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(17/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Linda Vista (Helen Hayes Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Linda Vista (Helen Hayes Theatre)

Linda Vista is a romantic comedy, Tracy Letts-style, which means that the human toll is enormous. Wheeler, a fifty-year-old loser, his marriage in the tank and his adolescent son no longer speaking to him, is starting over ...More

(16/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Soft Power (The Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: Soft Power (The Public Theater)

With a premise as clever as it is convoluted, Soft Power may be more fun to talk about than to see. A wildly original political satire, it is also a labor-intensive endeavor, requiring the services of an eminent playwright, a much ...More

(16/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter

Theatre in Review: The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter

For the second offering of its three-part Cole Porter celebration, the folks at York Theatre Company have uncorked a fresh magnum of wit and cockeyed wisdom. This revue, originally assembled by the producer Ben Bagley in 1965 ...More

(15/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The White Chip/Nothing Gold Can Stay

Theatre in Review: The White Chip/Nothing Gold Can Stay

The White Chip, at 59E59, is the funny drunk of plays: It's a frequently hilarious yarn until you begin to notice the desperation lurking behind the wisecracks. It is presented as the testimony of Steven, a bright, talented theatre ...More

(15/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Notes on My Mother's Decline (The Play Company/Next Door at NYTW)

Theatre in Review: Notes on My Mother's Decline (The Play Company/Next Door at NYTW)

Seeing Caroline Lagerfelt onstage again feels like catching up with an old friend. A ubiquitous presence in New York theatres during the 1980s and '90s, she brought her distinctive look (that Meissen china complexion, especially), ...More

(11/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Great Society (Vivian Beaumont Theater)

Theatre in Review: The Great Society (Vivian Beaumont Theater)

The commotion emanating from the Beaumont these nights might be the sound of President Lyndon B. Johnson roaring, Lear-like, at his enemies, or it might signal a nation in profound crisis; now that I think of it, these might be the same ...More

(10/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Sunday (Atlantic Theater Company)

Theatre in Review: Sunday (Atlantic Theater Company)

It's a time-honored tradition for playwrights to indict the younger generation for being corrupt or feckless or whatever, but Sunday may be the first play to look at the current twentysomething set and diagnose them as ...More

(10/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Invention of Tragedy; The Green Room

Theatre in Review: The Invention of Tragedy; The Green Room

Two exceedingly odd productions provide showcases for young actors, although they certainly have their work cut out for them. The Invention of Tragedy is part of The Flea Theater's Mac Wellman festival. Wellman, who ...More

(08/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons)

Theatre in Review: Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons)

You can safely call Will Arbery one of the bravest playwrights around. In Heroes of the Fourth Turning -- not a title one would wish on any play -- he has populated the stage with conservative Catholic intellectuals, ...More

(07/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: All My Fathers (La MaMa)

Theatre in Review: All My Fathers (La MaMa)

In his new play, Paul David Young takes a remarkably creaky premise and runs rings around it. The "my" of the title refers to David Younger, a middle-aged gay playwright living in New York but, as the play begins, visiting his ...More

(07/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Round Table (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Round Table (59E59)

The playwright Liba Vaynberg can fairly be described as a mistress of the unexpected. For one thing, she has in Round Table written a romantic comedy, a genre that currently seems as extinct as the dodo. For another, ...More

(04/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Kingfishers Catch Fire (Irish Rep)/(A)loft Modulation (ART/New York Theatres)

Theatre in Review: Kingfishers Catch Fire (Irish Rep)/(A)loft Modulation (ART/New York Theatres)

Two recently opened historical dramas have very different concerns and viewpoints but they share a skeptical opinion of the post-World War II years, which, both playwrights suggest, weren't a haven of peace and prosperity as is sometimes ...More

(02/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: runboyrun & In Old Age (New York Theatre Workshop)

Theatre in Review: runboyrun & In Old Age (New York Theatre Workshop)

When first seen at the Playwrights Realm, Sojourners, the first entry in Mfoniso Udofia's nine-part Ufot Cycle, about the travels and travails of a Nigerian-American family, came across as a poignant and carefully observed ...More

(01/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Fifty Million Frenchmen (York Theatre Company)

Theatre in Review: Fifty Million Frenchmen (York Theatre Company)

For its latest round of Musicals in Mufti -- concert stagings of rarely seen shows -- York is paying tribute to Cole Porter, a plan likely to be endorsed by every right-thinking man, woman, and child in the five boroughs and beyond. ...More

(30/09/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Height of the Storm (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Height of the Storm (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre)

I can't be absolutely sure -- memory, as the playwright Florian Zeller knows, is a tricky thing -- but I believe The Height of the Storm may be the first play to lose its mind.
How else to explain the cunningly ...
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(30/09/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Wives (Playwrights Horizons)/Mothers (The Playwrights Realm)

Theatre in Review: Wives (Playwrights Horizons)/Mothers (The Playwrights Realm)

Rarely do circumstances deliver such an obvious pairing of titles for a dual review; in addition, these two attractions are marked by similar strategies: Each begins as a satire, displaying a fair amount of wit before abandoning laughter ...More

(27/09/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Caesar and Cleopatra (Gingold Theatrical Group/Theatre Row)

Theatre in Review: Caesar and Cleopatra (Gingold Theatrical Group/Theatre Row)

David Staller, the man behind Gingold Theatrical Group, loves the works of George Bernard Shaw with a burning ardor -- a fact that, alone, makes him a valuable member of the New York theatre community. I only wish he trusted ...More

(26/09/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Fern Hill (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Fern Hill (59E59)

If nothing else, the spaghetti vongole sounds absolutely scrumptious. Early on in Fern Hill, Mark Linn-Baker, playing an aging rocker -- fitted out in faux Jerry Garcia style by the costume designer, Patricia ...More

(25/09/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Novenas for a Lost Hospital (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater)

Theatre in Review: Novenas for a Lost Hospital (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater)

In many ways, I am the ideal audience member for Cusi Cram's fantasia about the life and death of St. Vincent's Hospital, a once-vital Greenwich Village institution that was unaccountably allowed to vanish. As a longtime resident of ...More

(16/09/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Filomena Marturano: Un matrimono a la Caribeña (Repertorio Español)

Theatre in Review: Filomena Marturano: Un matrimono a la Caribeña (Repertorio Español)

Just about any visit to Repertorio Español reveals how many accomplished actors the company has at its command. This time around, the name to note is Zulema Clares as the title character -- a former prostitute, now the long ...More

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