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(12/10/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Treasurer (Playwrights Horizons)

Theatre in Review: The Treasurer (Playwrights Horizons)

Max Posner's new play begins with The Son, who will be our host and narrator for the evening. Even before he introduces himself, however, he makes an attention-getting announcement: "In a week, or a decade, or a day, sometime in the ...More

(11/10/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Gospel According to...(Primary Stages)/Ace (Marjorie S. Deane Theater)

Theatre in Review: The Gospel According to...(Primary Stages)/Ace (Marjorie S. Deane Theater)

In one of those odd coincidences that happen from time to time, two recently opened plays are by writers who have had substantial careers in talk television. The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo ...More

(10/10/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Syncing Ink (The Flea Theater)

Theatre in Review: Syncing Ink (The Flea Theater)

The Flea inaugurates the Sam, the largest space in its new Thomas Street home, with Syncing Ink, a rush of invention and youthful high spirits that is currently inspiring the kind of audience response rarely seen outside of ...More

(10/10/2017)

-Theatre in Review: My Lingerie Play (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre)

Theatre in Review: My Lingerie Play (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre)

The full title of My Lingerie Play -- {my lingerie play} 2017: THE CONCERT AND CALL TO ARMS!!!!!!!!! The Final Installation -- should give you an idea of the enthusiasm of the author and star, Diana Oh. The ...More

(10/10/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Charm (MCC Theater)

Theatre in Review: Charm (MCC Theater)

Philip Dawkins' Charm is based on the unlikely true story of Miss Gloria Allen, a transgender woman of a certain age who, several years ago, began hosting a charm school at the Center on Halsted, Chicago's gay ...More

(06/10/2017)

-Theatre in Review: As You Like It (Classic Stage Company)/The Show-Off (Peccadillo Theatre)

Theatre in Review: As You Like It (Classic Stage Company)/The Show-Off (Peccadillo Theatre)

Two classic comedies have returned to New York -- traveling light, unburdened of their laughter. Nobody takes seriously Shakespeare's famous line about the "two hour's traffic of the stage;" even Romeo and Juliet, the play from ...More

(04/10/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Desperate Measures (York Theatre Company)/The Violin (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Desperate Measures (York Theatre Company)/The Violin (59E59)

What is it with Shakespeare and musical theatre these days? For decades, his comedies were fair game for song-and-dance shows -- see The Boys From Syracuse; Kiss Me, Kate; and assorted takes on Twelfth Night. (There ...More

(03/10/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Mary Jane (New York Theatre Workshop)/Tiny Beautiful Things (Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: Mary Jane (New York Theatre Workshop)/Tiny Beautiful Things (Public Theater)

Two new productions face, head-on, one of life's most wrenching tragedies -- the loss of a child -- in very different ways. If one is far more effective than the other, each is notable for its willingness to stare, unblinkingly, into the ...More

(02/10/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Makbet (Dzieci Theatre)/Neighbors (INTAR/InViolet Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Makbet (Dzieci Theatre)/Neighbors (INTAR/InViolet Theatre)

The Scottish Play becomes The Gypsy Tragedy in this eccentric production of Shakespeare's drama. Whatever you think of it, I guarantee that you've never seen Macbeth staged like this: You arrive at Sure We Can, described in the ...More

(02/10/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Red Letter Plays: F---ing A and In the Blood (Signature Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Red Letter Plays: F---ing A and In the Blood (Signature Theatre)

Signature Theatre Company's admirable residency program is a classic win/win situation, providing valuable exposure for mid-career playwrights while allowing audiences to consider these writers' works in juxtaposition to each other. ...More

(29/09/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Breeders (New Light Theater Project/Access Theater)

Theatre in Review: Breeders (New Light Theater Project/Access Theater)

Breeders is about Mikey and Dean, gay partners in their early thirties; together since college, they have decided it's time to have kids. (Interestingly, they haven't married, and have no plans to do so.) While they wait for ...More

(27/09/2017)

-Theatre in Review: KPOP (Ars Nova/Ma-Yi Theater Company/Woodshed Collective)

Theatre in Review: KPOP (Ars Nova/Ma-Yi Theater Company/Woodshed Collective)

KPOP is such an audacious undertaking that it required three companies to get it on -- and, only a few minutes into it, you'll understand why. Consider this premise: On entering the ART/New York Theatres -- every square inch ...More

(26/09/2017)

-Theatre in Review: A Clockwork Orange (New World Stages)

Theatre in Review: A Clockwork Orange (New World Stages)

There's plenty of sound and fury -- and a potentially star-making performance -- in A Clockwork Orange, but ultimately its effect is as off-putting as Nadsat, the Cold War-inspired slang spoken by Alex, the protagonist, and ...More

(19/09/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Small World (Penguin Rep Theatre/59E59)

Theatre in Review: Small World (Penguin Rep Theatre/59E59)

In Small World, Walt Disney is portrayed as driven, deceptive, and egomaniacal -- in other words, an artist. For him, this is a step up. There is, it seems, a burgeoning dramatic sub-genre devoted to Disney as antagonist. It ...More

(18/09/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Loveless Texas (Boomerang Theatre Company/Sheen Center)

Theatre in Review: Loveless Texas (Boomerang Theatre Company/Sheen Center)

We've seen his works performed in almost every conceivable time frame and context, but Shakespeare and Texas, I fear, make for strange bedfellows. About a decade ago, we had The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas, a boisterous, yet ...More

(14/09/2017)

-Theatre in Review: For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday (Playwrights Horizons)

Theatre in Review: For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday (Playwrights Horizons)

If anyone could convince me to run off to Neverland, it would be Kathleen Chalfant. Stepping out in front of the attractive blue show curtain at the beginning of Sarah Ruhl's wry and rueful little charade, the actress ...More

(13/09/2017)

-Theatre in Review: On the Shore of the Wide World (Atlantic Theater Company)

Theatre in Review: On the Shore of the Wide World (Atlantic Theater Company)

Most psychologists will tell you that the healing process following a terrible loss is a slow one. This is undoubtedly true, but surely it often moves faster than the glacial pace maintained in On the Shore of the Wide World. ...More

(11/09/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Baroness: Isak Dinesen's Final Affair

Theatre in Review: The Baroness: Isak Dinesen's Final Affair

The writer Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen), arguably best known for the book Seven Gothic Tales, gets the gothic treatment herself in Thor BjÝrn Krebs' biographical drama --- produced by the Scandinavian American Theatre ...More

(11/09/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias

Theatre in Review: The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias

It's a brave thing for a male playwright -- even a gay one -- to take on rape and what has come to be known as rape culture, and in The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias, produced by The Playwrights Realm at The ...More

(31/08/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Inanimate (The Flea)

Theatre in Review: Inanimate (The Flea)

The only inanimate thing about Nick Robideau's new play is its premise: The heroine, Erica, has a virulent case of Objectým Sexuality. This is an apparently real term for people who have an orientation to inanimate love objects. (The ...More

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