Show Business - Theater Reviews<![CDATA[ “Sticks and Bones” By David Rabe]]>What happens when the idealistic normalcy of the traditional American family home is challenged, frustrated, and eventually irrevocably altered by the return of its golden eldest son?]]><![CDATA[ “Lift” by Walter Mosley]]>What’s more terrifying than getting stuck on a hot summer day in an elevator in a NYC skyscraper that has lost power? ]]><![CDATA[ “Jacuzzi” by the Debate Society]]>Ah, hot tubs–the ultimate symbol of lavish relaxation. Submerged in that intense heat, you can let your troubles simply slip away. ]]><![CDATA[“Generations” by Debbie Tucker Green]]>With affective writing and captivating direction, “Generations” has proved that successful theatre can be done in a short 30 minutes. ]]><![CDATA[ “That Poor Dream” by The Assemby]]>If you’ve ever ridden the Metro North rail to privileged Connecticut, you have seen an unusual cross section of New York classes. ]]><![CDATA[ “Written in Sand” written and performed by Karen Finley]]>Karen Finley first achieved fame as a performance artist back in the 1980s. She was one of four performers who sued the National Endowment for the Arts in 1990 for withdrawing grants based on the grounds that her work was deemed indecent.]]><![CDATA[ “The Country House” by David Margulies]]>“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This opening sentence of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina sets the tone of “The Country House,” the new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Margulies...]]><![CDATA[ “The Uncanny Valley” Created and directed by Francesca Talenti]]>What if you could live forever? Not in your own body, but through a robot avatar. Would you jump at the chance?]]><![CDATA[“Gertrude—The Cry”]]><![CDATA[ “Between Riverside And Crazy” by Stephen Adly Guirgis]]>Everyone is worried about Walter “Pops” Washington. Binge drinking, flaking on his medications and dodging his landlord, it seems he’s determined to go down in flames.]]><![CDATA[ “Strictly Dishonorable” by Preston Sturges]]>If there is any doubt that the 20s was a decade of exceptional class, elegance and delicious delinquency, just go see the Attic Theater Company’s latest production. ]]><![CDATA[ Gertrude—The Cry by Howard Barker]]>Review By Sydney Arndt British playwright Howard Barker re-interprets the motivations of one of Shakespeare’s most controversial characters, Gertrude from “Hamlet.” It has been debated over the ]]><![CDATA[ “Drop Dead Perfect” by Erasmus Fenn]]>Everett Quinton received strong reviews this spring for his direction of “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” a zany comedy that he originally starred in opposite its author, Ridiculous Theatre Company founder Charles Ludlam.]]><![CDATA[ The Pianist of Willesdon Lane adapted and directed by Hershey Felder]]>Mona Golabek has a story to tell. It is the story of her mother, Lisa Jurek, and her unwavering pursuit as a young pianist to make her concert debut at the illustrious Musikverein concert hall. ]]><![CDATA[ “The Lion” Written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer]]>Review by Sarah Lucie In musicals, it’s most common for a character to break into song when they can no longer express themselves through words alone, and so songs are moments of intense emotions an]]><![CDATA[“When We Were Young and Unafraid” by Sarah Treem]]>Review by Iris Greenberger The women’s movement still has a long way to go, although it has brought about sweeping legislative reforms since 1972, when Agnes (Cherry Jones) was running a small bed a]]><![CDATA[In the Green Room <BR> with John Rowell]]>One of the highlights of the just-ended theater season in New York was the delightful musical comedy/murder mystery Murder For Two, which opened last summer at the McGinn/Cazale Theater uptown and moved to New World Stages last fall, where it has played to enthusiastic houses ever since (and where it continues through June 29.)]]><![CDATA[“Wet Glitter” <BR>Play and Lyrics by Lucile Baker Scott<br>Music by Julia Weldon]]>Paradox Valley, Colorado, isn’t the ideal vacation spot. For one, it houses an abandoned uranium mine that the government has labeled radioactive.]]><![CDATA[ “The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare]]>Oh, irony. Leave it to Shakespeare to open one of his most well-known comedies with the line: “In sooth, I know not why I am so sad.” ]]><![CDATA[“Our New Girl” by Nancy Harris]]>Something isn’t right with the Robinson family. Fresh-faced nanny Annie (Lisa Joyce) can sense something amiss as soon as she arrives.]]>