I went to see four Christmas and Chanukah shows recently, and I trust I won’t be revealing any bias—kayn aynhoreh—in anything I say about them.
Take Slava’s Snowshow, now at the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway. The masterly Russian clown’s production brought out the Grinch in me in this crucial respect: Read More
This is Oskar Eustis’ first season as artistic director of the Public Theater, and of course we all wish him well. The Public is just about the last of our major nonprofit theaters not to sell out to Broadway (though it’s had its shaky moments). Crucially, it’s the only leading nonprofit that seems to be Read More
It is always sad when a show closes, and unbearably so when the closure is stunningly unexpected. When the acclaimed revival of Larry Kramer’s 1985 The Normal Heart closed after nine weeks at the Public on June 29, the shock was palpable. For here was a memorable production that was being considered for a Broadway Read More
Mandy and That Cadillac
About midway through the Joseph Papp Public Theater-New York Shakespeare Festival’s Gala 2000 at the Chelsea Piers on March 13, producer George Wolfe got up and likened working on the Public’s latest Broadway-bound project, The Wild Party , to performing “open-heart surgery on yourself on the No. 2 train at 3 Read More