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 Who Exactly Lives Here? By JOHN SIMON

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The cast of We Live Here. Photo by and courtesy of Joan Marcus.>>> Is there any topic the New York stage has been more steadily bombarded with than the dysfunctional family? Or, more precisely, the dysfunctional Jewish family? Well, here they seem to be again in Zoe Kazan’s “We Live Here.” The only reason I think they may be Jewish …

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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 Autobiography, Good and Bad By JOHN SIMON

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I hope the world is beginning to realize that the late Lanford Wilson was—is—a major playwright, and that his talents vastly exceed the two or three best-known efforts. So it is that the Keen Company is to be congratulated for reviving his 1970 play, “Lemon Sky.” This relatively early work concerns how Alan (read Lanford), at age 17, left his …

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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 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: 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: Callas, A Bit Callous By JOHN SIMON

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<<<Tyne Daly as Maria Callas in Master Class. Photography by and courtesy of Joan Marcus. An earlier work by the playwright-librettist Terrence McNally, “The Lisbon Traviata,“ revolved around a famous recording by Maria Callas. Later came “Master Class,” with Callas herself as the heroine, portrayed by Zoe Caldwell. Now revived, Tyne Daly assumes the lead role. It is not easy …

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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: Trio Triste By JOHN SIMON

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<<<The Knickerbocker. Photo by Carol Rosegg.   When Jonathan Marc Sherman was a very young fellow back in 1988 he wrote a delightful play called Women and Wallace, It augured a fine career for him, and a career of sorts there has been. His various other plays have been mounted in good theaters in respectable productions, but none of them …

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