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(16/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Ballyturk (St. Ann's Warehouse)/Disco Pigs (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Ballyturk (St. Ann's Warehouse)/Disco Pigs (Irish Repertory Theatre)

It's Enda Walsh Month in New York, with two different companies producing works by one of the most mandarin voices in Irish drama today. Ballyturk, from 2014, begins on a nerve-shreddingly assaultive note, with sound ...More

(16/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: LaBute New Theater Festival (St. Louis Actors' Studio/59E59)

Theatre in Review: LaBute New Theater Festival (St. Louis Actors' Studio/59E59)

Not for the first time, the LaBute New Theater Festival consists of entries that, with their focus on high-concept premises and plot twists, can best be described as of the school of Neil LaBute. The evening kicks off with "Hate ...More

(12/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: John Lithgow: Stories by Heart (Roundabout Theatre Company)

Theatre in Review: John Lithgow: Stories by Heart (Roundabout Theatre Company)

These nights John Lithgow is at home at the American Airlines Theatre, drawing us together and making the auditorium seem half its size with the sheer mastery of his art. (I don't care how many residences the actor may possess; the ...More

(10/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign (Theater for the New City)

Theatre in Review: The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign (Theater for the New City)

In real life, the girl who jumped off the Hollywood sign was Peg Entwistle, who enjoyed a busy few years on Broadway but struggled in the film industry, earning only one credit -- ninth-billed in a thriller starring Irene Dunne -- before ...More

(09/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Mankind (Playwrights Horizons)

Theatre in Review: Mankind (Playwrights Horizons)

The main interest offered by Mankind is the spectacle of a playwright painting himself so thoroughly into a corner that, by intermission, it's impossible to see how he can extricate himself. As it happens, he can't. Robert ...More

(08/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: After/Margarete (Under the Radar/The Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: After/Margarete (Under the Radar/The Public Theater)

The Under the Radar Festival, an excellent venue to take the measure of the theatre's current avant-garde, has kicked off with two very different pieces about the nature of life, perception, memory, and identity. Together, they offer a ...More

(08/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: How to Be a Rock Critic (Under the Radar/The Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: How to Be a Rock Critic (Under the Radar/The Public Theater)

The title of How to Be a Rock Critic is misleading; a better one might be A Guide to Career Burnout Before Thirty. Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen have devised this solo show from the writings of Lester ...More

(02/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The Mushroom Cure (Theatre 80)/Cruel Intentions (Le Poisson Rouge)

Theatre in Review: The Mushroom Cure (Theatre 80)/Cruel Intentions (Le Poisson Rouge)

I rang out 2017 with a couple of oddball novelty attractions, either of which might amuse you but neither of which should be considered mandatory viewing. The Mushroom Cure, a solo show starring the stand-up comedian Adam ...More

(20/12/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Children (Manhattan Theatre Club/Samuel J. Friedman Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Children (Manhattan Theatre Club/Samuel J. Friedman Theatre)

In her new play, Lucy Kirkwood has imagined an honestly nightmarish situation: a Fukushima Daichi-style disaster on the east coast of England, spilling God only knows how many gallons of irradiated water into the sea and making a ...More

(19/12/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Twelfth Night, or What You Will (Fiasco Theater/Classic Stage Company)

Theatre in Review: Twelfth Night, or What You Will (Fiasco Theater/Classic Stage Company)

I have a question for the members of Fiasco Theater and their directors, Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld: Where's the fire? After a charming opening, featuring a beguilingly sung sea chantey -- the play begins with a shipwreck, ...More

(18/12/2017)

-Theatre in Review: A Regular Little Houdini (Flying Bridge Theatre Limited/59E59)

Theatre in Review: A Regular Little Houdini (Flying Bridge Theatre Limited/59E59)

A Regular Little Houdini is written and performed by Daniel Llewelyn-Williams, who turns out to be a regular little spellbinder. Actually, "little" doesn't do him justice: He is a king-size stage presence with leading ...More

(18/12/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Farinelli and the King (Belasco Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Farinelli and the King (Belasco Theatre)

In Farinelli and the King, the noted theatre composer and musical historian Claire van Kampen turns playwright, creating a vehicle that ideally suits her interests and those of her husband, Mark Rylance. This ...More

(15/12/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Once on This Island (Circle in the Square Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Once on This Island (Circle in the Square Theatre)

It's strange how changing times can affect one's view of a play; of course, the presence of a visionary director might have a bit to do with it, too. Once on This Island has always seemed to me to be a sophisticated piece of ...More

(15/12/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Today Is My Birthday (Page 73 Productions)

Theatre in Review: Today Is My Birthday (Page 73 Productions)

Susan Soon He Stanton's style is so breezily amusing that it might be some time before you notice that her play is a virtual glossary of eek-I'm-turning-thirty clichés: Almost every scene in Today Is My Birthday takes ...More

(12/12/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Counting Sheep (3LD Art & Technology Ctr)/Awake and Sing! (New Yiddish Rep)

Theatre in Review: Counting Sheep (3LD Art & Technology Ctr)/Awake and Sing! (New Yiddish Rep)

The past week brought two separate exercises in non-English-speaking theatre, each of which is thoroughly accessible, even if one is rather more compelling than the other. Reading in advance about Counting Sheep, you might ...More

(11/12/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Who's Holiday! (Westside Theatre)/So Long, Boulder City (Subculture)

Theatre in Review: Who's Holiday! (Westside Theatre)/So Long, Boulder City (Subculture)

The past week brought us two high-concept, low-camp one-person shows, each of which takes a different path to engage the audience. The Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) estate managed to stop Who's Holiday! from being seen last ...More

(08/12/2017)

-Theatre in Review: De Novo (Houses on the Moon Theater Company/Next Door at NYTW)

Theatre in Review: De Novo (Houses on the Moon Theater Company/Next Door at NYTW)

The documentary play De Novo is really a collection of scenes from a tragedy, a ripped-from-the-headlines account of a young man caught in the vast, hulking, indifferent machinery of the Immigration and Naturalization Service ...More

(07/12/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Hundred Days (New York Theatre Workshop)/Cross That River (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Hundred Days (New York Theatre Workshop)/Cross That River (59E59)

This week offers two so-called musicals that are really song cycles given concert presentations. I hope this isn't a trend. Hundred Days introduces us to the Bengsons, a musical duo who will, after their current run, return ...More

(06/12/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Describe the Night (Atlantic Theater)

Theatre in Review: Describe the Night (Atlantic Theater)

A journal by the writer Isaac Babel links a gallery of characters across nine decades, leaving behind a trail of treachery, deception, and acts of terrorism in Rajiv Joseph's ambitious historical drama, the pieces of which ...More

(05/12/2017)

-Theatre in Review: SpongeBob SquarePants (The Palace Theatre)

Theatre in Review: SpongeBob SquarePants (The Palace Theatre)

I think it was the late Clive Barnes who, when lost for something to say about some frail attraction or another, would write, "You'll like it -- if it's the sort of thing you like." I always turned up my nose at such tautologies; it was ...More

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