A Joy to Have Janet McTeer on Broadway as Sarah Bernhardt

By Karen Isaacs  Janet McTeer doesn’t appear enough on Broadway. This gifted actress always wins praise – whether it was as Nora in A Doll’s House, or in God of Carnage, Mary Stuart or other works. It’s great to have her playing famed actress Sarah Bernhardt. Bernhardt/Hamlet is a new play by Theresa Rebeck that tries to capture both Bernhardt and comment on our modern … Continue reading A Joy to Have Janet McTeer on Broadway as Sarah Bernhardt

Is “Three Tall Women” an Albee Classic? Glenda Jackson’s Acting Is

By Karen Isaacs  Funny? Edward Albee?  For many people, that isn’t the adjective that first comes to mind when thinking of playwright Edward Albee’s work. Yet the revival of his 1994 Pulitzer Prize winning play, Three Tall Women, has a great deal of humor in it. It also raises interesting questions about how we become the people we are. The play opens on a scene … Continue reading Is “Three Tall Women” an Albee Classic? Glenda Jackson’s Acting Is

Josh Henry Shines in “Carousel”

By Karen Isaacs  Josh Henry is well known among Broadway aficionados, but after his stunning portrayal of Billy Bigelow in the revival of Carrousel his name should become known to a much wider audience. Henry is so dominating in the role that multiple Tony winner Jessie Mueller seems to slide into the background as Julie Jordan. It doesn’t help Mueller that Renée Fleming as Nettie … Continue reading Josh Henry Shines in “Carousel”

“Admissions” Skims the Surface of Important Issues

By Karen Isaacs  Admissions, the new play by Joshua Harmon,, the author of Bad Jews and Significant Other, attempts to deal with an interesting subject. How do those individuals who support and promote diversity handle the results of their support when it impacts them personally? Or the even larger question, what happens when a social movement you support is going to be detrimental to you … Continue reading “Admissions” Skims the Surface of Important Issues

Broadway Revival of “Angels in America” Features Outstanding Performances

By Karen Isaacs  Spectacular acting and fine direction combine in the current production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. It is thrilling to see the entire cast on such a high level in this emotional moving and thought provoking epic play.  Angels in America is one of the major theatrical events on Broadway this Spring. The highly acclaimed National Theatre Production is here for a … Continue reading Broadway Revival of “Angels in America” Features Outstanding Performances

John Lithgow’s “Stories By Heart” Is Acting at Its Best

By Karen Isaacs  John Lithgow is one of America’s outstanding actors. He’s created numerous roles and won multiple awards, most recently an Emmy for playing Winston Churchill on “The Crown.” His wide ranging talent is on display at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater where his one-man play, Stories by Heart is until March 4. Go see it. As an audience member said, “I could listen to … Continue reading John Lithgow’s “Stories By Heart” Is Acting at Its Best

“The Parisian Woman” – Elegant Play of Political Manipulation

By Karen Isaacs  Sometimes when I start to write my review, I feel torn. I know the work wasn’t that good or that some of the performances could have been better BUT I really enjoyed the show. That’s the case with The Parisian Woman which marks Uma Thurman’s Broadway debut. The play won’t stand the test of time and her performance won’t go down in … Continue reading “The Parisian Woman” – Elegant Play of Political Manipulation

“Once on This Island” Immerses You in the Caribbean Culture

By Karen Isaacs  No one would blame you if, upon entering Circle in the Square, you had an irresistible urge to kick off you shoes, take off your coat, and order a tropical drink. That’s the kind of atmosphere that Once on This Island inspires. This revival of the 1990 musical, now at Circle in the Square immediately creates the Caribbean atmosphere. Not the atmosphere … Continue reading “Once on This Island” Immerses You in the Caribbean Culture

“A Band’s Visit” Is a Wonderful, Gentle Broadway Musical

By Karen Isaacs  It’s generated buzz since its debut off-Broadway last fall. Now The Band’s Visit has made it to Broadway and it lives up to all of the hype. It is a warm story about people learning about themselves and about people they have viewed as very different from them. The show, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Itamar Moses, … Continue reading “A Band’s Visit” Is a Wonderful, Gentle Broadway Musical

“Shadowlands” about C.S. Lewis Is Getting an Outstanding Revival Off-Broadway

By Karen Isaacs  If there is a dry eye at the end of Shadowlands now Off-Broadway at the Acorn Theater, you have never experienced the loss of a loved one. This fascinating play by William Nicholson is an unlikely love story between C. S. Lewis – specialist in medieval literature, a lay theologian, radio personality and author and an American woman and writer, Joy Gresham. … Continue reading “Shadowlands” about C.S. Lewis Is Getting an Outstanding Revival Off-Broadway