The Singing Forest Scars of the Holocaust New York Times High-Caffeine Farce, With a Dark Viennese Roast Craig Lucas has written an ambitious but muddled comedy-drama about three generations of an angst-ridden family. *… more »

ATW Digest - The Philanthropist opens on B'way - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review: The Philanthropist When Finding Good Backfires New York Times The Mildest of Manners Have Perils For sheer dullness, this moribund revival beats just about anything on Broadway this season. New York Daily News Prof posi… more »

ATW Digest - Revived 'Norman Conquests' Hits Broadway - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review: The Norman Conquests A Comedic Trilogy Triumphs on Broadway New York Times Unrequited Lust, in Triplicate The topping, London-born revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Norman Conquests” cripples you with laughter that shakes the… more »

ATW Digest - Cirque Du Soleil's Kooza opens in NY - read the reviews

New York Times Send in Those Clowns, the Ones Who Aren’t Afraid to Snigger What is special about “Kooza” is that it introduces some carefully choreographed chaos and old-fashioned sideshow spark to the Cirque du Soleil formula. New York Post 'Box' s… more »

ATW Overnight Digest - The Norman Conquests early review round-up

AmericanTheaterWeb Review: The Norman Conquests A Comedic Trilogy Triumphs on Broadway New York Times Unrequited Lust, in Triplicate The topping, London-born revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Norman Conquests” cripples you with laughter that shakes the… more »

ATW Digest - Mary Stuart opens on B'way - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - Mary Stuart Political Maneuvering, Human Frailties Deftly Delivered New York Times Must I Remind Your Majesty, Two’s a Crowd? Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter star in the terrifically exciting new production of Friedrich… more »

ATW Digest - LCT opens 'Joe Turner' revival on B'way - read the reviews

New York Times Wilson’s Wanderers, Searching for Home Great works of art often tote heavy baggage. Yet the revival of August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” a drama of indisputable greatness, feels positively airborne. New York Daily News Wil… more »

ATW Digest - Next to Normal opens - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - Next to Normal Impressive New Musical Tackles Difficult Subject New York Times Fragmented Psyches, Uncomfortable Emotions: Sing Out! No show on Broadway right now makes as direct a grab for the heart — or wrings it as th… more »

ATW Digest - Howe's Chasing Manet opens - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review: Chasing Manet Confronting Life's End in the Bronx New York Times Sailing Off, Wheelchairs at the Prow The quirks assigned to the characters in Tina Howe’s whimsy-clotted new play all feel preowned (as the car vendors say)… more »

ATW Digest - Rock of Ages opens on B'way - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review: Rock of Ages 80s Rock Highlghted in This Terrific Jukebox Musical New York Times Big-Hair Rockers Return in a New Arena: Broadway “Rock of Ages” is a seriously silly, absurdly enjoyable arena-rock musical. New York Daily… more »

ATW Digest - Musical The Toxic Avenger opens - read the reviews [updated 4/8/09]

Additions for April 8, 2009: Associated Press 'Toxic Avenger' Tests Your Tolerance for Silliness Get ready to put your tolerance for silliness to the test. Time Out New York Review: The Toxic Avenger The 1980s cult flick gets a shamelessly schloc… more »

ATW Digest - Durang's 'Why Torture Is Wrong...' opens - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review: Why Torture Is Wrong, and The People Who Love Them Terrorist Plot Paranoia Gleefully Skewered New York Times Panties, Squirrels and Lots of Ammo Christopher Durang’s new work is a hilarious and disturbing comedy about all… more »

ATW Digest - reasons to be pretty opens on B'way - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review: reasons to be pretty LaBute's Biting Comic Drama About Looks, More New York Times First You Shut Up, Then You Grow Up This wonderfully acted production of Neil LaBute’s play may turn out to be the sentimental sleeper of t… more »

ATW Digest - Hair opens on B'way - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - Hair Audiences Will Love This American Tribal Love-Rock Revival New York Times A Frizzy, Fizzy Welcome to the Untamed ’60s This emotionally rich revival delivers what Broadway otherwise hasn’t felt this season: the inten… more »

