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Broadway’s Most Entertaining Shows About Serious Social Issues

What is your favorite show on Broadway that explores serious issues in an entertaining way?

Below are some answers to this question, which I asked in a recent contest for tickets to a show, now ended, that I felt fit the bill — “Indecent.”  The shows are  listed alphabetically, with excerpts from the explanations.  I only include the choices in which a persuasive case was made for both elements —  that the play or musical dealt with a serious social issue and was also entertaining.

Angels in America

“Tony Kushner shows the devastating blows of the 80s HIV crisis while also exploring faith, gods, love, politics and life in a fantastical way.”

As Is

“Broadway’s first play to deal with AIDS presented its serious subject in a way that acknowledged the serious devastation but was also able to find moments of humor.”

The Book of Mormon

The show is hilarious and the writing is great, but the underlying themes of an outsider (particularly those of the white persuasion) trying to ‘save’ other cultures by imposing their will is a very serious topic, as well as a lack of understanding for ‘others’,…”

Cabaret

“The MC leads you on the journey with whimsy and fun, and then you have this realization that the moments you are laughing at really aren’t so funny. It deals with the rise of the Nazis, homophobia, politics…”

“I left the theater reflecting on societal injustices that are perpetuated through oblivious complicity.”

 

Dear Evan Hansen

This musical was the most popular choice.

“It is able to turn the dark subject matter of suicide and bullying into a well crafted, entertaining and heartfelt show.”

Falsettos

“it explores the rise of AIDS in America in song – and it uses comedic as well as caustic moments to show the tragedy”

“The music is fairly upbeat even while death is on the table.”

Fun Home

“it depicted a difficult relationship between a father and daughter, the lies that the father was living by staying in the closet, and faced with making that same decision, how the daughter rejected living a lie, and yet she later wonders if her choice (and her judgment of his choice) may have influenced her father’s suicide. The entertainment was in the music, the humor, the beauty of the story, the acting and the way it was told.”

Hairspray

“Flashy costumes, 60s style music, and big dance numbers, but it has serious moments regarding racial discrimination and body image issues.”

Newsies

“I know it sounds silly but I thought “Newsies” covered some serious issues including: child labor, worker exploitation, and anti-labor practices. And yes, it was entertaining as hell.”

Next to Normal

This musical about a troubled family was the second most popular choice.” It tackles topics like depression, drug abuse and bipolar disorder….but  I was kind of shocked at how funny the show was.”

Ragtime

“The show weaves together stories of racism, immigration, women’s rights, capitalism and class division with gorgeous songs that make you tap your foot, then make you laugh, then make you cry.”

Rent

“It did a wonderful job at addressing issues such as AIDS…with a catchy rock score

South Pacific

“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s glorious musical entertains with comedy (“There is Nothing Like a Dame,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair”) while addressing racism, both overt and subtle, during World War II. The two love stories(Emile/Nellie and Lt. Cable/Liat) have both light and dark elements as they celebrate their love and confront their prejudices. The song “You’ve Got to Be Taught” still resonates powerfully today.”

Spring Awakening

“It dealt with serious issues such as suicide and abortion, and while it was certainly dark for much of the show, a lot of it was extremely entertaining, with rocking songs liked “Totally F—ed” to comedic moments such as “My Junk”,

 

For the purposes of this list, I made a distinction between “entertaining” and “enlightening,” “important” or “engaging,” but maybe I shouldn’t have. A couple of people picked “Sweat” but described how spot-on it was and how much it meant to them, rather than how it entertained them. And then there is the question of what constitutes a serious issue. I guess I use that term as a synonym for significant social issue — something facing society at large — rather than personal issues such as ambition (“A Chorus Line”) or personal growth (“Avenue Q,” “Groundhog Day,” “Wicked”) or love …which are, Heaven knows, very serious to individuals.

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Broadway Season Preview Updated: Denzel, Etc. Trump’s Artists RESIST. RIP Jerry Lewis. Week in NY Theater

My Broadway 2017-2018 Preview Guide has been updated, thanks to a flurry of new shows announced, a couple this past week:

Denzel Washington will lead the 20-member cast for the fifth Broadway production of The Iceman Cometh, for a 14-week Broadway run starting March 22, and opening April 26, 2018.

