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'Father Comes Home From the Wars' Off Broadway Review: The Opening Trilogy

'Father Comes Home From the Wars' Off Broadway Review: The Opening Trilogy
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Pulitzer-winner Suzan-Lori Parks fearlessly sets forth on a historical journey through American freedom in her new epic “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3),” which currently is in its premiere performances at the Public Theater.

The initial portion of a projected nine-play cycle leading to the present day, this near three-hour trilogy centers upon Hero, a slave who reluctantly marches away to the Civil War with the man who owns him.

Much as one can appreciate the mythical qualities and plainly-spun lyricism of Parks’s writing, I must confess that she lost me with the appearance of a talking dog in the third play. True dat.

 

'The Last Ship' Broadway Review: A Lusty Score and a Rusty Script

'The Last Ship' Broadway Review: A Lusty Score and a Rusty Script
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Strangely enough, for all of its earnestness, the overall story for the new Broadway musical “The Last Ship” is curiously akin to “Kinky Boots.”

On...

'The Fortress of Solitude' Off Broadway Review: People Change But the Songs Remain the Same

'The Fortress of Solitude' Off Broadway Review: People Change But the Songs Remain the Same
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A melancholy musical about two boyhood friends who grow apart as they get older, “The Fortress of Solitude” is driven by a dynamic score vibra...

'The Belle of Amherst' Off Broadway Review: Joely Richardson's Seance with Emily Dickinson

'The Belle of Amherst' Off Broadway Review: Joely Richardson's Seance with Emily Dickinson
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

It is hard to figure out what Joely Richardson is doing as Emily Dickinson in “The Belle of Amherst.” She does not appear to be acting the rol...

Teresa Giudice Joins List of Notable Inmates at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution

Teresa Giudice Joins List of Notable Inmates at Danbury Federal Correctional Institution
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Perhaps former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice can do crossover appearances on Netfliix show Orange is the New Black when she finishes her 15-month ja...

'Billy & Ray' Off Broadway Review: The Duo Behind 'Double Indemnity'

'Billy & Ray' Off Broadway Review: The Duo Behind 'Double Indemnity'
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

“Billy & Ray” is a new play about film director Billy Wilder and writer Raymond Chandler making each other crazy as they thrash out their ...

'On the Town' Broadway Review: Sailors on a Fancy Free Musical Spree

'On the Town' Broadway Review: Sailors on a Fancy Free Musical Spree
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

A dynamic, sometimes dreamy iteration of a lustrous musical from Broadway’s Golden Age, the new revival of “On the Town” currently bounding around...

‘American Idol’ Alum Joanne Borgella Had Rare Cancer

‘American Idol’ Alum Joanne Borgella Had Rare Cancer
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

An American Idol alumni and former New Jersey resident has succumbed to a rare form of endometrial cancer.

Former Hoboken resident Joanne Borgella passed away on October...

'Lennon: Through a Glass Onion' Off Broadway Review: A Day in the Life

'Lennon: Through a Glass Onion' Off Broadway Review: A Day in the Life
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW 

Australian-based musician-singer John R. Waters delivers a heartfelt tribute to a much-missed legend in “Lennon: Through a Glass Onion,”...

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