Newsday's reviews of Broadway, off-Broadway and Long Island theater productions.
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 »
"Piece of My Heart" review: The rock and roll mystery remains More »
The first thing you need to know about "Peter Pan," the musical, is that he -- rather, she -- flies. More »
James Franco has been many things since he broke into the zeitgeist in TV's "Freaks and Geeks." According to the humbly simplified bio in the program for "The Long Shrift," his first New York stab at stage directing, the pop-culture polymath and Oscar-nominated movie star is "an actor, director, screenwriter, producer, teacher and author." Not surprisingly, he has also been a punch line for hyperactive overachievement among celebrities. More »