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(24/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Molly Sweeney (Keen Company/Theatre Row)

Theatre in Review: Molly Sweeney (Keen Company/Theatre Row)

As if to prove the adage about the Irish and their gift of gab, in 1994 Brian Friel wrote Molly Sweeney, a play that talks itself into a standstill. Borrowing the format of Faith Healer (one of his best works) ...More

(23/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Rose Tattoo (American Airlines Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Rose Tattoo (American Airlines Theatre)

It's nice to see some interest once again in the second-tier works of Tennessee Williams. (Note to producers: We do not need revivals of The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ...More

(23/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Scotland, PA (Roundabout at Laura Pels Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Scotland, PA (Roundabout at Laura Pels Theatre)

Scotland, PA, is certainly not the worst musical of the season -- under Lonny Price's direction it is often briskly efficient -- but it may be the most baffling one. Book writer Michael Mitnick and ...More

(22/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation (Triad)

Theatre in Review: Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation (Triad)

Really, I think of Gerard Alessandrini as a kind of superhero: In a show business world gone mad, you can always count on Forbidden Broadway, his long-running satirical revue, to rise up, phoenix-like, ready to smack down the ...More

(22/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: For Colored Girls... (The Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: For Colored Girls... (The Public Theater)

Aside from Shakespeare, The Public isn't where one sees revivals, but this new mounting of Ntozake Shange's groundbreaking 1976 "choreopoem" is a rare and welcome exception. A golden example of Public founder Joe Papp's devotion ...More

(21/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: When It Happens to You (Sheen Center)

Theatre in Review: When It Happens to You (Sheen Center)

When It Happens to You is a harrowing story, haltingly told. The author, Tawni O'Dell, is also the star; admitting up front that she is not an actress, she serves as narrator, recounting the incident that shattered ...More

(21/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: La Breve y Maravillosa Vida de Oscar Wao (Repertorio Español)

Theatre in Review: La Breve y Maravillosa Vida de Oscar Wao (Repertorio Español)

Translating a novel to the stage is frequently a tricky proposition, but when the book is Junot Díaz's Pulitzer Prize winner, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, one is openly asking for trouble. At first glance a ...More

(18/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Little Shop of Horrors (Westside Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Little Shop of Horrors (Westside Theatre)

Get ready: Audrey II is back, ready to devour a new generation of audiences. Little Shop of Horrors, the long-running 1980s hit -- which cemented the partnership of librettist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken, ...More

(18/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Dublin Carol (Irish Rep)/Georgia Mertching is Dead (Ensemble Studio Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Dublin Carol (Irish Rep)/Georgia Mertching is Dead (Ensemble Studio Theatre)

When it comes to substance abuse, the theatre is currently on a binge. The titles under consideration today make the third and fourth plays to open in the last two weeks on this generally dispiriting topic. While the previously reviewed ...More

(17/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Linda Vista (Helen Hayes Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Linda Vista (Helen Hayes Theatre)

Linda Vista is a romantic comedy, Tracy Letts-style, which means that the human toll is enormous. Wheeler, a fifty-year-old loser, his marriage in the tank and his adolescent son no longer speaking to him, is starting over ...More

(16/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Soft Power (The Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: Soft Power (The Public Theater)

With a premise as clever as it is convoluted, Soft Power may be more fun to talk about than to see. A wildly original political satire, it is also a labor-intensive endeavor, requiring the services of an eminent playwright, a much ...More

(16/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter

Theatre in Review: The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter

For the second offering of its three-part Cole Porter celebration, the folks at York Theatre Company have uncorked a fresh magnum of wit and cockeyed wisdom. This revue, originally assembled by the producer Ben Bagley in 1965 ...More

(15/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The White Chip/Nothing Gold Can Stay

Theatre in Review: The White Chip/Nothing Gold Can Stay

The White Chip, at 59E59, is the funny drunk of plays: It's a frequently hilarious yarn until you begin to notice the desperation lurking behind the wisecracks. It is presented as the testimony of Steven, a bright, talented theatre ...More

(15/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Notes on My Mother's Decline (The Play Company/Next Door at NYTW)

Theatre in Review: Notes on My Mother's Decline (The Play Company/Next Door at NYTW)

Seeing Caroline Lagerfelt onstage again feels like catching up with an old friend. A ubiquitous presence in New York theatres during the 1980s and '90s, she brought her distinctive look (that Meissen china complexion, especially), ...More

(11/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Great Society (Vivian Beaumont Theater)

Theatre in Review: The Great Society (Vivian Beaumont Theater)

The commotion emanating from the Beaumont these nights might be the sound of President Lyndon B. Johnson roaring, Lear-like, at his enemies, or it might signal a nation in profound crisis; now that I think of it, these might be the same ...More

(10/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Sunday (Atlantic Theater Company)

Theatre in Review: Sunday (Atlantic Theater Company)

It's a time-honored tradition for playwrights to indict the younger generation for being corrupt or feckless or whatever, but Sunday may be the first play to look at the current twentysomething set and diagnose them as ...More

(10/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: The Invention of Tragedy; The Green Room

Theatre in Review: The Invention of Tragedy; The Green Room

Two exceedingly odd productions provide showcases for young actors, although they certainly have their work cut out for them. The Invention of Tragedy is part of The Flea Theater's Mac Wellman festival. Wellman, who ...More

(08/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons)

Theatre in Review: Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons)

You can safely call Will Arbery one of the bravest playwrights around. In Heroes of the Fourth Turning -- not a title one would wish on any play -- he has populated the stage with conservative Catholic intellectuals, ...More

(07/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: All My Fathers (La MaMa)

Theatre in Review: All My Fathers (La MaMa)

In his new play, Paul David Young takes a remarkably creaky premise and runs rings around it. The "my" of the title refers to David Younger, a middle-aged gay playwright living in New York but, as the play begins, visiting his ...More

(07/10/2019)

-Theatre in Review: Round Table (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Round Table (59E59)

The playwright Liba Vaynberg can fairly be described as a mistress of the unexpected. For one thing, she has in Round Table written a romantic comedy, a genre that currently seems as extinct as the dodo. For another, ...More

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