4/1/09 Overnight Clips - Hair reviews

Got in late from TFANA's Hamlet, figured I'd get a small set of links up about the Hair revival. AmericanTheaterWeb Review - Hair Audiences Will Love This American Tribal Love-Rock Revival New York Times A Frizzy, Fizzy Welcome to the Untamed ’60s… more »

ATW Digest - New Musical Happiness Debuts - read the reviews

New York Times Accidental Tourists, on a Train to Eternity Despite top-grade production values and a polished cast, this anxious smiley face of a musical slumps into a funk soon after it begins. New York Daily News No light at the end of this tunnel… more »

ATW Digest - Camargo Opens TFANA Hamlet - read the reviews

New York Times Surrounded by So Many, One Soul Remains Alone Christian Camargo’s virtually perfect portrayal of Hamlet is the second Shakespearean astonishment in a row from Theater for a New Audience. Associated Press Christian Camargo Stars in a S… more »

ATW Digest - Feldshuh Opens in Irena's Vow on B'way - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - Irena's Vow A Woman's Extraordinary Heroism New York Times In Grave Times, Exemplary Courage A little-known story of heroism is transformed into theatrical hokum in Dan Gordon’s efficiently manipulative drama. New York… more »

ATW Digest - Finian's Rainbow at City Center's Encores! - read the reviews

New York Times An Irish Immigrant in Missitucky With the Lowdown on High Finance “Finian’s Rainbow,” the 1947 musical by Burton Lane and E. Y. Harburg, has received an ebullient Encores! revival at City Center. NewYork Daily News 'Finian's Rainbow'… more »

ATW Digest - Rush, Sarandon Open Exit the King on B'way - read the reviews

TheaterMania Review: Exit the King Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon and Lauren Ambrose give excellent performances in Neil Armfield's beautifully calibrated revival of Eugene Ionesco's absurdist comedy. My review is appearing here, in lieu of ATW-AP Ne… more »

ATW Digest - Allen, Irons open Impressionism on Broadway - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - Impressionism A Clear Picture Fails To Materialize New York Times The Past Comes Alive, Frozen in a Frame Pithy little life lessons keep coming at you in Michael Jacobs’s “Impressionism,” as if off a conveyor belt in a g… more »

ATW Digest - 'Zooman' revival opens - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - Zooman and the Sign Revisiting Urban Violence of the Late '70s New York Times A Cold Soul, and the Society That Put It on Ice The concluding production of the Signature Theater Company’s season devoted to the Negro Ensem… more »

ATW Digest - Inked Baby opens at Playwrights Horizons - read the reviews

New York Times Lurking Beneath Surface: Domestic Strife and Illness Nobody seems to like talking much in “Inked Baby,” a listless new play by Christina Anderson. New York Daily News Sister pact: To surrogate with love Chances are you’ve never had a… more »

ATW Digest - God of Carnage opens on B'way - read the reviews [updated 3/24/09]

Updates for March 24, 2009: New York Post Cindy Adams: Thank 'God' for a delicious new play Time Out New York Review: God of Carnage All-star cast rips into Yasmina Reza's comedy Hartford Courant 'God Of Carnage' Is Gripping, Intensely Acted A… more »

ATW Digest - West Side Story revival opens on B'way - read the reviews [updated 3:00PM]

Updates, 3:00PM EST, March 20, 2009 AmericanTheaterWeb Review - West Side Story A Beautifully Compelling Revival New York Times Our Gangs Arthur Laurents has exchanged insolence for innocence in the new revival of “West Side Story,” and, as with m… more »

ATW Digest - Musical Rooms opens - read the reviews

Back Stage Rooms: A Rock Romance reviewed by Andy Propst This familiar tale is made plausible, and curiously pleasant, by the performers, who uncover surprising depths in these Scottish youths New York Daily News 'Rock Romance' makes a fine duet Ca… more »

ATW Digest - Civil Rights Drama The Good Negro opens at the Public - read the reviews

