Category Theater

Who could see how the road would twist?

Review: Sweeney Todd, “Live at Lincoln Center” (TV) Sweeney Todd resurrects every few years. Home viewers can watch the 2001 concert starring Patti LuPone, Tim Burton’s 2007 movie, and the 1982 national tour with Angela Lansbury on DVD. This new 2014 Lincoln Center concert, which aired last night on PBS, isn’t as strong as the other choices, though […]

Everybody Ought to Have a Maid

THEATER REVIEW: The Maids City Center, New York, August 16, 2014 She sits at her mistress’s makeup table, disguising herself with powder and perfumes. Her sister rolls on their mistress’s bed, raising her legs high, then spread-eagled. We see these two women from the usual distance of audience to performer, but we also see them […]

Together Wherever They Go(dot)

THEATER REVIEW: Waiting for Godot Cort Theater, New York, March 23, 2014 We’ve grown accustomed to Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen’s Twitter feeds. They’ve romped around New York together, sat for Santa, eaten first slices of pizza. In many ways, their work onstage in the current New York revival of Waiting for Godot feels like their next daily […]

10 Minutes Ago I Saw You

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella has been adapted three times for television (in 1957 with Julie Andrews, in 1965 with Lesley Ann Warren (my personal favorite of the three), and in 1997 with Brandy), yet this new musical on Broadway feels the freshest and most magical of the three adaptations. With a new book by Douglas […]

He Struts and Frets His Hour upon the Stage

THEATER REVIEW: Macbeth Lincoln Center, New York, November 3, 2013 By the pricking of my thumbs, something witchy this way comes. New York has seen a few Macbeths in recent memory (Patrick Stewart, set in a mental hospital; Alan Cumming, playing all the parts, also in a mental hospital). So it’s a nice departure that Lincoln […]