Tyrion de Bergerac

Peter Dinklage as Cyrano de Bergerac.

In a league of his own. Stage actor par excellence. Evocative mesmerizing powerful performance. True to Edmond Rostand’s French oeuvre. Black box intimate venue in Union Square. Un cadeau de la saison.

Game of Thrones Tyrion Lannister’s passion and pathos came through up close. It’s all in his eyes.

Pop Opéra

Moulin Rouge. The Musical.

Cheeky Whimsical Parody of the Original. Serial Show-Stoppers. Modern Pop Playlist. Dancing. Singing. Dying. Confetti. Aerial stunts. Fun!

La Traviata and La Bohème all rolled into one.

Kitschy. Kitschy. Ya. Ya. Ga. Ga.

Front row mezzanine. Loved the lavish sets and costumes. Paris. Montmarte. Giant Elephant. Le Moulin Rouge- The Red Windmill.

Every Broadway Cliché you could ask for. Just what we needed after a day of impeachment fatigue. Ten minutes from home. Allons-nous-en!

Facts Are Fungible

The Lifespan of a Fact. Daniel Radcliffe. Cherry Jones. Bobby Cannavale. Studio 54 Theater. Yes. That same old disco venue. Clever staging. The takeaway from the play. Facts are not truth. Yet truth needs some facts. Writing was the star. The ensemble inimitable. Without them. No reason to go. Radcliffe supplied the crucial electric current. Jones the cerebral publishing glue. Cannavale the stalwart artist. Called a farce. Disagree. A witty composition on the vagaries of life. Without going down trite emotional trails. Consistently true to the conceit. Great.

And. Not once did Harry Potter occur.

Page Five

Proof of collusion. Corner table at Bobby Van’s. Eric Trump and Michael Flynn. 

 

Farinelli & the King at the transformed to Shakespearean splendor Belasco Theatre. Mark Rylance brilliant! His wife Claire van Kampen’s musical script and the astonishing countertenor voice of Iestyn Davies took it over the top.  Five stars.

Sightings… Kathleen Turner a couple rows ahead. And Mandy Patinkin. 

 

2017

GOOD

Dr. Husband’s great photos every year

TV
Schitt’s Creek

Big Little Lies
October on the Forks

Lots of Fun Theater-
Liev Schreiber- Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Cate Blanchett- The Present
Amy Schumer- Meteor Shower
Uma Thurman- The Parisian Woman, liaisons undangerous
Mark Rylance in Farinelli & the King

BAD

Petulant Adolescent President
Media’s Russia obsession
Democrats shallow bench & lack of message
Snowflakes against free speech
Hurricanes & Fires
Twin Peaks redux sucked
Pets overrunning public places

Faux Claire

House of Cards creator Beau Willimon’s Broadway debut The Parisian Woman falls flat. As edgy as Robin Wright is as Claire Underwood in the Netflix series, Uma Thurman as Chloe in this modern-day play is not. Thurman seems tentative in her portrayal of a supposedly scheming liberal in Trump’s Washington political landscape. Related jokes are few and dated. Characters are generally mis-cast even as the weak writing would test any actor. Blair Brown displays her professional chops and is the only standout.

On the plus side. The Hudson Theater has been brilliantly brought back to its 1903 glory. Hotel conference room sheetrock was torn down to reveal crown moldings and historic detail from Ethel Barrymore’s stage heyday. It reopened last year and is worth the visit.