Back Stage The Good Negro reviewed by Andy Propst [critic'spick] There's almost a Shakespearean quality to Tracey Scott Wilson's The Good Negro, an examination of behind-the-scenes events during the civil rights movement in Alabama circa 1963. New Yo… more »

ATW Digest - Starry Blithe Spirit revival opens on B'way - read the reviews [updated 3/17/09]

Updates for March 17, 2009: The Guardian Blithe Spirit, Shubert Theatre, New York With a lavish set and excerpts from Coward songs between acts, this is as good a cure for grimness as it ever was, says Emma Brockes Time Out New York Review: Blithe… more »

ATW Digest - Humor Abuse opens at MTC - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - Humor Abuse Life With Father, a Clown New York Times Pratfalling Through an Eccentric Childhood, the Son of a Clown Lorenzo Pisoni’s endearing new solo show is about growing up the son of a professional clown. New York… more »

ATW Digest - Fonda opens 33 Variations on B'way - read the reviews [updated 3/11/09]

Additions for March 11, 2009: Financial Times 33 Variations, Eugene O’Neill Theatre, New York The structure of Moisés Kaufman’s new play unravels with plodding inevitability, writes Brendan Lemon Time Out New York Review: 33 Variations Jane Fonda… more »

ATW Digest - Blood Type: Ragu has opened - read the reviews

New York Times Mapping a Family’s Domestic Battleground Frank Ingrasciotta’s one-man show is a mostly humorous autobiographical narrative peppered with portraits of colorful Sicilian relatives and Brooklyn personalities. New York Post Remembrance of… more »

ATW Digest - Heroes - with Cullman, Holgate, Hogan - opens - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review: Heroes 3 WWI Vets in Their Golden Years in France New York Times A Front-Line Assault on Decrepitude This slight comedy by the French playwright Gérald Sibleyras, translated into English by Tom Stoppard, is mainly a sitco… more »

ATW Digest - Distracted opens - read the reviews

Back Stage NY Reviews Distracted reviewed by Andy Propst Despite the emotionally charged subject matter and well-crafted performances, Distracted never fully engages the heart. New York Times To Medicate, or Not to Medicate? That Is One Question I… more »

ATW Digest - Playwrights Horizons opens 'Savannah Disputation' - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - The Savannah Disputation Theology & Spiritual Crisis with a Hefty Dose of Curmudgeonly Humor New York Times Dodging Hellfire, Armed With Quips and the Obliging Father Murphy Evan Smith’s insubstantial but funny play… more »

ATW Digest - New Vic Offers Henry V - read the reviews

New York Times The King, All Grown Up and Ready to Wage Battle This solid if drab-looking staging of Shakespeare’s “Henry V” does not slice and dice the text to make it more palatable for young audiences. Variety Review: Henry V This stripped-down… more »

ATW Digest - Tales of an Urban Indian opens at the Public - read the reviews

New York Times Take My Life, Please: The Indian Version This affable one-man show doesn’t belittle or romanticize, but it still seems as formulaic as any Hollywood movie New York Post Going native in a big city Confessional monologues are a dime a… more »

ATW Digest - Cromer's Staging of Our Town opens - read the reviews [updated 3/3/09]

Updates for March 3, 2009: Time Out New York Review: Our Town Director David Cromer reawakens a great American play. First Night Reviews: AmericanTheaterWeb Review: Our Town Rediscovering a Classic New York Times 21st-Century Grover’s Corner… more »

ATW Digest - Guys and Dolls revival opens on B'way - read the reviews [updated 3/3/09]

Additions for March 3, 2009 Time Out New York Review: Guys and Dolls Luck is not a lady with this ill-cast revival of the classic tuner. Enertainment Weekly Review: Guys and Dolls The trouble with Jersey Boys director Des McAnuff's Broadway reviv… more »

ATW Digest - Kaspar Hauser at The Flea - read the reviews

Variety Review: Kaspar Hauser: A Foundling's Opera Elizabeth Swados has always gone her own way, and her new music-theater piece, "Kaspar Hauser: A Foundling's Opera," is stamped with some of her familiar idiosyncrasies: the childlike perspective; the… more »

