AMERICAN ARTS

Vol. 12, No. 2,856W - The American Reporter - March 18, 2006


KARRIN ALLYSON SINGS JAZZY STANDARDS
by Larry Bridwell

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Karrin Allyson in cabaret. Bruce Barth piano, Danny Embrey guitar, Bob Bowman bass, and Todd Strait drums. New York: Le Jazz Au Bar, 41 East 58th Street. Tue-Sun 8, Fri & Sat, also 10. Running Time: 1 1/2 hours. Cover Charge $35 weekdays, $50 Fri and Sat. No minimum. 212-308-9455. Through September 5, 2004.


A Kansas City lady at Le Jazz Au Bar.
Photos: Randee St. Nicolas

His & Her Reviews
HIS REVIEW: 'AFTER THE FALL' IS FICTIONAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY
by Larry Bridwell

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"After the Fall." Written by Arthur Miller. Directed by Michael Mayer. Starring Peter Krause, Carla Gugino, Jessica Hecht, Vivienne Benesch, Candy Buckley, Roxanna Hope, Kathleen McNenny Dan Zizkie, Mark Nelson, Jonathan Walker. Set by Richard Hoover. Costumes by Michael Krass. Lighting by Donald Holder. Sound by Dan Moses Schreier. New York: Roundabout Theater Company, 227 West 42nd Street. Tue-Sat 8, Sat & Sun 2. Running Time: 2 hrs. $46.25 - $86.25. 212-719-1300. Through September 12, 2004. Web page at http://www.roundabouttheatre.org.


Archetypal sex goddess meets New York intellectual.
Photos: Joan Marcus

His & Her Reviews
HER REVIEW: 'AFTER THE FALL' A RANT AGAINST WOMEN
by Lucy Komisar

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"After The Fall." Written by Arthur Miller. Directed by Michael Mayer. Starring Peter Krause, Carla Gugino, Jessica Hecht, Vivienne Benesch, Candy Buckley, Roxanna Hope, Kathleen McNenny Dan Zizkie, Mark Nelson, Jonathan Walker. Set by Richard Hoover. Costumes by Michael Krass. Lighting by Donald Holder. Sound by Dan Moses Schreier. New York: Roundabout Theatre Company, 227 West 42 Street. Tues-Sat 8, Wed, Sat & Sun 2. Running time: 2 hrs. $46.25-$86.25. 212-719-1300. Through Sept. 12, 2004. Web page at http://www.roundabouttheatre.org.


Miller's memoir of Marilyn is egregiously kvetchy.
Photos: Joan Marcus

IN 'SLY FOX,' BROAD SATIRE ON GULLIBLE AND GREEDY
by Lucy Komisar

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"Sly Fox." Written by Larry Gelbart. Directed by Arthur Penn. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Eric Stoltz, Bob Dishy, Rene Auberjonois, Bronson Pinchot, Rachel York, Elizabeth Berkley. Sets by George Jenkins & Jesse Poleshuck. Costumes by Albert Wolsky. [Replacements include Richard Kind for Dreyfuss, Pinchot for Stoltz, Carol Kane for York, Jason Kravits for Pinchot, Richard Libertini for Auberjonois, York for Elizabeth Berkley]. Lighting by Phil Monat. Sound by T. Richard Fitzgerald & Carl Casella. Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47 St. Tue 7, Wed-Sat 8, Wed & Sat 2, Sun 3. Running time: 2:20. Through Aug. 29, 2004. $76.25 - $91.25. 212-239-6200.


Fools fall for the lure of the lucre.
Photos: Carol Rosegg

'ECHOES OF THE WAR': WHEN PATRIOTISM MEANT GIVING UP SONS
by Lucy Komisar

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"Echoes of the War." Written by J.M. Barrie. Directed by Eleanor Reissa. Starring Frances Sternhagen, Richard Easton, Mary Ellen Ashley, Anne-Marie Cusson, Aaron Krohn, Katherine McGrath, Pat Nesbit, Gareth Saxe, Jenny Strassberg. Sets by Vicki R. Davis. Costumes by Debra Stein. Lighting by Traci Klainer. Sound by Bruce Ellman. Tue-Thu 7, Fri-Sat 8, Sat-Sun 2. Through August 29, 2004. $45. 212-315-0231. Web page at http://www.minttheater.org.


