ELYSA GARDNER

ELYSA GARDNER

New York, New York
Elysa Gardner is Contributor for the Sun.

Ms. Gardner has written about theater and music for The New York Times, The…

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Writers as Actors: ‘The Rosenberg/Strange Fruit Project’ Illustrates the Difficulty of Mastering Both

As a writer, John Jiler has created a play with a range of personalities that offers rich opportunities for the right performer; unfortunately, his acting performance doesn’t live up to his prose.

Carol Rosegg
Culture

‘On Beckett’ Returns to Irish Rep, and Its Star, Bill Irwin, Is as Essential as Ever

Irwin has shined in diverse roles on television and on stage, but nowhere have his distinctive talents as both a physical comedian and a deft interpreter of dense text been better served than in Beckett’s plays.

Carol Rosegg
Culture

Off-Broadway’s ‘Empire’ Follows in Footsteps of Broadway’s ‘New York, New York,’ but Audiences May Desire Different Directions

Set at the dawn of the Great Depression and in 1976, this musical focuses on the men and women who conceived and built the Empire State Building. At times, the production can have an amateurish feel.

Matthew Murphy
Culture

New Play on Broadway Features Mary Todd Lincoln in a Delirious, Nearly 80-Minute Fit of Pique 

For those weary of the less amusing foolishness permeating real-life political drama right now, the creator and star of ‘Oh, Mary!,’ Cole Escola, has provided a winning tonic.

Emilio Madrid
Culture

Sondheim’s ‘A Little Night Music’ Gets a New Concert Staging at Lincoln Center

Director Marc Bruni has enlisted a starry company to mine the show’s humor and poignance, and Sondheim’s longtime collaborator, Jonathan Tunick, has provided new orchestrations for this occasion, and is on hand to conduct.

Joan Marcus
Culture

Most Who Attend ‘N/A’ Will Quickly Recognize Its Two Unnamed Characters, but Fewer Are Likely To Be Enthralled by the Play

Rather than humanize its heroines, the play sets each up as a rather romantic archetype: A is the brilliant, feisty idealist, railing against the establishment; N is the pragmatic, long-suffering but stoic elder statesperson.

Daniel Rader
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