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(12/02/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Flight (Vox Motus/McKittrick Hotel)

Theatre in Review: Flight (Vox Motus/McKittrick Hotel)

The McKittrick Hotel, home of the long-running immersive experience Sleep No More, has become a cabinet of theatrical curiosities. Last season, it offered The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, a rather beguiling barroom ...More

(09/02/2018)

-Theatre in Review: In the Body of the World (Manhattan Theatre Club/City Center Stage I)

Theatre in Review: In the Body of the World (Manhattan Theatre Club/City Center Stage I)

"I have been exiled from my body," says Eve Ensler at the top of her latest theatrical confessional, a line that certainly gets one's attention. It's also the first articulation of a thesis that many will find deeply distressing -- ...More

(09/02/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Against the Hillside (Ensemble Studio Theatre/Radio Drama Network)

Theatre in Review: Against the Hillside (Ensemble Studio Theatre/Radio Drama Network)

The toxic effects of drone warfare have, in the last few years, spawned some powerful dramas. George Brant's Grounded, produced twice Off Broadway, looks deeply into the shattered soul of an Air Force pilot who spends her days ...More

(07/02/2018)

-Theatre in Review: [Porto] (Women's Project Theatre)

Theatre in Review: [Porto] (Women's Project Theatre)

Whenever Kate Benson, who wrote [Porto], stops talking, her play threatens to be a funny and touching romantic comedy tinged with the anxieties of early middle age. Too much of the time, however, we are forced to cope ...More

(06/02/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Jimmy Titanic (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Jimmy Titanic (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Is it possible that a piece running only seventy-five minutes can be overstuffed? I submit as evidence Jimmy Titanic. The playwright, Bernard McMullan, works so many angles on the story of the sinking of a certain ...More

(06/02/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Hangmen (Atlantic Theater Company)

Theatre in Review: Hangmen (Atlantic Theater Company)

Martin McDonagh, the playwright, is in danger of being eclipsed by Martin McDonagh, the filmmaker; even if you feel, as do I, that his latest film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, doesn't juggle its farcical and ...More

(05/02/2018)

-Theatre in Review: He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box (Theatre for a New Audience)

Theatre in Review: He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box (Theatre for a New Audience)

After a silence of ten years, Adrienne Kennedy has returned with this brief, elliptical, haunting play, a romance that opens a window on a complex and treacherous past. Actually, "play" is something of a misnomer: He Brought ...More

(05/02/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Imperfect Love (The Left Wing/Connelly Theater)

Theatre in Review: Imperfect Love (The Left Wing/Connelly Theater)

Whatever else one might say about Imperfect Love, it looks like a billion lire, thanks to the scenery and costumes by Gianni Quaranta, whose film production design credits include Franco Zeffirelli's Brother Sun, ...More

(02/02/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Fire and Air (Classic Stage Company)

Theatre in Review: Fire and Air (Classic Stage Company)

In Fire and Air, Terrence McNally takes on what may be his greatest challenge: He tries to make us sympathize with a producer. And not just any producer -- the play revolves around Sergei Diaghilev, founder of ...More

(31/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Cardinal (Second Stage)

Theatre in Review: Cardinal (Second Stage)

Cardinal is about people who will do anything to save a dying town; the only problem is, there's no there there. The municipality in question is located in Upstate New York, its sole raison d'ĂȘtre being a now-closed car-parts ...More

(29/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play/A Kind Shot

Theatre in Review: Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play/A Kind Shot

This is the year of the solo show; I can't remember seeing so many of them in a single season, covering such a wide variety of topics. Two new offerings focus on the tumultuous real lives of women. Josephine Baker is the subject of < ...More

(26/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Balls (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Balls (59E59)

Maybe you had to be there, but the Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs Battle of the Sexes tennis match was a pop culture publicity stunt that became a watershed moment. Nothing changed overnight, but the defeat of Riggs -- a vulgar provocateur ...More

(25/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Party Face (City Center Stage II)

Theatre in Review: Party Face (City Center Stage II)

Whatever you think of Party Face -- and, sooner or later, we're going to have get around to that -- Hayley Mills is a delight. Chicly dressed in satiny pants, a bolero jacket, and low heels, her face wreathed in ...More

(24/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Miles for Mary (Playwrights Horizons)

Theatre in Review: Miles for Mary (Playwrights Horizons)

Miles for Mary finds comedy gold in the least likely of situations, a series of faculty meetings at an Ohio high school in 1998. The attendees are members of the planning committee for an annual telethon, named after a ...More

(23/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The Homecoming Queen (Atlantic Theater Stage II)

Theatre in Review: The Homecoming Queen (Atlantic Theater Stage II)

The playwright Ngozi Anyanwu has quite a potentially wrenching story to tell in The Homecoming Queen, and I only wish she had better control of her material. The title character is Kelechi, born in Nigeria but long a ...More

(23/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The Thing With Feathers (The Barrow Group)

Theatre in Review: The Thing With Feathers (The Barrow Group)

That Scott Organ is a sly one: He opens his new play on such a note of mundane naturalism that you might begin to feel your eyes glazing over at the prospect of yet another family drama with nowhere to go. But trust the playwright - ...More

(22/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation (The Acting. Co./Theatre at St. Clement's)

Theatre in Review: X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation (The Acting. Co./Theatre at St. Clement's)

There are three strong, striking performances at the heart of Marcus Gardley's new play, all of which are worth your attention. It's certainly no surprise how Roslyn Ruff dominates the stage; she has done it many times before ...More

(19/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Until the Flood (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater)

Theatre in Review: Until the Flood (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater)

In her latest work, Dael Orlandersmith takes a leaf from Anna Deavere Smith's book, channeling a chorus of voices who comment on the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, the aftermath of which tore apart the town of Ferguson, Missouri, ...More

(19/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: Hindle Wakes (Mint Theater Company)

Theatre in Review: Hindle Wakes (Mint Theater Company)

There's a slashing irony sitting in plain view in Hindle Wakes, and it's to the credit of Stanley Houghton, its author, that the audience is left to discover it for itself. Written in 1910 and set in Lancashire, in the ...More

(18/01/2018)

-Theatre in Review: The Undertaking (The Civilians/59E59)

Theatre in Review: The Undertaking (The Civilians/59E59)

Those intrepid investigatory theatre-makers, The Civilians, have often dared to go where angels fear to tread, bringing enlightenment and enlivening humor to such big, intractable issues as evangelical Christianity (This ...More

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