 

A revival of Children of a Lesser God, starring Joshua Jackson,and Lauren Ridloff, the first Black Miss Deaf America, will open at Studio 54 on April 11, 2018. The Tony-winning play, which will be directed by Kenny Leon, is about the romance between a hearing man and a deaf woman.

In 1917 Zurich, an artist, Tristan Tzara; a writer, James Joyce; and a revolutionary, Lenin, collide.

 

Broadway Poll: Favorite Fall 2017 Show?

Vote for which show you’re most looking forward to.

 

Two for one tickets on sale NOW. (Hot shows go fast.)

 

The Week in Politics and Theater

 

Trump’s entire arts committee resigns with secret message — RESIST

 

Tonya Pinkins as Caroline and Veanne Cox as Rose   in a scene from CAROLINE, OR CHANGE

From Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s @2004 Caroline or Change, prescient subplot about Confederate monument

Song:

 

That old copper statue by the courthouse downtown
Honoring the brave Confederate soldier,
The South’s defender, the Civil War,
Ain’t there no more, it ain’t there no more.
Last evenin’ somebody heist the hateful thing,
Unscrewed it, carried it away.

 

Standin’ there 100 year, now that statue he just disappear.
Things change everywhere, even here.

 

The Week in New York Theater

Groundhog Day will play its final performance Sept 17, after 176 performances and 32 previews. It joins Great Comet and Bandstand in announcing its closing in September.

 

Most Underrated Shows on Broadway (listed alphabetically)

 

Ben Platt as Evan Hansen

Ben Platt, widely acclaimed and Tony winning for his title role in “Dear Evan Hansen,” will leave the show  on November 19. The show plans to go on.

A musical based on the old TV show The Honeymooners will play at Papermill Playhouse, from September 28 to October 29, with Michael McGrath as Ralph Kramden, Michael Mastro as Ed Norton, Leslie Kritzer as (“To The Moon…”) Alice Kramden, and  Laura Bell Bundy as Trixie Norton,

Opening on Broadway’s Belasco August 13, 2018 (a year from now!):  Getting The Band Together

 

Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf,” an Edward Albee spoof by the Elevator Repair Service theater company, is part of the Abron’s Arts Center 2017-18 season.

 

 

Brandy Norwood has returned to @ChicagoMusical now through Aug 31. Here she is first time around:

First five months of Frozen almost sold out within hours. Some seats on secondary market for $10,000. Musical begins on Broadway Feb 22

 

Second annual #TheatreFestNYC, introducing students to non-profit theaters, at Signature Theater Center August 29.

RIP

Lights to dim on Tues for Stuart Thompson, six-time Tony winning producer (Book o fMormon etc) and general manager, who died Thursday at 62

 

 

 

 

 

Video Fun

New video promo from The Band’s Visit

Taking a tip from Joan Crawford, @FeudFX star @JackieHoffman16 telephones her Emmy competition

Most Underrated Shows on Broadway

What was the most underrated show you’ve ever seen on a New York stage? 

Below are the answers to that question, which I asked in a now-ended contest to win tickets to a show I feel fits the bill. The shows below are  listed alphabetically, with excerpts from the explanations for their choice. I put an asterisk next to the shows I know enough about to agree they were underrated.  (Although the question included any show on a New York stage,, I’ve only listed the answers from Broadway.)   I  disagree with some of the most popular choices — American Psycho, and Bright Star, which I felt were rated accurately — and so adamantly disagree with some of the other choices below that it’s almost encouraging: It means that every show has its devotees.

 

 

(I link to my reviews when available.)

All Shook Up

“a silly but delightful 2005 catalog musical taking the tunes of Elvis and spinning them through a 50’s take on As You Like It.”

Amelie

“Tons of people warned me that it was boring,…but I loved it. It was sweet, cute, and quirky with lovely music.”

“Phillipa Soo was so good in it!”

American Psycho

“did not get enough love for its staging and lighting.”

“People missed the point of it being a satire and took offense to the material. At the very least, Benjamin Walker deserved much more recognition for his flawless performance.”\

“It wasn’t given a chance”

*Bandstand

 

“The music was joyful and haunting by turns, the dancing and acting were terrific, and the story hit the perfect balance: honoring and sympathizing veterans while refusing to exploit them. It deserved a much, much longer run.”

