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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Review: ‘Childless,’ a Film of Connected Monologues, Stars Joe Mantegna by Andy Webster

The movie, written and directed by Charlie Levi, follows a group of Angelenos dealing with problems, among them the death of a child.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Review: ‘The Belle of Belfast,’ a Pressure Cooker of Moral Quandaries by Andy Webster

Nate Rufus Edelman’s drama captures a community questioning faith and politics in Northern Ireland in 1985.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review: ‘Salvage’ Looks at What the Hazmat Dragged In by Andy Webster

August Schulenberg’s new play, at the Loisaida Center, considers life in a postapocalyptic Manhattan.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Review: When Jules Verne Met Nellie Bly by Andy Webster

“Jules Verne: From the Earth to the Moon” is a multimedia celebration of aspiration based on Verne’s true-life encounter with the journalist and feminist.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Review: A Darker ‘Pinocchio’ Strays From Disney’s Wholesome Take by Andy Webster

Bearing shadows truer to Carlo Collodi’s 19th-century tale, this family-friendly show manifests robust energy, visual flair and an aversion to modern-day phoniness.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Review: In ‘The Man of the Hour,’ Back-Room Politics Is Ageless by Andy Webster

This revival of George H. Broadhurst’s 1906 political drama, inspired by Tammany Hall cronyism, is at the Metropolitan Playhouse.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Theater Review: ‘Film Chinois’ at the Beckett Theater by Andy Webster

There is roiling tumult amid the shadows in Damon Chua’s play “Film Chinois,” an exercise in noir styling and political intrigue.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014

Theater Review: Spies at Work in 'Asymmetric,' at 59E59 by Andy Webster

Mac Rogers’s “Asymmetric,” at the 59E59 Theaters, is an espionage thriller in which a retired C.I.A. interrogator is called on to question his own ex-wife.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Theater Review: ‘Powerhouse,’ a Play About the Composer Raymond Scott by Andy Webster

“Powerhouse,” on the life of the composer Raymond Scott, sustains the controlled mad dash of the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoons that used his music.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Theater Review: ‘Metamorphosis’ at the Big Apple Circus by Andy Webster

A clown, contortionists, jugglers and one sheepadoodle are among the attractions in “Metamorphosis,” the latest edition of the Big Apple Circus.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Theater Review: ‘Lennon: Through a Glass Onion’ Looks at the Former Beatle by Andy Webster

“Lennon: Through a Glass Onion” at the Union Square Theater looks at the life of the former Beatle.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Theater Review: ‘Almost Home,’ About Vietnam, Debuts at the Acorn Theater by Andy Webster

Walter Anderson’s first play, “Almost Home,” returns to 1965 and to the dreams and nightmares of the Vietnam War era.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Theater Review: ‘Boys and Girls’ at 59E59 Theaters by Andy Webster

“Boys and Girls,” Dylan Coburn Gray’s play at 59E59, follows four young hot-blooded people through a boozy night in Dublin.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Theater Review: ‘The Last Days of Cleopatra,’ a Dark Comedy by Laoisa Sexton by Andy Webster

In “The Last Days of Cleopatra,” a matriarch’s death serves as an opening for a family to face all kinds of personal issues.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Theater Review: ‘Puppet Titus Andronicus,’ at the Beckett Theater by Andy Webster

An early and bloody Shakespearean tragedy is reinterpreted for laughs in “Puppet Titus Andronicus,” at the Beckett Theater.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Theater Review | 'King Kirby': The Amazing Adventures of Pencil Man by Andy Webster

“King Kirby” traces the creative and business ups and down of a great comic book artist, Jack Kirby.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Theater Review: In ‘Deepest Man,’ an Immersion Into a Watery Beyond by Andy Webster

In “Deepest Man,” a play by James Scruggs, a man whose wife drowns confronts his traumas by submerging them.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Theater Review: A Spoofy Spin on Ayn Rand’s ‘Anthem’ by Andy Webster

Ayn Rand’s pedantic novella “Anthem” gets a goofy, spoofy and exuberant musical adaptation at the Culture Project.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Theater Review: A Critic’s Life in ‘The Exercise Was Beneficial, Sir’ by Andy Webster

In “The Exercise Was Beneficial, Sir,” Nicolas Bouchaud played the French critic and editor Serge Daney, who died in 1992.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Theater Review: ‘Swing & Beowulf,’ at the Irish Arts Center by Andy Webster

“Swing & Beowulf,” paired one-acts at the Irish Arts Center, both come from the Dublin Fringe Festival, but that’s all they have in common.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Theater Review: ‘Sir Patient Fancy’ Features the All-Female Queen’s Company by Andy Webster

“Sir Patient Fancy” is the Queen’s Company ensemble’s take on a 17th-century play by Aphra Behn.    

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Theater Review: Louis Armstrong Reminisces in ‘Satchmo at the Waldorf’ by Andy Webster

In the one-man show “Satchmo at the Waldorf,” John Douglas Thompson vividly resurrects Louis Armstrong as he reminisces about a life that spanned a vast cultural divide.   …

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Theater Review: ‘50 Shades! The Musical’ Parodies That Erotic Best Seller by Andy Webster

“50 Shades! The Musical — The Original Parody” at the Elektra Theater adds R-rated lyrics to E. L. James’s best-selling novel about bondage, but it keeps the nudity PG.  &n…

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Theater Review: Emily Schwend’s ‘Take Me Back,’ at Walkerspace by Andy Webster

After a stint in prison, Bill is readjusting to freedom in Oklahoma in Emily Schwend’s “Take Me Back,” playing at Walkerspace.    

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Theater Review: ‘Middle of the Night,’ a Paddy Chayefsky Play by Andy Webster

A revival of Paddy Chayefsky’s “Middle of the Night” tells the tale of a May-December affair.    

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Theater Review: ‘Til Divorce Do Us Part,’ a Musical Based on Real Life by Andy Webster

“Til Divorce Do Us Part,” a not-so-bitter pill with lyrics by Ruthe Ponturo, is at DR2 Theater.    

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Theater Review: ‘Riding the Midnight Express With Billy Hayes,’ at St. Luke’s by Andy Webster

In “Riding the Midnight Express With Billy Hayes,” Mr. Hayes recounts his prison ordeal in Turkey, and how it differed from the Oliver Stone screenplay for the movie.   &n…

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Theater Review: The Golden Girls, in a Shade of Pink by Andy Webster

“Thank You for Being a Friend,” directed by Nick Brennan, is a raunchy and overwrought drag parody of “The Golden Girls.”    

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Theater Review: ‘BigMouth’ Lets Talkers Across Time Have Their Say by Andy Webster

“BigMouth,” from the Belgian actor-writer-director Valentijn Dhaenens, jostles together the words of speechmakers throughout history.    

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Theater Review: Nora Woolley’s ‘Hip’ and Kim Katzberg’s ‘Darkling,’ at IRT by Andy Webster

Two solo shows, “Hip” and “Darkling,” have their author-stars embodying many characters at the IRT Theater in the West Village.    

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