Two plays about the home front by the author of "Peter Pan."
Photos: Richard Termine

'BUG' IS A CHILLING, RIVETING PLAY ABOUT ILLU.S.ION AND DELU.S.ION
by Lucy Komisar

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"Bug." Written by Tracy Letts. Directed by Dexter Dullard. Starring

'FIDDLER ON THE ROOF' DEPICTS A UNIVERSAL STRUGGLE
by Lucy Komisar

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"Fiddler on the Roof." Book by Joseph Stein. Music by Jerry Bock. Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Directed by David Leveaux. Musical Staging by Jonathan Butterell. Choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Starring Alfred Molina, Randy Graff, Stephen Lee Anderson, David Ayers, John Cariani, Nick Danielson, Philip Hoffman, Laura Michelle Kelly, Sally Murphy, Tricia Paoluccio, Robert Petkoff, David Wohl. Sets by Tom Pye. Costumes by Vicki Mortimer. Lighting by Brian MacDevitt. New York: Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45 St. Tue-Sat 8, Wed & Sat 2, Sun 3. Running Time 2:45. $35 - $100. 212-307-4100.


Making a revolution in old Russia.
Photos: Joan Marcus

'THE BOY FROM OZ' ENTERTAINS WITH PERILS OF ARTISTIC AMBITION
by Lucy Komisar

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"The Boy From Oz." Music & Lyrics by Peter Allen, Directed by Philip William McKinley. Choreography by Joey McKneely. Starring Hugh Jackman, Stephanie J. Block, Jarrod Emick, Beth Fowler, Isabel Keating, Michael Mulheren, Mitchel Federan. Set by Robin Wagner. Costumes by William Ivey Long. Lighting by Donald Holder. Sound by Acme Sound Partners. Orchestrations by Michael Gibson. New York: Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th St., Tue-Sat 8, Wed & Sat 2, Sun 3. Running time: 2:30. $50-$90. 212-239-6200. Through Sept. 12, 2004.


Celebrities self-destruct on self-involvement.
Photos: Joan Marcus

'WONDERFUL TOWN' A JOYOU.S., MAPCAP GREENWICH VILLAGE TREAT
by Lucy Komisar

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"Wonderful Town." Book by Joseph Fields & Jerome Chodorov. Based on the play "My Sister Eileen" by Fields and Chodorov, and the stories by Ruth McKenney. Lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Script Adaptation by David Ives. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall. Starring Donna Murphy, Jennifer Westfeldt, Gregg Edelman, David Margulies, Michael McGrath, Raymond Jaramillo McLeod, Peter Benson, Nancy Anderson, Ken Barnett, Randy Danson, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Linda Mugleston, Timothy Shew, Ray Wills. Set by John Lee Beatty. Costumes by Martin Pakledinaz. Lighting by Peter Kaczorowski. New York: Al Hirschfeld Theater, 302 West 45th St. Tue-Sat 8, Wed & Sat 2, Sun 3. Running Time: 2:30. $51 - $101. 212-239-6200.


Two young women conquer New York.
Photo: Joan Marcus

'WICKED' A SMASHING POLITICAL ALLEGORY ABOUT RACISM AND REPRESSION
by Lucy Komisar

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"Wicked." Book by Winnie Holzman. Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Directed by Joe Mantello. Choreographed by Wayne Cilento. Starring Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Carole Shelley, Norbert Leo Butz, Sean McCourt, Michelle Federer, Christopher Fitzgerald, William Youmans. [Jennifer Laura Thompson will succeed Kristin Chenoweth, George Hearn will succeed Joel Grey, and Joey McIntyre will succeed Norbert Leo Butz on July 20.] Set by Eugene Lee. Costumes by Susan Hilferty. Lighting by Kenneth Posner. Sound by Tony Meola. Musical director Stephen Oremus. New York: Gershwin Theatre, 222 West 51st St. Tue 7; Wed-Sat 8, Wed & Sat 2, Sun 3. Running Time: 2:45. $40-$100. 212-307-4100.


Wicked Witch fights privilege and oppression in Oz.
Photos: Joan Marcus

'BRIDGE & TUNNEL' IS PATH TO INCISIVE, BITING POLITICAL COMEDY
by Lucy Komisar

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"Bridge & Tunnela." Written and performed by Sarah Jones. Directed by Tony Taccone. Conceived by Sarah Jones & Steve Colman. Scenic painting by Blake Lethem. Lighting by Alexander V. Nichols. Sound by DJ Rekha &Chris Meade. New York: 45 Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street. Tues-Sat 8, Sat & Sun 3. Running time: 1:20. $49.50. $25 general admission day of perf. 212-307-4100. Through Aug. 15, 2004.


