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(30/07/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Summer Shorts, Series A (Throughline Artists/59E59)

Theatre in Review: Summer Shorts, Series A (Throughline Artists/59E59)

It's not often that one encounters a play with the unsettlingly weird vibe of Courtney Baron's Here I Lie. It consists of intertwined monologues by a pair of characters who are startlingly candid about their flagrant ...More

(29/07/2019)

-Theatre in Review: A White Man's Guide to Riker's Island (Producers' Club)

Theatre in Review: A White Man's Guide to Riker's Island (Producers' Club)

Richard L. Roy spent most his early years informed by great expectations. "I grew up with the knowledge that if I worked hard enough, I could be that I ever wanted to be," we are told early on in A White Man's Guide to Riker's ...More

(29/07/2019)

-Theatre in Review: the way she spoke (Minetta Lane Theatre)

Theatre in Review: the way she spoke (Minetta Lane Theatre)

Isaac Gomez's new work is an honest and honorable attempt at tackling an appalling, long-running injustice; that it is a losing battle says much about the difficulty of the material, which may be immune to dramatic treatment, at ...More

(25/07/2019)

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

Theatre in Review: The Rolling Stone (Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse)

The contemporary drama bookshelf is positively groaning with coming-out dramas, but in very few, if any, are the stakes as high as in The Rolling Stone. Chris Urch's play is set in Uganda, where homosexual acts or, as ...More

(24/07/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Broadway Bounty Hunter (Barrow Street Theater)

Theatre in Review: Broadway Bounty Hunter (Barrow Street Theater)

If anyone on Broadway is capable of bounty hunting, it's Annie Golden: No other musical theatre performer is better equipped to track down her quarry and bring 'em back alive. Still going strong after lo these many years -- her ...More

(23/07/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Jacqueline Novak: Get on Your Knees (Cherry Lane Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Jacqueline Novak: Get on Your Knees (Cherry Lane Theatre)

"Okay, that was hell." These are the words with which Jacqueline Novak greets her audience at the Cherry Lane. It's nothing against them, of course. "I hate a confident entrance," she adds. "I find it crass." It's just the sort of ...More

(22/07/2019)

-Theatre in Review: I Spy a Spy (Theatre at St. Clement's)

Theatre in Review: I Spy a Spy (Theatre at St. Clement's)

I'm not much of a conspiracy theorist, but you're never going to convince me that I Spy a Spy isn't the fruit of a plot by Julian Assange and Russian hackers (assisted, maybe, by Kim Jong Un), aimed at undermining America's ...More

(22/07/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Two's a Crowd (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Two's a Crowd (59E59)

Following the write-what-you-know principle, Rita Rudner's new musical is set in Las Vegas, where she has long been a fixture on the Strip. Too bad that the book for Two's a Crowd, which she wrote with Martin Bergman, ...More

(19/07/2019)

-Theatre in Review: In the Penal Colony (Next Door @ NYTW)

Theatre in Review: In the Penal Colony (Next Door @ NYTW)

In the Penal Colony is a kind of theatrical botany experiment, grafting a set of thoroughly contemporary concerns onto a classic short story by Franz Kafka. It's an interesting attempt that results in a curio rather than a ...More

(19/07/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow (MCC Theater)

Theatre in Review: Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow (MCC Theater)

Everybody seems to have it in for Anton Chekhov these days, with playwrights and directors doing their damnedest to drag the great Russian playwright into the twenty-first century. Whether such efforts are meant as homage or ...More

(18/07/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Mojada (The Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: Mojada (The Public Theater)

In 2017, The Public presented Luis Alfaro's Oedipus El Rey, which plausibly updated Sophocles' tragedy to the contemporary world of Southern California's gang culture; like its source material, it benefited from solid ...More

(15/07/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Reborning (Reality Curve Theatre/SoHo Playhouse)

Theatre in Review: Reborning (Reality Curve Theatre/SoHo Playhouse)

Zayd Dohrn's plays are notable for sharp-eyed observations about cultural and religious differences; in contrast, Reborning focuses on a rather more intimate situation, to bizarre effect. The heroine, Kelly, is an ...More

(12/07/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Bacchae (Classical Theatre of Harlem)

Theatre in Review: The Bacchae (Classical Theatre of Harlem)

One thing you can say about The Classical Theatre of Harlem: This company always puts on a show. Its summer productions at Marcus Garvey Park are always grandly scaled, making use of some of the most interesting young designers around. ...More

(11/07/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Life Sucks (Wheelhouse Theater Company/Theatre Row)

Theatre in Review: Life Sucks (Wheelhouse Theater Company/Theatre Row)

For a long time -- probably since the morning after the opening of Ivanov, in November 1887 -- the debate has raged over how to balance the unstable, mercury-like blend of farce and tragedy that makes Anton Chekhov's plays ...More

(09/07/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Toni Stone (Roundabout Theatre Company/Laura Pels Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Toni Stone (Roundabout Theatre Company/Laura Pels Theatre)

If nothing else, Toni Stone unearths a fascinating, underreported aspect of baseball history while simultaneously delivering one of the more memorable heroines of recent months. If the playwright, Lydia R. Diamond, has ...More

(08/07/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Mountains Look Different (Mint Theater Company/Theatre Row)

Theatre in Review: The Mountains Look Different (Mint Theater Company/Theatre Row)

The Mountains Look Different is a golden opportunity to get acquainted with two names you should know: Micheál Mac Liammóir and Brenda Meaney. Neither is as well known in New York as he or she deserves and, once again, ...More

(28/06/2019)

-Theatre in Review: We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time (The Public Theater/Goodman Theatre)

Theatre in Review: We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time (The Public Theater/Goodman Theatre)

David Cale's new piece at the Public is his most personal, and also his gutsiest. In solo works written for himself and others, he has conjured a universe of richly imagined characters; here he turns his sights on himself and the ...More

(27/06/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson (Working Theater/ART New York Theatres)

Theatre in Review: Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson (Working Theater/ART New York Theatres)

If ever a title told all, this is it: The main action of Rob Ackerman's barbed comedy is stated directly above. His play unfolds on the set of an AT&T commercial, in which the star of The Royal Tenenbaums and dozens of other ...More

(26/06/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic Theater Company)

Theatre in Review: The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic Theater Company)

Early in the second act of The Secret Life of Bees, one suddenly notices what one has been missing all along. Lily, an adolescent runaway, and Zachary, her young friend -- they both work for August, a beekeeper -- take part in "What ...More

(25/06/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Great Novel (New Light Theater Project/The Flea Theater)

Theatre in Review: The Great Novel (New Light Theater Project/The Flea Theater)

Some families have a servant problem. Bertha, the heroine of Amina Henry's play, is a servant with an employer problem: The Brennan family, for whom she works as a housekeeper/governess/ chief cook and bottlewasher, is a ...More

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