Editor’s Corner: Award-winning performers Andrea McArdle and Kip Gilman play two strangers who fall in love on a San Francisco BART train in Jerry Mayer’s 2 Across. This new romantic comedy is in an open-ended run at St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th St. between 8th and 9th Aves.) in Manhattan. Read Deborah Anderson’s review here.


Greek by Way of Ireland

Paul O'Brien (left) plays Creon and Robert Langdon Lloyd is the blind seer Tiresias in the Irish Rep production of Seamus Heaney's "The Burial at Thebes."

The Irish Repertory Theatre program for The Burial at Thebes credits Seamus Heaney as the author, but the Nobel Prize-winning poet, who died in 2013, didn’t originate the story. Like many others—including Racine (Phèdre), Jean Giraudoux (Tiger at the Gates), and Jean Anouilh, Heaney was inspired to refashion G­reek drama for a modern audience. Indeed, … Read more

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Not Just Another Sandwich…

Tom Frank as Monte Cristo with Margherita Peluso and Alana Barrett-Adkins. Photography credit Hunter Canning

Currently playing at Urban Stages is the latest adaptation and world premiere of Monte Cristo by Jared Reinmuth based on The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. An extraordinary cast of 13 who rarely, if ever, leave the stage deliver betrayal, lust, greed, power, and most of all, revenge. The director, Cailin Heffernan, utilizing a small space, … Read more

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Fifty Shades of Activism

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In Robert Lyons’ Death of the Liberal Class, directed by Jerry Heymann at the New Ohio Theatre, Nick, played with a self-deprecating aplomb by Steven Rattazzi, is a balding, pot-bellied academic who has written a book called ”Robo Corp” that has garnered him great success after years of being an adjunct professor and a freelance journalist. However, … Read more

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American Kitchen Sink

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The characters in Utility, Emily Schwend’s drably titled but fascinating new kitchen-sink drama at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, belong to a social milieu that seldom appears on the American stage. They’re working-class folks in the lower socioeconomic spectrum. An offer of coffee means heating a mug of water in the microwave and mixing instant powder … Read more

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Immersed in Ibsen

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“Be careful whom you trust,” a maid whispers warningly into my ear as she swishes past me up a dark stairwell. This servant (played convincingly by Macy Idzakovich) is one of many peripheral characters haunting the halls of the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion in Journey Lab and Deaths Head Theatrical’s The Alving Estate—an immersive staging of Henrik Ibsen’s … Read more

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Payment of Revenge

Elise Stone as Tekla and Josh Tyson as Adolph in Creditors at Phoenix Theatre Ensemble. Photography credit - Gerry Goodstein.

In this world, it seems everyone is indebted to someone for something; a job, a simple favor or an important introduction. The grateful understand this and are appreciative, often “paying it forward.” However, not everyone who goes out of his or her way for another does so with a kind heart. Generosity of spirit may … Read more

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