Personal and political anguish, rage, sensitivity, insight.
Photo: Brian Michael Thomas

'RAISIN IN THE SUN' A VIVID SAGA OF BLACK LIFE IN THE 50S
by Lucy Komisar

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"A Raisin in the Sun." Written by Lorraine Hansberry. Directed by Kenny Leon. Starring Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan, David Aaron Baker, Teagle F. Bougere, Frank Harts, Alexander Mitchell, Bill Nunn, Lawrence Ballard, Billy Eugene Jones. Set by Thomas Lynch . Costumes by Paul Tazewell. Lighting by Brian MacDevitt. Music by Dwight Andrews. Sound by T. Richard Fitzgerald. New York: Royale Theatre, 242 West 45th Street. Tue-Sat at 8, Wed & Sat at 2, Sun at 3. Runnng time: 2:55. $26.25-$91.25. Rush for first row, day of perf. 10 am $26.25. 212-239-6200. Through July 11, 2004.


Broadway revival evokes a Chicago family's dreams.
Photo: Joan Marcus

'FINIAN'S RAINBOW' A SATIRIC MU.S.ICAL FANTASY ABOUT RACISM
by Lucy Komisar

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Finian's Rainbow. Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy. Music by Burton Lane . Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. Directed by Charlotte Moore. Musical direction by Mark Hartman. Starring at the time of review: Melissa Errico, Malcolm Gets, Jonathan Freeman, David Staller, Max Von Essen, and Kimberly Dawn Newmann. [Malcolm Gets, Melissa Errico, and Max von Essen have left the company.] Pianists Mark Hartman and Mark Janus. Choreography by Barry McNabb. Set by James Morgan. Costumes by David Toser. Lighting by Mary Jo Dondlinger. New York: Irish Repertory, 132 West 22nd Street. Wed-Sat 8, Wed 2, Sat & Sun 3. Running time: 2:15. $40-$45.

It's worth the extra $5 for best seats, since others are on the side in this theater in the 2-sided square.) 212-727-2737. Through July 11, 2004. Web page at http://www.irishrep.org.


A Broadway smash from the 40s is reprised by Irish Rep.
Photo: Carol Rosegg

IN 'SIGHT UNSEEN,' AN AMBITIOU.S. PAINTER AND WOMAN HE DISCARDED
by Lucy Komisar

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"Sight Unseen." Written by Donald Margulies. Directed by Daniel Sullivan. Starring Laura Linney, Byron Jennings, Ben Shenkman and Ana Reeder. Set by Douglas W. Schmidt. Costumes by Jess Goldstein. Lighting by Pat Collins. Original music and sound by John Gromada. New York: Manhattan Theater Club, at the Biltmore Theater, 261 West 47th Street. Through July 25, 2004. Web page at http://

Past intrudes through surprising, shifting flashbacks that alter the present.
Photos: Joan Marcus

'THE MU.S.ICAL OF MU.S.ICALS (THE MU.S.ICAL)' IS WITTY SATIRE OF GENRE
by Lucy Komisar

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"The Musical of Musicals [The Musical]." Music by Eric Rockwell. Lyrics by Joanne Bogart. Book by Rockwell & Bogart. Director/ Choreographer Pamela Hunt. Starring Joanne Bogart, Craig Fols, Lovette George, Eric Rockwell. Set by James Morgan. Costumes by John Carver Sullivan. Lighting by Mary Jo Dondlinger. New York: York Theatre at Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington [at 54th St.]. Mon-Sat 8, Wed, Sat 2:30. Running time: 1:25. $50; student tickets day of perf. $20. 212-868-4444. Web page at http://www.yorktheatre.org/


Spoofs and puns float through tale of destitute heroine and nasty landlord.
Photo: Carol Rosegg

'ASSASSINS:' STUNNING KALEIDOSCOPE OF HISTORY'S KILLERS
by Lucy Komisar

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"Assassins." Book by John Weidman. Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Joe Mantello. Musical staging by Jonathan Butterell. Musical direction by Paul Gemignani. Starring Becky Ann Baker, James Barbour, Mario Cantone, Michael Cerveris, Mary Catherine Garrison, Alexander Gemignani, Neil Patrick Harris, Marc Kudisch, Jeffrey Kuhn, Dennis O'Hare. Set by Robert Brill. Costumes by Susan Hilferty. Lighting by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhower. Sound by Dan Moses Schreier. New York: Roundabout Theatre Company at Studio 54, 254 W. 54 St. Tue-Sat 8, Wed, Sat & Sun 2. $36.25-$91.25. 212-719-1300. Through July 18, 2004. Website at http://www.roundabouttheatre.org.


