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'Sticks and Bones' Off Broadway Review: The Bland Leading the Blind

'Sticks and Bones' Off Broadway Review: The Bland Leading the Blind
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Hardly a show for casual theatergoers, “Sticks and Bones” is best appreciated by ardent students of the American drama.

David Rabe’s Tony Award-winning play from 1971 appears cumbersome and obvious today yet it must have seemed like bold stuff during the time of the Vietnam conflict.

Bill Pullman, Holly Hunter and Richard Chamberlain ably depict seriocomic stereotypes in The New Group’s forthright production of Rabe’s savage cartoon of a Vietnam soldier’s unhappy homecoming.

Rabe employs a satirical mash-up of sitcoms, allegory and Arthur Miller-type shoulda-woulda angst to comment upon the American public’s indifference to Vietnam and its damaged veterans.

 

'Lips Together, Teeth Apart' Off Broadway Review: Mid-Life Married Miseries

'Lips Together, Teeth Apart' Off Broadway Review: Mid-Life Married Miseries
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Care to spend a weekend with two tetchy married couples?

You can join them in “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” Second Stage Theater’s revival of T...

"Viva la Liberta" Uninspiring Look at Italian Politics

BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

What happens when a certified lunatic takes over the political career of his identical twin brother? That is the question posed in “Viva la Liberta” or L...

Lincoln Center Theater Off Broadway Review: Two New Plays on Life and Death

Lincoln Center Theater Off Broadway Review: Two New Plays on Life and Death
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Although Lincoln Center Theater’s Beaumont main stage is dark (awaiting the company’s spring revival of “The King and I”), its upstairs and do...

'The Real Thing' Broadway Review: Really More About the Head Than the Heart

'The Real Thing' Broadway Review: Really More About the Head Than the Heart
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Roundabout Theater Company offers a muted Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing” that is smartly done but too cool in tone to fire up...

'Big Apple Circus: Metamorphosis' Off Broadway Review: A Fine Time for the Kids

'Big Apple Circus: Metamorphosis' Off Broadway Review: A Fine Time for the Kids
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

The Big Apple Circus has returned to Lincoln Center for the holiday season with its latest attraction, “Metamorphosis.”

Since the Big Apple Cir...

'Father Comes Home From the Wars' Off Broadway Review: The Opening Trilogy

'Father Comes Home From the Wars' Off Broadway Review: The Opening Trilogy
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Pulitzer-winner Suzan-Lori Parks fearlessly sets forth on a historical journey through American freedom in her new epic “Father Comes Home Fro...

'The Last Ship' Broadway Review: A Lusty Score and a Rusty Script

'The Last Ship' Broadway Review: A Lusty Score and a Rusty Script
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Strangely enough, for all of its earnestness, the overall story for the new Broadway musical “The Last Ship” is curiously akin to “Kinky Boots.”

On...

'The Fortress of Solitude' Off Broadway Review: People Change But the Songs Remain the Same

'The Fortress of Solitude' Off Broadway Review: People Change But the Songs Remain the Same
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A melancholy musical about two boyhood friends who grow apart as they get older, “The Fortress of Solitude” is driven by a dynamic score vibra...

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