When Ed Sullivan Saved La Mancha

When Ed Sullivan Saved La Mancha

Yesterday, in reviewing Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” I wrote about the original Broadway musical “The Man Of La Mancha.” I mentioned that my parents saw it, but I didn’t, because I was too young. However, in...
Theater Review: “Oslo”

Theater Review: “Oslo”

“Oslo” is the story of husband-and-wife Norwegian diplomats who organized secret, unofficial peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization in the early 1990s. The play, by JT Rogers, is based on real meetings that took place...
Theater Review: “To Kill A Mockingbird”

Theater Review: “To Kill A Mockingbird”

When I first heard that Aaron Sorkin was writing a new version of “To Kill A Mockingbird” for Broadway, I thought, “Oh, no!” A stage rendering of the classic book already existed — we saw it produced at the St. Louis Rep a couple of years...
Theater Review: “Alabama Story”

Theater Review: “Alabama Story”

It’s easy to make bigots the villains of a story, and even easier to make a librarian the heroine. That should make “Alabama Story” a cliche-riddled play that’s easily dismissed. Fortunately, it’s much more than that. Emily Wheelock Reed...
Theater Review: “Network”

Theater Review: “Network”

In 1976, when serious white men named Cronkite, Chancellor, and Reasoner told you everything important in the world in 22 minutes on their evening newscasts, writer Paddy Chayefsky and director Sidney Lumet introduced us to Howard Beale, a network anchorman...
Theater Review: “My Fair Lady”

Theater Review: “My Fair Lady”

Over Christmas weekend, my wife and I went to New York to visit our daughter and see three Broadway shows, all of them from material we were already well-versed in, yet excited to see in new productions. First up was “My Fair Lady” at Lincoln Center. The...