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(02/05/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Bamboo in Bushwick (Working Theater at Urban Stages)

Theatre in Review: Bamboo in Bushwick (Working Theater at Urban Stages)

Bamboo in Bushwick weds an uneventful naturalistic drama about gentrification to a bizarre series of fantasy sequences that seem to come from a National Geographic special. The action unfolds on a street in the neighborhood ...More

(01/05/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Six Degrees of Separation/The Antipodes

Theatre in Review: Six Degrees of Separation/The Antipodes

Two new productions focus, in entirely different ways, on the importance of storytelling in helping each of us define who we are. Six Degrees of Separation (in its first Broadway revival, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre) is ...More

(01/05/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Lunt-Fontanne)

Theatre in Review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Lunt-Fontanne)

Given the chilly reception afforded Charlie and the Chocolate Factory last week, I feel duty bound to point out that, if it is hardly the best musical on Broadway, it is surely the most improved. In the West End, where it ...More

(28/04/2017)

-Theatre in Review: A Doll's House, Part 2 (Golden Theatre)

Theatre in Review: A Doll's House, Part 2 (Golden Theatre)

Having, so many years ago, sat, gobsmacked, through A Doll's Life -- the show that answers the question, What happened to Ibsen's Nora after she famously slammed the door on her marriage? -- I confess to having arrived at the Golden ...More

(27/04/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Bandstand (Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Bandstand (Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre)

Swing music is usually represented in popular culture as an eruption of high spirits. The dominant form of the 1930s and '40s, it was, arguably, the first pop music aimed directly at a teenage demographic; after all, Grandma couldn't do ...More

(26/04/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Little Foxes (Manhattan Theatre Club/Samuel J. Friedman Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Little Foxes (Manhattan Theatre Club/Samuel J. Friedman Theatre)

Name your poison: Laura Linney or Cynthia Nixon? I mean this in the nicest possible way. Whichever version of The Little Foxes you attend, you are in for a memorable time. As you probably know, the actresses are ...More

(25/04/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Hello, Dolly! (Shubert Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Hello, Dolly! (Shubert Theatre)

The three loudest, most tumultuous ovations I have ever heard in a theatre happened the other night at the Shubert -- all of them for Bette Midler, making a momentous return to musical theatre as Dolly Gallagher Levi, marriage ...More

(25/04/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Anastasia (Broadhurst Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Anastasia (Broadhurst Theatre)

The Broadhurst Theatre is owned by the Shubert Organization, which has as an archive, maintained in the Lyceum Theatre; it includes correspondence, contracts, design sketches, scripts, and scores from its one hundred-plus years of ...More

(21/04/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Profane (Playwrights Horizons)/CasablancaBox (HERE)

Theatre in Review: The Profane (Playwrights Horizons)/CasablancaBox (HERE)

In The Profane, the playwright Zayd Dohrn reinvents a standard meet-the-parents plot in order to probe the uneasy peace shared by Muslim-Americans in contemporary America; the results are so absorbing -- and Dohrn is ...More

(19/04/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Rebel in the Soul (Irish Repertory)/Samara (Soho Rep)

Theatre in Review: Rebel in the Soul (Irish Repertory)/Samara (Soho Rep)

I know that the Irish are renowned for the gift of gab, but must it manifest itself in plays overloaded with dramatic monologues? A singular feature of modern Irish playwriting is an overreliance on long, long solo speeches. I blame Brian ...More

(18/04/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Groundhog Day (August Wilson Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Groundhog Day (August Wilson Theatre)

For the record, I attended Groundhog Day on the fateful Friday night when Andy Karl, the star (and the hardest-working man on Broadway), injured his knee, forcing him to hobble through the final two scenes with the aid ...More

(17/04/2017)

-Theatre in Review: War Paint (Nederlander Theatre)

Theatre in Review: War Paint (Nederlander Theatre)

"Coco, Coco, hoping to find...." This bit of an old show tune kept going through my mind the other night at the Nederlander as I watched Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole go through their glamorous paces in the new musical < ...More

(17/04/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Angel & Echoes/A Gambler's Guide to Dying (59E59)

Theatre in Review: Angel & Echoes/A Gambler's Guide to Dying (59E59)

The Brits Off Broadway season at 59E59 gets off to a gripping start with Angel & Echoes, a pair of one-acts by Henry Naylor that probe deeply into the tinderboxes of Afghanistan and Syria. The opener, "Echoes," ...More

(14/04/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical/In & Of Itself

Theatre in Review: The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical/In & Of Itself

Two new Off Broadway productions have magic on their minds. If the title of The Lightning Thief doesn't mean anything to you, then you aren't up-to-date on the YA novel scene. So, let me introduce you to Percy Jackson, ...More

(13/04/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Present Laughter (St. James Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Present Laughter (St. James Theatre)

"I'm always acting!" So says Garry Essendine, matinee idol, ladies' man, and the eye of his own emotional hurricane in Present Laughter. In his titanic self-regard and withering way with words, the hero of Noël Coward's 1939 ...More

(12/04/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Amélie (Walter Kerr Theatre)

Theatre in Review: Amélie (Walter Kerr Theatre)

There's one indisputably great thing about Amélie, and her name is Phillipa. Soo's the name, and surely you don't need an introduction from me; if you didn't catch her way back when as the romance-struck girl from the country ...More

(11/04/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Gently Down the Stream (The Public Theater)

Theatre in Review: Gently Down the Stream (The Public Theater)

Gently Down the Stream begins with a moment that is a kind of historical snapshot; it won't be the last of the evening. It is 2001 and two gay men have connected by the then-novel means of a website called Gaydar. This ...More

(10/04/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Picnic/Come Back, Little Sheba (Transport Group at The Gym and Judson)

Theatre in Review: Picnic/Come Back, Little Sheba (Transport Group at The Gym and Judson)

In his 1950s Broadway heyday, the playwright William Inge enjoyed a success second only to that of Tennessee Williams. As was the case with Williams, the succeeding decades were not so kind, and Inge, who killed himself, remains ...More

(07/04/2017)

-Theatre in Review: The Play That Goes Wrong (Lyceum Theatre)

Theatre in Review: The Play That Goes Wrong (Lyceum Theatre)

The Play That Goes Wrong is the play that asks the question, Why isn't Michael Frayn calling his lawyer? This new slapstick stage farce, imported from London, is such a blatant rip-off of Frayn's now-classic Noises Off ...More

(06/04/2017)

-Theatre in Review: Vanity Fair (Pearl Theatre Company)

Theatre in Review: Vanity Fair (Pearl Theatre Company)

It may be that Kate Hamill and Eric Tucker have finally met their dream author in William Makepeace Thackeray. As you may recall, Hamill adapted Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, under Tucker's direction, for ...More

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