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   Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Oscar E. Moore Reviews

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
Andrew Garfield on #MeToo Movement

"It’s a reckoning for those that have abused their status and position and power. I’m excited for those abusive systems to die, the systems that have only served a few. I as a white, straight male will support this, and show up in any way I can and am called to."

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