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(27/07/2020)

-Theatre in Review: The Weir (Irish Repertory Theatre Online)

Theatre in Review: The Weir (Irish Repertory Theatre Online)

In the annals of pandemic theatre, The Weir is something new. Conor McPherson's play focuses on five characters drinking and telling tales in an Irish country pub, and the digital wizards at the Irish Rep have, using ...More

(13/07/2020)

-Theatre in Review: The Line (The Public Theater Online)

Theatre in Review: The Line (The Public Theater Online)

In an awful way, The Line premiered at exactly the right moment: as the rest of the country outside the Northeast is backsliding, with surging rates of infection and rising death tolls, this documentary piece presents the ...More

(06/07/2020)

-Theatre in Review: And So We Come Forth (Apple Family Productions)

Theatre in Review: And So We Come Forth (Apple Family Productions)

The Apple Family, of Rhinebeck, New York, is back, offering both much-needed comfort, along with a few thoughts to keep one up at night. Richard Nelson's clan, seen in a quartet of plays at the Public between 2010 and 2013, ...More

(30/04/2020)

-Theatre in Review: What Do We Need to Talk About? (The Public Theater/YouTube)

Theatre in Review: What Do We Need to Talk About? (The Public Theater/YouTube)

In troubled times, there's nothing like old friends, which is one -- but not the only -- reason why What Do We Need to Talk About? is such a welcome expression of grace. Richard Nelson's play, currently available on ...More

(11/03/2020)

-Theatre in Review: 72 Miles to Go.../The Artist Will Be With You in a Moment

Theatre in Review: 72 Miles to Go.../The Artist Will Be With You in a Moment

In 72 Miles to Go, at Roundabout Theatre's Laura Pels Theatre, playwright Hilary Bettis tells a simple, plaintive tale guaranteed to shred the conscience of anyone who sees it. In constructing her dead-on indictment of ...More

(10/03/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Endlings (New York Theatre Workshop)

Theatre in Review: Endlings (New York Theatre Workshop)

Celine Song, a new playwright, has a highly creative and theatrical turn of mind, even when she maroons herself on dramatic high ground, leaving herself with no room to maneuver. Endlings cannot be classified as a success, ...More

(10/03/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Unknown Soldier (Playwrights Horizons)

Theatre in Review: Unknown Soldier (Playwrights Horizons)

The upstage wall of Mark Wendland's set for Unknown Soldier features a clock without hands, an appropriate touch for a show in which the normal rules of time have been suspended: Characters from several eras spill across the ...More

(09/03/2020)

-Theatre in Review: The Hot Wing King (Signature Theatre)/I Am Nobody (The Tank)

Theatre in Review: The Hot Wing King (Signature Theatre)/I Am Nobody (The Tank)

The plays of Katori Hall usually have some novelty value, and The Hot Wing King is no exception. This time around, she focuses on a circle of black gay male friends living in Memphis, a decision that is more radical ...More

(05/03/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Mr. Toole (59E59)/About Love (Sheen Center)

Theatre in Review: Mr. Toole (59E59)/About Love (Sheen Center)

There are gusts of unrequited desire blowing through our theatres this week; note that I decline to use the word "love." This is because each play under consideration today presents the latter state as a matter of obsession, driving its ...More

(05/03/2020)

-Theatre in Review: The Perplexed (Manhattan Theatre Club, City Center Stage I)

Theatre in Review: The Perplexed (Manhattan Theatre Club, City Center Stage I)

On any given day, Richard Greenberg can write rings around any other playwright, but this time he has done it to himself. The Perplexed -- an overstuffed, overpopulated, and wildly overlong drawing room comedy -- is ...More

(04/03/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Suicide Forest (Ma-Yi Theater Company/ART-New York Theatres)

Theatre in Review: Suicide Forest (Ma-Yi Theater Company/ART-New York Theatres)

Suicide Forest is a fantasy on themes of identity in three movements. It is, by turns, brilliant, baffling, and highly self-indulgent. If, at times, it seems like an assault on the audience's sensibilities, it is equally unsparing ...More

(04/03/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Coal Country (The Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: Coal Country (The Public Theater)

For this stirring account of the Upper Big Branch mining disaster -- which killed more than two dozen men and exposed a series of illegal and flagrantly unsafe labor practices -- the documentarian playwrights Jessica Blank and Eri ...More

(03/03/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Bundle of Sticks (INTAR/Radio Drama Network)

Theatre in Review: Bundle of Sticks (INTAR/Radio Drama Network)

In J. Julian Christopher's new play, the intense, sadistic Otto Naim runs a gay-conversion therapy center in arid, remote Coober Pedy, Australia. It's an interesting location: Coober Pedy, a center of opal mining, and most of its ...More

(03/03/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Mirrors (Parity Productions/Next Door at NYTW)

Theatre in Review: Mirrors (Parity Productions/Next Door at NYTW)

In Mirrors, playwright Azure D. Osborne-Lee takes us where few, if any, playwrights have gone before, into the milieu of lesbians living in the American South -- specifically, Mississippi in 1960. As you might imagine, it's a ...More

(02/03/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Cambodian Rock Band (Signature Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Cambodian Rock Band (Signature Theatre)

Nobody loves a plot twist more than the playwright Lauren Yee: In the early stages of what looks to be an extremely bright career, she has displayed a pronounced taste for narratives that -- rather like the slick historical ...More

(27/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: A Sign of the Times (Theatre 511)

Theatre in Review: A Sign of the Times (Theatre 511)

Stephen Lloyd Helper's new play apparently focuses on the existential crisis of a traffic controller working outside a construction site, but he has much bigger things on his mind. This nameless character is that guy one sees all ...More

(27/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Incantata (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Incantata (Irish Repertory Theatre)

If nothing else, Incantata offers the opportunity to get acquainted with the fine Irish poet Paul Muldoon. A longtime resident of this country, he has been poetry editor of The New Yorker and is a faculty ...More

(26/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: We're Gonna Die (Second Stage Theater)

Theatre in Review: We're Gonna Die (Second Stage Theater)

Don't be put off by the title of Young Jean Lee's new entertainment; in fact, it articulates the good news. And, if you've been feeling a little roiled by events lately -- and who among us has not? -- you might consider making a pit ...More

(26/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Transport Group/Abrons Arts Center)

Theatre in Review: The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Transport Group/Abrons Arts Center)

Molly Brown is, apparently, so unsinkable that her musical keeps floating back to the surface. The fabulously nouveau riche wife of a Denver mining baron has, over the years, become a classic American character, not least because of her ...More

(25/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: All the Natalie Portmans (MCC Theater)

Theatre in Review: All the Natalie Portmans (MCC Theater)

There are all sorts of storms brewing in C. A. Johnson's play, and at the center of them all is Keyonna, the tart-tongued, unapologetically lesbian, sixteen-year-old heroine. Obviously brilliant -- she often skips her charter school ...More

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