Peter D. Kramer

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Mr. Chips he’s not

In Reviews on November 21, 2011 at 9:18 am

There’s not a lot to like about Leonard, the arrogant author-turned-put-down-artist at the center of Theresa Rebeck’s “Seminar,” which opened last night at Broadway’s Golden Theatre.

Played by the marquee draw of Alan Rickman (of “Harry Potter” fame), this former lion of the literary world is weary and wounded, snarling criticism at the four students who have plopped down $5,000 each for the privilege of having ten weeks of his “insight.”

He reduces one to tears when he won’t go beyond the first five words of her long-simmering story, praises a second just to get her into bed, calls a third a pussy and the fourth a whore.

Mr. Chips, he’s not.

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Ex and the city

In Reviews on November 18, 2011 at 7:49 am

There’s a moment, about 20 minutes into Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” — which opened at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre last night — when Kim Cattrall (best known as the sexpot Samantha in “Sex and the City”) proves that she’s right where she belongs.

It doesn’t come with a steamy sex scene.

It’s not about suggestive dialogue.

It’s a simple twist of the head and a flash of wide-eyed recognition.

Her character, Amanda, is on her honeymoon in Deauville, France, and has just realized that her ex-husband, Elyot (the Canadian star Paul Gross), is also on his honeymoon, in the adjoining room, and is standing on the adjoining balcony 30 feet away.

Oops.

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In this ‘Godspell,’ a Jesus who will friend you

In Reviews on November 8, 2011 at 6:42 am

WWJD?

If that “J” is Hunter Parrish, the star of the first Broadway revival of “Godspell” — which opened last night at the Circle in the Square Theater — the answer is simple: He’d arrive unaccompanied and jump right in to the group, smile wide, sing sweetly, dance, tell stories, and charm.

In the Age of Facebook, Jesus would definitely friend you.

“Godspell,” the Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak musical based on Matthew’s Gospel, has had thousands of revivals, in church halls, barn theaters and school auditoriums. But it hasn’t been on Broadway since Sept. 4, 1977, when its initial run closed after 527 performances at three different theaters.

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