The Hairy Ape – Loose on NY’s Upper East Side

  Eugene O’Neill certainly couldn’t have known that Bobby Cannavale would one day play Yank in The Hairy Ape. Yet, this part seems to have been written for him. I can’t think of another actor who embodies machismo as well. Yank works in the stokehole of an ocean liner where he feeds coal into furnaces.…

If I Forget — Keeping History Alive

Liberal Jews unhappy about the results of an election. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A gentrifying neighborhood with rising rents. If I Forget could’ve been set in the present day, as opposed to late 2000/early 2001. The play drives home the adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same. This comic and poignant…

Theater Post-Election

The best theater is thought-provoking. Sure, there are escapist musicals which we all need (now more than ever). But walking out of a theater, whether you’ve been laughing or crying, humming tunes or remembering a particular phrase, the show and performances stick with you, challenge you and leave a lasting impression — that is more…

Smokefall —  Really?

I’ll begin this review with two digressions. I recently saw Zachary Quinto on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and totally enjoyed the interview. I’ve admired Quinto as an actor — loved him in “The Glass Menagerie” and his film and TV roles and he was a witty and self-effacing guest. Then the topic of…