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Oscar E. Moore Reviews

The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez - a double dose of gay history uncensored and uncut

A Christmas Carol - a cornucopia of treats for the holiday season

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical starring a sensational Adrienne Warren

The Lightning Thief - the Percy Jackson musical OR a Poseidon misadventure on Broadway

The Rose Tattoo - Marisa Tomei & Emun Elliott and a flock of plastic pink flamingos

The Sound Inside - starring an extraordinary Mary-Louise Parker who has met her match with newcomer Will Hochman

Slave Play - a provocative fantasia of sorts. Part porn. Part psycho-babble. Part satire. How brave these fine actors are

The Great Society - Misfires with a disappointing Brian Cox as LBJ

Linda Vista - Highly recommended. Through November 10th at Second Stage Theater

The Height of the Storm - Starring Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins

Betrayal - Jamie Lloyd’s radical, reimagined and breathtaking production

Moulin Rouge! the musical - the extravagant, big budget, song stuffed musical falls short in the sizzle department

Stonewall - celebrating 50 years of pride

Author Peter Filichia explains how his play God Shows Up came into being - Part Two

Author Peter Filichia explains how his play God Shows Up came into being

Frankie & Johnny in the Claire de Lune revival starring Audra McDonald & Michael Shannon

Hillary and Clinton on Broadway - starring Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow - the art of the almost deal behind closed doors

Gary a sequel to Titus Andronicus starring Nathan Lane

Tootsie starring Santino Fontana is FAB-U-LOUS - a tour de force production that will have the producers laughing all the way to the you-know where

All My Sons - revival starring Annette Bening, Tracy Letts & Benjamin Walker

This drop dead awful Beetlejuice is best forgotten

Ink - starring Jonny Lee Miller and Bertie Carvel: a year in the life of the SUN vs the MIRROR - David vs Goliath

Oklahoma! 6 Outer Critics Circle nominations including Outstanding Revival of a Musical

Burn This - starring Adam Driver & Keri Russell

A Bloody Mess is Sam Gold's King Lear starring Glenda Jackson

Hadestown on Broadway - Bourbon Street bluesy folk opera’s trip to hell

What the Constitution Means to Me - starring author and performer Heidi Schreck on Broadway

ain't too proud - the life and times of THE TEMPTATIONS

Nantucket Sleigh Ride by John Guare - An hour and fifty minutes worth of absurd farce in two acts

Be More Chill the Broadway musical - Just take this pill, it's called a Squip. It's from Japan

Kiss Me, Kate! - a superb feast of a show at Studio 54

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Aaron Sorkin's new, re-imagined, re-structured riveting look at a classic story opens on Broadway

True West revival starring Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano and a slew of toasters

Choir Boy - Religion, repression, resilience and harmony oh my

The Cher Show - Vegas style. It kind of wears you down and into submission

Network - disturbing and all too real - starring a brilliant Bryan Cranston

The Prom - is much more than the sum of its parts. It is a feel good musical. Better still, it is a feel good about yourself musical

American Son - Racism, parenting and police procedure rear their ugly heads

King Kong - spectacular mammoth marionette falls short of saving theme park event

The Other Josh Cohen - a tuneful, clever, joyous be a mensch off B'way mensch-ical

The Waverly Gallery - 58 years ago Elaine May starred at the Golden Theatre - She's finally back

The Ferryman - Go. Meet the Carneys. Once you do some of the images will be etched on your mind forever

The Nap - Through November 11th if all this silliness is your cup of tea

Bernhardt/Hamlet - the not-so-divine Sarah

Pretty Woman the musical - proceed with caution

Head Over Heels - a funny thing happened on the way to the Island of Lesbos

Straight White Men starring Armie Hammer - My Three Sons throwback with a twist

A murky On A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER at the Irish Rep despite strong vocals

Desperate Measures - award winning, crowd pleasing, laugh out loud musical reopens at New World Stages

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - a once in a lifetime theatrical experience that must be seen to be believed and you may still find it hard to believe what you see

The Iceman Cometh - Denzel Washington stars in this tragic revival

Summer - the Donna Summer musical

My Fair Lady: Revitalized revival at Lincoln Center Theater positively glows

Carousel revival sings and dances its way into our hearts

Mean Girls the musical - These girls are not mean enough, they are simply annoying

Three Tall Women - A:Glenda Jackson, B:Laurie Metcalf & C: Alison Pill-all rolled into one

Escape to Margaritaville - elements haphazardly thrown together in a blender resulting in one big alcoholic Slurpee mess

Angels in America - starring Andrew Garfield & Nathan Lane Totally intriguing and vastly entertaining

Frozen on Broadway- for Mouseketeers of all ages

Amy and the Orphans - off-Broadway by Lindsey Ferrentino an equal opportunity playwright

Hangmen - A Martin McDonagh melodrama: ominous thunder and lightning and incomprehensible accents

Party Face - Irish import starring Hayley Mills - yes that Hayley Mills

John Lithgow: Stories by heart - has all the appearance of a bus and truck tour

Farinelli and the King - The power of music to heal is undisputed but it can also lull you to sleep

Meteor Shower by Steve Martin - College frat humor at best

SpongeBob SquarePants - a fun musical for everyone. Stand up and cheer for optimism, persistence, friendship and imagination

The Parisian Woman - starring Uma Thurman: Hearts get broken – D.C. style

Once On This Island revival - a magical, sensual and mystical tale seamlessly retold

Latin History for Morons - written and performed by John Leguizamo now extended through February 25

The Band's Visit -the sounds of Israel and Egypt co-mingle with Gershwin and Chet Baker

M. Butterfly revisal starring Clive Owen and Julie Taymor

Torch Song - Michael Urie in Harvey Fierstein's breakthrough drag queen, post Stonewall - pre AIDS saga

