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Theatre Is Easy: “La Cage aux Folles”

BOTTOM LINE: As Albin and Georges would say, “It’s rather gawdy, but it’s also rather grand.” It would be impossible not to...

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Theatre Is Easy: “A Behanding in Spokane”

Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell in A Behanding in Spokane Acclaimed playwright Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, The Lieutenant of...

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Theatre Is Easy: “Next Fall”

BOTTOM LINE: This new play makes its audience feel the highs and lows the characters onstage experience. It’s a shared event, and...

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Theatre Is Easy: “The Scottsboro Boys”

The cast of the new Kander-and-Ebb musical The Scottsboro Boys (photo: Carol Rosegg) BOTTOM LINE: I haven’t been this moved by a piece of...

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Theatre Is Easy: “Fela”

BOTTOM LINE: An incredible Afrobeat concert-slash-African dance show. All in all, an enjoyable night of entertainment. Fela is the hot new...

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Theatre Is Easy: “Yank!”

BOTTOM LINE: An endearing new musical about being gay and falling in love — on the front lines of WWII. Can we please repeal...

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Theatre Is Easy: “Black Angels Over Tuskegee”

BOTTOM LINE: An important story told by a group of talented actors; the good outweighs the bad in this under-explored production. I am a...

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Theatre Is Easy: “Caroline, or Change”

BOTTOM LINE: A beautiful musical that played on Broadway for a short time in 2004, this off-off-Broadway production does it justice for a...

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Theatre Is Easy: “Present Laughter”

BOTTOM LINE: This revival should be funnier. What is the male version of a cougar? Because that’s the crux of Garry Essendine, the lead...

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Theatre Is Easy: “Memphis”

BOTTOM LINE: A new musical with lots of singing, lots of dancing, and lots of joy. Rarely while watching a musical do I experience a...

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Theatre Is Easy: “Wicked”

Bottom Line:  Very few will walk away from this production without a smile on their face. Wicked is a Tony Award winning musical that, for...

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Theatre Is Easy: “Love Child”

BOTTOM LINE: It’s like watching two guys with multiple personality disorder on uppers. Know who the two hardest-working men in show...

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Theatre Is Easy: “Ragtime”

BOTTOM LINE: Traditional musical theatre at its best. It wasn’t really time for a revival of Ragtime. The new musical first opened on...

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Theatre Is Easy: “Circle Mirror Transformation”

BOTTOM LINE: A cleverly written story about five unique people in an acting class. First-rate performances and a touching script make for a...

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Theatre Is Easy: “Avenue Q”

The extremely popular "dirty puppet musical" Avenue Q has moved from Broadway to off-Broadway. Has it lost any of its charm? Molly...

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Theatre Is Easy: “Oleanna”

BOTTOM LINE: A nicely executed production with two great performances. This play is intense in all the right ways. David Mamet is known for...

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Theatre Is Easy: “The Royal Family”

BOTTOM LINE: A well-done revival of a very funny play. Some theatrical experiences are just perfect: all of the elements (cast, design,...

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Theatre Is Easy: “Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words”

BOTTOM LINE: There is nothing more ridiculous than reading a celebrity memoir. There is nothing more entertaining than having Rachel Dratch...

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Theatre Is Easy: “Groovaloo”

BOTTOM LINE: An incredible dance show, unlike anything you’ve seen before. The Groovaloos are a dance company from LA. They’re...

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Theatre Is Easy: “The Bereaved”

How does a family cope when one of them is about to die? Molly Marinik explores their absurdly inappropriate methods in her review of the...

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Theatre Is Easy: “Burn the Floor”

The long-running worldwide dance sensation Burn the Floor has reached Broadway, and Molly Marinik is here to tell you all about it....

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Theatre Is Easy: The New York International Fringe Festival

The legendary New York International Fringe Festival is here, and Molly Marinik has your best bets in today's edition of Theatre Is Easy! ...

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Theatre Is Easy: Celebs on Broadway, 2009-2010

It’s no surprise that Broadway producers like to cast celebrities in their shows. If your show, let’s say, is a dramatic...

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Theatre Is Easy: “The Marvelous Wonderettes”

BOTTOM LINE: A G-rated, candy-coated musical revue full of 1950s girl pop. It’s the least edgy show ever, but it’s a great...

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Theatre Is Easy: “The Europeans” and “Therese Raquin”

BOTTOM LINE: Two plays in rep at Atlantic Stage 2 offer intense productions of socially relevant historical dramas. The mission of Potomac...

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Theatre Is Easy: “9 to 5: The Musical”

BOTTOM LINE: Check your theatre pretensions at the door. Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty, and Allison Janney in 9 to 5: The Musical Dolly...

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Theatre Is Easy: “Rock of Ages”

BOTTOM LINE: It’s nearly impossible to not have a good time at Rock of Ages. Maybe it was the Blue Moon in my hand. Maybe it was my...

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Theatre Is Easy: “The Wiz”

BOTTOM LINE: Alvin Ailey meets Disney-on-Broadway meets the sale rack at JC Penney. Ashanti and James Monroe Inglehart in The Wiz The Wiz...

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Theatre Is Easy: 2009 Tony Wrap-up

Miss the Tonys? Never fear -- our trusty theatre critic, Molly Marinik, is here with the highlights and the lowdown....

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Theatre Is Easy: 2009 Tony Awards Preview

The Tony Awards are next Sunday, and Molly's got reviews for most of the big nominees in this week's Theatre is Easy post....