Harry Clarke – double names, a double life

I have not seen Harry Clarke in its new incarnation at the Minetta Lane Theatre, but I did see it when it opened a few months ago at the Vineyard Theater. David Cale’s Harry Clarke and Billy Crudup’s performance are one of a kind and one for the books. As a nerdy Midwesterner Philip (Billy…

Good for Otto – was not so good for me

There is a lot going on in David Rabe’s Good for Otto, a play about the trials and tribulations of treating mental illness. Fourteen actors and, at least as many, theatergoers seated on stage is a lot to process. In fact too much to process. Set somewhere in northwest Connecticut, Dr. Michaels (Ed Harris) and…

Hangmen – Gallows Humor

Luckily for us the Atlantic Theater extended the run of Hangmen so we had the opportunity to see Martin McDonagh’s comedic tragedy. While this play may not appeal to everyone (just as McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri had its share of fans and detractors) Hangmen is fun once you get into the rhythm of…

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…