Why does the show reduce motivations to psychology and discount politics?
Photo: Joan Marcus

'JUMPERS' A WITTY, SURREAL RIFF ON GOD AND MORALITY
by Lucy Komisar

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"Jumpers." Written by Tom Stoppard. Directed by David Leveaux. Starring Simon Russell Beale, Essie Davis, Nicky Henson, Eliza Lumley, John Rogan, Nicholas Woodeson. Set by Vicki Mortimer. Costumes by Nicky Gillibrand. Lighting by Paule Constable. Music by Corin Buckeridge. Sound by John Leonard for Aura. Choreography by Aiden Treays. New York: National Theatre of Great Britain at Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 West 47 St. Tues-Sat 8, Wed & Sat 2, Sun 3. Running time 2:30. $60-$95. 212-307-4100. Through July 11, 2004. Web page at http://www.ntny.org.


Murder, adultery and distraught actress are pieces of rowdy intellectual puzzle.
Photo: Hugo Glendinning

'FABULATION' A WITTY SATIRE ABOUT THE BLACK BOURGEOISIE
by Lucy Komisar

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"Fabulation Or, the Re-Education of Undine." Written by Lynn Nottage. Directedby Kate Whoriskey. Starring Charlayne Woodard, Daniel Breaker, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Stephen Kunken, Robert Montano, Melle Powers, Keith Randolph Smith and Myra Lucretia Taylor. Sets by Walt Spangler. Costumes by Kaye Voyce. Lighting by David Weiner. Sound by Ken Travis. New York: Playwrights Horizons, 416 West 42nd Street. Tues-Fri 7:30, Sat 2:30 & 7:30, Sun 2:30 & 7. $35. Student rush $12 day of perf. 212-179-4200. Through July 11, 2004. Web page at http://www.playwrightshorizons.org.


Comic barbs for gigolos, drug culture and welfare system.
Photo: Joan Marcus

LOVE, SEX AND THE THEATER IN 2003-04
by Lucy Komisar

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"Don Juan." "Ghosts." "Far and Wide." and "My Life With Albertine." "The Rivals." "Heartbreak House." and "Four Dialogues." "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." "Retreat From Moscow." "Anna in the Tropics." "Beckett/Albee." "Intimate Apparel." "Vincent in Brixton." "Six Dance Lessons, Six Week." "Our Lady of 121st Street," "Eight Days lBackwards]." "My Old Lady." "The Problem." All but "Intimate Apparel" are closed.

'INTIMATE APPAREL' REVEALS SORROWS OF INTIMATE RELATIONS
by Lucy Komisar

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"Intimate Apparel." Written by Lynn Nottage. Directed by Daniel Sullivan. Starring Viola Davis, Arija Barekis, Russell Hornsby, Lynda Gravatt, Corey Stoll, Lauren Velez. Set by Derek McLane. Costumes by Catherine Zuber. Lighting by Allen Lee Hughes. Music by Harold Wheeler. Sound by Marc Gwinn. New York: Roundabout Theatre Company at Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46 Street. Tue-Sat 7:30; Wed, Sat, Sun 2. Running time 2:15. Through June 13, 2004. $51.25-$61.25. 212-719-1300. Website at http://www.roundabouttheatre.org.


Bad men: bad choices..
Photo: Joan Marcus

NEW YORK IS A CABARET
by Lucy Komisar

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James Williams at Le Jazz Au Bar, 41 East 58th Street.Shows at 8 on weeknights and at 8 & 10 Fridays and Saturdays. Doors open at 6:30 for dinner. Cover charge: $30 to $50. no minimum; food is pricey. Tickets at 212-308-9455 or ticketweb.com. Web: www.aubarnewyork.com Linda Glick at "Don't Ask the Lady." The Duplex Theater, 61 Christopher Street at 7th Avenue

Sheridan Square) at 9 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays on June 8, 10, 15 and 17. $15 cover at the cabaret with 2 drink minimum. $10 cover for Mac members and seniors. Cash only.

212) 255-5438. Web: www.LindaGlick.com;
"Listen to My Heart: The Songs of David Friedman." Upstairs at Studio 54, 254 West 54 Street, 212-239-6200. Web: www.ListenToMyHeartSite.com;
"Porterphiles." York Theatre Company, St. Peter's Church Theatrem Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, 212-239-6200. Web: www.yorktheatrecompany.org/.

Opening Night
NEW YORK'S THEATER OF POLITICS, 2003
by Lucy Komisar

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