Spring 2019 Theater Round-Up

Alice By Heart

3.5/5 stars

A bit of a chaotic mess, but a really fertile one, featuring several wonderful songs, an appealing premise, great choreography and some of the very best performances I’ve seen this year.

All My Sons

3.5/5 stars

Strong, thoughtful play, decent performances. Nothing groundbreaking or especially interesting.

Burn / This

2/5 stars

Nope, don’t like that.

The Cher Show

3.5/5 stars

A completely bonkers, thoroughly enjoyable ride.

Choir Boy

4/5 stars

Strong, moving work.

Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus

5/5 stars

Wildly, ingeniously original, featuring BRILLIANT performances from Nathan Lane, Kristine Nielsen and Julie White. Genuinely wrenching and hilarious. Tonys all around.

The Ferryman

4.5/5 stars

Stunning.

Fleabag

5/5 stars

Phoebe is a genius.

Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune

4/5 stars

I wasn’t sure about this at first, and is it progressed, I still found something strange and in some sense off-putting about it. Despite that, however, it is a wonderful piece of work. There is a sweetness and a sadness and a humor and poignancy to it that make up for whatever shortcomings it may have. Plus, it is basically Burn / This, but MUCH better. Glad I saw it.

Hadestown

4/5 stars

Vivid, stylish, and soulful, featuring a number of incredible songs and hands down some of the best vocal performances of the season. The narrative/characterization were a bit weak/confusing for me, but still, a really fresh, fun and innovative show.

Hillary And Clinton

3.5/5 stars

Slightly traumatic and underwhelming (compared to A Doll’s House Part 2, anyway), but good, and Metcalf is fantastic.

King Lear

2.5/5 stars

Good acting I guess, but a real snoozefest (except for Jane Houdyshell).

Kiss Me, Kate

2.5/5 stars

Not as painfully dated as Carousel or My Fair Lady, but nonetheless, surprisingly, annoyingly lackluster in more ways than one.

Merrily We Roll Along

2/5 stars

Not good.

Norma Jean Baker Of Troy

Bought tickets to see this twice, missed it twice. Wasn’t meant to be!

Oklahoma

4/5 stars

Not all of the new bits worked for me, but damn, what a knock-out reimagining, featuring an impeccably-cast ensemble, and the most gorgeous musical arrangements/performances. Unmissable.

The Prom

The Prom

TBD

Sea Wall / A Life

3/5 stars

Strong acting, but BLEAK.

Tootsie

3.5/5 stars

A pale imitation of the film, but fun, and generally well-done.

What The Constitution Means To Me

4.5/5 stars

Parts of this didn’t entirely work for me, but still, rousing, introspective and inspiring.

xx

JB