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.…

Skylight -The past is Illuminated

The personal and the political come together in both heartbreaking and humorous ways in the revival of David Hare’s Skylight. Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard never strike a false note in this play of betrayal, expectations, new beginnings and endings. Nighy is all energy as Tom Sergeant, a successful restaurateur who had an…

The Heidi Chronicles ­- We haven’t come far enough, baby

Leaning in. Lawsuits at hedge funds. Wage inequality. Unfortunately 2015 isn’t as far from the era of The Heidi Chronicles as we may wish. Wendy Wasserstein’s coming-of-­age story of Heidi Holland and her search for personal and professional fulfillment still resonates in this sharp and poignant revival. Led by a cast that includes Elisabeth Moss…

Constellations – What If…?

A line in “Isn’t it Ironic” says “It’s meeting the man of my dreams, and then meeting his beautiful wife.” But what would happen if he wasn’t married? What would happen if he just had gotten divorced? What would happen if …? The tantalizing promise of endless possibilities and the questions of the roads not…

Once – see it once before it closes

I admit I was late to the game in seeing Once – the Musical since it’s closing just after the new year. The play is based on the movie which is based on Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s friendship. I loved the movie and didn’t want the play to corrupt my memory of it.  But…