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Editor's Note
Since the pandemic has shuttered all theaters and a return to any semblance of normalcy is uncertain, CurtainUp too is frozen. Even in the post-COVID world, theater will never be quite the same again, and neither will CurtainUp. Our home page has therefore been streamlined to show only what is being posted. (my blog updates and reviews of streamed shows).

However, our extensive content is still available with two options: 1. CurtainUp's archives of reviews posted since 1996, divided into two parts, each alphabetized according to the reviewed play's name. 2. The "enhanced by Google" search box at the right in which you can quickly do more specific searches — as for a playwright, actor, or CurtainUp critic's work covered. To give a specific example type in the name Nick Cordero and clickable links to all the sadly gone actor's plays reviewed by us will show up. Sometimes Google will pop up a couple of their own listings first, but just scroll past them and you'll see items pertinent to your search.

ELYSE'S BLOG Comments & news of current and upcoming streaming events
November 24, 2020 Update--A Happy and Safe Tanksgiving, plus tips about current and upcoming shows to stream . . . .


The Crown, Season 4 — including reviews of previous seasons. . .

The Queen's Gambit— You don't have to be a chess player to be riveted by this series about a chess prodigy. . .

The Trial of the Chicago 7— Aaron Sorkin's film gives the notorious 1968 trial an unmistakable of the moment feel.

The Plot Against America — a spine-chilling miniseries based on Philip Roth's memorable 2004 novel .

What the Constitution Means to Me-- a more timely than ever theatrical history lesson

The Social Dilemma-- Former movers and shakers at the top ocial platforms explain why they left, and why you too need to use your accounts with utmost caution . . .

The Glorias-- Theater luminaries Julie Taymor and Sarah Ruhl try to imbue Gloria Steinem's 2015 memoir with the experimental magic they're known for. . .

The Booksellers-- Movie About an Esoteric Branch of the Book World That's Deliciously Entertaining For One and All

Still available for streaming

The Solo Play — the —one-person play's presence during the pandemic, and probably long after, prompts a revisit to my 2014 in depth coverage of that genre . . .

An Education-- Carey Mulligan's breakout film role, a gem well worth catching up with. . .

The Durrells on Cofu—a chance for an online escape to a sun-drenched Greek Island and meeting the quirky family who escaped there for a bit of paradise in the 1930s.

Online Theater Experiments With a Post-Pandemic Future

Courtship & On Valentine's Day —Two of Horton Foote's early plays Beautifully Filmed

Tips for Bringing a Touch of Live Theater to Your Streamed Outings

Hollywood Rivals: Olivia de Havilland vs Joan Fontaine —A fascinated, richly illustrated docudrama about the lives of two of the silver screen's legendary sisters.

Hamilton, the movie -not second best to a live production but a wonderful entertainment in its own right

Oklahoma Crude & The Hour

Defending Jacob and The Morning Show

Madam Secretary (6 seasons) & The Crown


Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

Howards End

Love Hurts


Slings & Arrows

The Chaperone

The Good Karma Hospital

[ The Irishman & The Marriage Story

Features not currently available for streaming

The Irish Rep's A Touch of the Poet

Jack Was Kind. . . a new Zoomed solo play made eerily super-relevant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's death. . .

The Line --Jessica Blank and Erik Jenson's docu-drama about New York's First Responders

Incidental Moments Of The Day--- the deeply moving finale of Richard Nelson's Zoom trilogy. . . .

Summer Stock Streaming Festival -- The Fatal Weakness, The New Morality, and Women Without Men

And So We Come Forth The Apple Family: A Dinner on Zoom
Gloria: A Life

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