Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s 1928 Broadway smash ‘The Front Page’ is being revived with Nathan Lane. But is it worth the price of admission? Maybe if you stick around until Act III.
Best known for “A Raisin in the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry followed that play up with a drama set in a leftist Jewish milieu. Jesse Oxfeld reviews “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window” at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.
So, do we need another biography of Barbra Streisand. Author Neal Gabler seems to think we do, but critic Jesse Oxfeld isn’t entirely convinced.
Arthur Miller’s 1953 masterpiece of witch trials and McCarthyism returns to Broadway in a brilliant revival that reminds the viewer all too well of what Philip Roth referred to as “The indigenous American berserk.”
In a season that has brought us “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Rothschilds,” a great cast saves Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock’s “She Loves Me” from being too much a Bock/Harnick thing.
Though the characters in Danai Gurira’s “Familiar” at Playwrights Horizons are African-American and the setting is outside Minneapolis, the play will seem familiar to anyone who has relatives with Old Country traditions.
The London theater scene is abuzz with two classic musicals from the Jewish American canon — ”Funny Girl” and “Guys and Dolls.” But, Jesse Oxfeld finds, there’s something British about their Jewishness.
In Richard Greenberg’s new play “Our Mother’s Brief Affair,” Linda Lavin demonstrates her talent at playing Jewish mothers of a certain age. But aside from that, how did you like the play, Mr. Oxfeld?
A new revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” has opened on Broadway. And, according to critic Jesse Oxfeld, wonder of wonders, it’s a triumph!
When he was running the CBS series “The Unit,” David Mamet had some rules for writing good drama. In his Al Pacino vehicle “China Doll,” he seems to violate just about every single one of them.