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Newsday's reviews of Broadway, off-Broadway and Long Island theater productions.
"Paint Your Wagon" is an oddly wholesome, cheerful Gold Rush musical about 400 lonely, sex-starved men in a California mining camp and a Mormon's second wife who happily gets auctioned off to a stranger. The song that goes with the sale is titled, if I'm not mistaken, "Whoop-Ti-Ay." More »
The sound you are hearing is relief -- a grand, happy, deep heave of relief. More »
Where has "On the Twentieth Century" been for the last 37 years? If, indeed, the 1978 musical-comedy has been saving itself for just the right mad screwball alchemy, then, all right, this was worth the wait. More »
Cush Jumbo. Remember the name. More »
If anyone can make an unknowable world leader feel known, it is Helen Mirren. In 2006, this formidable dramatic force put a human face on Elizabeth II's cracking royal facade after Princess Diana's death in the 2006 film "The Queen." More »
It has been a long time since Broadway had a comedy so flush with Jewish-mother jokes and giddy about finding synonyms for breasts. Many decades have passed since the sound of an offstage toilet flushing was intended as a sure source of hilarity. And we have lived at least as long, some of us happily and without being told twice, the old joke about knocking on "faux wood." More »