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‘Cowboys Don’t Sing’ in Review

‘Cowboys Don’t Sing’ in Review

September 11, 2013

Michael Charboneau That worn out back-to-school question, “What did you do this summer?,” has been tossed around quite a bit in the past few weeks, and, as usual, it has been met with a range of worn o...

‘Kinky Boots’ Tallies Most Prizes at Tony Awards

‘Kinky Boots’ Tallies Most Prizes at Tony Awards

June 10, 2013

By JOHN BONAZZO & RICHARD BORDELON THEATER CRITIC & STAFF WRITER Kinky Boots was the big winner at the 67th annual Tony Awards, taking home six trophies including best musical in a year that sp...

‘Kinky Boots’ and ‘Matilda’ Top List of Tony Nominations

‘Kinky Boots’ and ‘Matilda’ Top List of Tony Nominations

April 30, 2013

By JOHN BONAZZO & RICKY BORDELON The Broadway community is anxiously awaiting its biggest night of the season, June 9, when the American Theatre Wing bestows the Tony Awards for the 2012-13 Seaso...

With Shakespearean Merriment, TOP Brings Theater Season to Honorable Close

April 24, 2013

Filed under Culture, Theatre

By JOHN BONAZZO THEATER CRITIC A year after staging one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, Julius Caesar, the Theatrical Outreach Program (TOP) has put on a merry production of the Bard’s first comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Thanks to great direction, superb technical work and top-drawer acting, this production brings the year in Fordham theater to a highly-satisfying close. The play centers on Valentine ...

FET Presents Pillowman

FET Presents Pillowman

April 24, 2013

By JOHN BONAZZO COPY EDITOR Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman delves into some dark places in its depiction of artistic freedom and morality. To its immense credit, Fordham Experimental Theater’s (FET) prod...

A Dark Touch Required as FET Explores Dark Themes of ‘Pillowman’

April 19, 2013

Filed under Culture, Theatre

By JOHN BONAZZOTHEATER CRITIC Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman delves into some dark places in its depiction of artistic freedom and morality. To their immense credit, FET’s production acknowledges and explores these themes with help from a great creative team and cast. The play tells the story of Katurian, a writer living in a totalitarian state who is arrested after a string of murders that resemble the plots of his...

Broadway’s ‘Motown’ in Review

Broadway’s ‘Motown’ in Review

April 17, 2013

By JOHN BONAZZO One of the most common genres on Broadway over the last decade has been the “jukebox musical,” in which the catalog of a song or record label is used to score a show. The results can eith...

‘Shape of Things’ is a Bold Mimes Production

April 13, 2013

Filed under Culture, Theatre

By JOHN BONAZZO THEATER CRITIC The second half of Fordham’s theater season gets off to an exciting start with the Mimes and Mummers’ production of Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things, an incisively visceral story told with bold staging and great actors. The play tells the story of Adam, a college student moonlighting as a museum guard who meets Evelyn as she is about to deface a piece of art. Despite this inauspicious beginn...

‘The Company you Keep’ in Review

April 10, 2013

By JOHN BONAZZO COPY EDITOR One of the most suspenseful thrillers of recent years, The Company You Keep succeeds due to a tight screenplay, crisp directing and a phenomenal cast. Thirty years ago, ...

‘A Doll’s House’ Gets Full Respect From TOP

March 6, 2013

Filed under Culture, Theatre

By JOHN BONAZZO THEATER CRITIC A Doll’s House is one of the most tense plays ever written, and surely one of the most liberation-oriented. Fordham's Theatrical Outreach Program (TOP) is putting on a restrained yet effective production of this classic work through tomorrow at the Blackbox Theater in Collins Hall. The play, published in 1879, tells the story of Nora Helmer, a housewife giddy with thoughts of what the pr...

‘Assassins’ Gets Worthy Treatment From Mimes

February 28, 2013

Filed under Culture, Theatre

By JOHN BONAZZO THEATER CRITIC Those who have felled American Presidents get their due in the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical Assassins, which is being performed now through Sunday in a great production by the Mimes and Mummers. The show is made up of short vignettes that set the scene for each killer. It chronicles not only marquee names like John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald, but also less well-known assass...

‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ in Review

‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ in Review

February 20, 2013

By VANESSA AGOVIDA CONTRIBUTING WRITER Whenever a Hollywood celebrity ventures onto Broadway, the same question arises. Can an actor who stands out on screen translate his or her talent to the stage? The answer: Not necessar...

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