Big Fish

“the score and choreography were beautiful, and Norbert Leo Butz had wonderful chemistry with Bobby Steggert. It was emotional without being saccharine”

Bonnie and Clyde

“entertaining and beautifully acted and staged but the bullying press had it out for Frank Wildhorn who finally had a great score…”

*The Bridges of Madison County

“One of Jason Robert Brown’s best scores, just truly beautiful, moving music/lyrics, and incredible performances from Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale”

 Bright Star

“It had a catchy score, and some of my favorite performances. The story, while predictable, was so engaging in its presentation that I found myself taken in by it anyway.”

Catch Me If You Can

“It did have it’s flaws, but I thought it was a very smooth musical”

Chaplin

“the score was interesting, the performances great, costumes were wonderful, story was engrossing”

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

“It’s an incredibly flawed show… [but]  has important morals that ring true today, and I appreciate these kinds of “entertaining” shows that introduce children to theatre in a way that they can relate to and understand.

Chess

“It had such a short Broadway run and was panned by critics, but despite the issues with the book I absolutely love the score and would love to see this one back on Broadway.”

The Encounter

“Simon McBurney did an incredible job of utilizing sound and perception to tell the story of the explorer’s journey in the Amazon.”

Finding Neverland

“pure magic..it rekindled in me everything that I loved about musical theater,”

*Ghost

“…unique, wonderful special effects, excellent music, moving performances.”

“Caissie Levy was a standout, the songs and staging were beautiful and the story itself was classic.”

*Great Comet

“. Josh was fantastic but I think the marketing relied too much on him being the entire show. Denee, Brittain and the supporting cast were outstanding. Infectious energy.”

Groundhog Day

“The score was catchy and Andy Karl’s performance was incredible. It’s a shame to see it close so soon and with no recognition at the Tony’s.”

Honeymoon in Vegas

“Excellent ensemble cast and a game “old guy” played by TV-star Tony Danza who spent months perfecting a solo tap number”

 

If/Then

“a fascinating concept and wonderful performances ”

 

In Transit

“The performers were absolutely brilliant! It is a shame that it was only on stage for a few months. The reason why it was underrated was because it was entirely a cappella. At times as a viewer, I completely forgot no instruments were being used”

 

The Last Ship

“Sting’s score was just ethereal and transforming to listen to with an amazing cast that breathed so much life and spirit into it”

 

*Shuffle Along

“…it closed so quickly. Not only were the big names incredible, but the ensemble was one of the best I have ever seen..”

 

*Side Show

“the music is very dynamic, the lyrics are very clever and powerful, and the story reminds me of a twisted fairytale. It is absolutely unique and charming.”

*Deaf West’s Spring Awakening

“It closed way too fast. It brought attention towards the deaf community…”

Steel Pier

“I saw it when I was 10 or 11, and I remember loving the choreography, score, and set. It’s still ingrained in my memory as one of the most magical nights I’ve had at the theatre… I didn’t realize it was underrated at the time – lukewarm critical reception, unfortunate short run, and while it did garner Tony nominations, it was snubbed in all categories.”

 

Tuck Everlasting

” It followed a timeless story with amazing acting, singing, and dancing! It had an amazing message”

 

What makes something “underrated”? It doesn’t necessarily mean bad reviews that you feel were not deserved. It could also mean that the public didn’t appreciate it enough to keep the show running.

It’s admittedly not quite an accurate term for some of the shows listed, because both critics and the public who saw them adored them, but the shows closed after brief runs anyway.

 

 

Trump’s Entire Arts Committee Resigns With Secret Message: RESIST

All 17 members of The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned today to protest President Trump’s comments on the events last weekend in Charlottesville, as The Washington Post reported this morning.  

John Lloyd Young

John Lloyd Young, Tony-winning actor, and one of the 17 who resigned.

Since the committee is “an official agency”, (former) member the actor Kal Penn pointed out on Twitter, “that makes this the 1st White House . department to resign.”