ATW Digest - Chatauqua! at P.S. 122 - read the reviews

New York Times Recalling When Entertainment Joined Education “Chautauqua!” is a jaunty, stimulating new experiment that tests out an old form. Back Stage Chautauqua! reviewed by Gwen Orel The design of the show adds to a festive mood, yet a theatri… more »

ATW Digest - Lawrence's 'Widowing of Mrs. Holyroyd' opens - read the reviews

New York Post D.H. Lawrence play is in Mint condition The Mint Theater has done it again. While the rest of the town's classical theater companies are mainly content to showcase the usual endless diet of Shakespeare, Chekhov, Williams and O'Neill, thi… more »

ATW Digest - Othello at TFANA has opened - read the reviews

New York Times Love Curdled Through a Malevolent Scheme Shakespeare is the star in the gripping “Othello.” He is handled with the kind of artistry we rarely find. New York Daily News 'The Winter's Tale,' 'Othello' are suspicious but delicious An un… more »

ATW Digest - Rattlestick opens 'That Pretty Pretty' - read the reviews

Variety Review: That Pretty-Pretty; or, The Rape Play Among other topics dear to its black heart, show rails against slacker guys who think of women as sex objects and literary guys who write stuff that feeds that perception. But due to self-indulgent… more »

ATW Digest - Civilians open This Beautiful City - read the reviews [updated 2/24/09

Additions for February 24, 2009: AmericanTheaterWeb Review; This Beautiful City The Evangelicals of Colorado and Those Who Oppose Them New York Post Sermons on the mount The Civilians hit the jackpot when they went to Colorado Springs, Colo., to r… more »

ATW Digest - Second Bridge Project Production, The Winter's Tale opens - read the reviews [updated 2/24/09]

Additions for February 24, 2009: AmericanTheaterWeb Review: The Winter's Tale Finding Unity in Shakespeare's Fractured Play Bloomberg.com Ethan Hawke, Slinging Guitar, Heats Up Shakespeare's `Winter': John Simon The Anglo-American, symbolically n… more »

ATW Digest - The Story of My Life opens on B'way - read the reviews [updated 10:14AM EST]

Mid-Morning Addition, 2/20/09: Bloomberg.com Artsy New Musical of Unrequited Love Is Delusional Twaddle: John Simon The new Broadway musical “The Story of My Life” is not so much a show as an entrapment. Two good actors, Will Chase and Malcolm Gets,… more »

ATW Digest - New Group Revives Mourning Becomes Electra - read the reviews

New York Times Blood and Guts in the Haunted House of Mannon There are bad nights at the theater, and then once in a blue moon comes a lulu like this revival of Eugene O’Neill’s “Mourning Becomes Electra.” New York Daily News 'Mourning' is broken in… more »

ATW Digest - Soul Samurai opens - read the reviews

TheaterMania Review: Soul Samurai Qui Nguyen's tale of a woman warrior out for revenge is a wildly funny, action-packed delight. nytheatre.com Review: Soul Samurai That fresh breeze of theatrical energy you're feeling from downtown Manhattan is Sou… more »

ATW Digest - Nottage's Blackburn-Nominated Ruined Bows in NY - read the reviews [updated 2/17/09]

February 17, 2009 updates: New York Magazine Misery Times Two Uncle Vanya’s jumpy, star-studded Russian melancholy, and Lynn Nottage’s grimly lyric Ruined Wall Street Journal In the Land of Nightmares "Ruined," which chronicles the terrible reali… more »

ATW Digest - Uncle Vanya opens - read the reviews [updated 2/17/09]

February 17, 2009 Updates: Edge New York Uncle Vanya Behind the marquee names, a heartfelt and modern production of Chekhov’s melancholy masterpiece. New York Magazine Misery Times Two Uncle Vanya’s jumpy, star-studded Russian melancholy, and Ly… more »

ATW Digest - Moses' 'Love/Stories' opens at the Flea - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - 'Love/Stories' - Romance, Art of Theater Shrewdly Explored New York Post Flea puts on some one-acters with market value Other than delivering a cutesy pre-curtain announce ment, playwright Itamar Moses doesn't actually ap… more »

