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(18/01/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Dork Knight (Abingdon Theatre Company)/Mope(Ensemble Studio Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Dork Knight (Abingdon Theatre Company)/Mope(Ensemble Studio Theatre)

Two new Off Broadway productions seem very different on the surface, yet both focus on men struggling to attain maturity while scrambling for success in show business -- and each of their definitions of success is warped by the milieu he ...More

(17/01/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Made in China (Wakka Wakka/59E59)

Theatre in Review: Made in China (Wakka Wakka/59E59)

Do you remember when you were a kid and believed you could dig a hole to China in your backyard? Mary and Eddie, the puppet protagonists of Made in China, find a rather different route to that Asian powerhouse -- via the ...More

(17/01/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Harvey Theater/Brooklyn Academy of Music)

Theatre in Review: The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Harvey Theater/Brooklyn Academy of Music)

The ladies who make up the mother-daughter act at the heart of The Beauty Queen of Leenane are a wicked, hard-hearted pair and oh, how I've missed them. It has been nearly twenty years since Martin McDonagh's midnight ...More

(12/01/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Latin Standards (Under the Radar/The Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: Latin Standards (Under the Radar/The Public Theater)

If Latin Standards proves nothing else, it is that Marga Gomez is, now and forever, her father's daughter. Two decades ago she appeared at the Public with A Line Around the Block, which paid tribute to her dad, ...More

(09/01/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Present (Ethel Barrymore Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Present (Ethel Barrymore Theatre)

The Present begins with Cate Blanchett pointing a gun in the general direction of the audience; in a way, she is really taking aim at received ideas regarding the works of Anton Chekhov. The Present is a ...More

(06/01/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Lula del Ray/Club Diamond (Under the Radar/Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: Lula del Ray/Club Diamond (Under the Radar/Public Theater)

The Under the Radar Festival, that annual roundup of everything new and innovative in theatre, kicks off this year with two very different, but equally intriguing, experiments in film as theatre.
Manual Cinema, that band of ...
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(03/01/2017)

-Theatre in Review: God of Vengeance (New Yiddish Rep at LaMaMa Theatre)

Theatre in Review: God of Vengeance (New Yiddish Rep at LaMaMa Theatre)

"Today, the world is run by money." So says Sarah, the matriarch of the little family at the heart of Sholem Asch's scalding Yiddish tragedy. Written in 1907, God of Vengeance still packs plenty of shock value for ...More

(03/01/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Martin Luther on Trial (Fellowship for Performing Arts at Pearl Theatre Company)

Theatre in Review: Martin Luther on Trial (Fellowship for Performing Arts at Pearl Theatre Company)

There are two honestly gripping scenes in Martin Luther on Trial, neither of which has anything to do with the contrived theological courtroom drama dreamed up by the authors, Chris Cragin-Day and Max McLean. In ...More

(23/12/2016)

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

Theatre in Review: Othello (New York Theatre Workshop)

Any good production of Othello will simmer with conflict, but one hardly expects the main clash to unfold between the director and his stars. This is nothing against David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig, who are doing ...More

(23/12/2016)

-Theatre in Review: Sing! (Theatre at St. Clement's)

Theatre in Review: Sing! (Theatre at St. Clement's)

If you're looking for a different sort of holiday entertainment, you might consider Sing! The South African singer and actress Thuli Dumakude, probably best-known in these parts for a stint in The Lion King but ...More

(22/12/2016)

-Theatre in Review: Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey (Life Jacket Theatre Company/Sheen Center)

Theatre in Review: Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey (Life Jacket Theatre Company/Sheen Center)

Travis Russ, the writer and director of this odd, but beguiling, entertainment, has made the right decision in not attempting a straight-up biography of the illustrator and author Edward Gorey. It would surely be an ...More

(21/12/2016)

-Theatre in Review: Bright Colors and Bold Patterns (Barrow Street Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Bright Colors and Bold Patterns (Barrow Street Theatre)

If you're a gay man of a certain age -- and maybe even if you aren't -- chances are you've meet someone like Gerry, the protagonist -- and sole onstage character -- in Bright Colors and Bold Patterns. He talks too much, drinks far ...More

(20/12/2016)

-Theatre in Review: The Babylon Line (Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater)

Theatre in Review: The Babylon Line (Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater)

"The time to make up your mind about people is never," wrote Philip Barry, words that came to mind while seeing The Babylon Line -- and not just because playwright Richard Greenberg concocts elegant cocktails of ...More

(19/12/2016)

-Theatre in Review: Life is for Living: Conversations with Coward (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Life is for Living: Conversations with Coward (59E59)

It's the season for glad tidings and eggnog, I know, but why not treat yourself to this champagne cocktail of an entertainment, celebrating a rather different NoŽl -- aka Destiny's Tot, and, later, The Master -- whose plays, musicals, ...More

(16/12/2016)

-Theatre in Review: In Transit (Circle in the Square Theatre)

Theatre in Review: In Transit (Circle in the Square Theatre)

Having charmed audiences Off Broadway audiences six years ago, In Transit has belatedly come to Broadway, bearing the same friendly face and upbeat New York state of mind. Those of us who worried that this light and lively ...More

(15/12/2016)

-Theatre in Review: Tiny Beautiful Things (The Public Theater/Susan Stein Shiva Theater)

Theatre in Review: Tiny Beautiful Things (The Public Theater/Susan Stein Shiva Theater)

One attends the Public Theater for many reasons -- for beautifully staged Shakespeare, provocative social commentary, and hard-nosed political ideas, along with the odd formal experiment. It's safe to say that one rarely, if ever, goes ...More

(14/12/2016)

-Theatre in Review: Alligator (New Georges and The Sol Project/ART New York Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Alligator (New Georges and The Sol Project/ART New York Theatre)

I can tell you one thing about Hilary Bettis: She doesn't fool around. At a time when many young playwrights think small -- focusing on autobiographical family portraits or exhaustive examinations of unremarkable relationships -- ...More

(14/12/2016)

-Theatre in Review: The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (National of Theatre Scotland)

Theatre in Review: The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (National of Theatre Scotland)

The McKittrick Hotel, that West Chelsea pile that pretends to be a relic of the gilded age, where these days masked guests roam the halls chasing after the Macbeth-inspired intrigues of the immersive experience known as Sleep No More ...More

(13/12/2016)

-Theatre in Review: The Band's Visit (Atlantic Theater Company)

Theatre in Review: The Band's Visit (Atlantic Theater Company)

Conventional wisdom has it that if you're going to write a musical, you need characters who sing; in other words, they need big emotions that can naturally spill over into song. It doesn't take much for Nellie Forbush, Dolly Levi, or Madam ...More

(07/12/2016)

-Theatre in Review: Rancho Viejo (Playwrights Horizons)

Theatre in Review: Rancho Viejo (Playwrights Horizons)

The suburbs can be spooky; just ask Dan LeFranc, who, in his last play, The Big Meal -- a kind of contemporary homage to Thornton Wilder's The Long Christmas Dinner -- showed a real knack for gently discovering the ...More

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