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'The Heidi Chronicles' Broadway Review: The Way We Lived Then

'The Heidi Chronicles' Broadway Review: The Way We Lived Then
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Elisabeth Moss, whose persevering Peggy Olson has evolved over the seasons of “Mad Men,” now plays a different sort of woman who observes American society as it changes in “The Heidi Chronicles.”

Wendy Wasserstein’s award-winning 1989 comedy-drama returns to Broadway at the Music Box Theater in an effective, low-keyed production that is likely to make Baby Boomers who experienced some of Heidi’s 1965-1989 times mist up in recognition.

An art historian, Heidi (Moss) has an eye towards detail and nuance. Heidi clearly perceives the subtleties of the world around her, even if she is too passive as an individual to make much of an impact upon it.

The episodic story features scenes at a prep school sock hop in 1965, a women’s consciousness-raising group in 1970, a wedding reception (not Heidi’s) in 1977, a baby shower (not Heidi’s) in 1980 and other segments during which the rise of feminist altruism gradually gives way to the self-absorption of the materialistic 1980s. “I thought the point was we were all in this together,” says Heidi, sadly, late in the play.

 

NJ’s Vera Farmiga Discusses Her Challenging, Unsettling and Creepy Role on “Bates Motel”

NJ’s Vera Farmiga Discusses Her Challenging, Unsettling and Creepy Role on “Bates Motel”
BY WINNIE BONELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

“Even as we speak, I’m heavily medicated with tremors and spasms, a torn shoulder and neck muscles. I am broken to smithereens,” actress Vera Farmiga c...

U.S. Premiere at Paper Mill: Even a Hunchback Deserves Love

U.S. Premiere at Paper Mill: Even a Hunchback Deserves Love
BY BOB & SANDY NESOFF
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Over the years New Jersey theaters have made a valiant effort to produce shows that will draw and entertain audiences. With the stiff competition from Ne...

NJ Sports Fantasy Pools Land Teacher in Jail

NJ Sports Fantasy Pools Land Teacher in Jail
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Sports gambling is currently banned in New Jersey, and has been the subject of numerous court battles over the past few years.

There is no word in the state law regardin...

'Paint Your Wagon' Off Broadway Review: The Encores! Series Strikes Gold with a Lerner & Loewe Show

'Paint Your Wagon' Off Broadway Review: The Encores! Series Strikes Gold with a Lerner & Loewe Show
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A brawny, bountiful and beautiful score by Lerner & Loewe awaits musical theater aficionados in a top-notch Encores! staged concert produc...

'Posterity' Off Broadway Review: Ibsen Poses for a Portrait in Clay

'Posterity' Off Broadway Review: Ibsen Poses for a Portrait in Clay
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Late in his life, the great playwright Henrik Ibsen encounters Gustav Vigeland, a rising Norwegian sculptor, and they heatedly discuss matters...

'Placebo' Off Broadway Review: A Remedy for the Aches and Pains of an Ailing Romance

'Placebo' Off Broadway Review: A Remedy for the Aches and Pains of an Ailing Romance
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

The way that a romance gradually goes bad can be likened to the progress of an ailment as it develops from little symptoms of discontent into ...

'On the 20th Century' Broadway Review: Kristin Chenoweth Stars in a Screwball Musical Comedy

'On the 20th Century' Broadway Review: Kristin Chenoweth Stars in a Screwball Musical Comedy
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Grab a ticket for a ride “On the 20th Century” and prepare for a fun trip into wacky musical comedy land, where the story is screwball, the score ...

Ed Harris Plays Irish Mobster in “Run All Night” ... Tangles with Liam Neeson

Ed Harris Plays Irish Mobster in “Run All Night” ... Tangles with Liam Neeson
BY WINNIE BONELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Ed Harris is out for blood. Unfurling over a 16-hour period, director Jaume Collet-Serra’s newly released “Run All Night” casts Harris as old time Iris...

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