If There is I Haven’t Found It Yet, the dysfunctional family drama that opened at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels Theatre this week, has been getting all kinds of attention because the movie actor Jake Gyllenhaal chose it for his New York stage debut. Gyllenhaal acquits himself well enough (click here to read an interview with him). But nearly everything else about this production is too cute for its own good.
September 29, 2012
September 26, 2012
Labels: Red Dog Howls
September 22, 2012
September 19, 2012
People have been so eager to badmouth the new musical Chaplin that opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre last week that I’ve been trying to figure out why they’ve been so hostile towards it. Because this certainly isn’t the worst show that any of us have seen. Indeed, there are several things that might recommend it.
The show tracks the career of the great silent movie star Charlie Chaplin, whose Little Tramp character remains an instantly recognizable icon almost 50 years after Chaplin made his last film and whose personal life was just as flamboyantly theatrical.
Last year McClure starred in the Encores! production of Where’s Charley? and was totally delightful in the title role long identified with another grand old clown, Ray Bolger. Even I, usually a grinch when it comes to audience-participation, joined in the sing-along McClure lead of the ditty “Once in Love With Amy.”
September 15, 2012
Like most of you, I’ve been looking through all the fall previews that everyone else has been doing and, to be honest, I don’t know that there are all that many shows that I’m really looking forward to this season.
Labels: Fall Theater Preview
September 12, 2012
It may be stocked with every high school stereotype you can think of—the alpha-male jocks, the snooty queen bees, the cheery chubby girl, the nerdy computer guy and even the wisecracking LGBT kid—but each one gets to play with his or her cliché in a surprising and entertaining way.
And, just like me, you probably will too.
Labels: Bring It On
September 5, 2012
September 1, 2012