Sutton Foster, a big Broadway star, headlines a 50th anniversary revival of Bob Fosse’s famed musical Sweet Charity that’s far from a “Big Spender.” The original opened the huge Palace Theatre in 1966; this thrust-stage production, Off Broadway at a 250-seat house at the Pershing Square Signature Center, is designed for maximum intimacy. The first 3D feature, Bwana Devil, promised a lion in your lap; Sweet Charity gives you Foster in your face.
And that’s not a bad thing. The two-time Tony winner, who has been dazzling us since Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002, is so good, so assured, that
Taking the kids to New York this holiday season? Or want to get your city kids off our island for an action-packed hour? I have an idea for you, and it’s a “pip”–Pip’s Island, an interactive, immersive entertainment that runs for the next eight weeks.
My kids, ages 8 and 5, enjoy children’s theatre, but they were skeptical about this one. “This is a walking show?” asked my kindergarten boy. “Is there a lot of walking? My legs run out of walking sometimes.” I thought he could
“Going to the theatre” is always taxing when getting to the theatre, Off Off Broadway on the butt end of West 54th Street, takes longer than the running time of the show you’re traveling to see. Worse, you get to the venue, and the “note from the creators” in the program asks, “Why is that we love to narrativize ourselves in ways that propogate the very violence we claim to upend?” Come again? “Narrativize”? I can’t even.
Fortunately, Jennifer Kidwell and Scott Sheppard, the Philadelphia-based creators of Underground Railroad Game, left the “narrativizing” at home, and have come up with one of the most
Today in small personal accomplishments: I moved Plenty from my “Plays I’ve Only Seen the Movie Of” file to my “Plays I’m Glad to Have Finally Seen” file. First performed at the Public Theater in 1982, David Hare’s drama picked up four Tony nominations in its subsequent run on Broadway in early 1983, including two for stars Kate Nelligan and Edward Herrmann. I saw the disappointing 1985 film version, with Meryl Streep in one of her less successful “accent” parts, overshadowed by the release later that year of Out of Africa.
Part of my frustration with the adaptation was that there didn’t seem to be much of a movie in the material, though Hare is said to have