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Tony Awards 2016 Predictions

Updated to reflect the winners ⇒. This years predictions could be simplified to what categories Hamilton won’t win! I’m going to go out on a limb and say they have not a hope in any of the play categories, but only because they weren’t nominated. I will admit that in a post-Hamilton fit of ennui the … Continue reading »

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Hamilton…and why I’m mad at a Musical

My grievances against the Hamilton musical are specific and threefold. Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the book, music, and lyrics for, and stars in the show and I find it very upsetting that one person should be so extraordinarily talented. It seems unfair to all the really talented people; although, Mr. Miranda didn’t direct and choreograph the show as … Continue reading »

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Salomé – Shakespeare Theatre Company

Every so often you get to see one of these types of shows, a show that tips over from entertainment to actual Art. Yes, yes, yes, I know all theater is art but this is serious, with a capital ‘A,’ Art! Everything about this show is so well conceived, constructed, so thoughtfully assembled, and has such depth … Continue reading »

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Book of Mormon-National Tour

Okay, I’ve seen this show three time now, once on Broadway with the original cast (it never gets better than that) and twice with the national tour and I just have to say, apparently this sh#t just does not get old! You would think it would, but it doesn’t. Having seen the show more than … Continue reading »

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Dear Evan Hansen…

…it turns out it’s going to be a pretty damn good show! In this era of, “take a moderately successful movie, throw in some stunt casting and turn it into a musical,” I search for those ever more rare gems that are original works for the stage. Friday night, in Dear Evan Hansen at Arena … Continue reading »

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Tony Awards Predictions

These are a my picks for the Tony Awards, some categories are really tough, there was a lot of good theater this year! Show’s I’ve seen are marked with ** shows I think will win are in bold; shows I would give the wind to are are in italics. I’m looking forward to tonight and … Continue reading »

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A Tale of Two Cities – Synetic Theater

As the frequency with which I go to the theater has expanded from casual attendance to OCD levels of attendance (that some may say required professional intervention,) I have made it a conscious decision not to just attend the traditional theatrical performances of a known quantity/quality, but to widen my scope to include what some would call … Continue reading »

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The Audience – Broadway

The latest Broadway Blitz* was a lovely, lovely weekend of theater with not a dud in the bunch! And I’m already plotting as to how I can get up there again, preferably before I the Tony Awards, I’m a little low on the play quotient this year; I’ve only seen one of the Tony nominated plays! … Continue reading »

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Dunsinane – National Theatre of Scotland

It is now officially a requirement that I go see whatever the National Theatre of Scotland sends “across the pond” and I sincerely hope the Shakespeare Theatre Company maintains their current relationship. Out of the 4 shows that I’ve seen over the last several years, Blackwatch, The Undoing of Prudencia Heart, Macbeth (Lincoln Center) and now … Continue reading »

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Much Ado About Nothing – Synetic Theater

After Synetic Theater’s wonderful production of Twelfth Night last year I was really excited to see what they would do with this play. Much Ado…is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, easily my favorite of his comedies and Beatrice and Benedick are probably my favorite romantic couple (is it odd that the Macbeths are number … Continue reading »

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