Reviews

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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Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor

January 5, 2020 | By | Add a Comment

With her lilting voice and sunny stage presence, Maureen Taylor puts the cabaret listener in a receptive frame of mind, whatever she is singing. In her recent show at Don’t Tell Mama, Cosmic Connections: The Lyrics of Michael Colby (directed by Frank Galgano), she performed songs with varying colors and moods, but with an overarching […]

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Regina Zona

Regina Zona

December 21, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

A friend of mine enjoys musical theatre and songs from the American Songbook, but cannot abide anyone singing such music who has an “operatic” voice. Even someone like Audra McDonald or Kelli O’Hara is a no-go for him. I thought about this friend during the opening sequence of Regina Zona’s cabaret act at the Triad, […]

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Ari Axelrod

Ari Axelrod

December 21, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Editor’s note: This review has been updated to correct factual errors in the original version published on December 10. We apologize for the errors and sincerely regret any misunderstanding they caused. At the beginning of A Celebration of Jewish Broadway (directed by Lina Koutrakos), which he recently brought back to Birdland Theater, Ari Axelrod cheerfully […]

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Mary Ellen Ryan

Mary Ellen Ryan

December 21, 2019 | By | Add a Comment

Mary Ellen Ryan’s debut cabaret, No Apologies, started with a satirical Ted Talk-inspired Women’s Studies lecture, complete with Ryan in reading glasses as “Professor Feminista.” The performance alternated between this professor as our guide, and a variety of alter-egos who performed the mostly comic or ironic song list. Directed by Eadie Scott, with musical direction […]

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