Off-Broadway

Michael Bourne
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Most of the recent biographical dramas and musicals have presented stories about famous politicians (Alexander Hamilton, Lyndon Johnson) famous performers (Tina Turner, The Temptations) -- but theater critic Michael Bourned enjoyed a new play about famous scientists.

Click above for Michael's review of Off-Broadway's The Half-Life of Marie Curie which closes this weekend at the Minetta Lane Theatre.

Last week, Michael Bourne enjoyed Seared, a new play about what people eat.

This week, he enjoyed the revival of a classic musical about people being eaten…in the Little Shop of Horrors.

To hear the review, click the link above.

Seared
MCC Theater

Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews the new play by Theresa Rebeck.  Seared is running off-Bway at MCC Theater.   Seared will make you hungry --or maybe not.

Click above to hear Michael's review.

Molly Sweeney
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Theater critic Michael Bourne goes Off-Broadway to catch Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney.

The play is about consequences and ironies of what happens when a blind woman is able to see and is being performed by Keen Company at Theatre Row, West 42nd Street.

Click above to hear Michael's review.

(A)loft Modulation
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In his new play (A)loft Modulation, playwright James Jorsling brings to life 821 Sixth Avenue as it was during the 1950s and '60s, a time when musicians and others would be up until the wee hours. 

Jorsling takes us to a dilapidated five-floor walk-up loft in Manhattan's seedy flower district.  It's there where the magic happens.  Inspired by true events, (A)loft Modulation is directed by Christopher McElroen with this off-Broadway world premiere featuring a live jazz band led by saxophonist Jonathan Beshay.

The Wrong Man
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Not only is more and more theatre happening off Broadway,  more new theaters also have opened.   Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews The Wrong Man, a musical about a man wrongly convicted, and (A)loft Modulation, a play with jazz.

Click above to hear both reviews.

The Rolling Stone
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The Rolling Stone, running off-Broadway at Lincoln Center, is a new play about a tragedy of hatred.

Set in Uganda, The Rolling Stone is an intimate yet explosive family drama about two brothers at odds — one a gay man in a clandestine relationship, and the other a church pastor who fervently rails against the life his brother is forced to conceal.

Theater critic Michael Bourne says one of the greatest tragedies is how often people kill each other with what they think are the right causes.

Click above to hear Michael's review.

Michael Bourne
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The Tony Awards event next month will be the official end of the New York theatre season --but the Tonys are not the only awards and, according to our theater critic Michael Bourne, even more theatre this season was happening OFF Broadway.

Click above to hear Michael's "Best".

All Our Children
The Sheen Center

Broadway shows have been opening night after night lately, before the deadline to qualify for the Tony Awards -- but theater critic Michael Bourne was nonetheless OFF-Broadway this week to attend two new plays.

Michael reviews All Our Children presented by The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture and Do You Feel Anger? at the Vineyard Theatre.

Click above to hear both reviews.

As is usual every season on Broadway, lots of shows will be opening in time to be nominated for Tony Awards -- and nonetheless shows keep opening (and closing) off-Broadway.  Michael Bourne reviews two of the new plays off-Broadway.  

 

To listen to the review, click the link above

Fans Enjoying Yiddish Version of "Fiddler"

Feb 15, 2019
Fiddler
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More than 50 years after its Broadway debut, Fiddler on the Roof remains one of the most widely performed musicals in the United States.

A new version performed entirely in Yiddish was a surprise hit over the summer in Manhattan and now it’s been moved to the largest off-Broadway theater in the city.

Click abover to hear Jon Kalish's report.

Popcorn Falls
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Theater critic Michael Bourne thoroughly enjoyed the new off-Broadway comedy Popcorn Falls.

James Hindman's new play makes its off-Broadway debut, directed by Christian Borle.

Click above to hear Michael's review.

Edie Falco
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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.

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.

Click above to hear the review.

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.

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.

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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.  

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

Click above to hear Michael's reviews.

Office Hour
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Theater critic Michael Bourne is very rarely surprised while watching shows, but he was actually shocked by a new play off-Broadway Office Hour, now playing at the Public Theater. 

Michael also reviews John Leguizamo one-man show at Studio 54.

 

Illyria
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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

A Clockwork Orange
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Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews the off-Broadway production of A Clockwork Orange.

Money Talks
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WBGO Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews Money Talks.  The musical comedy is playing Off-Broadway.