What neither Penn nor the Post mentioned was the coded message embedded in the five-paragraph letter (Scroll to the bottom if you can’t wait for the code):

August 18, 2017

Dear Mr. President:

Reproach and censure in the strongest possible terms are necessary following your support of the hate groups and terrorists who killed and injured fellow Americans in Charlottesville. The false equivalencies you push cannot stand. The Administration’s refusal to quickly and unequivocally condemn the cancer of hatred only further emboldens those who wish America ill. We cannot sit idly by, the way that your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions. We are members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). The Committee was created in 1982 under President Reagan to advise the White House on cultural issues. We were hopeful that continuing to serve in the PCAH would allow us to focus on the important work the committee does with your federal partners and the private sector to address, initiate, and support key policies and programs in the arts and humanities for all Americans. Effective immediately, please accept our resignation from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Elevating any group that threatens and discriminates on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, orientation, background, or identity is un-American. We have fought slavery, segregation, and internment. We must learn from our rich and often painful history. The unified fabric of America is made by patriotic individuals from backgrounds as vast as the nation is strong. In our service to the American people, we have experienced this first-hand as we traveled and built the Turnaround Arts education program, now in many urban and rural schools across the country from Florida to Wisconsin.

Speaking truth to power is never easy, Mr. President. But it is our role as commissioners on the PCAH to do so. Art is about inclusion. The Humanities include a vibrant free press. You have attacked both. You released a budget which eliminates arts and culture agencies. You have threatened nuclear war while gutting diplomacy funding. The Administration pulled out of the Paris agreement, filed an amicus brief undermining the Civil Rights Act, and attacked our brave trans service members. You have subverted equal protections, and are committed to banning Muslims and refugee women & children from our great country. This does not unify the nation we all love. We know the importance of open and free dialogue through our work in the cultural diplomacy realm, most recently with the first-ever US Government arts and culture delegation to Cuba, a country without the same First Amendment protections we enjoy here. Your words and actions push us all further away from the freedoms we are guaranteed.

Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions. We took a patriotic oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values. Your values are not American values. We must be better than this. We are better than this. If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to resign your office, too.

Thank you,

Paula Boggs, Chuck Close, Richard Cohen, Fred Goldring, Howard L. Gottlieb, Vicki Kennedy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anne Luzzatto, Thom Mayne, Kalpen Modi (Kal Penn), Eric Ortner, Ken Solomon, Caroline Taylor, Jill Cooper Udall, Andrew Weinstein, John Lloyd Young

The code: The first letter of each paragraph spells out RESIST.

Always artists!

George-C.-Wolfe

Theater artists George C. Wolfe was the 17th and last member of the President’s committee to resign

Update:

Less funny, NEA, NEH, IMLS (National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services) are all federal arts agencies that the Trump Administration proposed scrapping in March.

Broadway Poll: Favorite Fall 2017 Show?

Broadway Fall 2017 collageChoose the show that you are most looking forward to. The list below is for shows that have opening dates on Broadway from September 2017 to January 2018 as of this writing, and they are listed chronologically by opening date.
For more information about any of the shows, read my Broadway 2017-2018 Preview Guide.

Best of Broadway in Bryant Park 2017: Rachelle Ann Go, Andy Karl, Betsy Wolfe

Below are the six most popular videos I shot of the performances during the six weekly concerts this 17th summer of Broadway in Bryant Park.

The Boss on Broadway. RIP Barbara Cook. Bye Great Comet, Bandstand. Welcome Back Steve Martin, Lea Salonga.Week in NY Theater

 

This has been the week from Hell both in the larger world and in the world of New York theater, but for theater fans also a little bit of Heaven, with the announcements of new shows, new casts, Broadway debuts, some welcome returns — and a community standing together.

Enter contest here  to win two free tickets to Bandstand by answering: What was the most underrated show you’ve ever seen on a New York stage? 

Week in New York Theater Reviews

The Terms of My Surrender

“The Terms of My Surrender” is not just an anti-Trump screed. It is also an oddly eclectic mix of sharp stand-up comedy routine, sketchy sketch comedy, memoir, parody political rally, activist exhortation, parody game show, actual talk show, prank call show, even a strip-tease (don’t ask, I won’t tell – except to say that Moore has an un-credited supporting cast.)

In format, Michael Moore’s live show has little in common with his funny but focused documentaries about specific issues,…It’s more like a scattershot variety show…But the puckish sense of humor will be enough for most of his fans

The Government Inspector

The vain, reckless son of a rich man is suddenly thrust into power by a venal group of citizens marked by their “ugliness, stupidity, greed, cowardice, corruption and sheer unpleasantness.” That’s the premise, more or less, of Nikolai Gogol’s 1836 play “The Government Inspector,” as interpreted by Red Bull Theater’s broad, bawdy production.

