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Arts, Briefly: 'Next to Normal' Transfers to Broadway By PATRICK HEALY; Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF

In an unusual move, the producers plan to close the Longacre's balcony to create a more intimate feel by reducing the number of seats to 820, from a capacity of about 1,100.

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Workshop May Present Play Critical of Israel By PATRICK HEALY

New York Theater Workshop is considering mounting a production of a Caryl Churchill play that at times paints heartless images of Israelis.

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Mirren to Grace D.C. Stage in Fall By Peter Marks

In something of a glittery coup for the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren will be featured this September at the troupe's Sidney Harman Hall, in a visit by the …

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Long earns Goodspeed Award

Tony winner the first costume designer to win

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Op-Ed Columnist
Cheney and the Goat Devil By MAUREEN DOWD

I was dubious about Will Ferrell doing his Bush impersonation one more time on Broadway.

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Watch 'American Idol' Castoff Joanna Pacitti Tour Record Labels By Jocelyn Vena

Pacitti auditioned for executives in an episode of 'True Life' in 2002.

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Hey, Mister Rodgers! By: Andy Propst

There's a renaissance of Richard Rodgers' music on the Broadway stage and the CD shelf!

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BACKSTAGE: The Man With a 'Tale' That Just Keeps On Going By Jane Horwitz

Chazz Palminteri says about 80 percent of his solo show "A Bronx Tale" -- about growing up in a Mafia-run neighborhood in the early 1960s -- is true.

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Dante's Ben Cunis and Paata Tsikurishvili by Joel Markowitz

A conversation with Synetic Theater Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili, director of Dante and Ben Cunis, co-adaptor, who appears in the title role.

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Theater Review | 'In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)'
A Quaint Treatment for Women Wronged By CHARLES ISHERWOOD

Sarah Ruhl's spirited and stimulating new comedy is a fanciful but compassionate consideration of the treatment, and the mistreatment, of women in the late 19th century.

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RAISING IBSEN TO NEW HEIGHTS By FRANK SCHECK (*** 1/2)

TO say that director Lee Breuer's take on "A Doll's House" is "high concept" is putting it mildly. Back in Brooklyn, where it opened last night after a five-year international tour, "Mabou M…

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Mabou Mines Dollhouse - Reviewed by ADAM R. PERLMAN

The company is quite fine overall, but the real treat is Mark Povinelli's towering Torvald. Equal parts lust and disgust, he's the type of tiny tyrant you might struggle to slam the door on.

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The Jazz Age
Review By BOB VERINI

There's a lot of jazz about F. Scott Fitzgerald's supposed homoerotic fixation on Ernest Hemingway (and Papa's ambivalent reaction to same), but it doesn't add up to a convincing portrait of…

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Chuck.Chuck.Chuck. - Reviewed by NICOLE VILLENEUVE

The modular structure and stream-of-consciousness style of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" make the novel a daunting choice for theatrical adaptation. Yet Immediate Medium's new producti…

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The Book of Lambert - Reviewed by JASON FITZGERALD

Leslie Lee's play, receiving a fine -- and overdue -- world premiere at La MaMa, mines deep, starting in the recesses of the New York City subway and ending in the depths of its characters' …

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Love/Stories (Or But You Will Get Used To It)
Reviewed by: Dan Bacalzo

Itamar Moses' amusing evening of short plays are characterized by frustrated love affairs and quirky metatheatrics.

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American Rapture: The Lonely Soul of a Crowded Nation - Reviewed by ROBERT WINDELER

While the umbrella title is ironic, an unusually high level of acting and careful direction make "American Rapture: The Lonely Soul of a Crowded Nation" very satisfying if not quite rapturou…

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Conversations on Russian Literature (Plus Three More Plays) - Reviewed by ROBERT WINDELER

Sometimes all you can really hope to take away from an evening or afternoon at the theatre is the memory of one astonishing performance. In David Johnston's two-handed 52-minute play of the …

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Conversation With a Kleagle - Reviewed by ROBERT WINDELER

Kevin B. Ploth has directed the 100-minute piece with appropriate intensity, but his staging of a largish cast isn't helped by the unevenness of the acting company.

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Fresh Kills - Reviewed by MARK PEIKERT

Opening her play with an act of fellatio and ending it with a suicide, playwright Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder is anything but timid. Unfortunately, the characters in her "Fresh Kills" remain fr…

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In a Minor Key by J. Cooper Robb

Blackbird shows the aftermath of one man's sexual encounter with a young girl.

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Noises Off

Playwright/novelist Michael Frayn's farce still sends audiences into hysterics

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TV Preview: 'Something to Dance About': A Master's Life, With Missteps By Sarah Kaufman

"Great artists are not great saints," says one observer, talking about Jerome Robbins in an elegant, first-ever documentary about the famously hot-tempered Broadway hitmaker.

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Holiday bonanza on Broadway

Presidents Day weekend brought a box office boost to Broadway last week, with total sales rising almost $2 million to $14.4 million for 23 shows on the boards.

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