AMERICAN ARTS

Vol. 12, No. 2,951W - The American Reporter - July 30, 2006



Opening Night
IT'S NOT YOUR OLD MAN'S SODAM AND BEGORRAH
By T.S Kerrigan

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"An Irish Girl's Journey." Written by Marian Tomas Griffin. Directed by Margaret O'Carroll. Starring Marian Tomas Griffin. Los Angeles. The Celtic Arts Centre, 4843 Laurel Canyon Blvd. Fri-Sat, 8 Running Time: 2 hours. $30. 818-784-3805. Through August 22.

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

'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

'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

'FINIAN'S RAINBOW' A SATIRIC MUSICAL 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 AMBITIOUS PAINTER AND THE 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 MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL)' 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/.

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