A cast of cheery, gifted singers gathers to deliver the most inoffensive religious musical in the revival of Godspell. Stephen Schwartz’s 1971 musical, based on the Gospel of Matthew, strings together parables told by Jesus (played by Hunter Parrish) and his followers with pop-rock songs. The result is an evening of hippie-era, free-love glee and tunes that will weave in and out of your consciousness days later.
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At first glance, Lombardi runs the risk of traveling into cheesy TV biopic territory. Led by two televisions stars who haven’t been relevant to pop culture since the 80s, the play focuses on the life of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, who was famous for leading the Green Bay Packers to an astonishing five championships. The Super Bowl trophy is named after him (as is a service area on the New Jersey Turnpike). This man’s career wasn’t filled with failure, nor was his life, with his happy marriage to Marie Lombardi. These initial red flags completely fade, as Dan Lauria and Judith Light give delightful and commanding performances and playwright Eric Simonson uses Lombardi’s life to tell an interesting story that comments on celebrity and media.
Budding journalist Michael McCormick arrives at the Lombardi household on a profile writing assignment of the football coach. The Lombardis host him for a week, over the course of which Lombardi flip flops between practically making him the team mascot and punting him off the field for his constant prying and interrupting of Lombardi’s rigid practice rules. Things really heat up when Lombardi demands to see Michael’s article before it’s published, setting off the play’s most interesting aspect of censorship and journalistic ethics.
Lombardi is an extremely fun, yet simple story that gives an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at a hot NFL team in the 1960s. Directed with great energy by Thomas Kail, the show keeps a steady pace as these characters become increasingly watchable. I felt like I could watch what happened inside the Lombardi household for hours. Read more
As a nice last-minute rush alternative upon discovering The Addams Family did not have any rush tickets for their matinee performance, I hopped on over to play the ticket lottery for The Miracle Worker. I had good vibes about this lottery, after being skunked by Addams.
For the play about Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan who gave her the gift of language, about 15 people entered and the attendant announced they’d be selling 10 lottery tickets. Now keep in mind, it was more like 30 people were playing, since most people register for two tickets. I kept positive and was the fifth name called! The lotto attendant directed the winners to line up in the order our names were picked. We did, but upon directing us to line up in the same order at the box office window to purchase our tickets, the attendant walked away and the order disintegrated. A woman who was called after I was zoomed to the front of the line. I suggested that the woman whose name was called first should be the first to purchase her tickets. The woman protested my suggestion, saying that she was waiting to play the lotto since 11 a.m., and should purchase first. I told her that wasn’t the way a ticket lottery works, to which she called me a “ticket Nazi.” So to the box office workers of the Circle in the Square Theatre, this ticket Nazi is telling you that you should keep your lottery more organized in the future.
Aside from disorganization, The Miracle Worker ticket lottery is a good one. From what the attendant said, 15 people was the most he’d seen play the lotto, and the tickets are $16 a piece, up to two per person. The seats are in the back row of the theater, and that brings me to my first point of review for this show—the scenery. Read more