Exit Lines: Bard Games

It’s that time of the year again here in New York–Shakespeare in the Park time, so get on line early in Central Park, pack a picnic lunch after you’ve obtained your tickets (you can get good sandwiches at the Delacorte before ...

Exit Lines: Last Call

After the Tony Awards, comes the reckoning, as fading shows that came away empty-handed fold up their tents. Thank heaven for little girls? In the case of Gigi, with High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens, the answer would be “no.” ...

Exit Lines: “The Spoils”

When you’ve seen a show, and afterwards you obsess about punching its playwright and star in the mouth–well, something has gone wrong. Or, maybe, that’s what its playwright and star wants you to obsess about. He pretty much says as much ...

Exit Lines: “Hamilton”

Broadway’s top ticket is Larry David’s Fish in the Dark, which has set a record for advance sales. (Pretty, pretty good!) Off Broadway, it’s…Alexander Hamilton? Founding father, Federalist Papers, Treasury Secretary, Aaron Burr...that Alexander Hamilton? Yes–but not your great-great-great-etc. grandmother’s Alexander ...

Exit Lines: “Come Look at the Freaks”

Where does one of the world’s sexiest men go to transform himself into one of the more celebrated grotesques in history? Why, Broadway, of course–where Bradley Cooper, following in the footprints of David Bowie and Billy Crudup, is covering himself in ...

Exit Lines: Leading Lights

In an era dominated by superheroes and other non-human factors, stars don’t mean much at the movies these days–if they did, would the likes of Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, and Robert De Niro be turning up in slenderly budgeted VOD obscurities. ...

Exit Lines: Ships Coming In

“You know what the biggest problem with that show is?” said my friend after we had exited The Last Ship, Sting’s first foray into musical theatre. “Its biggest problem is that its main character is an asshole.”

The “asshole problem” ...

Exit Lines: Going Off

Before diving into the 2014 part of the 2014-2015 Broadway theatre season, let’s look at some of the shows running Off Broadway. In the land beyond the Great White Way, it’s war.

Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts ...

Exit Lines: “King Lear”

Here in New York we’re in the middle of what’s called the “Off” season–that is, the Off Broadway season, full of festivals and other theatrical diversions now that Tony season is well over. Broadway still offers a show or two, but ...

Exit Lines: “The Killer”

All things must come to an end, and today my neighbor, Michael Shannon, departs Theatre for a New Audience, where’s he spent the last six weeks in a mesmerizing return of Eugene Ionesco’s The Killer to the New York stage. I ...

Exit Lines: Talking Tonys

Neil Patrick Harris won’t be hosting the Tony Awards on CBS this Sunday night, leaving that task to its other perma-emcee, Hugh Jackman. In all likelihood he’ll instead be onstage winning a Tony Award, for the sensational revival of Hedwig and ...

Exit Lines: “…The Musical”

As the 2013-2014 Broadway season wound down I was spending a lot of time at the theatre, which means I spent a fair amount of time at the movies, too. We’ve seen musicals of Big Fish, The Bridges of Madison County, ...

Exit Lines: Great Performances

Star turns on and Off Broadway have enlivened our stages in New York. Whether you’re visiting town (these are torrid weeks at the boxoffice) or in town (winter is a great time of the year to see a show once the ...

“The Old Friends”


Playwright Horton Foote, who died at age 92 in 2009, maintains a career that those of us still among the living would envy. Not long after his death the ambitious trilogy, The Orphans’ Home Cycle, was produced to ...

Exit Lines: Summer Stock

In all my years of attending Shakeapeare in the Park productions I’ve never seen one as goofy as Love’s Labour’s Lost, which plays (free!) through Sunday. It’s worth standing on line for, in pleasant August weather, if you don’t mind ...

Exit Lines: The World’s A Stage

The Broadway season doesn’t begin until Aug. 4, with the opening of a musical something called First Date. Off Broadway, the season is demarcated by awards shows; once the last prize is handed out in spring, we’re “off.” And you have ...

Exit Lines: It’s Tony Time

Face facts–Broadway, the fabulous invalid, didn’t have a fabulous 2012-2013 season. The second, post-Christmas half improved markedly, in part because it’s couldn’t get any duller. About all I recall a scant half-year later are the stunning revivals of Golden Boy and ...

Exit Lines: The Drama Desk Awards

The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards were held Sunday night. I was there in spirit, as my group (which at long last has a viable website), celebrated the best in New York theatre on, Off, and Off Off Broadway in ...

Exit Lines: “Ann”

“Do you like one-person shows?” I was asked before I became an awards nominator for the Drama Desk a few years back. Well, sure; Christopher Plummer as John Barrymore (Barrymore), Mary Louise Wilson as Diana Vreeland (Full Gallop), and Sian Phillips ...

Exit Lines: The Ethan Hawke Experience

As a film actor, Ethan Hawke has never much excited me, and I’ll take it on faith that I wouldn’t much care for his novels or self-directed indie movies, either. But a guy who works as hard as he does is ...

Exit Lines: “Golden Boy”

The bad news: It’s been a weak season for new plays on Broadway. The good news: There are some worthwhile revivals. The worst ┬ánews: My very favorite, a 75th anniversary production of Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy, closes tomorrow ...

Exit Lines: “Glengarry Glen Ross”

How successful is the Glengarry Glen Ross revival? So successful that I, long-time theatre scribe and member of the prestigious Drama Desk, was seated in the mezzanine for my press performance. Oh, the indignity, to be plopped in ...

Exit Lines: Popdose Goes To The Theatre

Amidst the 2012-2013 theatre season in New York comes a new column about the scene, long overdue. And Dw Dunphy, at least, is happy about it–he created this delightful graphic for it somewhere toward the end of the 2011-2012 one, and ...