Ayad Akhtar creates suspense, not from an impending beheading but from what a prisoner teaches his captor about the stock market
- By Robert Hofler on December 8, 2014 @ 7:53 am
With Cooper in the lead, the play takes on new meaning, teaching us what it’s like to be a movie star in ways E! and...
- By Robert Hofler on December 4, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Anyone who’s ever seen newsreels of Houdini has wanted to go back in time to experience first-hand the cheesy excitement of seeing a stunt performer...
- By Robert Hofler on November 23, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Rea may be the first Oedipus to play the role in blood-spattered overalls, and he deftly handles Shepard’s freewheeling segues from tragedy to slapstick and...
- By Robert Hofler on November 20, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Close’s strong, unyielding matriarch is sister to Norma Desmond from “Sunset Boulevard,” the actress’ last role on Broadway twenty years ago
Sharyn Rothstein’s new play recalls Miller’s “All My Sons,” and to her credit, the absorbing story deserves more than its current one act
Some of the British slang doesn’t translate, but Stephens’ grasp of those young hormones that can create a “Lord of the Flies” situation does cross...
In this smashing new revival, the Hilton sisters are treated as “freaks,” but Condon quickly ups the glam quotient to create a novel Cinderella story
- By Robert Hofler on November 16, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
There’s much talk about reflection and recycling in Jez Butterworth’s play about a devoted fisherman-womanizer. But where’s the sexual heat?
- By Robert Hofler on November 6, 2014 @ 4:15 pm
It’s not torture or ISIS that trouble America’s TV family when a son comes home from Vietnam; but in this harrowing revival, the nightmare is...
Like in “Little Buddha,” the parents in Sarah Ruhl’s new play send their son to Nepal to be tested, enthroned, and educated. And so the...
- By Robert Hofler on October 30, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Actors’ chemistry is like Hepburn and Tracy’s only in reverse; she’s solid and implacable, he’s high-strung and nervously pecking around for a way to chip...
- By Robert Hofler on October 26, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
At its best, Sting’s score is pre-Sondheim. But it’s good pre-Sondheim. Too bad John Logan and Brian Yorkey’s book about a boat doesn’t float
- By Robert Hofler on October 23, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
It’s time for the theater world to ‘fess up to the fact that many TV and movie stars are famous in other media for good...
- By Robert Hofler on October 22, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Some of Michael Friedman’s tunes are real keepers, but missing in Itamar Moses’ book and Daniel Aukin’s direction is the meanness as well as the...
In John Rando’s fun, new Broadway revival, everyone dances like there’s no tomorrow in wartime New York
‘It’s Only a Play’ Theater Review: Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick Remain Broadway’s Funniest TeamBy Robert Hofler on October 9, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
A savvy director helps bring life to the scorched-earth approach to comedy
‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ Theater Review: Now on Broadway, Soon to Be a Movie
“War Horse” director Marianne Elliott embellishes Simon Stephens’ play with lots of razzle-dazzle lighting and videos, but Elliott tends to turn her minor characters into...
After playing good cop to Robert De Niro’s bad cop in all those “Focker” movies, it’s fun to see Danner let go with a bad...
- By Robert Hofler on September 28, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
The light airiness of Jones’ performance provides just the right launching pad for others to soar and bring down the rafters
Ivo van Hove directs the first must-see event of the 2014-15 theater season.
For anyone familiar with this playwright-director’s work, it will come as no surprise that a very good-looking, buff guy will be outmatched by the lesbian...
- By Robert Hofler on September 18, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
There are no OMGs or WTFs in these missives, but Mia Farrow does elicit a few laughs with some well-placed expletives and a heartfelt performance
- By Robert Hofler on September 11, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Daring casting of the young actors pays off as Culkin delivers a performance with the surreal ferocity of Robert Downey Jr
- By Robert Hofler on August 17, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Director Evan Cabnet keeps the plot line crackling nicely, even delivering a Grand Guignol touch right out of “Wait Until Dark”
When the distraught actress looks into the bathroom mirror to reapply her makeup, nobody smears lipstick with the panache of Blanchett
- By Robert Hofler on July 13, 2014 @ 5:45 pm
Robert Boswell’s new play is not a comedy, but James Franco, making his directorial stage debut, goes for a few laughs that only expose the...
- By Robert Hofler on June 19, 2014 @ 6:01 pm
Todd Kreidler’s book can’t match the power of Shakur’s stark and bracing poetry
‘Cabaret’ Theater Review: Michelle Williams Tackles Sally Bowles, Alan Cumming Auditions for ‘Hedwig’By Robert Hofler on April 24, 2014 @ 6:07 pm
Williams sports a Giulietta Masina peroxide job, and her first number is strictly geared for the pedophiles at the Kit Kat Klub
- By Robert Hofler on April 23, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
In the Playbill, the playwright tells us not to call his characters “drag queens” or “female impersonators.” And that’s not the end of his sermonizing