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(15/06/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Dan Cody's Yacht (Manhattan Theatre Club/City Center Stage I)

Theatre in Review: Dan Cody's Yacht (Manhattan Theatre Club/City Center Stage I)

In his previous play, The City of Conversation, Anthony Giardina used the living room of a prominent Washington, DC, hostess as a staging ground for the fall of postwar liberalism and the rise of the Ronald Reagan right. In More

(14/06/2018)

-Theatre in Review: All I Want is One Night (59E59)

Theatre in Review: All I Want is One Night (59E59)

Having turned up in recent years at 59E59 to hold forth about the tradition of male impersonators in the English music hall ("The Girl I Left Behind Me") and the travails of a certain postwar West End star (Pat Kirkwood is Angry), More

(14/06/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Little Rock (Sheen Center)

Theatre in Review: Little Rock (Sheen Center)

In the second act of Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj's new play, a fifteen-year-old girl stands in an empty school auditorium singing the old Debbie Reynolds hit, "Tammy." It Is 1958, and she is Minnijean Brown, one of the Little ...More

(13/06/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Half Time (Paper Mill Playhouse)

Theatre in Review: Half Time (Paper Mill Playhouse)

Jerry Mitchell has become so successful that even he is now turning out school-of-Jerry Mitchell shows. That the director-choreographer's latest project could have been called The Full Monty: The AARP Edition isn't ...More

(13/06/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Desperate Measures (New World Stages)

Theatre in Review: Desperate Measures (New World Stages)

Last season's sleeper musical has transferred from York Theatre Company to New World Stages in fine fettle, with most of its original cast and all of its laughs intact. It's hard to believe anyone ever picked up Measure for Measure ...More

(12/06/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf (Elevator Repair Service/Abrons Arts Center)

Theatre in Review: Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf (Elevator Repair Service/Abrons Arts Center)

It is, of course, inevitable: Yesterday's iconoclast must become part of the establishment and, therefore, ripe for overturning. When Edward Albee wrote Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, in 1962, many theatregoers were shocked and ...More

(08/06/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Secret Life of Humans (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Secret Life of Humans (59E59)

Secret Life of Humans is a curious, if frequently beguiling, thing -- an investigation into a scientific career adulterated by a penchant for mythmaking -- that, to make its point, must construct a myth of its own. It's easy ...More

(07/06/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The Fourth Wall (Theater Breaking Through Barriers/A.R.T. New York Theatres)

Theatre in Review: The Fourth Wall (Theater Breaking Through Barriers/A.R.T. New York Theatres)

The warning signs are there as soon as one enters the theatre: The play is called The Fourth Wall, so why has Bert Scott, surely at the behest of director Christopher Burris, designed a set with the audience on ...More

(05/06/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The Great Leap (Atlantic Theater Stage II)

Theatre in Review: The Great Leap (Atlantic Theater Stage II)

It's good to have B. D. Wong back, again working for the Chinese Communist Party. As you surely know, the actor first came to prominence, in M. Butterfly, as the slippery female impersonator dispatched by the Mao regime to ...More

(01/06/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Our Lady of 121st Street (Signature Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Our Lady of 121st Street (Signature Theatre)

If scorchingly hilarious dialogue is your thing, you can do no better than Signature's revival of this early Stephen Adly Guirgis work, which is populated by as colorful a gang of loudmouths as you are likely to meet, most of them ...More

(30/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Exquisita Agonia (Repertorio Espanol)

Theatre in Review: Exquisita Agonia (Repertorio Espanol)

If you've been wondering where Nilo Cruz has been lately, you can drop in on Repertorio Espanol, where the Pulitzer Prize winner's latest drama is playing. The last decade or so seems to have had its effect on the playwright's style ...More

(29/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre)

Detroit and Dominique Morisseau: a pairing to look out for. In her first two plays about the Motor City, Morisseau deftly yoked her characters' conflicts to key historical stress points in the larger community. Detroit '67 is ...More

(29/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Devil of Choice (Labyrinth Theater/Cherry Lane)

Theatre in Review: Devil of Choice (Labyrinth Theater/Cherry Lane)

I'm going to make a wild guess that Devil of Choice got picked up on the strength of two monologues: Labyrinth is very much an actor's company, and playwright Maggie Diaz Bofill has provided her leading ladies with a ...More

(23/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The Beast in the Jungle (Vineyard Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Beast in the Jungle (Vineyard Theatre)

At ninety-one, John Kander may be the youngest man in show business; in any case, he acts like it. At an age when many of his contemporaries are willing to sit back and wait for the next tribute, he remains a restless and ...More

(23/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Peace for Mary Frances (The New Group/Pershing Square Signature Center)

Theatre in Review: Peace for Mary Frances (The New Group/Pershing Square Signature Center)

Lily Thorne strikes me as a talented writer, and when she learns something about structure and the importance of conflict, there's good reason to believe that she will produce something memorable. Right now, however, we have Pe ...More

(22/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Tremor (Sherman Theatre/59E59)

Theatre in Review: Tremor (Sherman Theatre/59E59)

Tremor begins with a reunion of ex-lovers and ends with the baring of an ugly truth about life in Britain today. I don't want to tell too much, as the success of Brad Birch's play depends on a series of carefully timed ...More

(21/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Woman and Scarecrow (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Woman and Scarecrow (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Death is the thing with feathers in Marina Carr's 2006 drama, a two-hour-plus, two-act deathwatch featuring a soon-to-be-deceased heroine who has lost none of her lung power, even while teetering on the edge of the grave. Callous as ...More

(21/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Time's Journey Through a Room (The Play Company/ART New York Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Time's Journey Through a Room (The Play Company/ART New York Theatre)

Near the beginning of Time's Journey Through a Room, we see a man, seated with his back to the audience in a notably sterile-looking living room. Standing, down front, speaking directly to the audience, the actress Maho ...More

(17/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Twelfth Night (The Acting Company/Polonsky Shakespeare Center)

Theatre in Review: Twelfth Night (The Acting Company/Polonsky Shakespeare Center)

The first glimpses one gets of Maria Aitken's production set off alarm bells. Lee Savage's set depicts the kind of whitewashed villa that adorns seaside towns all over Europe; it appears to have been built no earlier than ...More

(17/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Bump (Ensemble Studio Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Bump (Ensemble Studio Theatre)

This has been the Week of Irrelevant Subplots: Earlier, I saw Happy Birthday, Wanda June, which interrupts its main action, about a romantic quadrangle and machismo run amok, with a series of scenes set in the afterlife, featuring a ...More

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