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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Audrey II Eats New York...on Blu-Ray! Little Shop of Horrors: The Director's Cut Is a Must-Own for Musical Fans

Audrey II Eats New York...on Blu-Ray! Little Shop of Horrors: The Director's Cut Is a Must-Own for Musical Fans

It's the oldest story in the Hollywood book: Movie audiences demanded a happy ending. And so the original bloody finale of the cult musical Little Shop of Horrors was reshot for director Frank Oz's movie version, which became a rare 1980s musical box office draw during the 1986 holiday season. Gone were [SPOILER ALERT!] the tragic deaths of ...

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Thumbs Up! Michael Shannon Reveals His Sensitive Side in Grace…and We Love It

Thumbs Up! Michael Shannon Reveals His Sensitive Side in Grace…and We Love It

Michael Shannon isn’t the cuddly type. In fact, after seeing his Oscar-nominated performance as schizophrenic son John Givings in Revolutionary Road and his steely turn as Nelson Van Alden in Boardwalk Empire, we'd give him an award for Most Likely to Scare the Crap Out of Us. He's also known for creeptastic stage performances in off-Broadway's ...

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Thumbs Up! Let's Hear It for Skylar Astin and Ben Platt, the Aca-mazing Boys of Pitch Perfect

Thumbs Up! Let's Hear It for Skylar Astin and Ben Platt, the Aca-mazing Boys of Pitch Perfect

It’s time to put that silly old saying about nice guys finishing last to rest! The ads for Universal’s Pitch Perfect highlight the lovely and talented ladies who make up The Bellas, an all-girls a cappella group at Barden University, who are trying to outdo the school's reigning male a cappella group, The Treble Makers. It’s ...

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Thumbs Up! Don’t Miss Jake Gyllenhaal’s Irresistible Off-Broadway Debut in If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet

Thumbs Up! Don’t Miss Jake Gyllenhaal’s Irresistible Off-Broadway Debut in If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet

Since his breakout role in the cult hit Donnie Darko, Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal has been known for his stellar screen work—but the chance to see him deliver a moving, top-notch performance in a small off-Broadway house is a spectacular treat. In If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, Gyllenhaal stars as Uncle Terry, a rolling ...

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