ATW Digest - Time Stands Still in CA - read the reviews

New York Times Iraq’s Toll on Journalists, and Those Who Love Them The risks and responsibilities of a life in photojournalism are the subject of “Time Stands Still,” a reflective but low-key new drama that opened Wednesday in Los Angeles. Variety R… more »

ATW Digest - LaBute's Wrecks opens in London - read the reviews

The Times UK Wrecks, Bush, London A widower shares doting memories of his dead wife in Neil LaBute's disappointing one-man play, lacking tension and conflict The Guardian Wrecks, Bush, London Edward Carr is such a likable, ordinary bloke that it t… more »

Anne Hathaway to Star in Public's Summertime Twelfth Night; Akalaitis to Stage The Bacchae

The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) announced today that the 2009 Shakespeare in the Park summer season will begin in June with a new production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night directed by D… more »

ATW Digest - Memphis aiming for Broadway, playing in Seattle - read the reviews

Seattle Times Theater review Promising "Memphis" musical needs a bit of tuning Seattle Post-Intelligencer 'Memphis' truly rocks 5th Avenue "Memphis" blasts off with the ballistic force of a driving guitar solo. Seattlest Memphis, A Musical Must-S… more »

ATW Digest - Busch's The Third Story opens - read the reviews [updated 2/11/09]

Updates for February 11, 2009: Village Voice Busched and Ambushed in The Third Story and You're Welcome America by Michael Feingold New York Magazine Bush and Busch Comic man-child Will Ferrell takes his perfect role to Broadway. Plus: The battling… more »

ATW Digest - Ferrell opens 'You're Welcome America' on Broadway - read the reviews [updated 2/11/09]

February 11, 2009 additions: Village Voice Busched and Ambushed in The Third Story and You're Welcome America by Michael Feingold New York Post Will Ferrell's Bush League Show He'll do anything for a laugh -- even insult dead troops The Guardian… more »

ATW Digest - Minsky's opens in L.A. - read the reviews [updated 2/11/09]

February 11, 2009 additions: Edge Los Angeles Minsky’s "Minsky’s" harkens back to the fun musicals of the past... but is it as much fun as they can be? L.A. Weekly Stage Raw: Candida [Also includes 'Minsky's' review....scroll down...., AP] New… more »

ATW Digest - Leah's Train opens - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - Leah's Train - At the Intersection of Past and Present New York Times Track Changes: Making Connections on the Railroad Karen Hartman’s play is a worthwhile, mostly well-written and well-performed drama about family and t… more »

ATW Digest - Encores!' Music in the Air - read the reviews [updated 2/7/09, 7:10AM]

February 7, 2009 updates: New York Times Inside the Big, Bad City, Temptations by the Score “Music in the Air” is one of those gently witty parodies of a quaint art form that wind up seeming quainter than the real thing. New York Daily News "Music… more »

ATW Digest - Complicite's Shun-Kin opens in London - read the reviews

The Times UK Shun-Kin, Barbican, London This is a fascinatingly ambiguous piece, finely staged by Simon McBurney and complete with his Complicite-style effects The Guardian Shun-kin, Barbican, London The excitment you so often get from a Complicit… more »

ATW Digest - Ruhl's 'In the Next Room' opens in CA - read the reviews

Los Angeles Times Review: 'In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)' at Berkeley Rep What do women want? The question flummoxed Freud, whose erotic theories drew mostly blanks when it came to the opposite sex. San Francisco Chronicle Theater review:… more »

ATW Digest - Hedda Gabler, starring Mary-Louise Parker, opens on B'way - read the reviews [updated 2/5/09]

Updates for February 5, 2009 Financial Times Hedda Gabler, American Airlines Theatre, New York Theoretically smart, this Mary-Louise Parker’s Ibsen debut is curiously uninvolving, writes Brendan Lemon nypress Not Quite, Getting Hedda Mary-Louise P… more »

ATW Digest - Spring Awakening's opening in London - read the reviews

The Guardian Spring Awakening, Lyric Hammersmith, London Frank Wedekind's savage play about adolescent sex gets the feelgood musical treatment, writes Michael Billington Daily Telegraph Spring Awakening at the Lyric, Hammersmith - review Daring and… more »

