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2nd Story’s affecting Lost In Yonkers

Write about what you know is one of the first admonitions given to rookie writers, and few have heeded it better than Neil Simon.
Not-so-simple Simon
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 30, 2012
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Review: 2nd Story's uproarious The Good Doctor

Neil Simon may not be the most subtle of playwrights, too often tempted beyond endurance to go for the gag at the expense of motivation.
When Neil met Anton
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 01, 2011
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Into the groove

The 2010 Best Music Poll nominees announcement is fast approaching, but we do know all of the '09 victors will return to defend their titles, including jazz/funk reigning champs Funkatronic, who are looking for a three-peat.
Funkatronic kick out the hybrid-fueled jams
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 12, 2010
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Slow hand

In his Village Voice review of Jeremy Udden’s Plainville (Fresh Sound New Talent), Jim Macnie recalled how a friend of his tried to file it as “jazz for Wilco fans.” As Macnie explained, that’s not the whole story with Udden or Plainville , but it’s
Jeremy Udden’s rocky jazz path
By JON GARELICK  |  October 23, 2009
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Slow hand

In his Village Voice review of Jeremy Udden’s Plainville (Fresh Sound New Talent), Jim Macnie recalled how a friend of his tried to file it as “jazz for Wilco fans.” As Macnie explained, that’s not the whole story with Udden or Plainville , but it’s
Jeremy Udden’s rocky jazz path
By JON GARELICK  |  October 23, 2009
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The Front Page

The Front Page 's timeless fun at 2nd Story
Breaking news: timeless fun at 2nd Story
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 28, 2009


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Summer stock

The 2nd Story troupe roasts all of the chestnuts here in fine style, clichéd characters deliciously recognizable.  
The pleasantly diverting Beaux’ Strategem
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 09, 2008
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Wilde thing

Kaufman has revitalized the staged docudrama with imagination and arrow-swift directness, and 2nd Story Theatre is demonstrating just how that looks.
2nd Story’s Gross Indecency
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 09, 2007
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Francisco Mela

The ?rst tune,“John Ramsay” (named for theBoston drummer), begins with the maze of Lionel Loueke’s acoustic-guitar patterns.
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By JON GARELICK  |  August 09, 2007
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Three nights

As usual, there was too much to see in a week that included avant-gardist Burton Greene at one end of the spectrum and crossover darling Diana Krall at the other.
5LMN2, Revelation at the Beehive, and Geni’s shakuhachi
By JON GARELICK  |  July 17, 2007
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Timeless tale

2nd Story Theatre is staging Inge’s somewhat sentimental masterwork, Bus Stop , and doing a fine job of it.
2nd Story's skillful Bus Stop
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 22, 2007


History lesson

The presentation at 2nd Story Theatre is a gripping reality show, demonstrating how dramatic actual events can be, even when they’re making you think as well as feel.
2nd Story’s revealing Catonsville Nine
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 07, 2006
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The natural

It’s getting late on a Tuesday night at Bob’s Southern Bistro in the South End and I’m searching my memory for the last time I’ve heard and seen what’s happening now: a jazz singalong .
The education of Esperanza Spalding; plus, Jeremy Udden’s solo debut
By JON GARELICK  |  May 31, 2006
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Character study

In Desire Under the Elms , Eugene O’Neill looks back farther than usual into the godforsaken roots of American intergenerational disharmony, back to the mid-19th century.
2nd Story digs into O'Neill's Desire
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 08, 2006