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Theatre Review: “Outside Mullingar”

Outside Mullingar Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Coming from the guy who wrote the screenplay for Moonstruck, it’s not surprising that John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar is a beguiling romantic comedy that has just as much bite as it does heart. Anthony (Brian F. O’Byrne) and Rosemary (Debra Messing) live on two neighboring farms just outside of the Irish country town of Mullingar. He’s painfully shy and she’s hard as tacks – and then there’s the issue of their families’ squabbles over real estate. Still, there’s undoubtedly something going on under the surface between the two, but just what is it?

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Theatre Review: “Beautiful”

Beautiful the Musical

This is going to be some kind of hit – it’s about a week too soon to say whether it’s a “smash” or a “sleeper.” But I predict Beautiful will be at the Stephen Sondheim for a long, long time. And I couldn’t be happier about it!

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Theatre Review: “Machinal”

MachinalAmerican Airlines Theatre

This vivid production of Sophie Treadwell’s remarkable 1928 play will no doubt get Tony nods for its breathtaking design. Set designer Es Devlin takes very seriously the brutally mechanical expressionism that surges throughout Treadwell’s text. Devlin gives us an imposing mechanical box which we first see as an unnervingly shuddering subway car, but which then ominously rotates to reveal all of the other settings in the play.

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Opera Review: “L’Elisir d’Amore”

L'Elisir d'Amore

I found the current Met revival of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore an entirely pleasant bit of fun. It is probably the most popular example of bel canto, the light, florid style of early 19th Century Italian opera. In it, poor peasant Nemorino is in love with beautiful landowner Adina, who torments him with her indifference. Travelling quack doctor Dulcamara arrives on the scene, and Nemorino asks Dulcamara if he has a love potion. Dulcamara happily sells Nemorino a bottle (really just cheap Bordeaux wine, he admits in an aside).

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Cabaret Review: Marilyn Maye

Marilyn Maye 2013

This legendary singer simply has to appear on the The Tonight Show when Jimmy Fallon brings it back to the city next month! It couldn’t be more appropriate: Johnny Carson gave her a standing invitation to sing on “The Tonight Show” whenever possible, and she ended up appearing 76 times while Carson was in the chair, a record nobody has broken since. She sounds almost exactly as amazing as she did back then; heck, she even has a great “New York” medley!

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