Neil Simon

The Hebrew word "dayenu" means "it would have been enough." As an example of its use, consider this: If Neil Simon had only written "The Odd Couple" and "Barefoot In The Park," DAYENU. Or: If Neil Simon had only written "The Sunshine Boys" and "Plaza Suite," DAYENU....

An Odd Theater Sighting

As we drove along US Route 1 in Maine last week, we passed the Ogunquit Playhouse, a regional theater that hosts bus-and-truck touring companies of shows like "Jersey Boys," "Smokey Joe's Cafe," and "An American In Paris." The marquee outside said the current offering...

Theater Review: Terry Fator

I was only familiar with Terry Fator from clips of him winning "America's Got Talent" eleven years ago. He parlayed that into a regular gig (and a theater named after him) in Las Vegas, where he's played for the last decade. Several of my friends have seen and raved...

Theater Review: Penn & Teller

My wife and I have seen Penn & Teller many times since they made their off-Broadway debut in the mid-1980s, but haven't gone back for seven years or so until this weekend. I'm glad we did. Unlike other Vegas acts, who have been doing the same tricks over and over,...

Steve, Marty, Bruce, and That Tony Moment

Why would I buy tickets to see Steve Martin and Martin Short at The Fox Theatre later this year when I just watched their entire show on Netflix? Even if I had only seen bits and pieces of it, I still wouldn't go because they didn't make me smile, let alone laugh. The...

Making Hair On TV Without Chia Pets

NBC has announced that the next musical it will turn into a live television event is "Hair" ("The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical"). The first Broadway show with a rock and roll score, it debuted fifty years ago (after four months off-Broadway), right smack dab in...

Too Much Spamalot

I see that Eric Idle has made a deal to turn his hit Broadway musical “Spamalot” into a movie. It won’t be a filmed version of a stage production, but a revision made specifically for the screen. As much as I loved the show, I wish everyone involved would pause long...

Theater Review: “Born Yesterday”

Stepping into an iconic role is always risky. When the audience knows the original, there are bound to be comparisons. Judy Holliday became a star in 1946 with her powerhouse performance as Billie Dawn in Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday." She reprised the role in the...

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