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'Kung Fu' Off Broadway Review: Cole Horibe Rules as Bruce Lee

'Kung Fu' Off Broadway Review: Cole Horibe Rules as Bruce Lee
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

“Kung Fu” is a classic (some might sneer cliché) showbiz saga about an unlikely nobody who dreams of Hollywood stardom. Tailor it around the legendary Bruce Lee, however, and the hoary scenario assumes fresh cultural meanings. Bouncing off author David Henry Hwang’s smooth, stylish storytelling, director Leigh Silverman’s production unleashes a series of rowdy rock-‘em-sock-‘em martial arts sequences that are beautiful and seem extremely realistic.

Premiering on Monday at the Pershing Square Signature Center, “Kung Fu” is a winning event for those audiences who love red-hot theatricality as much as it is for fans who love Bruce Lee. Along the way of dramatizing the action star’s life, Hwang thoughtfully addresses issues about masculine Asian identity in the United States. The result is a smart, entertaining bio-drama about a cool guy who overcame racial obstacles with brilliant bursts of kinetic genius.

 

"Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" Love Letter to Indomitable Broadway Star

BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Elaine Stritch is almost 90 now, and the Broadway legend is still performing, still doing musicals and cabaret, although she frequently forgets the lyrics to songs s...

The Big Apple Circus Rolls Into Bridgewater

The Big Apple Circus Rolls Into Bridgewater
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The Big Apple Circus heads to Bridgewater with its new “Luminocity” show for a Feb. 27-March 16 stint at TD Bank Ballpark. Boasting a dozen international circus ...

'Til Divorce Do Us Part' Off Broadway Review: Better Mad Than Sad

'Til Divorce Do Us Part' Off Broadway Review: Better Mad Than Sad
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Ladies, are you in the mood to laugh about your divorce?

If so, grab a pre-show cocktail near Union Square and then take your seat at “Til Divorce Do Us Part,” a ...

Romantic Thriller "Omar" Offers Palestinian View

Romantic Thriller
MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Hany Abu-Assad is a Palestinian filmmaker with a clear position on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians who still manages to make films that are...

'The Bridges of Madison County' Broadway Review: Romance in the Heartland

'The Bridges of Madison County' Broadway Review: Romance in the Heartland
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

There is a great deal to admire about “The Bridges of Madison County,” the new Broadway musical crafted from Robert James Waller’s bestseller about an Iowa house...

6 Reasons a Casino Coming to Meadowlands

6 Reasons a Casino Coming to Meadowlands
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Governor Chris Christie put together a five-year plan to improve the fortunes of the struggling Atlantic City casinos around three years ago, and to this point, the res...

'Love and Information' Off Broadway Review: A Rubik's Cube of the Human Comedy

'Love and Information' Off Broadway Review: A Rubik's Cube of the Human Comedy
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

An enjoyable confetti of quick scenes and quirky scenarios, “Love and Information” is a singular new work by the great British playwright Caryl Churchill that is...

'Bikeman: A 9/11 Play' Off Broadway Review: Theatrical Hell on Wheels

'Bikeman: A 9/11 Play' Off Broadway Review: Theatrical Hell on Wheels
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

There is little doubt that journalist Thomas F. Flynn and everyone involved in the making of “Bikeman: A 9/11 Play” have their hearts in the right place in their...

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