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(02/12/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Inheritance, Parts One and Two (Ethel Barrymore Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Inheritance, Parts One and Two (Ethel Barrymore Theatre)

That an enormous cherry tree is a key image in The Inheritance is appropriate, since Matthew Lopez's drama is something of a dramatic botanical experiment, transplanting the trunk of E. M. Forster's Howard's EndMore

(27/11/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Underlying Chris/Fefu and Her Friends

Theatre in Review: The Underlying Chris/Fefu and Her Friends

Will Eno's apparent yen to be a Thornton Wilder for the twenty-first century reaches its apex in The Underlying Chris (at Second Stage), which uses a battery of theatrical devices to tell the tale of an unremarkable life. The ...More

(25/11/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Measure for Measure (The Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: Measure for Measure (The Public Theater)

Scholars often refer to Measure for Measure as one of William Shakespeare's "problem" plays, which is a nice way of saying they don't know what to make of it. Indeed, it functions as a kind of Rorschach test: There are so ...More

(21/11/2019)

-Theatre in Review: A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre)/Einstein's Dreams (59E59)

Theatre in Review: A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre)/Einstein's Dreams (59E59)

It's been a week of signs and wonders in the theatre, featuring dramas in which magic and science seem oddly like mirror images of each other. If, this early in the holiday season, you're already feeling up to your neck in tinsel, ...More

(21/11/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Crucible (Connelly Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Crucible (Connelly Theatre)

Eighty percent of Bedlam's new production of The Crucible (staged in association with The Nora Theatre Company) is so thunderously good that you're likely to forgive the haywire twenty percent. It might take you a little ...More

(19/11/2019)

-Theatre in Review: History of Violence (Schaub├╝hne Berlin/St. Ann's Warehouse)

Theatre in Review: History of Violence (Schaubühne Berlin/St. Ann's Warehouse)

History of Violence is a horror story, but a contemplative one; it features one of the most disturbing acts I have ever seen onstage, out of which it teases a multiplicity of meanings. It is a difficult, demanding, and extraordinary ...More

(18/11/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Pumpgirl (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Pumpgirl (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Irish playwrights seem to love nothing more than an evening of intertwined monologues; so many plays of this type have come our way lately that I wonder if dialogue hasn't been banned on the island outright. Such a format can work ...More

(15/11/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Cyrano (The New Group/Daryl Roth Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Cyrano (The New Group/Daryl Roth Theatre)

A musical Cyrano de Bergerac? Many have tried, none have succeeded. By my count, the current attraction at the Daryl Roth is the eighth attempt at musicalizing Edmond Rostand's fabulous war horse -- and that doesn't include ...More

(15/11/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre)

God broke the mold when He created Tina Turner -- and, in many ways, Tina breaks the mold of Broadway musical star bios. The redundantly titled Tina: The Tina Turner Musical adheres firmly to the template offered by < ...More

(13/11/2019)

-Theatre in Review: BrandoCapote (The Tank)

Theatre in Review: BrandoCapote (The Tank)

It was the journalistic whack job of the decade: Truman Capote, on assignment for The New Yorker, bearded Marlon Brando, that lion of Hollywood, in the den of his hotel in Osaka, Japan, where he was filming the 1957 drama Sayonara ...More

(13/11/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Richard III (Druid/Gerald W. Lynch Theater)

Theatre in Review: Richard III (Druid/Gerald W. Lynch Theater)

In a strange accident of casting, in his 2008 New York debut, Aaron Monaghan starred as the title character of Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan. Eleven years later, he is back as crookback Richard, the physically ...More

(12/11/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Fur (Boundless Theatre Company/Next Door at NYTW)

Theatre in Review: Fur (Boundless Theatre Company/Next Door at NYTW)

Fur has the distinction of having the most unpalatable premise of the season so far. Once again, we are in the apocalyptic future -- the favorite destination of contemporary playwrights -- although you have to glean this information ...More

(12/11/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Broadbend, Arkansas (Transport Group)/The Black History Museum (HERE)

Theatre in Review: Broadbend, Arkansas (Transport Group)/The Black History Museum (HERE)

On successive nights last week, I saw two very different shows about the black experience in America. Broadbend, Arkansas, presented at The Duke at 42nd Street, takes a minimalist approach, being a pair of linked solo musicals. The ...More

(07/11/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Fear (Lucille Lortel Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Fear (Lucille Lortel Theatre)

Fear would be an ugly, disturbing thriller if only it were remotely convincing. The playwright, Matt Williams, sets out to graft a classic stage-shocker format onto today's rancid political divisions, and the sutures ...More

(05/11/2019)

-Theatre in Review: One Discordant Violin (59E59)

Theatre in Review: One Discordant Violin (59E59)

Coming on the heels of The Sound Inside now on Broadway, One Discordant Violin suggests that we are in for a new wave of plays about the problems of writers. Speaking as one myself, I don't find the topic too interesting. ...More

(05/11/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Dr. Ride's American Beach House (Ars Nova/Greenwich House)

Theatre in Review: Dr. Ride's American Beach House (Ars Nova/Greenwich House)

Dr. Ride's American Beach House unfolds across a hot summer night, which may account in part for the languid atmosphere that overtakes the stage. A conversation piece for four women who take to a St. Louis rooftop to while ...More

(01/11/2019)

-Theatre in Review: A Woman of the World (59E59)

Theatre in Review: A Woman of the World (59E59)

If Emily Dickinson was the belle of Amherst, Mabel Loomis Todd was its chief vixen. The wife of a Smith College astronomy professor, she lived next door to Dickinson, then dined out on that fact for the next fifty years. She also was the ...More

(31/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: for all the women who thought they were Mad (Soho Rep)

Theatre in Review: for all the women who thought they were Mad (Soho Rep)

Zawe Ashton's play, with its eccentrically capitalized title, is certainly not the worst ever produced at Soho Rep, but it may be the most baffling. As far as I can tell, it suggests that black female business executives who fall ...More

(30/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Bella Bella (Manhattan Theatre Club/City Center Stage I)

Theatre in Review: Bella Bella (Manhattan Theatre Club/City Center Stage I)

The new entertainment at Manhattan Theatre Club's Off-Broadway venue is advertised as Harvey Fierstein appearing as Bella Abzug. In fact, it is Harvey Fierstein appearing as Harvey Fierstein. If you are fine with that, you will most ...More

(30/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Panama Hattie (York Theatre Company)

Theatre in Review: Panama Hattie (York Theatre Company)

The York concludes its Musicals in Mufti Cole Porter retrospective with this Ethel Merman vehicle from 1940. A smash at the time, it is tailored to the talents of Porter's favorite star -- so much so that its afterlife was fairly ...More

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