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(07/06/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Dying City (Second Stage Theater/Tony Kiser Theater)

Theatre in Review: Dying City (Second Stage Theater/Tony Kiser Theater)

Dying City is a tightly focused, intimate drama that aims to lay bare the divided soul of America. (The play is set in 2004 and 2005, but the rips in the social fabric that it depicts are very much of today.) It's a tall order, and ...More

(07/06/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Public Servant (Theater Breaking Through Barriers/Theatre Row)

Theatre in Review: Public Servant (Theater Breaking Through Barriers/Theatre Row)

Bekah Brunstetter's new drama examines small-town governance and its discontents; it also posits some distinctly odd ideas regarding how democracy should work. Ed Sink, proprietor of a furniture store, has decided it is time to give ...More

(06/06/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Broadhurst Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Broadhurst Theatre)

Terrence McNally's plays are amazingly tensile works, able to reshape themselves around wildly varying personalities without losing their fundamental structures. I've seen four markedly different stars -- Zoe Caldwell, Patti LuPone ...More

(03/06/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8 (Access Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8 (Access Theatre)

A hard-to-describe play can benefit from a vividly realized set design, and Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8 has one that is just the ticket. (By the way, I have searched long and hard to discover any evidence of a Brief ...More

(03/06/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Ferryman (Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre)/The Prom (Longacre Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Ferryman (Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre)/The Prom (Longacre Theatre)

I recently had the chance to revisit two of the past season's most notable Broadway shows, and am happy to report that both are in excellent shape. The Ferryman has undergone a near-total change of cast -- the original ...More

(29/05/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Octet (Signature Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Octet (Signature Theatre)

In Octet, Dave Malloy keeps charting his own singular musical-theatre path, this time takin on a challenge that, even by his own exacting standards, is fraught with peril. The show unfolds at a twelve-step meeting for ...More

(28/05/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Curse of the Starving Class (Signature Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Curse of the Starving Class (Signature Theatre)

Some productions climax, or even conclude, with a coup de théâtre; Terry Kinney's production at the Signature begins with one, and it's a honey: As the lights come up, Julian Crouch's set, depicting a rundown farmhouse ...More

(24/05/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Mac Beth (Red Bull Theater/Lucille Lortel Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Mac Beth (Red Bull Theater/Lucille Lortel Theatre)

Literature, dramatic or otherwise, has so many examples of mayhem-spreading adolescent girls -- the putative witches of The Crucible, the young murderesses of the film Heavenly Creatures, and little Rhoda Penmark, the ...More

(22/05/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Feral (Tortoise in a Nutshell/59E59)

Theatre in Review: Feral (Tortoise in a Nutshell/59E59)

Frequent readers of this column may be familiar with the work of Manual Cinema, the Chicago-based troupe that uses old-fashioned overhead projectors, combined with silhouettes, paper puppets, and shadow effects, to tell stories. Now comes ...More

(21/05/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Proof of Love (Audible/New York Theatre Workshop/Minetta Lane Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Proof of Love (Audible/New York Theatre Workshop/Minetta Lane Theatre)

Constance Daley, the well-appointed black matron who is the sole character in Proof of Love, isn't the sort who ruffles easily, but she has a situation on her hands of the sort that would challenge anyone. First, her husband ...More

(20/05/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Posting Letters to the Moon (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Posting Letters to the Moon (59E59)

Anyone looking for a civilized ninety minutes of adult amusement can't go wrong with this lovely, casual piece. The actress Lucy Fleming, daughter of the stage and film star Celia Johnson and the travel writer Peter ...More

(17/05/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Enter Laughing: The Musical (York Theatre Company)

Theatre in Review: Enter Laughing: The Musical (York Theatre Company)

The kosher corn is as high as an elephant's eye in Enter Laughing, a shameless hokefest that crossbreeds 1930s nostalgia, Jewish domestic comedy, and backstage farce to often-irresistible effect. Even when the jokes seem to hail ...More

(17/05/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Happy Talk (The New Group/Pershing Square Signature Center)

Theatre in Review: Happy Talk (The New Group/Pershing Square Signature Center)

The playwright Jesse Eisenberg draws his characters with such penetrating insight, such ruthless exactitude, that he sometimes leaves the audience with nothing to discover. Consider the case of Lorraine, the central character of H ...More

(16/05/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Pink Unicorn (Episcopal Actors' Guild)

Theatre in Review: The Pink Unicorn (Episcopal Actors' Guild)

Trisha, the heroine/narrator of The Pink Unicorn, is -- at first glance, anyway -- a thoroughly unremarkable lady, although this is about to change. A widow living in a small Texas town, she works as a cleaner at the local hospital. ...More

(15/05/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Plough and the Stars (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Plough and the Stars (Irish Repertory Theatre)

The Irish Rep's Sean O'Casey trilogy ends on a note of triumph with Charlotte Moore's staging of this little-seen report from the embattled streets of Dublin. Each of the plays is set during a different flashpoint in the ...More

(13/05/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Paul Swan is Dead and Gone (Torn/Page)

Theatre in Review: Paul Swan is Dead and Gone (Torn/Page)

There's a kind of séance taking place these nights in the Chelsea townhouse once owned by the actors Rip Torn and Geraldine Page. (Hence the venue's name.) The spirit getting called up is one of the more bizarre, wildly self-invented ...More

(10/05/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Lockdown (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater)/BLKS (MCC Theater)

Theatre in Review: Lockdown (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater)/BLKS (MCC Theater)

Two new plays deal with the complexities of being black in America in the second decade of the twenty-first century. Each of them treads a slightly uncertain path between character comedy and starker political realities, although neither ...More

(09/05/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Luzia (Cirque du Soleil/Citi Field)

Theatre in Review: Luzia (Cirque du Soleil/Citi Field)

After a few misfires and a couple of failed attempts at taking Broadway, things are looking up again at Cirque du Soleil. The troupe's latest touring show, Luzia, has some fresh design ideas, a number of excellent acts, and an ...More

(08/05/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Hans Christian Andersen: Tales Real & Imagined/The Bigot

Theatre in Review: Hans Christian Andersen: Tales Real & Imagined/The Bigot

Our theme today is misfits -- and what a pair these two plays offer up. Hans Christian Andersen: Tales Real and Imagined is the product of Ensemble for the Romantic Century, a company that creates potted biographies of famous ...More

(07/05/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Hillary and Clinton (Golden Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Hillary and Clinton (Golden Theatre)

Can this marriage be saved? Better yet, can this marriage be escaped? Or even survived? Perhaps as a warmup for her appearance, next season, in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Laurie Metcalf is starring in Hillary and ...More

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