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Yvonne Korshak
Author, Art Historian
Interests: literature, film, theater, classics, archaeology, classical literature, ancient greece, classical archaeology, off-broadway theater books
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This is a light comedy about an English physician, Dr. John Floyer, and his wife who are in China in the early 18th century. There really was a Dr. John Floyer at this time who, like Floyer in this play,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Let's Talk Off-Broadway
In the summer of 2011 in Norway, Anders Reivik massacred 77 young people at a recreational camp. Among the who, barely escaping death themselves, witnessed teenagers pleading to the relentless killer for their lives was a female vicar and leader... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Let's Talk Off-Broadway
directed by Mark Lonergan, music composed and performed by Ben Model, Parallel Exit, at 59E59 Theaters ... yes, everybody does get cake ... Everybody Gets Cake is a zany, free flow roust through the free-flow imaginations of its three creators.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at Let's Talk Off-Broadway
Directed by James Ortiz and Claire Karpen, music composed by Edward W. Hardy, Strangeman and Co., in association with Robb Nanus and Rachel Sussman, 59E59 Theaters The Woodsman, using actors, puppets, mime and music, gives us backstory, based on not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Let's Talk Off-Broadway
I'm very appreciative that you found my review in some ways illuminating. Thank you.
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Translated by John Christopher Jones, directed by Erica Schmidt, Classic Stage Company. This is a stunning, constantly amusing, and deeply intelligent production of Turgenev’s iconic play about realism, romanticism and love. Set at a country estate in Russia in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Let's Talk Off-Broadway
A free adaptation of The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman, directed by Neil Pepe, The Atlantic Theater Company ... the arrow of disillusion ... Dying For It is an all-out, hilarious satire of life under the rigid Soviet regime with vivid... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Let's Talk Off-Broadway
In new chamber arrangements by Inessa Zaretsky and Raymond J. Lustig, The Little Opera Theatre of NY at 59E59 What a wonderful evening of theater. Two short American operas, narratives set to dramatic music, superbly performed. One leaves thrilled and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Let's Talk Off-Broadway
directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, New York Theatre Workshop … working off a ransom … This is an exciting, beautifully written play about things that matter. It’s serious, suspenseful and, though grim, also very funny. In a word, it has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Let's Talk Off-Broadway
Yes, exactly. Just how significant is he as a scientist? We know what HE thinks ... but what's really the truth of the matter?
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I think that for a weapons factory to turn out to be an idyllic workers' paradise of any stripe is improbable -- that's what I wrote and I'll stand by it! To say nothing of the added fillip he gets a lot of fun out of -- the explosive risks. But your comment is very enriching and I think I readers will be happy to have it -- I certainly am, and greatly appreciate your writing.
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With Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, directed by James Marshal The Theory of Everything is a “must see” but not a “rave.” The true story of physicist Stephen Hawking is powerful and inspiring: he has overcome gruesome physical obstacles and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Let's Talk Off-Broadway
Agreed -- the cast really is outstanding. I did think Jones kind of took it easy, and yet managed to be powerful, especially in those two parts you mention.
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Well, there ya go ... chalk up one more for silly!
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With James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne, directed by Scott Ellis, The Longacre Theatre Living in a townhouse on the upper West side of NYC is a wacky but lovable family guided by the idea that life is to be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Let's Talk Off-Broadway
A femme fatale -- nice thought. Thanks, Yvonne
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Directed by Jim Simpson, The Flea Theater This play is a compendium of current topical concerns about the Danielle Slavick and Stephen Barker Turner. Photo Hunter Canning. environment, junk food and junk in our food, etc., built around a romance... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at Let's Talk Off-Broadway
Directed by David Staller, The Pearl Theatre Company and Gingold Theatrical Group … which side was it you said you're on? … The audience -- myself included -- stood and applauded with pleasure at the end of Major Barbara, but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Let's Talk Off-Broadway
Directed by Jo Bonney, The Public Theater and American Repertory Theater ... when Emancipation was proclaimed ... The master of a modest sized Texas plantation has been called to fight for the Confederates and wants his slave, Hero, to come... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Let's Talk Off-Broadway
Much as I'd like to, I can't see that this hits the level of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Weil or Bernstein -- it has heart, like their works but I don't think the story has quite that tension, the characters are less complex, and also the music and songs just aren't quite there. I enjoyed the songs, but they haven't stayed in mind. Still, it has a great deal going for it and I agree with you -- Go see it!
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Music and original lyrics by Eli Bolin, based on the Found books and magazines by Davy Rothbart, additional material Story Pirates, directed by Lee Overtree, The Atlantic Theater ... found objects ... Found is a charming, touching musical with lots... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Let's Talk Off-Broadway
I wouldn't go quite that far, but I certainly find them very exciting and to a good extent share your enthusiasm.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, September 30, 2014-April 19, 2015 Thomas Hart Benton’s murals, “America Today,” have an immediate impact of color, exuberance, and resonant ideas. Urban and rural, old ways and new, labor and entertainment, freedom and oppression, rich,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Let's Talk Off-Broadway
My sense is that the suspense is not only about how good is the novel but -- related -- will Harry disentangle himself from Jake? can he move from from innocence to maturity? Thanks for writing in.
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Directed by Louise Lasser, with Sean Walsh and Austin Pendleton, On The Wind Productions This is a suspenseful play of psychological gamesmanship between an older mentor and a younger, less educated but talented writer. The psychological unfolding is filled with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Let's Talk Off-Broadway