Friday, December 18, 2009 at 5pm (Broadway Time)
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Serjeant Musgrave's Dance - by John Arden by Kristen Palmer

First performed at the Royal Court in 1959, Serjeant Musgrave's Dance (An Unhistorical Parable) is described in Arden's preface as being a realistic, but not a naturalistic play. It is set …

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Friday, December 18, 2009 at midnight (Broadway Time)
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Artistic Success, No Name Brand Necessary By BEN BRANTLEY

My favorite shows of 2009 are tough, inventive and seriously ambitious.

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Fanfare for the New, the Old, the Less Heralded By CHARLES ISHERWOOD

For the New York theater the year just past could be called the year of the underdog.

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Brief Encounter

This well-deserved extension is well worth a trip to Brooklyn.

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No jewels in these clowns by Michael Riedel

'Shpeel' needs fixes or it's so long, Soleil

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Character actor Charles Davis dies

The Irish-born actor appeared in numerous plays at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, acting alongside such talents as Burgess Meredith. When the producers of the hit Broadway musical "Finian's Ra…

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Theater company scripts say 'trim' and 'team up' By Joel Brown

This year, local theater companies found creative ways to shore up their bottom lines as theatergoers thought longer and harder about where to spend their money.

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Auditioning Their Hearts Out, for High School By JENNIFER MEDINA

For young New Yorkers who perform, trying out for one of the many competitive arts schools has become a consuming, nail-biting effort.

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As Good as Having an Uncle in the Business By FELICIA R. LEE

Between the squeeze of the recession and the annual appetite for holiday entertainment, the hunt for a good, cheap evening out has reached new heights.

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Six Years in 'Memphis': Rock 'n' Roll 'n' Changes By PATRICK HEALY

The actors Chad Kimball and Montego Glover have brought "Memphis" to Broadway the old-fashioned way: they stuck with the show.

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Quick Q&A: Maria Dizzia by Patrick Lee

On her role in "In The Next Room, or the vibrator play"

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PLAYBILL.COM'S BRIEF ENCOUNTER With Annie Potts

Annie Potts, now starring in God of Carnage, trained in the stage arts, but she never got much chance to use it. A little thing called episodic television got in the way.

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Gigi Wanted to Do 'St. Joan' By JOANNE KAUFMAN

She defined gamine for a generation. Now, at 78, Leslie Caron says she's not done with acting yet.

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PAGE SIX

Jackie Mason, who used to play standing-room-only crowds on Broadway, is planning a more intimate gig in March.

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Video Feature
Sweet Music By: Brian Scott Lipton, Edward Highfield, and Tristan Fuge

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alexander Hanson discuss starring in the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music.

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An Insignificant Riddle and the Other Women in an Orphan's Life By BEN BRANTLEY

"Widow Claire" is an exquisite short play in the second part of Horton Foote's ever more engrossing "Orphans' Home Cycle."

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The Orphans' Home Cycle: Part Two
Review by Matthew Murray

"Intense" is not a word typically associated with the plays of Horton Foote. But when discussing the second chapter of the Signature Theatre Company's production of The Orphans' Home Cycle, none other will do.

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The Orphans' Home Cycle: Part Two-The Story of a Marriage - Reviewed by Erik Haagensen

As with Part One, three hours fly by as this utterly engaging and deeply compelling work unfolds.

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The Orphans' Home Cycle: Part Two
Reviewedby:Dan Bacalzo

Horton Foote's epic tale of small-town Texas life in the early part of the twentieth century continues to impress.

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Review: "The Orphans' Home Cycle, Part Two" BY ROBERT FELDBERG

The plays are superbly acted by a large cast, and have been directed by Michael Wilson with uncommon sensitivity.

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Stuff and Nunn Sense

It's hard to turn one of Stephen Sondheim's greatest achievements, "A Little Night Music," into something glib and garish-but director Trevor Nunn does just that, says Terry Teachout.

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Horace Robedaux journeys into adulthood, marriage By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Critic

Part 3, in which Horace moves into the role of family patriarch, opens Jan. 26. We can't wait.

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The Orphans' Home Cycle: Part 2 - Review by Matt Windman

The entire cast is superb, especially Bill Heck as the forlorn but resilient Horace. But it is the playwright's daughter Hallie Foote, often considered the foremost interpreter of his work, …

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The Orphan's Home Cycle (Part 2)

Horton Foote's epic continues and things are looking up for Homer Robedeaux.

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Horton Foote's 'Orphans' Home Cycle' spins further tales about a nice guy's journey BY MICHAEL SOMMERS

Obviously some of the anecdotal charm of the original plays has been sacrificed for narrative speed, which is understandable but still a pity since the magic of Foote's writing lies in the a…

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Nine
Review by Todd McCarthy

Sophisticated, sexy and stylishly decked out, Rob Marshall's disciplined, tightly focused film impresses and amuses.

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Cruz Purrs, Sings in 'Nine'; 'Victoria' Simmers: Jeremy Gerard

Marshall has come a long way from his popular screen adaptation of the musical "Chicago." Unlike that film, "Nine" is better than the Broadway show from which it has been cunningly adapted b…

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NINE
Reviewedby:Brian Scott Lipton

Daniel Day-Lewis gives an intensely committed performance in the film version of the Tony Award-winning musical.

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'Avatar': The Unreal Thing By JOE MORGENSTERN

Cameron creates a 3-D planet apart; brassy 'Nine' is, say, a 71/2

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'Nine' isn't the sum of its glittery parts By BETSY SHARKEY

Oscar, Tony and Grammy winners fail to turn the Rob Marshall musical into something as engaging as 'Chicago.'

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Review: "Nine" By: Neil Rosen

Overall, except from a few good musical numbers, there's just not a lot of fun to be had here.

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Nine, review By Tim Robey

Nine's knowingly tawdry fantasy of Sixties style is let down by Maury Yeston's score.

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Nine - Review by Keith Uhlich

Let's not dance around it: Nine-the film adaptation of the stage musical based on Federico Fellini's 81/2-is a dud.

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Fellini Fantasy Meets a Harsh Reality in Rob Marshall's Nine By Scott Foundas

Earlier this decade, watching choreographer turned director Rob Marshall make an incoherent, Oscar-annointed shambles out of Bob Fosse's Chicago, I wondered if Marshall had ever seen a screen musical before he got the assignment. Watching Nine, I began to wonder if Marshall has ever seen a movie other than his own.

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There Will Be Lingerie (Singing, Too) By A. O. SCOTT

"I can't make this movie," he sings. Substitute "watch" for "make" and provide your own music.

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The Year of David Cromer

The two best shows of 2009 had two things in common: both shared the same director, and both opened away from Broadway. Terry Teachout looks back at the year in review.

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Stifters Dinge - Reviewed by JASON FITZGERALD

Difficult to categorize but a privilege to absorb, the show is Shelley meets Beckett meets Rauschenberg, and it's all new again.

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Fascinating Aida - Absolutely Miraculous!
Reviewedby:Andy Propst

These three spirited women serve up a remarkably sophisticated topical revue.

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Witty revival has much to Shaw for itself by Frank Scheck (*** 1/2)

"Misalliance" may have been written 100 years ago, but it feels as relevant as ever in this endlessly entertaining rendition.

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Marriott's 'Lady' better than fair BY HEDY WEISS

Revival's veterans add acting skills to vocal ability

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Theater Listings: Dec. 18 - 24

Selective listings from theater critics of The New York Times.

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