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Thom Geier serves up commentary on movies, TV, books, theater, and all manner of pop culture

Broadway review: Chita Rivera in ‘The Visit’

At 82, Chita Rivera still has it. That ineffable, inimitable charisma of a natural star. And she gets a great showcase for her talents in The Visit, a late collaboration … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Broadway review: ‘Something Rotten!’ is a palpable hit

From Spamalot to The Book of Mormon to decades worth of editions of Forbidden Broadway, new musical comedies have found a prime target for their humor in theater itself. Something Rotten!, … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Broadway review: ‘Doctor Zhivago’ sings!

Somewhere, my love, there might be a sweeping romantic musical to be made of Boris Pasternak’s 1957 doorstop Doctor Zhivago about forbidden love during the Russian Revolution. But it isn’t … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Broadway review: Renee Fleming in ‘Living on Love’

Outside of the Met or La Scala, portrayals of the opera world are seldom understated. In Living on Love, a kind of new chestnut that opened tonight at the Longacre … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Broadway review: Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe in ‘The King and I’

Anna Leonowens, the heroine of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical The King and I is technically British. But in director Bartlett Sher’s magnificent new revival at Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Broadway review: ‘Fun Home’ musical passes the Bechdel Test

Broadway, it’s not just for gay men anymore! We’ve seen more than our share of masculine coming-out stories on stage over the years, and now lesbians are finally getting their … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Broadway review: ‘Finding Neverland’ with Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer

Finding Neverland is a curious enterprise, a movie-based Broadway musical targeting family audiences that’s more about the grown-up business of struggling playwright J.M. Barrie than a depiction of his most … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Off Broadway review: Peter Sarsgaard as ‘Hamlet’

In his disappointing new modern-dress production of Hamlet, director Austin Pendleton has given up the ghost. Literally. We never see (or hear from) the ghost of our hero’s late father, … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Broadway review: ‘It Shoulda Been You’ with Tyne Daly

Ever wonder what would happen if Vera Wang were to design a poly-blend bridesmaid dress? The effect would be similar to It Shoulda Been You, the wan new musical comedy … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Off Broadway review: Lesley Manville in Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’ at BAM

Adultery. Free love. Incest. Syphilis. Assisted suicide. The hypocrisy of organized religion. It’s no wonder that Henrik Ibsen’s 1881 drama Ghosts caused such a scandal when it first appeared — … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

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