Chris Behmke

With Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker in theatres and Disney+’s hit show The Mandalorian finishing its first season, Star Wars is again firmly back in the contemporary zeitgeist. Critics and general viewers will have their differing reactions to the newest Star Wars stories, but there is only one Star Wars production that stands alone with the […]

  Chris Behmke

What stories we tell and who we tell them about greatly influences how we see the world around us. This is particularly in the worlds of cinema and television. Recognition of that power has given rise over the last several years to the responsibility that film and television have in prioritizing diversity and inclusiveness. There […]

  Chris Behmke

Have you ever thought back to some of the most difficult times in your own life, wishing that you could go back in time to reassure yourself that everything would turn out okay, if only we knew what unexpected events would come to reshape our lives? The Other Josh Cohen, running Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre […]

  Chris Behmke

It is one of the cultural responsibilities of art and entertainment to reflect on and help us make some sense of current events and contemporary trends shaping our cultural discourse. Recently, the expansive world of independent theatre in New York City has certainly stepped up to do its job in this; producing an expansive array […]

  Chris Behmke

Ruffles, or a Progression of Rakes, running at The Tank, aims to give some commentary and meditation on power, wealth, status, and its effects on morality, empathy, and the extent of one’s personal responsibility in how one’s behavior affects others. The play seems to aim at being a medieval “Wolf of Wall Street” as seen […]

  Chris Behmke

The Gunfighter Meets His Match, recently at NYMF, successfully marries the classic American aesthetic of the Old West to the modern, enchanting, original music of singer/songwriter Abby Payne. Abby Payne’s music is the greatest strength of the production, without a doubt. She has clearly developed her style through a musical portfolio born more out of […]

  Chris Behmke

Cannibal Galaxy: A Love Story, currently running at The New Ohio Theatre on Christopher Street, benefits from strength of concept and cast-demographic. It relies on a relatively small cast of well-featured eccentrics, each bringing their own troubled, idiosyncratic journeys to the table. We have a group of distinct, diverse, psychologically interesting characters and relatively strong […]

  Chris Behmke

Randy Writes A Novel, currently playing at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, is not what one would conventionally call “theatre,” per se. The show is set in a theatre, but it is really a semi-scripted stand-up comedy act built around personal storytelling, riffing on societal commentary, and interspersed with existential philosophy and reflection. And […]

  Chris Behmke

We live in a time of burgeoning awareness of the importance of diversity in our cultural storytelling. Productions like Hamilton, movies like Black Panther, and Oscar speeches championing ‘inclusion riders’ all serve as bellwethers for proof of the commercial success and cultural value of racial and sexual diversity. And yet, as much attention is rightfully being […]

  Chris Behmke

With Broadway ticket prices being what they are, it’s easy to despair and give up on the prospect of seeing quality musical theatre in New York without giving up and arm and a leg. “Musicals Tonight!” attempts to ease that fear by providing quality productions (on 42nd Street no less, at the Lion Theatre) without the […]

It has been asked, “Will this increasingly digital & virtual age lead to the ultimate death of live performance?” It’s a “video killed the radio star” kind of question, and the insatiable rise of streamable content implicitly makes theater (or concerts, sporting events, or any live performance for that matter) look increasingly antiquated. The survival […]

  Chris Behmke

A Case For Magic Robert Malissa has heard the skeptics and the critics. He knows that there are people who come to his shows determined to confirm him in their minds as a fraud and dismiss “magic” as both frivolous & dishonest. Mr. Malissa knows that many people scoff at the idea of magic as […]

  Chris Behmke

We are at the intersection of Black History Month and the first days of MLB’s Spring Training, with baseball on the horizon. It is a time for celebrating America’s most-storied game, and a time celebrating great black Americans. Baseball, earned through the privilege of its history serves as a uniquely qualified sport to tell the […]

  Chris Behmke

Regeneration, just closed on Theatre Row but returning for one more performance on November 6th, is built upon what would seem to be sure-footing for interesting theatre: the high emotional stakes of a woman’s journey with breast cancer, and the life-shifting perspective that such a run-in with mortality can bring. The subject matter is emotionally interesting, […]

  Chris Behmke

In & Of Itself, currently playing at the Daryl Roth Theatre until the end of 2017, may be the smartest, most surprising, and most personal show that I have ever had the privilege of seeing, or more appropriately, of being a part of. Members of the audience are participants, to varying degrees, just as much […]

  Chris Behmke

Tooting Arts Club’s production of Sweeney Todd at the Barrow Street Theatre is the perfect thing to see this fall: part dark theatrical masterpiece, part haunted house. It’s the most creatively staged production of Sweeney Todd that I have ever seen: the show is set in a pie shop (with fresh pies baked by the former White House pastry […]

  Chris Behmke

Doing improv well, especially in the improv-saturated comedy scene of New York City, is a difficult task. Doing improv well with the musical sensibility to fit with improvised music is even more difficult. Rapping improv, for an hour and a half about a historical figure that no one knows that much about, often at a […]

  Chris Behmke

The Stonewall Riots have in recent years gone from a seminal moment in the history of the gay rights movement to a nationally recognized landmark victory in the fight for civil rights in America at large. Doric Wilson’s Street Theater, currently playing from September 20th-October 4th at Eagle Bar NYC, uses the Stonewall Riots as a jumping […]

  Chris Behmke

It is the story of the daughter of a deposed king with an eye on the throne and a determination to return to glory. A blonde-haired outsider from across the sea, managing duplicitous politics, shifting allegiances, and an army of soldiers to defend and maintain her claim to power against warring factions with claims of […]

  Chris Behmke

Spoon River, currently running at the Pershing Square Signature Center in NYC, feels like what would happen if Our Town and the best parts of Americana-folk music had a baby. It’s a show about life, cleverly disguised as a show about death from the first moments one walks into the theatre; through the candle-lit corridor, […]

The Lebron saga has been hashed, rehashed, debated, analyzed so much that I almost feel bad adding to the endless space on the internet already devoted to the subject. This is way past beating a dead horse; it’s been beaten to death and then beaten again until the corpse is mutilated beyond recognition. But that […]

  Chris Behmke

If you’re a basketball fan, or even a sports fan (which I’m assuming you would be, since this is a sports-related blog) you’re aware that this summer’s class of NBA free agents is considered by many the most talented in the history of the league. This abnormal concentration of talent through free agency has given […]