Eye On Theatre: Three One-“acters” By JOHN SIMON

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Americans love quantity. They prefer novels to short stories, symphonic to chamber music, feature films to short subjects. They put up with today’s, economics-induced favorite theatrical format, the 90-minute, intermission less play, only because that is mostly what there is. Well, now there is “Relatively Speaking,” a bill of three one-“acters.” The one-act play, never very popular, makes, when three …

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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: The Shoptalk and the Shopworn By JOHN SIMON

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“Completeness,” by Itamar Moses, is about the bumpy love affair between Molly, a molecular biologist—note the anaphora in “Mol” and “mol”—and Elliot, a computer scientist (why not Conrad, for symmetry?), as endless palaver about proteins in yeast and algorithms on computers supposedly supply the orchestration for an age-old song.

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The Art of Criticism as Taught by JOHN SIMON

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"Everybody is a critic now!" the saying goes in this day of the Internet and iCritic and YouTube postings. True criticism is a genuine art form as valid as the art it criticizes. Everybody's critical faculty can be cultivated beyond thumbs up, thumbs down, and the often-heard "I know nothing about it, but I know what I like.!" "The Art …

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The Bitter and The Sweet By JOHN SIMON

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It is good that Noel Coward spelled what is ordinarily one word as two in the title of his 1929 operetta, Bitter Sweet. That way, for a production at the Bard College SummerScape, I feel more justified in separating the few sweet things from the more numerous bitter ones. It is a shame that, at Bard, such a worthy but …

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Eye on Theatre: Fancy Footwork By JOHN SIMON

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              Cast of All New People (left), Zach Braff (center), and John Simon (right). When the two plastic scrim panels that serve as curtains for The Second Stage’s All New People separate, Charlie, a barefoot man in pajamas is standing on a stool with a noose around his neck made of an extension cord …

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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: Star Gazing By JOHN SIMON

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Broadway’s Rising Stars—now in it’s fifth year as part of Town Hall’s Summer Series—just gets better and better. It’s a showcase for young performers to sing a number from a musical as a rung on the ladder to becoming better known as musical-comedy performers. This year, Town Hall’s artistic director Lawrence Zucker and creator/writer/host Scott Siegel along with Barbara Siegel …

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Eye on Theatre: Spouses and Other Relations By JOHN SIMON

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In 2008, Michael Weller’s 50 Words featured a married New York architect, Adam Penzius, having an affair with an offstage married woman. Now we get that Midwestern woman, Melinda “Lindy” Metz, married to Hugh Metz, who runs a family bicycle-manufacturing business and is running also for political office. Lindy, mother of two teen-age boys, is a bipolar charmer, medicinal pill …

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Eye on Theatre June Mayflies By JOHN SIMON

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Just about everything that can go wrong with a show does so in Through a Glass Darkly, Jenny Worton’s theatrical adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s film of that name. In the first place: Why adapt one of Bergman’s lesser movies that, moreover, does not transfer comfortably onto the stage?  

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