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More Year end review: ‘Tis the season…For lists,

Looking back on the year about to pass is a time-honored activity. Critics make lists of the past year’s favorites and share them. Seems like a good time for T and B On the Aisle to do that, too. Part 2:

Fool for Love at MTC kept our attention, especially with Arianda and Rockwell in the lead. Props, also, to their co-stars, Gordon Joseph Weiss and Tom Pelphrey for their support in this Sam Shepard enterprise!  Was I alone in feelng giddy from all the subtle flirtation in Old Times?

Roundabout’s Thérèse Raquin, playing at Studio 54 through January 3rd, while not destined for greatness, is a solid and haunting production.

Clever Little Lies  at the Westside Theatre through January 3rd, is a very dark comedy, with some of the finest performances in town. Greg Mullavey is simply fantastic. Marlo Thomas has impeccable timing.

To complete the list of musicals we started in the Year end review:

The Cast of On Your Feet! (c) Matthew Murphy
The Cast of On Your Feet! (c) Matthew Murphy

Dames at Sea, constructed to make us feel like we were at one of those “let’s put on a show” films, succeeds at this conceit. This bit of fluff is definitely cute and the tap dancing is invigorating. Dames at Sea is at the Helen Hayes Theatre through January 3rd.

On Your Feet! will have you standing to dance along to Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s inspiring story.

Posted in drama, love story, theater

We’re off to a puzzling start…

It’s the beginning of a new Broadway season, and the two major subscription houses have dealt us a pair of headscratchers. Both plays present iterations of love and desire. 6_0246 - Owen, Best, Reilly

While the two sides of the aisle at T and B were not both completely enchanted with the plays, we did agree that the acting in Fool for Love and Old Times was mesmerizing.38573906 3907Your motives for seeing Fool for Love and Old Times may vary. Sam Shepard has been your favorite playwright from way back. You want to see Clive Owen in his Broadway debut. Seeing Sam Rockwell throw a lasso as if he really is a rodeo wrangler like his character Eddie inspires you to go.   You never miss seeing a Harold Pinter play.  Continue reading “We’re off to a puzzling start…”