(Charles Isherwood’s article appeared in The New York Times, 11/21.)

A serious case of whiplash hovers as a distinct possibility throughout “An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin,” a concert performance and mutual lovefest from these veteran musical theater stars that opened on Monday night at the Ethel Barrymore Theater.

Watching these two inimitable talents reel through an eclectic program of theater songs is a bit like riding one of those wonderful old wooden roller coasters at a seaside resort. One minute you’re levitating with exhilaration, the next you’re clinging to your seat for dear life, terrified that disaster is imminent. I am glad to report that the exhilaration far outweighs the intimations of peril.


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