Reviews

Ann Kittredge

Ann Kittredge

March 15, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

With her sophisticated presence, the clarity of her voice, and a professional skill set that assured us that “she’s got this,” Ann Kittredge brought so much to her recent offering at the Green Room 42. Titled Fancy Meeting You Here: An Evening of Ahrens & Flaherty,” it showcased repertory from the songwriting duo’s recent Broadway […]

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Marta Sanders and Leanne Borghesi

Marta Sanders and Leanne Borghesi

March 14, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Showbroads—a battling-diva entertainment with Marta Sanders and Leanne Borghesi—appeared late last year at Birdland. Recently, the lively show, under the direction of Nicolas Minas, was repeated at the same venue. The evening proved to be good old-fashioned campy fun. The comic feuding of the two actor-singers never rose to a pitch that seemed especially caustic. […]

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Susan Werner

Susan Werner

March 6, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

For the last few decades, Susan Werner has been delighting audiences as a singer, a songwriter, and an instrumentalist. She’s continued her string of delightful, witty, warm, and wise songs with her “NOLA project,” which, as one might surmise, spawned songs inspired by and in tribute to the historic music center New Orleans. Her recent […]

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Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan

March 4, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Sally Morgan took the stage at Don’t Tell Mama looking great, with a twinkle in her eye that foretold a funny and mischievous streak. She was accompanied by pianist Frank Ponzio (except when she sat at the 88s herself); he played exquisitely throughout. She opened her show, Sally Rides Again, with an original song, “Peace […]

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Lianne Marie Dobbs

Lianne Marie Dobbs

February 15, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

The title of Lianne Marie Dobbs’s recent show at The Green Room 42—Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man…?—is a loaded question. Rather than tackling the question head-on, Dobbs left it open, approaching a few possible angles as she considered female identity, offering a few of her own thoughts along with those of […]

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Emily Koch

Emily Koch

February 11, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Why do we hold on to souvenirs of childhood and adolescence, even when these artifacts are highly embarrassing? Pictures from the junior prom that look like Clearasil commercials, notebooks crammed with first attempts at becoming a haiku master, macaroni sculptures created in day camp that appear to have traveled through a world war or two—these […]

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Wendy Scherl

Wendy Scherl

February 9, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Wendy Scherl is such an immediately inviting and obviously talented singer, that one wanted to surrender completely to the charms of her new show, Town and Country, which recently had an encore performance at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. There were a number of wonderfully winning moments throughout the show, starting with her opener, a nicely […]

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Amy Jo Jackson

Amy Jo Jackson

January 31, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

Amy Jo Jackson’s show The Brass Menagerie brings Tennessee Williams to the cabaret stage at the Duplex with astonishing results. While the playwright may not at first glance seem ideal fodder for such a venue, the show pulses with such intelligence, wit, passion, comedy, heart, and musical acumen that any reservations dissolve in seconds. Jackson’s […]

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Elizabeth Ward Land

Elizabeth Ward Land

January 28, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

I was happy to see the debut nightclub act of a phenomenal singer-actress, Elizabeth Ward Land, who recently brought the show back to The Green Room 42, where it premiered last year. Land is clearly an experienced stage and screen performer, having worked on- and off-Broadway, in regional theatre and tours of City of Angels, […]

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Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation!

Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation!

January 21, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

The first version of writer/director Gerard Alessandrini’s Forbidden Broadway was staged 38 years ago, and the hardy satirical revue has gone through various permutations over the decades. The latest version—Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation!—is now running at The York Theatre Company. As with past installments, this one lacerates the pretensions and outright follies of Broadway […]

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