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Strike Up the Band! Singer-Songwriter Nellie McKay Shines in the Off-Broadway Clown Comedy Old Hats

Strike Up the Band! Singer-Songwriter Nellie McKay Shines in the Off-Broadway Clown Comedy Old Hats

Old Hats co-creator David Shiner promised us Nellie McKay would be “adorable” in Signature Theatre Company's premiere of his newest clowning collaboration with Bill Irwin, and boy was he right! Dressed in her trademark vintage attire, the quirky singer-songwriter serves as bandleader, piano-ukulele-and-cello accompanist, sound effects department (wait until you hear her spot-on imitation of a baby crying ...

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Thumbs Up! Acting Legend Vanessa Redgrave Is Awe-Inspiring in The Revisionist

Thumbs Up! Acting Legend Vanessa Redgrave Is Awe-Inspiring in The Revisionist

At the beginning of Jesse Eisenberg's The Revisionist, Maria (Vanessa Redgrave) slouches in her shabby apartment in Szczecin, Poland, waiting the arrival of her distant American cousin David (Eisenberg). But once Maria wakes up, she exudes an exuberance and gentle kindness. The play, written for Redgrave, shows off her spot-on talent for locating the emotional heart of her character ...

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Thumbs Up! Martin Moran Is Riveting In the New Solo Show All the Rage

Thumbs Up! Martin Moran Is Riveting In the New Solo Show All the Rage

Martin Moran looks like the least angry man on the planet. Slender and soft-spoken, he exudes a mild-mannered friendliness that would make him a welcome dinner party guest. But don’t be fooled: This veteran of Broadway musicals such as Titanic and Spamalot has plenty of reasons to write a show called All the Rage. A survival of sexual abuse by ...

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Thumbs Up! Joni Mitchell’s Music Comes to Vivid Life at 54 Below’s Tales of Joni

 Thumbs Up! Joni Mitchell’s Music Comes to Vivid Life at 54 Below’s Tales of Joni

The popular nightclub 54 Below has never felt more like an underground oasis than it does during the new Joni Mitchell catalogue concert Tales of Joni. The show features six versatile singers and a four-piece band performing 20 songs by Mitchell with no added dialogue or set-up. While Mitchell’s music is timeless, the songs are revitalized in this intimate live ...

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The Piano Lesson Is a Soaring, Heart-Stopping Theatrical Event

The Piano Lesson Is a Soaring, Heart-Stopping Theatrical Event

It’s no surprise that an off-Broadway revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson would be worth seeing. After all, the play won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and is considered one of the best of Wilson’s masterful “Pittsburgh Cycle” set in each decade of the 20th century. But Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s production at Signature Theatre Company is a revelation in ...

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Thumbs Up! Off-Broadway’s Giant Finds a Priceless Pair of Strong Texas Women in Kate Baldwin and Katie Thompson

Thumbs Up! Off-Broadway’s Giant Finds a Priceless Pair of Strong Texas Women in Kate Baldwin and Katie Thompson

The majestic Texas-set musical Giant is receiving its off-Broadway debut at the Public Theater in a beautifully crafted production by Michael Greif (Rent; Next to Normal). Though each performance in the musical is solid and nuanced, you’d be hard pressed to take your eyes off leading lady Kate Baldwin or featured actress Katie Thompson. In order for Michael John LaChiusa’s ...

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Thumbs Up to the Tremendous Talents of Broadway's Very Busy Director/Choreographer Warren Carlyle

Thumbs Up to the Tremendous Talents of Broadway's Very Busy Director/Choreographer Warren Carlyle

We've got a serious talent crush to gush about. It seems we can't see a show these days without marveling at the major skills of director/choreographer Warren Carlyle. The busiest man on Broadway right now, Carlyle wows us from show to show. Sure, we've noticed him before, for shaking the dust off Finian's Rainbow with his 2009 staging and ...

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Thumbs Up! Get Your Kicks While You Can with The Performers' Priceless Performances

Thumbs Up! Get Your Kicks While You Can with The Performers' Priceless Performances

The Broadway sex farce The Performers may be a two-pump-chump, closing just days after it opened, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t leave completely satisfied. The new play about porn performers and their complicated love lives stars Broadway perennial Cheyenne Jackson as the dumb hunk with a heart of gold, Ari Graynor as his wife and fellow “performer,”  ...

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Head to Joe's Pub to Join the PigPen Theatre Co. for a Fantastic Night of First-Rate Folk Music

Head to Joe's Pub to Join the PigPen Theatre Co. for a Fantastic Night of First-Rate Folk Music

The guys of the PigPen Theatre Co. (the recent Carnegie Mellon grads making a splash downtown with their delightful new play The Old Man and the Old Moon) are putting their shadow puppets down and arming themselves with a bevy of banjos, accordians, fiddles and other old-timey instruments at Joe's Pub. While their current Monday night concert series features several ...

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Thumbs Up! Feast on a Full Serving of Sherie Rene Scott’s Star Quality in Piece of Meat at 54 Below

Thumbs Up! Feast on a Full Serving of Sherie Rene Scott’s Star Quality in Piece of Meat at 54 Below

It’s been two long years since New York audiences were last treated to the clear and powerful voice of three-time Tony nominee Sherie Rene Scott. Now Scott is back and better than ever in Piece of Meat at 54 Below. As in her Tony-nominated show Everyday Rapture, Scott gives fans a glimpse into her life and, with her effortless humor ...

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