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SHOWBUZZDAILY BROADWAY JOURNAL: “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”

Posted September 7, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Haven’t all the jokes been made?  In the history of Broadway, there may never have been a show as relentlessly ridiculed as SPIDER-MAN:  TURN OFF THE DARK.  At this point, it may be that the only interesting thing that could be said about the show would be if it weren’t as bad as you’d […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY NY THEATRE JOURNAL: “Venus In Fur”

Posted February 22, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> VENUS IN FUR exists, at this point in its Broadway life, as two overlapping but not identical entities:  it’s a deft new play by David Ives, but also, and more prominently, it’s become the Star-Is-Born vehicle for its lead actress, Nina Arianda, who’s currently giving about as dazzling a performance as you’re likely to […]

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BROADWAY JOURNAL; “Catch Me If You Can”

Posted April 22, 2011 by Mitch Salem

>Steven Spielberg week on Broadway continues:  after War Horse, the director’s next film, we have CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, based on his 2002 comedy-drama (that film was written by Jeff Nathanson).   Spielberg’s movie may have been the sleekest entertainment of his career, a near-perfect piece of craft that boasted two great star performances from […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY NY THEATRE JOURNAL: “Seminar”

Posted February 22, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> There’s an inescapable irony in Theresa Rebeck’s play SEMINAR when the bilious novelist (Alan Rickman) who’s reluctantly teaching a group of aspiring young writers launches an attack on one of them by predicting that his “whorishness” will make him more suited for a life in Hollywood than one in the finer precincts of the […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY BROADWAY JOURNAL: “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”

Posted September 8, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Few things bring audiences as much joy as the sight of a well-known actor or actress revealing a side of their talent that’s never been seen before.  (It’s not just general audiences, either–those roles become instant favorites for Oscar nominations and wins.)  It can be as simple as Halle Berry, Julia Roberts or Nicole […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY BROADWAY REVIEW: “Nice Work If You Can Get It”

Posted April 25, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> The Producers may have been both the best and worst thing ever to happen to Matthew Broderick.  He started his career in the mid-1980s as a fairly smooth, smart-aleck teen mouthpiece for Neil Simon in Brighton Beach Memoirs and John Hughes in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but over the succeeding years, his persona for […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY NY THEATRE JOURNAL: ‘Death of A Salesman”

Posted February 24, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> Although a great work of art is great forever, the relevance of a given piece to a current moment in time does tend to fluctuate.  It turns out that Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN, written 63 years ago, is so remarkably attuned to this here and now that despite its period setting, it […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY BROADWAY JOURNAL: “Follies”

Posted September 8, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> FOLLIES may be the strangest of all Broadway masterpieces; after 40 years, it’s still the most avant-garde work of Stephen Sondheim’s career. It’s easy enough to make the show sound linear:  set in 1971 (which was present-day when the musical was written), it takes place at a theatre that had, for some decades, housed […]

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