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What a season!  A superlative blend of four promising new musicals, three dynamite plays (and another really enjoyable one), and a play revival that reinvented what that play was about and another that had only excellent notices.  When it comes time to award this season, there simply aren’t enough trophies to go around.

Just a glorious season for Off-Broadway.

Oh, right, the Tony Awards are only for Broadway shows.  Yeah, that season was a letdown as a whole.  A few inspired performances and pieces, but as a composite, the NY Times’s two critics called it a B- season.  To me, its more along the lines of C+.  Barely-there books in the Musical category, Plays that sound better on paper than on stage, and revivals of a slate of classics that were generall more about competence than brilliance.

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Arthur Miller’s classic masterwork, A View From the Bridge, is reaching the tail end of its intense production’s run with a flourish. A truly excellent piece of work, the play’s central theme of the power of bonds come through brilliantly at times in Miller’s words.  While some of the performances come off as very actorly, overall, the work is done more than justice to the piece in the current production running now at the Cort Theatre.

Focusing on an Italian family in Red Hook, the tale of a man drawn to his wife’s niece while harboring illegal alien cousins brings modern parallels and the power of the relationships and desired relationships bring forth so much drama its daunting to imagine a play this powerful and intimate getting developed today.  Liev Scheieber, giving his usual full force performance, inhabits the patriarch quite well and delivers a dynamic, melancholic character that haunts the audience.

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