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Eye on Theatre: Actors in Command By JOHN SIMON

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Virginia Kull as Carol Penn, Frank Langella as Gregor Antonescu and Adam Driver as Basil Anthony in Man and Boy. Photo credit: Joan Marcus.>>> The gifted British dramatist Terence Rattigan, author of several memorable plays, thought that “Man and Boy” (1963) would be his magnum opus, to be remembered even fifty years later. He was partly right. The current revival …

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Eye on Theatre: Not So Grim Reaper By JOHN SIMON

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<<< Death Takes a Holiday poster.Photography and idea by Geof Kern;Creative Direction by Drew Hodges, Vinny Sainato in 1934, when the Hollywood movie Death Takes a Holiday opened, the New York Times critic, Mordaunt Hall (a playwright himself), called it “a really intelligent fantasy.” It was based on a 1928 Italian play by Alberto Casella (not known for anything else), and …

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Eye on Theatre: Fascinating Follies By JOHN SIMON

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Bernadette Peters on opening night. I have said it before and say it again: Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s musical, Follies, is one of that tiny handful that can legitimately contend for best ever. It was so much ahead of its time at its 1971 premiere that most of us critics were left behind. Since then it has had enough …

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Eye on Theatre: Anything Goes By John Simon

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Anything goes, doesn’t it? Definitely, in Cole Porter’s terrific musical comedy, Anything Goes. It is as near perfection as anything can go, both as musical (tremendous songs) and as comedy (glorious fun). With a book by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton, as revised by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse, and intelligently updated by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman, this is …

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Eye on Theatre: Burning Not So Bright By John Simon

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Call it excogitation. Call it elucubration. Call it Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. A bizarre fantasy is fine as long as it has some sort of ultimate meaning. But this play just gets weirder and weirder as it goes along, to end up as a shaggy tiger story. Well, perhaps not so shaggy. Actually, the Tiger looks …

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Eye on Theatre: 50th Anniversary Production of “Succeed” Succeeds By John Simon

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The very effectively revived musical How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is savvily based on a shrewd novel by Shepherd Mead, whose many years in advertising work enabled him to be an apt recorder of the shenanigans on which big business is based.  This tongue-in-cheek show ranges brilliantly from impish cheekiness to imperious impudence. 

eHeziEye on Theatre: 50th Anniversary Production of “Succeed” Succeeds By John Simon