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(18/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: The Sabbath Girl (Penguin Rep Theatre/59E59)

Theatre in Review: The Sabbath Girl (Penguin Rep Theatre/59E59)

The Sabbath Girl is the play that asks the question: Can the nice young Orthodox knish merchant find happiness with the fetching Shabbos goy next door? To which I respond: Is cream cheese fattening? Are pickles sour? Is the Pope ...More

(18/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Dracula/Frankenstein (Classic Stage Company)

Theatre in Review: Dracula/Frankenstein (Classic Stage Company)

Classic Stage has been converted to a house of horrors for the winter, although perhaps not in the way intended. In any case, it is offering new versions of two classic chillers, each of which has been adapted to death in various media. ...More

(13/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Chasing the River (Chain Theatre)/The Commons (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Chasing the River (Chain Theatre)/The Commons (59E59)

Chasing the River is a family drama that plays like crime fiction. Kat, a thirtyish steak house waitress living in Philadelphia, returns, for the first time in years, to the small Pennsylvania town where she grew up. It is ...More

(13/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Happy Birthday Doug (SoHo Playhouse)

Theatre in Review: Happy Birthday Doug (SoHo Playhouse)

Happy Birthday Doug marks the return of Drew Droege, the comic Margaret Mead of the gay set in the Silverlake section of Los Angeles. The action -- a series of monologues -- unfolds at a birthday party held in the ...More

(12/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)/Where We Stand

Theatre in Review: Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)/Where We Stand

Two new productions turn on vital questions of democracy and citizenship; one of them makes powerful use of specifics while the other flounders in a fog of generalities. Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) an En Garde Arts' ...More

(11/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories (Mint Theater Company/Theatre Row)

Theatre in Review: Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories (Mint Theater Company/Theatre Row)

Through the good offices of the Mint, we know about playwright Miles Malleson's grasp of post-World War I disillusionment among the British upper and middle classes. Such works as Conflict and Yours Unfaithfully, both ...More

(11/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Hamlet (Gate Theatre/St. Ann's Warehouse)

Theatre in Review: Hamlet (Gate Theatre/St. Ann's Warehouse)

It's the details that count in Yaƫl Farber's staging of Hamlet, a series of gestures big and small that add up to an extraordinarily comprehensive vision of Shakespeare's masterpiece: The clinical image of the dead king's ...More

(07/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: House Plant (Next Door at NYTW)

Theatre in Review: House Plant (Next Door at NYTW)

If House Plant is any indication, it appears that the more our young playwrights strive to strike contemporary stances, the more they end up reverting to the retro. The situations and characters in Sarah Einspanier's play are ...More

(05/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice (The New Group/Pershing Square Signature Center)

Theatre in Review: Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice (The New Group/Pershing Square Signature Center)

The late Mary Rodgers coined the term "why musical" to denote a show adapted from a play, book, or film that doesn't add anything fresh or new to its source material. This season, first with Sing Street and now with Bob and Carol ...More

(05/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Grand Horizons (Second Stage/Helen Hayes Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Grand Horizons (Second Stage/Helen Hayes Theatre)

The prolific and gifted Bess Wohl is at it again. This season alone, she has given us Continuity, a knowing (and disturbing) comedy about moviemaking and climate change, and Make Believe, a creepy and occasionally ...More

(04/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Sister Calling My Name (Blackfriars Repertory Theatre/Storm Theatre Company)

Theatre in Review: Sister Calling My Name (Blackfriars Repertory Theatre/Storm Theatre Company)

Sister Calling My Name wants to tell an uplifting tale of the power of faith, but it is so overtaken by evasions and cosmetic touch-ups that the effect is spoiled. Buzz McLaughlin's script focuses on the redemptive power of ...More

(04/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Border People (Working Theater/ART NY Theatres)

Theatre in Review: Border People (Working Theater/ART NY Theatres)

If you're feeling depressed by the endless, cankerous debate about immigration that has gripped the nation in the last few years, Border People may very well be the tonic you need, a balm of sweet reason and powerful, nuanced ...More

(03/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Doctors Jane and Alexander/Brecht: Call and Respond

Theatre in Review: Doctors Jane and Alexander/Brecht: Call and Respond

Two new productions grapple with the past in very different ways. There are few pieces more personal than Doctors Jane and Alexander, staged at HERE, in which the author and director, Edward Einhorn, probes his ...More

(03/02/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Stew (Page 73 Productions/Walkerspace)

Theatre in Review: Stew (Page 73 Productions/Walkerspace)

Storm might be an equally apt title for Zora Howard's new play, a brash domestic comedy until -- at the very last moment -- it isn't. The emotional squalls blowing through the kitchen belonging to the character known only ...More

(30/01/2020)

-Theatre in Review: A Soldier's Play (Roundabout Theatre Company/American Airlines Theatre)

Theatre in Review: A Soldier's Play (Roundabout Theatre Company/American Airlines Theatre)

Some plays, especially acclaimed works from the recent past, require extra love and care to succeed, which is why Kenny Leon was such a fine choice to direct Roundabout's revival of A Soldier's Play. The 1982 winner ...More

(29/01/2020)

-Theatre in Review: The Confession of Lily Dare (Primary Stages/Cherry Lane Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Confession of Lily Dare (Primary Stages/Cherry Lane Theatre)

Seeing The Confession of Lily Dare is rather like attending one of the pre-Code retrospectives held at the Film Forum: It's a kind of film festival for the stage -- a gloriously cockeyed one, to be sure -- and it provides ...More

(28/01/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Paradise Lost (Fellowship for Performing Arts/Theatre Row)

Theatre in Review: Paradise Lost (Fellowship for Performing Arts/Theatre Row)

Fellowship for Performing Arts' mission involves "telling imaginative stories from a Christian worldview," according to artistic director Max McLean's program notes, which makes this astonishingly literal-minded production at Theatre Row ...More

(27/01/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Thunder Rock (Metropolitan Playhouse)

Theatre in Review: Thunder Rock (Metropolitan Playhouse)

The folks at Metropolitan Playhouse specialize in dramatic rarities -- they really know how to dig them up -- and, this time out, they have a fascinating find in Thunder Rock. A product of the Group Theatre in its sunset ...More

(27/01/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Romeo and Bernadette (Amas Musical Theatre/ART New York Theatres)

Theatre in Review: Romeo and Bernadette (Amas Musical Theatre/ART New York Theatres)

Romeo and Bernadette is the rarest of birds -- a tuneful, good-for-laughs musical that, despite a premise that doesn't bear scrutiny, offers a showcase for some pretty sensational young people. Musical theatre fans, ...More

(23/01/2020)

-Theatre in Review: Emojiland: The Musical (The Duke on 42nd Street)

Theatre in Review: Emojiland: The Musical (The Duke on 42nd Street)

No surprises here: Emojiland is exactly what its title announces, a musical about those perky little emoticons that clutter up one's text messages. It's a premise that comes with built-in challenges: With a cast consisting ...More

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