Broadway saluted the next generation of performers on Sunday night at the Edison Ballroom where the Education Theatre Foundation hosted their Fifth Annual Back to School Gala. The event is designed to bring together students, teachers, and Broadway celebrities, many of whom spoke with Manhattan Digest on the press line. [Read more…] about Students Capture the Spotlight in EDTA Gala
It’s surprising that there aren’t cautionary signs hanging around Broadway’s Bernard Jacobs Theatre. For inside, there is a production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal that is equally exhilarating and heart-stopping.
“How can I write myself if I don’t believe that I exist?”, asks Swarn (Purva Bedi), an aspiring student of the Witches of Oxbridge University Club. It may well be one of the most intriguing existential questions presented in Jaclyn Backhaus‘ new Off-Broadway comedy Wives.
For nearly a decade now, Ben West has been unearthing countless documents and manuscripts about Musical Theatre. His end-game? The Showtime! Trilogy; Three documentary-style pieces showcasing this uniquely American art form and the many diverse individuals who have contributed to it.
It took Ma-Yi Theater Company five years of workshops and rewrites to bring Felix Starro to their 30th Anniversary season. Given that level of scrutiny, one might think that the finished product would be spectacular. Moments into this story about a Filipino huckster healer (Alan Ariano) who claims to rid folks of their illnesses however, my hope turned to doubt. [Read more…] about Theater Review: ‘Felix Starro’ Brings Fractured Faith to San Francisco
Black Mirror is one of the most controversial TV series of recent times. The latest season has received some major backlash and criticism, but the previous ones were acclaimed massively by the critics. ‘Bandersnatch’ released early this year, before the season 5, was still a major improvement in a series, giving the viewer the possibility of deciding the plot. [Read more…] about What Are The Best ‘Black Mirror’ Episodes?
Bairbre (Brenda Meaney) has a secret. On the surface, she’s the perfect fiance for Tom Grealish (Jesse Pennington) who is introducing his soon-to-be bride to his father, Martin (Con Horgan). Unbeknownst to Tom, his father and Bairbre share a past.
Remember the past. That’s exactly what a cross-section of artists will do next weekend at Judson Memorial Church where Quilt, a Musical Celebration will make its New York City debut. [Read more…] about Community. That’s Why They Built the Quilt. An Interview with Producer Mark Perry
In the Closet, a dramedy by Siegmund Fuchs, introduces us to four gay men of varying ages who have entered into a shared limbo, a limbo which takes the form of a metaphorical closet. In this closet there’s enough space for four people to walk around, a table and chairs, two doors, food, and coffee that comes straight from a dresser drawer without requiring a coffee maker. In this safe haven these men find the soothing memories of a grandmother’s back scratches and warm-baked kolaches, the smell of lilac, and the company of each other. [Read more…] about A Look Inside ‘In the Closet’ at Theatre Row’s Studio Theatre
It’s taken Hadestown 13 years to make it to Broadway, but it’s been well worth the wait. No doubt that Tony nominated composer, lyricist,and bookwriter Anais Mitchell will share its success with many others, including her fellow Tony nominated director Rachel Chavkin. Still, it is uniquely hers. According to Robert Sullivan in Vogue magazine, “Mitchell is the first woman in a decade and fourth woman in Broadway history to be the solo author of a new musical.” [Read more…] about ‘Hadestown’ is a Flawless Fable with Real-World Reflection