Desperate Measures - a rowdy, tuneful and somewhat sentimental mixture of the Bard and the Old West

Time and the Conways - starring a superficial Elizabeth McGovern

Hollywood loves and defends bad boys like David Letterman, Roman Polanski and more

Mary Jane by Amy Herzog plus two pet peeves

A Clockwork Orange - an ultra-violent, unpleasant, homoerotic world headed by an Adonis - Jonno Davies as Alex deLarge

For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday by Sarah Ruhl

Prince of Broadway - a sweeping panorama from Hal’s hit list and some misses

Jerry Lewis starred in Damn Yankees on B'way: Mitchell Maxwell remembers - Part 1

In A Heartbeat - animated short is a must see

Hamlet - Gold's Folly

Napoli, Brooklyn - Meet the Muscolinos off B'way

1984 - an extraordinary, frightening, theatrical and thought provoking production

The Traveling Lady - a fine ensemble brings Horton Foote's quirky and fine tuned dialogue to life

The Government Inspector - Michael Urie & Mary Testa milk political corruption for all its worth

War Paint - Starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole

Oslo makes a successful move, cast intact - till June 18th

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Christian Borle & the Oompa Loompas

A Doll's House Part 2 - A quartet of top notch actors in one of the best plays of the season

Hello Dolly! - Glorious revival starring the Divine Miss M

Indecent - The Rabbi's daughter and the prostitute

Bandstand - WW II Vets remembered and honored in new American musical

Anastasia - Cinematic projections upstage plot in live action production

Groundhog Day the musical starring the very talented and injured but unsinkable Andy Karl

The Play That Goes Wrong and Present Laughter reviewed

Amelie - without the accent starring Phillipa Soo and Adam Chanler-Berat

Gently Down the Stream - Starring Harvey Fierstein

Sweat - “torn from the headlines” episodic, often preachy docu-drama moves to Broadway

The Price revived with a quartet of top notch actors

Come From Away - a wonderful new big bear hug of a musical comes in under the radar

The Glass Menagerie - Controversial Sam Gold revival starring Sally Field and Joe Mantello surprises

Sunset Boulevard - Glenn Close makes a triumphant return to Broadway

Man From Nebraska - stellar cast shines under David Cromer's direction

The Mother of Invention - a confounding Off B'way production

Jitney - Let's hear it for August Wilson and Company - highly recommended

The Present - 3 hour Sydney Theatre Company production starring Cate Blanchett & Richard Roxburgh lumbers along on Broadway

In Transit - a cappella musical at Circle in the Square

A Bronx Tale the musical - the sounds of the sixties

Sweet Charity - starring Sutton Foster: may she never be out of the spotlight

Ride The Cyclone - Teens die in tragic accident Off B'way

This Day Forward - marriage on the rocks off-Broadway

Falsettos - A high energy, smart, tuneful, brutally honest, funny and touching revival

Les Liaisons Dangereuses - disappointing revival starring Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber fumbles

Love, Love, Love - biting contemporary satire

The Front Page - an all-around historical and hysterical document of a bygone era

The Cherry Orchard - Unclear, tedious and yawn inducing starring an unremarkable Diane Lane

She Stoops to Conquer - a rare 18th century revival Off B'way

Heisenberg - Mary-Louise Parker & Denis Arndt Broadway's newest odd couple

Holiday Inn - the new Irving Berlin musical is sure to please. Sure to sprinkle stardust in everyone’s eyes

Oh, Hello on Broadway - two stooges from Comedy Central: tuna on a schtick

The Encounter - gives new meaning to the expression a captive audience

The Roads to Home - a trio of interconnected vignettes by Horton Foote charms

All the ways to say I love you - not to be missed performance by Judith Light in Neil LaBute monologue

Marie and Rosetta - Rebecca Naomi Jones & Kecia Lewis legendary women of swinging gospel music

Privacy - the invasion of the internet at The Public Theater with Daniel Radcliffe

Oslo - Political intrigue behind closed doors

Out of the Mouth of Babes - Estelle Parsons & Judith Ivey plus two off Broadway

Hadestown - Bourbon Street bluesy folk opera's trip to hell

Shuffle Along – or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

American Psycho the musical starring Benjamin Walker in all his glory

Tuck Everlasting - pleasant musical adventure based on the classic novel by Natalie Babbitt

Waitress - Pie-O-Mania with Jessie Mueller

The School for Scandal - Red Bull Theater and director Marc Vietor breathe fresh and inventive life into this old relic

The Father - starring a remarkable Frank Langella

Bright Star - Steve Martin & Edie Brickell's original and tuneful bluegrass country styled musical

Arthur Miller's The Crucible - A witch hunt and witchcraft intermingled

She Loves Me - Roundabout revival recommended for all lonely hearts

The Robber Bridegroom - Hee Haw Hootenanny fairy tale resurrected

Blackbird starring Michelle Williams & Jeff Daniels

Disaster! Big hair. Big arms. Big hairy chests and bell bottoms abound. It’s the 70’s

Boy - Bobby Steggert grapples with his sexual identity

Eclipsed - Women on the verge starring Lupita Nyong'o

Hughie revival flops with Forest Whitaker

Red Speedo - It's not about the swimming - It's about the money

Women Without Men - a must see refreshing MINT revival

Prodigal Son - pent up, mixed up emotions remembered by John Patrick Shanley

Fiddler on the Roof - revival is less than electrifying

Noises Off - Exuberant and hilarious Roundabout Revival

School of Rock - Alex Brightman and his band of majorly talented minors

Quote of the day
Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley who plays Rey

“Everyone has an issue with Trump – every sane person anyway. It’s not that I don’t talk about this stuff, but other people are so much more articulate than me and say it better.”


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