Barry Bassis

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Condola Rashad is Mesmerizing as “Saint Joan”

Joan of Arc (known as the Maid of Orleans) is believed to have inspired more works of art than any other woman in history. There are films by Carl Dreyer and Robert Bresson, plays by Jean Anouilh and Bertolt Brecht and operas by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Giuseppe Verdi, among others. Manhattan Theatre Club is […] More

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The Devil Visits Ireland in “The Seafarer” at Irish Rep

Irish Repertory Theatre is once again presenting a play by Conor McPherson, “The Seafarer.” As with its 2016 revival of McPherson’s “Shining City,” the star is Matthew Broderick. He has been doing some of his finest work in years at the theater. The dark drama takes place on Christmas Eve in a coastal suburb in […] More

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“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”

“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” (at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre) is a musical bio of the late queen of disco. The songs are clearly the key thing here, not the drab script. Three singing/actresses appear as Summer:  LaChanze (the original star of “The Color Purple” on Broadway) as the later-career Donna, or “Diva Donna,” Ariana DeBose […] More

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