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(30/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Exquisita Agonia (Repertorio Espanol)

Theatre in Review: Exquisita Agonia (Repertorio Espanol)

If you've been wondering where Nilo Cruz has been lately, you can drop in on Repertorio Espanol, where the Pulitzer Prize winner's latest drama is playing. The last decade or so seems to have had its effect on the playwright's style ...More

(29/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre)

Detroit and Dominique Morisseau: a pairing to look out for. In her first two plays about the Motor City, Morisseau deftly yoked her characters' conflicts to key historical stress points in the larger community. Detroit '67 is ...More

(29/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Devil of Choice (Labyrinth Theater/Cherry Lane)

Theatre in Review: Devil of Choice (Labyrinth Theater/Cherry Lane)

I'm going to make a wild guess that Devil of Choice got picked up on the strength of two monologues: Labyrinth is very much an actor's company, and playwright Maggie Diaz Bofill has provided her leading ladies with a ...More

(23/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The Beast in the Jungle (Vineyard Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Beast in the Jungle (Vineyard Theatre)

At ninety-one, John Kander may be the youngest man in show business; in any case, he acts like it. At an age when many of his contemporaries are willing to sit back and wait for the next tribute, he remains a restless and ...More

(23/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Peace for Mary Frances (The New Group/Pershing Square Signature Center)

Theatre in Review: Peace for Mary Frances (The New Group/Pershing Square Signature Center)

Lily Thorne strikes me as a talented writer, and when she learns something about structure and the importance of conflict, there's good reason to believe that she will produce something memorable. Right now, however, we have Pe ...More

(22/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Tremor (Sherman Theatre/59E59)

Theatre in Review: Tremor (Sherman Theatre/59E59)

Tremor begins with a reunion of ex-lovers and ends with the baring of an ugly truth about life in Britain today. I don't want to tell too much, as the success of Brad Birch's play depends on a series of carefully timed ...More

(21/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Woman and Scarecrow (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Woman and Scarecrow (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Death is the thing with feathers in Marina Carr's 2006 drama, a two-hour-plus, two-act deathwatch featuring a soon-to-be-deceased heroine who has lost none of her lung power, even while teetering on the edge of the grave. Callous as ...More

(21/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Time's Journey Through a Room (The Play Company/ART New York Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Time's Journey Through a Room (The Play Company/ART New York Theatre)

Near the beginning of Time's Journey Through a Room, we see a man, seated with his back to the audience in a notably sterile-looking living room. Standing, down front, speaking directly to the audience, the actress Maho ...More

(17/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Twelfth Night (The Acting Company/Polonsky Shakespeare Center)

Theatre in Review: Twelfth Night (The Acting Company/Polonsky Shakespeare Center)

The first glimpses one gets of Maria Aitken's production set off alarm bells. Lee Savage's set depicts the kind of whitewashed villa that adorns seaside towns all over Europe; it appears to have been built no earlier than ...More

(17/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Bump (Ensemble Studio Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Bump (Ensemble Studio Theatre)

This has been the Week of Irrelevant Subplots: Earlier, I saw Happy Birthday, Wanda June, which interrupts its main action, about a romantic quadrangle and machismo run amok, with a series of scenes set in the afterlife, featuring a ...More

(16/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Operation Crucible/Happy Birthday, Wanda June

Theatre in Review: Operation Crucible/Happy Birthday, Wanda June

Two current, and very different, productions consider the definition of masculinity as it applies to society as a whole. A vivid slice of World War II history is served up, if not always coherently, in Kieran Knowles' new play, ...More

(15/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The Jewish King Lear (Metropolitan Playhouse)

Theatre in Review: The Jewish King Lear (Metropolitan Playhouse)

The persistence of the Yiddish theatre into the twenty-first century, a good seventy years after it ceased to be a major cultural force in New York, continues to astonish. In recent seasons, we have gotten Yiddish-language productions of More

(14/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Long Day's Journey Into Night (Brooklyn Academy of Music)

Theatre in Review: Long Day's Journey Into Night (Brooklyn Academy of Music)

It's fascinating to consider how many ways there are to play Mary Tyrone, the spiritually poisoned, and poisonous, matriarch of Eugene O'Neill's family tragedy. Constance Cummings -- admittedly recalled through the mists of memory - ...More

(10/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The Gentleman Caller (Abingdon Theatre Company/Cherry Lane Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Gentleman Caller (Abingdon Theatre Company/Cherry Lane Theatre)

Philip Dawkins has written a play about Tennessee Williams and William Inge, and, having seen it, I'm wondering why. The Gentleman Caller treats two of the twentieth-century American theatre's most ...More

(09/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons)

Theatre in Review: Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons)

That Clare Barron is a sly one; she has a sneaky way of making you wonder where on earth she is going with an idea -- and then, before you know it, you've been won over. So it was with You Got Older, a 2014 work about adult ...More

(09/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Alternating Currents/217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous

Theatre in Review: Alternating Currents/217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous

Two new plays explore, in very different ways, the intersection of private lives and political concerns. Alternating Currents draws its inspiration from a distinctive feature of New York life, Electchester, the complex erected in ...More

(08/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre Workshop)

Theatre in Review: Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre Workshop)

In this 1976 work, Caryl Churchill has achieved something equally notable and dubious: She has written a play that is simultaneously interesting and boring. Watching it, I felt my patience being tried, repeatedly and at length. And ...More

(04/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Unexpected Joy (York Theatre Company)

Theatre in Review: Unexpected Joy (York Theatre Company)

Unexpected Joy starts on a wry, welcoming note with Joy, a pop singer of a certain age, gliding her way through a lovely, rueful tune titled "How Do We Go On?" It's the kind of thing you might have heard on the radio in the late ...More

(03/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Judas (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble)

Theatre in Review: Judas (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble)

Robert Patrick's drama about the birth of Christianity may be titled Judas, but it's Pontius Pilate who gets all the tastiest speeches. There's a kind of rough justice at work here. In so many stage and film versions, ...More

(03/05/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Summer and Smoke (Classic Stage Company/Transport Group)

Theatre in Review: Summer and Smoke (Classic Stage Company/Transport Group)

In many ways, Dane Laffrey's set for this new production of Summer and Smoke tells the tale: The designer has devised a white deck with a matching white dropped ceiling. Furniture is kept to a minimum, aside from half ...More

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