Eye on Theatre: Highfalutin Histrionics By John Simon

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The Intelligent Homosexual‭’‬s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures‭—‬not since the movies of Lina Wertmulller have we had titles this long,‭ ‬but hers at least described the matter at hand.‭ ‬In Tony Kushner‭’‬s new‭ (‬well,‭ ‬fairly new,‭ ‬it‭’‬s been kicking around for a while‭) ‬play the title seems to have an independent life of its …

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Eye on Theatre: Curtains By John Simon

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John Kander and the late Fred Ebb are one of the great musical-comedy writing teams, counting among their frequent successes Cabaret, Woman of the Year, Chicago and Kiss of the Spider Woman, as well as the official anthem of the Big Apple, “New York, New York.”

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Eye on Theatre: And Then There Were Nuns By John Simon

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One of the differences between a play and a musical is that a play wants to be believed, whereas a musical is content to be enjoyed. So even though the musical Sister Act is largely concerned with belief — in God or man or a fusion of the two — it is perfectly pleased to be sheerly enjoyable, which it …

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Eye on Theatre: Riding High By John Simon

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Before I tell you anything else,‭ ‬I want the skimmers rather than readers,‭ ‬and glancers rather than skimmers,‭ ‬to know one thing.‭ ‬Whether you are theater fans,‭ ‬whether you like puppetry or not,‭ ‬whether you care about horses,‭ ‬the show‭ ‬War Horse is something you cannot‭ ‬afford to miss.‭ ‬Take it from an longtime drama critic and even earlier theater …

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Eye on Theatre: Bad Behavior By John Simon

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Genius, of course, is best, but it is also extremely rare. In our time, in the field of musical comedy, only Stephen Sondheim certifiably has it. Talent, though, is plentiful. The creators of the musical Catch Me If You Can—based on Steven Spielberg’s movie based, in turn, on the true story of Frank W. Abagdale’s youthful illegal exploits—had a good …

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The Westchester Guardian – April 14, 2011 Edition

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Click to read The Westchester Guardian – April 14, 2011 edition Click onto the hyperlink above to open the virtual paper onto you screen. Please be patient as it may take about 30 seconds for the document to be displayed onto your computer screen. You will need Adobe Reader to view the document. Get the latest, fully functioning  Adobe Reader …

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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: The Misanthrope By John Simon

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Although Moliere himself considered his masterpiece,‭ ‬The Misanthrope,‭ ‬a comedy,‭ ‬it is,‭ ‬in some ways,‭ ‬closer to a tragicomedy.‭  ‬Otherwise put,‭ ‬what distinguishes a‭ ‬serious‭ ‬comedy from a mere farce is its having something serious to say underneath,‭ ‬which allows us to see that drama and comedy are the two sides of the same coin,‭ ‬and that that coin is …

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Eye on Theatre – Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical By John Simon

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The theater has always depended on both artists and journeymen. Genuine artists are few and far between, and would not be sufficient to keep the theater going. That is where the journeymen come in, and the smarter ones do manage to fill the gap. And so we have Frank Wildhorn and his musicals, of which Jekyll & Hyde is by …

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