What saves this play from a depressing relevance is the phenomenal physical clowning by Michael Urie

Week in New York Theater News

Barbara Cook, 89

 

Bruce Springsteen will make his Broadway debut this fall with “Springsteen on Broadway,” a solo show at the Walter Kerr Theater, for five performances a week from October 3 through November 26.

“I wanted to do some shows that were as personal and as intimate as possible. I chose Broadway for this project because it has the beautiful old theaters which seemed like the right setting for what I have in mind. In fact, with one or two exceptions, the 960 seats of the Walter Kerr Theatre is probably the smallest venue I’ve played in the last 40 years. My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work.”  He will read from his recently published autobiography, “Born to Run.”

Tickets for “Springsteen on Broadway” will go on sale August 30 at 10am ET exclusively through Ticketmaster Verified Fan®. “This unique fan-first technology levels the playing field to combat bots and get real tickets into the hands of fans who intend to go to the event.”

The Great Comet to Close September 3. Could it have been saved?

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Amy Schumer and Keegan-Michael Key will be making their Broadway debuts in a new play by Steve Martin, “Meteor Shower,” which will also star Laura Benanti and Alan Tudy, and open November 29th.

“It’s a hot night in Ojai, California, and Corky (Amy Schumer) and her husband Norm (Alan Tudyk) are having another couple over for dinner. But Laura (Laura Benanti) and Gerald (Keegan-Michael Key) aren’t looking for a casual evening of polite small talk with new friends. Eventually, the two couples find themselves in a marital free-fall matched in velocity and peril only by the smoldering space rocks tearing through the sky.”

Bandstand to Close September 17

Errol And Fidel

New York Musical Festival Awards for Excellence 2017

Freedom Riders

“Time and the Conways” will star Elizabeth McGovern as “Mrs. Conway,” Steven Boyer as “Ernest,” Anna Camp as “Hazel,” Gabriel Ebert as “Alan,” Charlotte Parry as “Kay,” and Matthew James Thomas as “Robin,” with Anna Baryshnikov as “Carol,” Brooke Bloom as “Madge,” Alfredo Narciso as “Gerald,” and Cara Ricketts as “Joan.”

In “Escape to Margaritaville,” the Jimmy Buffett musical, Paul Alexander Nolan will lead the company as Tully, and will be joined by Alison Luff as Rachel, Lisa Howard as Tammy, Eric Petersen as Brick, Rema Webb as Marley, Don Sparks as J.D, Andre Ward as Jamal, along with Matt Allen, Tessa Alves, Sara Andreas, Marjorie Failoni, Steven Good, Angela Grovey, Albert Guerzon, Keely Hutton, Justin Keats, Mike Millan, Justin Mortelliti, Ryann Redmond, Ian Michael Stuart, and Brett Thiele.

Theater for a New Audience presents Adrienne Kennedy’s first new play in 9 years, He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, Jan 17–Feb 11 2018

Set in Georgia & NYC in 1941,
this new work braids together
the indignities of Jim Crow,
rising Nazism, sexual hypocrisy,
Christopher Marlowe,
and the lingering shadow of
a terrible crime.

 

 

 

Watch Bette Midler interview

 

 

 

The Government Inspector Review: Michael Urie Triumphs Once Again, as Venal Bureaucrat

 

The vain, reckless son of a rich man is suddenly thrust into power by a venal group of citizens marked by their “ugliness, stupidity, greed, cowardice, corruption and sheer unpleasantness.” That’s the premise, more or less, of Nikolai Gogol’s 1836 play “The Government Inspector,” as interpreted by Red Bull Theater’s broad, bawdy production.

What saves this play from a depressing relevance is the phenomenal physical clowning by Michael Urie.

Michael Urie entered into pop culture consciousness as the catty fashion editor’s assistant Marc St. James in the TV series Ugly Betty a decade ago, but the Juilliard graduate has proven with each successive New York stage role that he was born for theater — The Temperamentals, How to Succeed in Business, Homos or Everyone in America, Show for Days, and especially Buyer and Cellar, the play by Jonathan Tolin in which he plays every part, including that of Barbra Streisand.

Urie is certainly not by himself in “The Government Inspector.” Every one of the 14-member is positively vaudevillian in their portrayals, a testament not only to their own talents but to that of director Jesse Berger. But I was struck by Urie’s singular gift for physical comedy, which I don’t remember seeing from him before — gracefully and athletically bumbling around the stage drunk or suicidal, or full of lust or greed.