ATW Digest - Disfarmer opens at St. Ann's Warehouse - read the reviews

New York Times An Eccentric Existence: Ice Cream, Beer and Art The reclusive life of an American eccentric is examined in scrupulous, sometimes strange detail in this exquisitely designed but conceptually thin puppet-theater work. Gothamist Opinioni… more »

ATW Digest - 'Cornbury' opens in NYC - read the reviews [updated 2/2/09]

Updated February 2, 2009 Edge New York Review: Cornbury: The Queen’s Governor As one of history’s most notorious cross-dressers, the royal governor of New York presents a potentially fascinating subject for ’queer theater,’ but not playing it for lau… more »

ATW Digest - The American Plan opens on B'way - read the reviews [updated 2/2/09]

Updates for February 2, 2009 New York Magazine Brown, Zacharek on American Plan, Hedda Gabler Edge New York Review: The American Plan "The American Plan" is a 1960s look at dreamy ambition remade by a 21st-Century cynical eye. Updates for Janua… more »

ATW Digest - Entertaining Mr. Sloane revival opens in UK - read the reviews

The Guardian Entertaining Mr Sloane, Trafalgar Studios, London I've never before seen a version of this play that pushed its comedy and violence to such limits, says Michael Billington Daily Telegraph Entertaining Mr Sloane at Trafalgar Studios, rev… more »

ATW Digest - Aristocrats at New York's Irish Rep - read the reviews [updated 1/30/09]

Updates for January 30, 2009 New York Daily News Off-Broadway offers revivals of the fittest How the mighty have fallen. That's a recurring thought as Brian Friel's funny-sad 1979 play "Aristocrats" tracks the decline of the O'Donnells. Time Out New… more »

ATW Digest - Women's Project opens Woolf's Freshwater - read the reviews [updated 1/30/09]

Updates for January 30, 2009 nytheatre.com Review: Freshwater UPDATES FOR JANUARY 29 Time Out New York Review: Freshwater The SITI Company, led by Anne Bogart, tackles Virginia Woolf's one play. Associated Press Women's Project unearths Woolf… more »

ATW Digest - Duet for One in London - read the reviews

The Times UK Duet for One, Almeida, London Does the play’s portrait of an MS sufferer in the psychiatrist’s lair have the dramatic power to deserve its first major revival? Yes The Guardian Duet For One, Almeida, London Tom Kempinski's two-hander… more »

ATW Digest - Complicit with Dreyfuss opens in the U.K. - read the reviews [updated 1/30/09]

Updates for January 30, 2009 Bloomberg.com Richard Dreyfuss, Sporting Earpiece, Triumphs in New Play: London Theater Journalist Benjamin Kritzer confesses he has done “a bad thing, a very bad thing.” His guilt provides the slow fuse in Joe Sutton’s… more »

ATW Digest - Looking for the Pony - read the reviews [updated 1/29/09]

UPDATES ON JANUARY 29 Time Out New York Review: Looking for the Pony It is never a good sign when the audience starts rooting for the breast cancer. New York Times Dark Humor That’s Not Quite Ready for the Gallows When you’re in the audience at… more »

ATW Digest - Speed-the-Plow Re-Reviews - William H. Macy Joins the Cast [updated 1/28/09]

UPDATES ON JANUARY 29 New York Daily News Macy a seamless follow to Piven in 'Plow' William H. Macy was bad luck personified in "The Cooler," but on Broadway he's "The Booster" and has given "Speed-the-Plow" a lift. Associated Press A Piven-less 'S… more »

ATW Digest - Pippin revival opens in CA - read the reviews

Los Angeles Times Culture Monster Blog Review: "Pippin" at the Mark Taper Forum Variety Review: Pippin ...Tuner's broader emotional lines first need attending. The problem isn't two Pippins (one hearing, one deaf), but a dramatic spine that's been h… more »

ATW Digest - Soul of Shaolin opens on B'way - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - Soul of Shaolin - Martial Arts Spectacle Tells Charming Tale New York Times Duck! These Monks Have Feet and Fists of Fury “Soul of Shaolin,” a Chinese martial-arts pageant, ultimately seems a pretty cheap enterprise New… more »

ATW Digest - Mendes' staging of 'Cherry Orchard' opens - read the reviews

New York Times All Alone in a Crowded Country Home It feels right that the proportions are all wrong in Sam Mendes’s seriously comic production of “The Cherry Orchard.” New York Daily News 'Cherry' blossoms at BAM With talk of reform everywhere, it… more »

ATW News Digest - Pre-Broadway Engagement of West Side Story faces critics - read the reviews

Washington Post 'West Side Story' at the National Theatre This 'West Side Story' Is Fluent In the Language of the Heart Baltimore Sun Revved-up 'West Side Story' gets a trial run in Washington The Broadway-bound revival of West Side Story that open… more »

ATW Digest - Gionfriddo's Becky Shaw opens off-Broadway - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - Becky Shaw - A Dark Modern Comedy of Manners New York Times First-Date Dyspepsia and Marriage Queasiness Gina Gionfriddo’s corker of a new play, “Becky Shaw,” is as engrossing as it is ferociously funny. New York Daily N… more »

ATW Digest - Pal Joey Revival Opens on B'way - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - Pal Joey - A Dark Song and Dance Enlivened by Its Women New York Times The Cad! (Dames Could Write a Book) Joe Mantello’s joyless Broadway revival of “Pal Joey” has no detectable pulse. New York Daily News Broadway's 'P… more »

ATW Digest - Shrek the Musical opens on Broadway - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - Shrek the Musical - Filmdom's Big Green Ogre Takes Broadway New York Times The Belching Green Ogre Has a Song in His Heart “Shrek” is not bad. But it does not avoid the watery fate that commonly befalls good cartoons that… more »

ATW Digest - Shrek the Musical Has Opened - read the early reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - Shrek the Musical - Filmdom's Big Green Ogre Takes Broadway New York Times The Belching Green Ogre Has a Song in His Heart “Shrek” is not bad. But it does not avoid the watery fate that commonly befalls good cartoons that… more »

ATW Digest - Lucas' Prayer for My Enemy Has N.Y. Premiere - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - Prayer for My Enemy - The Effects of War, Rage, Love, Dysfunction New York Times The Silence and the Fury Within Six American Lives Anger is in the American bloodstream in “Prayer for My Enemy,” the provocative, confused… more »

ATW Digest - Home revival opens off-Broadway - read the reviews

New York Times A Cast of 3 Populates the South in ‘Home’ The revival of Samm-Art Williams’s play “Home” moves in tune with the easy rhythms of the writing. Associated Pres A Heartwarming 'Home' Returns to off-Broadway For a critic anyway, ''heartwa… more »

ATW Digest - Liza's at the Palace... - read the reviews

AmericanTheaterWeb Review - Liza's at the Palace...! - A Most Welcome Return New York Times To Godmother, Old Chum A pure entertainer like Liza Minnelli — and there is none purer — is at once voracious and extravagantly generous. New York Daily New… more »

ATW Digest - Foote's Dividing the Estate arrives on B'way - read the reviews [updated]

ADDITION - 11/21/08 - 1:52PM EST ny1 NY1 Theater Review: "Dividing The Estate" New York Times Inherit the Windfall The problems confronting the sprawling, anxious, compulsively talky Texan clan of 1987 in “Dividing the Estate” will be familiar to… more »

ATW Digest - On the Town plays Encores! - read the reviews [updated]

ADDITION - 11/21/08 - 11:15AM EST Talkin' Broadway Review: On the Town City Center Encores! has become renowned around town for its annual commitment to presenting elaborate concerts of musicals' scores that might otherwise misplace or diminish. But… more »

ATW Overnight Digest - On the Town at Encores! - initial reviews

amNY Theater Review of On the Town Associated Press City Center's 'On the Town' remains forever young Variety Review: On the Town The Bronx is still up and the Battery down, and "On the Town" remains a helluva show. That's the word just in from… more »