“A Doll’s House Part II’ – 15 Years After the Famous Door Slam

By Karen Isaacs Authors have, for decades, attempted to write sequels to classic works. It’s tricky business with many questions that need answering. Should a sequel be done? After all, if the original author wanted to do one, he or she would have. Do you try to emulate the original author’s voice? How do you determine what does happen?  Should it be what seems most … Continue reading “A Doll’s House Part II’ – 15 Years After the Famous Door Slam

Andy Karl Makes “Groundhog Day” Worth Seeing

By Karen Isaacs  Movies into Broadway musicals. The trend continues with Groundhog Day starring Andy Karl. The musical will not make you forget about the film, but it does provide a diverting evening in the theater featuring a terrific performance by Andy Karl and some clever “sleight of hand” illusions. You won’t leave the theater humming the tunes or anxious to see it all again, … Continue reading Andy Karl Makes “Groundhog Day” Worth Seeing

“Anastasia” – Production Values Are Terrific; Musical Isn’t

By Karen Isaacs  When Anastasia opened at Hartford Stage a year ago I enjoyed it but felt it needed work. Yet I believed the show would attract an audience due to its fairy tale romance qualities, the popularity of the animated film of the 1997 and the top-notch people involved. It’s now opened on Broadway. The pluses that delighted me at Hartford, continue to entrance. … Continue reading “Anastasia” – Production Values Are Terrific; Musical Isn’t

“Indecent” – A Compelling Drama about a Ground-breaking Play

By Karen Isaacs “Indecent,” the new play by Paula Vogel blends music, dance, song, scenes from the famous Yiddish play “The God of Vengeance” and the history of the play so seamlessly that you are entranced. It weaves these multiple stories plus episodes from the life of its author Sholem Asch to create a multi-dimensional piece performed by a true ensemble. Six actors are assigned … Continue reading “Indecent” – A Compelling Drama about a Ground-breaking Play

“The Little Foxes” with Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon Is Must See Theatre

By Karen Isaacs  Two outstanding actresses are alternating roles in the current revival of The Little Foxes now at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon are each playing Regina and Birdie in this excellent production directed by Daniel Sullivan. I only saw one performance, so this review will focus on Linney as Regina and Nixon as Birdie. Regina is the larger … Continue reading “The Little Foxes” with Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon Is Must See Theatre

“War Paint” – Lupone and Ebersole Build Competing Corporate Empires

By Karen Isaacs  Take two Broadway stars – both genuine stars beloved by musical fanatics and a story of two powerful women – and you have War Paint.  The two stars, Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole each have two Tonys plus numerous nominations. The two powerful women are Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden. Both were pioneers. Each built a corporation in her own name, and … Continue reading “War Paint” – Lupone and Ebersole Build Competing Corporate Empires

Kevin Kline Seduces Us in “Present Laughter” Revival

By Karen Isaacs Thank heavens for Kevin Kline! His performance in the revival of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter, now at the St. James Theater is worth studying over and over again. This play, written when Coward was in his early forties, is a comedy about an actor who is a leading man known for romantic comedies. In a few days he is leaving on a … Continue reading Kevin Kline Seduces Us in “Present Laughter” Revival

“The Play That Goes Wrong” – Physical Comedy to the Max

By Karen Isaacs A clever idea that goes on for two hours when it would work best if it were 30 minutes at most, is the problem with The Play That Goes Wrong, now at the Lyceum Theater. BUT some will find it a riotous laugh fest. It depends on your enjoyment of extreme slapstick. The British hit (it won an Olivier award, the equivalent … Continue reading “The Play That Goes Wrong” – Physical Comedy to the Max

“Sweat” Will Move and Chill You

By Karen Isaacs  “Sweat” – Lynn Nottage’s new play that has transferred from off-Broadway is a chilling tale of the plight of working class people. It is a story all too familiar to residents of “the rust belt.” A family owned industry that has provided good paying jobs with benefits for generations to the working people of a community first tries to force draconian union … Continue reading “Sweat” Will Move and Chill You

The Price’s Talented Cast Explore Brother Relationship & The Choices We Make

By Karen Isaacs  One of the hardest things for most people to do, is to realize that the choices we made in life were not forced but voluntary. That often they satisfied some deep-seated need. In Arthur Miller’s The Price which is getting an outstanding production at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater, Victor Franz, a NYC police officer is forced to confront those truths. He must … Continue reading The Price’s Talented Cast Explore Brother Relationship & The Choices We Make