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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Heidi Schreck Shreds Our Toxic Supreme Law in ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ by David Cote

In 'What the Constitution Means to Me' Heidi Schreck shows how the memoir-monologue can be electrified it within a harrowing historical context.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

The 11 Theater, Dance and Opera Performances to Catch This Spring by David Cote

From 'Hillary and Clinton' to an opera at the Met Museum, here are the must-see dance, opera and theater performances of the spring.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Kiss #MeToo Kate: A Broadway Classic Gets Consent by David Cote

Director Scott Ellis navigates the antique attitudes of the original 'Kiss Me, Kate' material deftly, giving this classic musical an update that meshes with our age.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Underpowered New Musical ‘Superhero’ Doesn’t Get Off the Ground by David Cote

Theater is Kryptonite for superheroes. 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' proved it, yet Second Stage's new musical from John Logan and Tom Kitt tackles the theme anyway.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Grief Lessons: Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge Probe Pain in ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ by David Cote

In 'Sea Wall/A Life,' Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge deliver quietly shattering monologues about what we make of grief, and what grief makes of us.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda Shows Off His Early Work, Bringing Back ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ by David Cote

Seeing Freestyle Love Supreme, the rap-improv troupe that Miranda founded in college, will give you a new understanding of the phenomenon known as 'Hamilton.'

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano Face Off in the Booze-Soaked Brotherly Beatdown ‘True West’ by David Cote

Casting is key when it comes to the warring brothers of Sam Shepard's 'True West.' Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano face off in Roundabout's new production.

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Friday, January 18, 2019


Many of the productions of the past year were tinged with a political aura.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019


The Moonlight writer offers a big-hearted portrait of young African Americans navigating class and sexual differences in private school.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018


Aaron Sorkin has left his fingerprints all over this stage adaptation, to mixed results.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Way Harsh Truth About ‘Clueless, The Musical’: It Stinks by David Cote

'Clueless, The Musical' hoped we’d care enough about the heroine, Cher, to overlook its synthetic tackiness.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018


Despite great acting, this techno-savvy adaptation is strangely out of step with some of the more searing themes in the original film.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

If We Could Turn Back Time, We’d Skip ‘The Cher Show’ by David Cote

'The Cher Show’ is a sequined Wikipedia entry with karaoke breaks.

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Cabaret Diva Bridget Everett Wants to Wrap Her Legs Around America by David Cote

'When you’re starting out in New York, you have to grab them by the balls and make them hear you.'

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Monday, November 19, 2018

‘King Kong’ director Drew McOnie wages gorilla warfare by David Cote

“We tamed the beast—you and I—we brought him to this city,” crows Carl Denham, the filmmaker and impresario in the new Broadway musical “King Kong.” The production’s beast tame…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

In a Crowded Broadway Season, Queer Teen Love Story ‘The Prom’ Deserves the Crown by David Cote

'The Prom' may be a candy-colored pop musical, but in a Broadway season dominated by atrocities like 'King Kong' and 'Pretty Woman,' it's a winner.

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Monday, November 5, 2018


Although Christopher Demos-Brown s play covers important issues of race, the story and characters are two-dimensional.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

‘School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play’ Is a Pecking-Order Teen Comedy With a Punch by David Cote

MCC Theater brings back Jocelyn Bioh’s 'School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play,' a cutting comedy with an emotional wallop centered around six school girls in Ghana preparing for a …

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‘The Ferryman’ Suffers From Its Countless Irish Clichés (Including a ‘Riverdance’ Sequence) by David Cote

The whiskey flows, rainbows are spotted, tall tales are told and Irish dancing breaks out over dinner.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

St. Ann’s Acid-Rock Take on ‘Oklahoma!’ Is Sexy, Suspenseful and Surprisingly Modern by David Cote

Backstage, they apparently call it 'Woke-lahoma!'

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Monday, October 1, 2018

The Dylan Songs in ‘Girl From the North Country’ Won’t Break Your Heart—But the Musical’s Clichés Will by David Cote

Dylan songs sprinkle 'Girl From the North Country.' So do clichés.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Janet McTeer Gets Saucy in the Lively but Exhausting ‘Bernhardt/Hamlet’ by David Cote

A swashbuckling Janet McTeer plays idolized French actress Sarah Bernhardt in a play about her shocking 1899 depiction of Hamlet.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Rebecca Hall Haunts Her No. 1 Queer Fan in ‘Soundstage’ by David Cote

A hybrid theater-video installation by Rob Roth, 'Soundstage' casts Rebecca Hall as the archetype of a 'strong female lead,' and the object of obsession for Roth's reclusive protagonist.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

What’s the ‘Hamilton’ of the 2018 Fall Theater Season? Our Picks for the Top Contenders by David Cote

From 'The Cher Show' to productions featuring Bryan Cranston and Snoop Dogg, our picks for what will be this fall's 'Hamilton.'

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Lyrical Artistry of Broadway’s “Pretty Woman” Musical Wouldn’t Pass Muster in a Febreze Commercial | Village Voice by David Cote

Pretty Woman — the 1990 Hollywood blockbuster and now the glitzy, pop-scored Broadway spectacle — is a story of mutual transformation. In this sentimental and consumerist riff on George …

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Review: ‘Gettin’ the Band Back Together’ Is a Sweaty Garbage Fire | Observer by David Cote

Having sat through the sweaty, janky garbage fire Gettin’ the Band Back Together, I strongly suspect that producer and book writer Ken Davenport has a chest tattoo that reads (in Gothic sc…

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‘Gettin’ the Band Back Together’ Tries to Sell Truly Forgettable Mock Rock by David Cote

It's kind-of like the Broadway version of Nickelback.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Trying to Understand Why Dopey, Shrill ‘Be More Chill’ Has So Many Fans by David Cote

'Be More Chill' lacks the yearning and pain of 'Dear Evan Hansen,' the whip-smart satire of 'Mean Girls,' and has a generic score. Why do people love it?

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018


Young Jean Lee s well-executed new work is both political satire and a philosophical study of human limitations.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

‘Straight White Men’: The Best Play You’ve Ever Seen About Mediocrity by David Cote

This Broadway debut reveals Young Jean Lee as one of our boldest living playwrights.

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