HIS LATEST REVIEW

Photo: Joan Marcus

BROADWAY REVIEW: The Boys in the Band (2018)

May 31, 2018:

Holy social anthropology! What is this strange and barbaric tribal ceremony that our unsuspecting traveler has stumbled upon? Men are actually dancing with — gasp — other men, in a wrist-flicking, hip-wriggling, keister-twitching chorus line.

Perhaps they’re enacting some unspeakable mating ritual, the kind an adventurous American couple of the mid-1960s might have seen (and recoiled from) while watching a lurid documentary like “Mondo Cane.” But this is definitely not the sort of activity Joe Average expects to encounter in the apartment of his best friend from college.

That, more or less, is the point of view of a lone, presumably heterosexual man when he arrives as an uninvited guest at the all-gay party of hedonism and hatred that is Mart Crowley’s epochal 1968 drama “The Boys in the Band,” which opened on Thursday night in a starry but disconnected revival at the Booth Theater. And theatergoers, too, may feel an awakening shock at this moment.

READ THE REVIEWS BUY TICKETS GROUP TICKETS

MOST RECENT REVIEWS

OFF-BROADWAY REVIEW: Long Day’s Journey Into Night

May 13, 2018: And they’re off! It’s an exciting day in this sleepy Connecticut harbor town, folks, as the fighting Tyrones bolt from the starting line as if there were a pack of demons at their backs. That’s because there is a pack of demons at their backs. I did say their name is Tyrone, right? Which means the odds of this hard-working home team outstripping their nasty pursuers are, exactly, nil. That doesn’t keep the scrappy marathoners from acting as fast as they can.

READ THE REVIEWS BUY TICKETS GROUP TICKETS

OFF-BROADWAY REVIEW: Dance Nation

May 8, 2018: Whether you admit it or not, your 13-year-old self is still living somewhere inside you like a feral demon-child whispering in the dark. It is a creature of frightening extremes, this being you once were: more hopeful and hopeless, joyous and despairing, loving and hateful than you have ever been since. Most likely, she or he is someone you try to avoid talking to.

READ THE REVIEWS BUY TICKETS GROUP TICKETS

OFF-BROADWAY REVIEW: Light Shining in Buckinghamshire

May 7, 2018: Theater is a collaboration but not usually a commune. That may help explain why Caryl Churchill’s “Light Shining in Buckinghamshire” — which she wrote, in 1976, after a three-week workshop with actors helping to develop the characters and scenes — is the first of her plays I’ve found indulgent and leaden. However wonderful it may be to perform, it’s a hard slog to sit through.

READ THE REVIEWS BUY TICKETS GROUP TICKETS
SEE OTHER RECENTLY REVIEWED SHOWS

BEST REVIEWED SHOWS

    JerseyBoys    Phantom    Motown    Wicked
DOWNLOAD THE APP