NYC THEATRE: “The Boy Who Danced on Air”

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By Leonard Feigenblatt   The musical “The Boy Who Danced on Air” is inspired by the 2010 PBS Frontline documentary, “The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan.” According to the authors’ note the “documentary about ‘bacha bazi’ – the ancient tradition where wealthy men buy boys from poorer families, train them to dance and often sexually abuse them.” Paiman is one such … Full Story

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NYC Theatre: “Cats” (A Special Edition Holiday Review)

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By Leonard Feigenblatt The Broadway revival of Cats has now opened at the Neil Simon Theatre and it features many facets that are reproduced from the original production. Trevor Nunn reproduces his Tony Award winning direction; John Napier reproduces his Tony Award winning costumes and scenic design, and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler is based on the original Gillian Lynne’s Tony … Full Story

NYC THEATRE: A Fall Forecast

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By Leonard Feigenblatt Transitioning back from beach to city life? What’s new and interesting in New York City’s thriving theatre scene this season might help smooth the adjustment, with performances in store that will inspire and uplift the spirits. Here is a look at some of the special events that will be happening in New York City over the next … Full Story

Happy Days

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By Leonard Feigenblatt (4 out of 5 Stars) Boston Court’s production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days was presented at the Flea Theatre through July 17 was a telling rendition of this classic allegorical play. There is Winnie, the middle-aged woman buried up to her waist in a mound of dirt. Her husband Willie lurks in the background behind the mound, … Full Story

Nice Girl by Melissa Ross

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By Leonard Feigenblatt (3 out of 5 Starts) Josephine is the “nice girl,” in her late 30’s, living with her controlling mother. When she was 18, she left home to attend Radcliffe on a scholarship. When her father died, she left and came back home to take care of her mother and never went back. She catches the eye of … Full Story

EVER AFTER

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By Leonard Feigenblatt (Three-and-a Half out of Five Stars) The musical “Ever After” is based on the 1988 film, and is a refreshing take on the classic fairy tale Cinderella. It has a sweet musical score with by Zina Goldrich and lyrics by Marcy Heisler. It is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall with her usual aplomb. … Full Story

The Way We Get By Neil LaBute

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By Leonard Feigenblatt (3 out of 5 stars) In Neil LaBute’s “The Way We Get By” Doug and Beth emerge from the bedroom where they have just spent the night together; and we learn in an interesting twist – that they have met before. Film star Amanda Seyfried is making her theatrical debut. She is best known for her starring … Full Story

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The Audience by Peter Morgan

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Review by Leonard Feigenblatt All hail the Queen! Dame Helen Mirren received a 2007 Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards, among others, for her portrayal of the current reigning British monarch Queen Elizabeth II for the 2006 film The Queen (which had a screenplay by Peter Morgan.) In this play, Ms. Mirren is once again playing Queen Elizabeth, this time … Full Story