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(10/08/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Less Than 50% (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Less Than 50% (59E59)

Less Than 50% is a play, by Gianmarco Soresi, an actor and comic, about the love affair of Gianmarco Soresi, an actor and comic, and Laura Catalano, an actress and his longtime creative partner. What unfolds in ...More

(09/08/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Be More Chill (Pershing Square Signature Center)

Theatre in Review: Be More Chill (Pershing Square Signature Center)

There's a genuine grass-roots musical-theatre event happening Off Broadway, and the big questions about Be More Chill are if it can transition from a boutique hit to a breakout success -- and if it deserves to do so. Neither ...More

(08/08/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Summer Shorts Series A (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Summer Shorts Series A (59E59)

The first entry in this long-running festival of one-act plays could fairly be titled Summer Shorts: The Men Are Scum Edition, so thoroughly does it inventory the seemingly natural depredations of the male sex. Abby Rosebrock ...More

(08/08/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Summer Shorts Series B (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Summer Shorts Series B (59E59)

It takes an old pro to redeem the second series of one-act plays currently being presented at 59E59. Series A features two awkward dramas about exploitative adulterous affairs, but it is Neil LaBute who gets it right with ...More

(07/08/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The House That Will Not Stand (New York Theatre Workshop)

Theatre in Review: The House That Will Not Stand (New York Theatre Workshop)

The plays of Marcus Gardley are notable for a keen sense of drama wedded to a rather florid theatricality, and there's no getting around the fact that the latter sometimes undermines the former. He has emerged as a distinctive ...More

(06/08/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Wars of the Roses: Henry VI and Richard III (124 Bank Street Theater)

Theatre in Review: Wars of the Roses: Henry VI and Richard III (124 Bank Street Theater)

This unusual mash-up, taken from Shakespeare's history plays, takes two major risks -- one textual and one having to do with interpretation. Neither pays off, although the production gives one a glimpse of why, in addition to Ric ...More

(03/08/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Head Over Heels (Hudson Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Head Over Heels (Hudson Theatre)

A heartfelt question for our musical theatre makers: Doesn't anyone write characters anymore? Seemingly not; the only shows to open in the last several weeks featuring actual, recognizable human behavior have been Twelfth Night and ...More

(02/08/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The New One (Cherry Lane Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The New One (Cherry Lane Theatre)

The New One, the latest chapter of Mike Birbiglia's life inventory, begins with a couch and ends with another couch; these two moments of repose bookend a series of events that will thoroughly upend his life. The ...More

(02/08/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Brecht on Brecht (Potomac Theatre Project/Atlantic Theater Stage II)

Theatre in Review: Brecht on Brecht (Potomac Theatre Project/Atlantic Theater Stage II)

Seeing this roundup of the German playwright's greatest hits in prose, dialogue, and lyrics, I had the oddest double sensation: In some ways, Bertolt Brecht speaks directly, powerfully to this moment; in others, he couldn't seem ...More

(31/07/2018)

-Theatre in Review: This Ain't No Disco (Atlantic Theater Company)

Theatre in Review: This Ain't No Disco (Atlantic Theater Company)

This new musical wants to take us back to those glamorous nights at Studio 54 in its Liza-Halston-Andy heyday, but the version of the legendary pleasure palace conjured here is a haunted house inhabited by the most insubstantial of shades ...More

(31/07/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Twelfth Night (The Public Theater at the Delacorte Theater)

Theatre in Review: Twelfth Night (The Public Theater at the Delacorte Theater)

Nobody sings "Hey, ho, the wind and the rain" in this Twelfth Night, although on Friday night, when I attended, the words would have been all too appropriate. The first half of the production was marked by on-and-off drizzle ...More

(30/07/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The Pattern at Pendarvis (New Dog Theatre Company/HERE)

Theatre in Review: The Pattern at Pendarvis (New Dog Theatre Company/HERE)

The Pattern at Pendarvis opens a window on an obscure and fascinating bit of twentieth-century American gay history -- and, by extension, poses a probing question about how such history is recorded. So much research has been ...More

(30/07/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Straight White Men (Second Stage/Helen Hayes Theater)

Theatre in Review: Straight White Men (Second Stage/Helen Hayes Theater)

The poster for Straight White Men is an interesting case of truth in advertising; arguably, it gives away too much information about playwright Young Jean Lee's dramatic method. It features several of the principals ...More

(26/07/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Smokey Joe's Cafe (Stage 42)

Theatre in Review: Smokey Joe's Cafe (Stage 42)

There's a kind of unspoken battle of the sexes unfolding at Stage 42 these nights, and the game is handicapped in favor of the guys. The songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, whose extensive pop catalogue provides Smo ...More

(26/07/2018)

-Theatre in Review: My Life on a Diet (Theatre at St. Clement's)

Theatre in Review: My Life on a Diet (Theatre at St. Clement's)

If you're wondering whether you might enjoy Renee Taylor's at-home evening at Theatre at St. Clement's, let me give you a couple of acid-test examples.
Taylor discusses many weight-loss protocols -- a lifelong subject of ...
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(24/07/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The Originalist (Arena Stage/59E59)

Theatre in Review: The Originalist (Arena Stage/59E59)

Theatre companies can be tripped up by the exigencies of scheduling, especially when topical works are involved: Some months ago, the idea of presenting a cuddly comedy about the rabidly conservative Supreme Court justice Antonin ...More

(19/07/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The Possibilities/The After-Dinner Joke (PTP/NYC)

Theatre in Review: The Possibilities/The After-Dinner Joke (PTP/NYC)

The people behind PTP/NYC, also known as the Potomac Theatre Project, are not afraid to rush in where other theatre companies fear to tread. Now in its thirty-second season, the troupe is known for its brave -- almost foolhardy -- hot ...More

(19/07/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The Damned (Comedie-Francaise/Park Avenue Armory)

Theatre in Review: The Damned (Comedie-Francaise/Park Avenue Armory)

One auteur trumps another in Ivan van Hove's adaptation of Luchino Visconti's notorious 1969 film. Although best known in this country for his inventive -- and, to my eyes, frequently willful -- interpretations of classic ...More

(18/07/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The Peculiar Patriot (National Black Theatre/Hi-Arts)

Theatre in Review: The Peculiar Patriot (National Black Theatre/Hi-Arts)

If you need a reason to see The Peculiar Patriot -- and I can give you several -- it is a golden opportunity to experience the work of actress/playwright/activist Liza Jessie Peterson. You may not recognize the name, ...More

(17/07/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Fire in Dreamland (The Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: Fire in Dreamland (The Public Theater)

About halfway through Rinne Groff's new play, the heroine, Kate, who has recently become besotted with filmmaking, describes her version of a cinematic sequence depicting the Dreamland fire at Coney Island. Dreamland, you should ...More

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