Hits and Misses as the Fall Season Opens on Broadway

Posted on Nov 3, 2011

The new Theater Season has certainly started.  For those of you that prefer plays to musicals, there are some interesting choices now.  Making the correct match for the productions is a bit complicated. does not have an official rating system similar to the movies. Therefore, language, content, sexuality and profanity are challenging for certain audiences and it is best to be prepared before you go to understand what you will hear.

Mountaintop, reviewed earlier presents challenges for people who are sensitive to cigarette smoke as the theater is permeated by Dr. King’s smoking at the start of this 90 minute production with no intermission.

What do you get when you combine a Christian Rock group’s version of the Gospel according to St. Matthew with the wit of John Stewart’s current political commentary?  In the opening scene of Godspell, the cast members are texting each other. 

Sons of the Prophet is a very cleverly written comedy with a really good cast.  The timing is excellent and the premise interesting.  Based in Nazareth, PA, two gay sons try to make sense of their father’s death and struggle with their health, livelihoods and sanity. Closing Dec. 23   ttp://www.dnykg.com/theatre-reviews/

Other Desert Cities has an amazing cast with Stockard Channing, Rachel Griffiths, Stacy Keach, Judith Light, Thomas Sadoski, and Lauren Klein. Set in Palm Springs, the story weaves from Christmas of 2004 through March of 2010.    A prodigal daughter returns home after a long absence and announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history – a wound they don’t want reopened.

Save your money and skip Seminar.  Alan Rickman, widely known as the sinister professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater and team deserve better than this new drama about an English professor mentoring young authors in a private seminar that each have paid $5,000 to attend.  Between the nudity and constant use of four letter words, the subject matter is simply boring.  Why, oh why take a script about writing and not get a good writer?  

Let us know what you think of the new shows.

For additional theater reviews…. https://www.dnykg.com/theatre-reviews/

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