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(15/01/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Boom (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Boom (59E59)

Inside Boom -- subtitled "The Music, Culture, and Events That Shaped a Generation" -- is an intriguing tale of three people that does much to illuminate the texture of life in the Baby Boom era. Too bad that it is held ...More

(15/01/2020)

-Theatre in Review: My Name is Lucy Barton (Manhattan Theatre Club/Samuel J. Friedman Theatre)

Theatre in Review: My Name is Lucy Barton (Manhattan Theatre Club/Samuel J. Friedman Theatre)

If you want to see what a great stage actress at her peak looks like, I can do no better than suggest a visit to the Samuel J. Friedman. As the title character of My Name is Lucy Barton -- a woman who spends much of her ...More

(14/01/2020)

-Theatre in Review: The Truth Has Changed/Grey Rock (Under the Radar/Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: The Truth Has Changed/Grey Rock (Under the Radar/Public Theater)

One of the benefits of the Under the Radar Festival is the light it shines on the many ways of attacking political material. For example, Josh Fox understands better than most the consequences of living in post-truth America. A ...More

(13/01/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Susan (Under the Radar/Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: Susan (Under the Radar/Public Theater)

Susan is the kind of show for which the Under the Radar Festival exists: an unclassifiable delight. Our host for the evening is Ahamefule J. Oluo, "spelled exactly how it sounds," he notes with a grin. Oluo is a jazz ...More

(13/01/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Maz and Bricks (Fishamble/59E59)

Theatre in Review: Maz and Bricks (Fishamble/59E59)

For a long time, before it takes a darker, more melodramatic turn, Maz and Bricks appears to be a romantic comedy that unfolds en route to an abortion-rights demonstration; I'm guessing you haven't seen that one before. The ...More

(07/01/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Jagged Little Pill (Broadhurst Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Jagged Little Pill (Broadhurst Theatre)

It's counterintuitive, I know, but seeing Jagged Little Pill the other night, my mind kept drifting toward thoughts of Mamma Mia!, if only for comparative purposes. It was the dawning realization that the new tenant at ...More

(02/01/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Sing Street (New York Theatre Workshop)

Theatre in Review: Sing Street (New York Theatre Workshop)

Sing Street is a musical in which music is oddly peripheral to the overall effect; maybe we should call it a play with a soundtrack and leave it at that. In any case, the current attraction at New York Theatre Workshop is a ...More

(02/01/2020)

-Theatre in Review: London Assurance (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Theatre in Review: London Assurance (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Before he became one of the most successful playwrights of the nineteenth century, Dion Boucicault studied to be a civil engineer; in London Assurance, his experience shows. A titan during the heyday of the well-made ...More

(19/12/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven (Atlantic Theater Company)

Theatre in Review: Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven (Atlantic Theater Company)

When it comes to smack talk, Stephen Adly Guirgis is our poet laureate. In play after play, he rounds up gangs of streetwise smart-mouths who let fly with enough invective to take down whole populations; so scalding is the ...More

(17/12/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Greater Clements (Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater)

Theatre in Review: Greater Clements (Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater)

In plays such as A Bright New Boise, The Few, and Lewiston/Clarkston, Samuel D. Hunter has established himself as a leading commentator on our national decline; his depiction of Idaho lives ravaged by poverty, ...More

(12/12/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Judgment Day (Park Avenue Armory)

Theatre in Review: Judgment Day (Park Avenue Armory)

The ancillary spaces at Park Avenue Armory, that elaborately decorated Victorian pile, are trimmed in holly, lights, and Christmas trees these nights, calling up a deluxe Dickensian vision of the holidays that warms one's body and soul. ...More

(12/12/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Thin Place (Playwrights Horizons)

Theatre in Review: The Thin Place (Playwrights Horizons)

Lucas Hnath's latest play is a ghost story -- or maybe not. Possibly it's an elegant fake-out, an exercise in the power of suggestion. Or maybe it's a serious consideration of the numinous, an attempt at piercing the diaphanous ...More

(10/12/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Half-Life of Marie Curie (Minetta Lane Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Half-Life of Marie Curie (Minetta Lane Theatre)

Improbably, as if via nuclear fission, the life of an iconic female scientist is converted into sparkling high comedy in this amusing, enlightening two-hander. If you're expecting a reverent biography of the co-discoverer of radium -- I ...More

(10/12/2019)

-Theatre in Review: one in two (The New Group/Pershing Square Signature Center)

Theatre in Review: one in two (The New Group/Pershing Square Signature Center)

For his new drama, which is startlingly unlike his history-based works, Sugar in Our Wounds and Fireflies, Donja R. Love has appropriated the setup of Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit for his own urgent purposes. ...More

(09/12/2019)

-Theatre in Review: One November Yankee (Delaware Theatre Company/59E59)

Theatre in Review: One November Yankee (Delaware Theatre Company/59E59)

In One November Yankee --- a play that twists itself into pretzels for reasons that remain mysterious -- the writer, Joshua Ravetch, invents a tripartite sibling act. Harry Hamlin and Stefanie Powers ...More

(09/12/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Gospel of John (Sheen Center)

Theatre in Review: The Gospel of John (Sheen Center)

At the beginning of his solo show, Ken Jennings says that his decision to memorize St. John's Gospel began as a prayer, but the result onstage at the Sheen Center is more of a recitation. The actor approaches this sacred text with ...More

(05/12/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Harry Townsend's Last Stand (City Center Stage II)

Theatre in Review: Harry Townsend's Last Stand (City Center Stage II)

If it's December, it must be time for summer stock, or so one might think while sitting through this mild, slow-moving father-and-son wrangle. Even as performed by a pair of popular television actors with extensive stages resumes, this ...More

(04/12/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Young Man from Atlanta (Signature Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Young Man from Atlanta (Signature Theatre)

Early on in The Young Man from Atlanta, Lily Dale, a frivolous yet frightened and grief-ridden Texas matron, discusses her favorite conspiracy theory. It is 1950, but Lily Dale, who spends much of her time in the past, can't ...More

(03/12/2019)

-Theatre in Review: A Bright Room Called Day (Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: A Bright Room Called Day (Public Theater)

When the projections are the best thing about a production, you've got a problem. A Bright Room Called Day is largely set in early 1930s Berlin -- when it isn't making side excursions into the mind of playwright Tony Kushner ...More

(03/12/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Fires in the Mirror (Signature Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Fires in the Mirror (Signature Theatre)

Signature Theatre is offering theatergoers the golden opportunity to catch up with the first of Anna Deavere Smith's theatrical hauntings -- really, the word "play" is inadequate to what she does -- in which she channels the ...More

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