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Mothers and Sons

by John Platt
Joan Marcus

Father’s Day is coming up, but I‘ve seen a couple of plays about mothers and sons recently.  One of them was City of Conversation at the Mitzi Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center. Jan Maxwell stars as Hester Ferris, a Washington, DC power hostess who’s upset by the decline in civility and the dinner party as a place to bridge political differences.

Lady Day and Satchmo

by John Platt
T. Charles Erickson

A pair of jazz icons are being portrayed in one-actor plays based on true events near the ends of their lives - Billie Holiday in Lady at Emerson's Bar and Grill  at Circle in the Square and Louis Armstrong in Satchmo at the Waldorf at the Westside Theatre. The difference is that Billie is playing for seven customers at a dive in South Philadelphia, just months before her death at 44, while Louis is performing for an appreciative audience at the Waldorf-Astoria and even staying at the hotel.

Bullets Over Broadway: On Target?

by John Platt
Paul Kolnick

Some critics, like Ben Brantley of the Times, have taken pot shots at the new musical version of Bullets Over Broadway, because it doesn’t seem very Woody Allen-like; it’s too loud and tries too hard to please. Well, I can tell you that it’s certainly not subtle, but it is spirited, and a fair amount of fun.

Bridges of Madison County

by John Platt
Joan Marcus

If you know me, you know I’ve got a crush on Kelli O’Hara. She’s charmed me in Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, and Nice Work If You Can Get It, and she does it again in The Bridges of Madison County, which just opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.