Newsday's reviews of Broadway, off-Broadway and Long Island theater productions.
When a theater director casts a movie star -- in this case two -- we suspect box-office motives. But as soon as we glimpse the set design for Lincoln Center Festival's presentation of Jean Genet's "The Maids," we can guess why Benedict Andrews chose Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert for the title roles. More »
John Lithgow strides in from upstage at the Delacorte Theater. He is cradling an old leather map in his arms and, despite the fluffy white beard and long burlap gown, he looks just like John Lithgow playing medieval dress-up. More »
What a wonderful new play has opened Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company, right in the dead of summer and without the kind of movie-star names that would catapult it directly to Broadway. But this is a genuine original, one that deserves to be seen by anyone hungry for a smart, exuberantly funny urban dramedy with a spirit as shrewd and forgiving as its motor-mouth language is wild and lush. More »
For a while in "Sex With Strangers," it seems that Chicago playwright Laura Eason is setting up an unusual and provocative relationship between a disappointed serious novelist (Anna Gunn, Walter's wife in "Breaking Bad") and a young hunk (the irrepressible Billy Magnussen) who writes best-selling Internet books about his casual liaisons. He shows up at a rural writers' retreat, slowly revealing how much he knows about her and her work. Major chemistry ensues. More »