Michael Bourne

Michael Bourne
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One difference between shows On and OFF Broadway is that off-Broadway shows frequently have short runs.

Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews Final Follies by A.R. Gurney and A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur by Tennessee Williams, a couple of shows he enjoyed -- and are closing soon.

Click above to hear Michael's full review.

The Nap
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Theater critic Michael Bourne returns to Broadway to review the new comedy "The Nap."

Richard Bean is the playwright.

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Edie Falco
Playbill

Theater critic Michael Bourne stays off-Broadway this week to review the new play about the drama that is politics, The True.  Edie Falco stars in the new production.

Click above to hear Michael's review on the WBGO Journal.

Days To Come
Mint Theater Company

Theater critic Michael Bourne was on Theatre Row again this week to review the revival of Days To Come.

The Mint Theater Company's Days To Come was the second play of Lillian Hellman, first performed in the 1930's.

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Heartbreak House
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Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews the off-Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House.

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Pretty Woman
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Another new musical on Broadway comes from screen to stage.  Theater Critic Michael Bourne reviews Pretty Woman.

The musical is based on the 1990 film of the same name written by J. F. Lawton and starred Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.  The film captured in many people's opinion one of the most beloved romances of all time .

Broadway's Pretty Woman stars Samantha Barks and Andy Karl.

Straight White Men
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Theater Critic Michael Bourne reviews Straight White Men and Mike Birbiglia's The New One.  Can you guess which one Michael doesn't get?

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Twelfth Night
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"If music be the food of love, play on" is the opening line of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", and Theater Critic Michael Bourne loved what's playing on in Central Park.

Renee Taylor
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Theater critic Michael Bourne was super impressed by Renee Taylor's memoir performance of My Life on a Diet now playing Off-Broadway.

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Mummenschanz
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Theater critic Michael Bourne says he enjoyed the return of a show off-Broadway, he just doesn’t know what it is. 

Click above to hear Michael's review of Mummenschanz.

Sweeney Todd
Barrow Street Theatre

While he didn't eat the meat pies available for theater guests, theater critic Michael Bourne loved the experience of  Sweeney Todd at the Barrow Theatre in NYC.

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Carmen Jones
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The 2018-2019 theatre season is underway, and WBGO's theater critic Michael Bourne is back, off-Broadway, with a long-overdue revival of a classic inspired by a classic "Carmen Jones".

Paradise Blue
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Theater critic Michael Bourne goes off Broadway to review Paradise Blue, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Click above to hear Michael's review of the new jazz play.

Saint Joan
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Theater Critic Michael Bourne has enjoyed this year's jam-packed revival display on and off Broadway.

Click above to hear Michael's full rundown of shows that are worth your time and money.

Desperate Measures
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The Tony Awards celebrate what happens ON Broadway, but WBGO theater critic Michael Bourne is often even busier OFF Broadway.

Click above to hear Michael's reviews of some Outer Critic Circle Award-winning shows off Broadway.

WBGO Theater Critic Michael Bourne looks back on his favorite musicals of the 2017-2018 Broadway Season and reveals some of his picks for the Outer Critics Circle Awards.

Harry Potter
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Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews several pop culture related shows on Broadway, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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Frozen
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Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews three musicals from movies.  Frozen, Mean Girls and The Sting are now on Broadway.  

Disney's Frozen won an Oscar.  Now it's going for a Tony.  Bourne wasn't sold on that possibility, unless Olaf the snowman picks up an award.

Three Tall Women
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Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews the revival of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women on Broadway.

Angels in America
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Theater Critic Michael Bourne is thrilled about the latest revival of Angels in America.

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publictheater.org

Politics is always in the news, and from time to time is also on the stage.  So says theatre critic Michael Bourne.  Click above to hear his review on the WBGO Journal.  

At Home At The Zoo
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Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews the revival of Edward Albee's At Home At The Zoo.

John Lithgow
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John Lithgow earned a Tony award playing a badly injured rugby player in his Broadway debut 45 years ago. He’s starred in two dozen Broadway shows since then, and in his Roundabout Theatre debut he’s now playing himself. Theater critic Michael Bourne has a review.

Spongebob Squarepants
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Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews Farinelli and the King, Meteor Shower, and SpongeBob SquarePants.

The Children
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Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews Junk, Describe The Night and The Children.

Pride and Prejudice
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Theater Critic Michael Bourne reviews Twelfth Night, Pride and Prejudice and It's a Wonderful Life!

Uma Thurman
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Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews several shows that don't shed positive light on President Trump, including a new play starring Oscar nominee Uma Thurman.

The Band's Visit
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Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews Broadway's The Band's Visit and Desperate Measures off-Broadway.

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Illyria
Playbill.com

Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews three off-Broadway production during the year-end theatre marathon: Illyria, Jesus Hopped on the A Train, School Girls; Or the African Mean Girls

M. Butterfly
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The Broadway season is heating up for the holiday season, although not all the plays are light-hearted.  

Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews the revival of the play M. Butterfly.

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