Urie portrays Ivan Alexandreyevich Hlestakov, a drunken, whoring wastrel who was fired from his job as a low-level bureaucrat and travels through two-bit towns in 19th century Russia spending his father’s money. The officials and administrators of the particular town in which he is at present visiting get the false intelligence that he is a Government Inspector rooting out corruption and incompetence. They do all they can to win his favor – they wine him, dine him and incessantly bribe him.

The school principal uses as bribe money what he was going to use to buy new books for the school board meeting, but he becomes philosophical: “They can burn old books just as easy.”

The townspeople are even dumber than they are corrupt – it’s a town, as the mayor’s wife points out, “where people eat soup with their hands.” The wife (portrayed by the extravagantly bedecked and hilarious Mary Testa) thinks herself above the rubes with whom she is forced to associate: “Mine was a very cultured upbringing. We had a book, and my mother whistled.”

Her husband the mayor (Michael McGrath at the performance I saw, since replaced) is certainly dumb – given the ceremonial hat to wear, he puts on the hatbox instead – but he may be the only one even more cruel and corrupt. Before he curries favor with the false inspector, his calendar for the day (as read by a minion) consisted of: “Evicted the corporal’s widow. Had the corporal’s widow jailed for vagrancy. Flogged the corporal’s widow.”

Their daughter Marya, as Hlestakov puts it, “talks like she wears a chastity belt, but she acts like she knows a lot of locksmiths.” Her mother chastises her for her blunt language. “Men don’t like a woman with a tongue like yours” she says.

“Oh, really? Ask around.”

Such banter is courtesy of the 2008 adaptation by playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, which is so consistently funny that he’s excused for adding a twist at the end that doesn’t make very much sense. After all, so little in the world makes much sense these days that The Government Inspector feels almost as much documentary as farce.

The Government Inspector is on stage until August 20, 2017.

Tickets and details

Ticket Giveaway: Bandstand

Bandstand 11

Win two tickets to see Bandstand for free.  I liked this show, about a 1940’s swing band made up of World War II veterans, for its thrilling choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, who won his third Tony for it (after In The Heights and Hamilton); its catchy, beat-happy original score that pays homage to the big band era of Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington; and for its pitch-perfect cast, led by Corey Cott and Laura Osnes, many of whom play their own musical instruments, backed by a swinging 13-member band.

They announced earlier this week that the musical will close on September 17, 2017, having played 24 previews and 166 regular performances  I think the show was underrated, and I am delighted to be able to offer a pair of tickets to it.

Update: Samantha Sheets, the 21st to reply and chose Spring Awakening, won the random drawing for the two tickets.

To enter the contest for the tickets, just answer this question:

What was the most underrated show you’ve ever seen on a New York stage? 

How was it underrated…and why?

The Rules

  1. Please put your answer in the comments at the bottom of this blog post, because I will choose the winner at random, using Random.org, based on the order of your reply, not its content.
  2.  But you must answer the question, complete with explanation and description, or your entry will not be approved for submission.
  3. This contest ends Wednesday August 16, 2017 at midnight Eastern Time, and I will make the drawing no later than noon the next day. You must respond within 12 hours or I will pick another winner.’

Update: You must pick an underrated show.  Please explain how it’s been underrated, not just why you liked it.

The winner will be given two tickets to a weeknight performance of their choosing, subject to availability.

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Michael Moore The Terms of My Surrender: Review, Pics, Videos

“The only hope until we kick him out of office is to discombobulate him,” Michael Moore says near the beginning of his playful, pointed and partisan one-man show

..“The Terms of My Surrender” is not just an anti-Trump screed. It is also an oddly eclectic mix of sharp stand-up comedy routine, sketchy sketch comedy, memoir, parody political rally, activist exhortation, parody game show, actual talk show, prank call show, even a strip-tease (don’t ask, I won’t tell – except to say that Moore has an un-credited supporting cast.)

In format, Michael Moore’s live show has little in common with his funny but focused documentaries about specific issues,…It’s more like a scattershot variety show…But the puckish sense of humor will be enough for most of his fans

Read the full review on DC Theatre Scene

 

Four brief excerpts from the show: