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Newsday's reviews of Broadway, off-Broadway and Long Island theater productions.
The trouble with reviewing exponential sex farces such as "The Cottage" is that you can't write anything about them without spoiling the fun. More »
Billy was born to dance. "Mum" might have foreseen his destiny, but she died when he was a little boy. Dad, a coal miner who thinks dance is for girls and gays, is distracted by a strike. More »
Colin Quinn is not trying to bring back the ethnic joke, is he? Please, he's much too deep and smart for that, right? And yet, there is a nostalgia -- better, an exasperated, irritated wistfulness -- in his shaggy, fast-moving new 65-minute solo show "Colin Quinn: The New York Story," which contends that false civility has led to "eggshell walking" and homogenized identities. Nationalities and races that have come to New York for the "authenticity" have been flattened into generics. More »
Can a sudden religious conversion be convincingly dramatized? More »
From the start, director David Dubin shrewdly acknowledges that "The Boys in the Band" is an artifact from a time when "closet" primarily evoked something other than a place to hang one's garments. More »
There is much to be said for longevity, for staying power, for consistency in the face of a changing entertainment cosmos. More »
'It's the most exclusive club in the world," one member remarks in "Five Presidents," a new play at Bay Street Theater by the writer for two Emmy-winning presidential dramas. More »
Backstage theater-memory plays tend to have an inbuilt charm, especially tales of the moment when adolescents first realize they were meant to be actors/playwrights/directors/sometimes even critics. More »