Come From Away, in the days after 9/11

Come From Away. Book, music & lyrics by Irene Sankoff & David Hein. Schoenfeld Theatre, New York City, March 2017.
 

A hit musical has opened on Broadway and it’s about…..9/11? Really? Seems like an odd topic for song and dance.

Actually, Come From Away is more of a 9/12 musical, telling us what happened in the days following …

Tom Lehrer joyfully revisited

Tomfoolery. Tony Braithwaite directed at Act II Playhouse, March-April 2017
 
To young people of a certain generation, Tom Lehrer was the pied piper. In the conformist 1950s he wrote songs that poked fun at sacred institutions such as motherhood, religious tolerance, small towns, and American militarism. His wicked lyrics were paired with catchy melodies, some of them similar …

Lost Girls: mesmerizing drama

Lost Girls by John Pollono, directed by Joe Canuso. Theatre Exile, Philadelphia, March 2017
 

I’ve seen so many dramas about losers that I’m tired of the genre. I get impatient with people who keep repeating disastrous mistakes. But this play concerning three generations of struggling, unhappy women has something special.

There’s wit beneath the complaining, …

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