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(22/11/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Muswell Hill (The Barrow Group/Pond Theatre Company)

Theatre in Review: Muswell Hill (The Barrow Group/Pond Theatre Company)

Jess, the put-upon hostess of Torben Betts' new play, struggles to hold together a dinner party entirely populated by uncongenial souls; Betts has much the same challenge, and he fares only marginally better at the task. Nobody ...More

(17/11/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Mad Ones (Prospect Theater Company/59E59)

Theatre in Review: The Mad Ones (Prospect Theater Company/59E59)

Sam, the young heroine of The Mad Ones, is supposed to be driving herself to college, where she is to begin her freshman year; instead, she is sitting in the driver's seat, unable to put the key into the ignition. At times, during ...More

(17/11/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Hot Mess (Jerry Orbach Theater at the Theater Center)

Theatre in Review: Hot Mess (Jerry Orbach Theater at the Theater Center)

Hot Mess is a foolish, mild little concoction -- really, a stand-up routine disguised as a play -- that asks the question, When a guy gets serious about a girl, should he confess his bisexual (read: homosexual) past? It's a poser, I ...More

(14/11/2017)

-Theatre in Review: What We're Up Against (Women's Project Theater)

Theatre in Review: What We're Up Against (Women's Project Theater)

Theresa Rebeck has chosen to set her indictment of office politics -- sexual and otherwise -- in an architecture firm. It's a curious choice because, even with the playwright's acute ear for hypocrisy, What We're Up Against ...More

(13/11/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Junk (Lincoln Center Theater/Vivian Beaumont Theater)

Theatre in Review: Junk (Lincoln Center Theater/Vivian Beaumont Theater)

"When did money become the thing -- the only thing?" So asks Judy Chen, a young journalist who, along with many others, will find herself caught up in the widening gyre of the insider trading scandal that lies at the center of ...More

(13/11/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Portuguese Kid (Manhattan Theatre Club/City Center Stage I)

Theatre in Review: The Portuguese Kid (Manhattan Theatre Club/City Center Stage I)

The conventional wisdom is that Jason Alexander, Sherie Rene Scott, and Mary Testa are starring in The Portuguese Kid; in truth, they're propping it up. Whatever amusement is to be found in John ...More

(09/11/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Office Hour (The Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: Office Hour (The Public Theater)

It's typical for Public Theater productions to touch on sensitive social and political issues, but you may need to prepare yourself for Office Hour, which takes a scalpel to one of American society's most painfully exposed ...More

(09/11/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Strange Interlude (Transport Group/Irondale Center)

Theatre in Review: Strange Interlude (Transport Group/Irondale Center)

One hardly expects to see a full-blown revival of Strange Interlude these days -- its last major New York revival, in 1985, was no barn-burner, even with Glenda Jackson, Brian Cox, and Edward Petherbridge in the leads -- but ...More

(09/11/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Band's Visit (Ethel Barrymore Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Band's Visit (Ethel Barrymore Theatre)

The people behind The Band's Visit have set themselves a seemingly impossible task: to make a musical out of material so low-key, so intently focused, that it barely counts as an anecdote, with a cast of characters who, even ...More

(07/11/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Too Heavy for Your Pocket/Must

Theatre in Review: Too Heavy for Your Pocket/Must

Two recent productions touch on very different, but, each in its own way, defining American moments. The remarkable Too Heavy for Your Pocket at Roundabout Underground focuses on two young black couples living in the ...More

(06/11/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Shadowlands (Fellowship for Performing Arts/Theatre Row)

Theatre in Review: Shadowlands (Fellowship for Performing Arts/Theatre Row)

It's funny how real life can intrude into a play. Shadowlands begins with C.S. Lewis, novelist and Christian apologist, giving one of his theological talks. The theme is love, pain, and suffering, and how they can exist in a ...More

(03/11/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Uncommon Sense (Tectonic Theater Project/Sheen Center)

Theatre in Review: Uncommon Sense (Tectonic Theater Project/Sheen Center)

Life on the autism spectrum is a big, complex subject, and, in embracing four distinct narratives about it, Uncommon Sense ends up so overloaded that at times it threatens to tip over altogether. The playwrights, Anushka ...More

(02/11/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Marcel and the Art of Laughter (Theatre for a New Audience)

Theatre in Review: Marcel and the Art of Laughter (Theatre for a New Audience)

As everybody knows, the best way to kill a joke is to explain it, right? Then how is it that Jos Houben harvests such a bumper crop of laughs in "The Art of Laughter"? Ostensibly a lecture on the theory of comedy, Houben takes some ...More

(01/11/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Tartuffe (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble/The Wild Project)

Theatre in Review: Tartuffe (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble/The Wild Project)

I hope I'm not making too radical a statement here, but I think that if you're going to stage Tartuffe, it ought to be funny.
I'm not being facetious. For all their brilliance, the plays of Molière are slippery ...
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(31/10/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Illyria (The Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: Illyria (The Public Theater)

In his trilogies about the Apple and Gabriel families, Richard Nelson has perfected a kind of theatrical scrimshaw, etching tiny, yet teeming, worlds that are preternaturally accurate reflections of the state of the nation. ...More

(30/10/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Jesus Hopped the A Train (Signature Theatre Company)

Theatre in Review: Jesus Hopped the A Train (Signature Theatre Company)

At least three very different definitions of justice engage in open battle in Jesus Hopped the A Train, and it's a war without winners. This fascinating, troubling drama begins on a bleakly hilarious note, with a young man, ...More

(30/10/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Knives in Hens (59E59)/Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Knives in Hens (59E59)/Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane Theatre)

By sheer coincidence, this past week has delivered two of the more inscrutable productions of the season. The first question regarding Knives in Hens: Where and when is it taking place? The reviews of a recent London ...More

(27/10/2017)

-Theatre in Review: M. Butterfly (Cort Theatre)

Theatre in Review: M. Butterfly (Cort Theatre)

If ever a play awakened a sleepy theatre season, it was David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, in the spring of 1988. At a time when Broadway was showing distinct signs of arteriosclerosis, it had the effect of an electric ...More

(27/10/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Off the Meter, On the Record (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Off the Meter, On the Record (Irish Repertory Theatre)

For some reason -- maybe because Uber and Lyft are stealing their jobs -- cab drivers are taking over our stages. Just a couple of weeks ago, we had Ace, Ted Greenberg's account of life as a taxi-driving slacker, despite his Harvard ...More

(26/10/2017)

-Theatre in Review: People, Places & Things (Headlong/National Theatre/St. Ann's Warehouse)

Theatre in Review: People, Places & Things (Headlong/National Theatre/St. Ann's Warehouse)

Suddenly, this is looking like the season of Denise Gough. Not really known in the US, despite her extensive stage and television credits in the UK, she made a big impression as the embattled, pill-popping Mormon housewife Harper ...More

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