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Thursday, August 17, 2023

Review: Savor High-Def Chekhov in a Marvelously Intimate ‘Uncle Vanya’ by David Cote

What’s gained by staging Chekhov in the round, with actors just feet away, sometimes lit only by a candle? It’s what you’d expect: a wonderfully intense experience of the text.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:00PM
Thursday, August 10, 2023

Review: Does ‘The Shark Is Broken’ Have Much Bite on Broadway? by David Cote

Robert Shaw's son Ian cowrote this behind the scenes look at the filming of 'Jaws,' and plays his father.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:00PM
Thursday, August 3, 2023

‘Back to the Future: The Musical’ Review: The DeLorean Flies, The Songs Sink by David Cote

This Broadway adaptation of the 1985 movie has some four-wheeled spectacle to offer. But not much else.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:01PM
Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Review: To Be or Not to Be at the Public’s ‘Hamlet’ in Central Park?  by David Cote

Singing! Rapping! Demonic possession! Kenny Leon's direction of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy has welcome, lively touches, but overall the staging feels undercooked.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:00PM
Monday, June 26, 2023

Review: Alex Edelman Noshes With The Enemy In The Hilarious ‘Just For Us’ by David Cote

In this one-man autobiographical show, an Orthodox Jewish comic attends a white supremacist meet-up and comes away with thoughts (and jokes) about “the way the world is right now."

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:00PM
Thursday, June 22, 2023

Review: ‘Once Upon A One More Time’ Won’t Leave Britney Alone! by David Cote

This family-friendly jukebox musical cobbled around Britney Spears songs see a group of classic fairytale princesses rebelling against a faithless Prince. But it's more marketing gimmick tha…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:00PM

The Doctor by David Cote

Extremely loud and incredibly verbose: a new play from Robert Icke forgoes the subtleties of showing for too much telling. Juliet Stevenson as Ruth Wolff and Juliet Garricks as Charlie in T…

SOURCE: 4columns at 08:00PM
Thursday, June 1, 2023

Review: Broadway’s ‘Grey House’ Raids the Grave for Horror Clichés by David Cote

There's a point here — men do terrible things and the universe will have revenge — but it's buried in a pretentious trauma-drama using horror tropes to diminishing effect. 

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:30PM
Thursday, May 25, 2023

Review: In ‘Primary Trust,’ Grief Is the Thing with Tiki Bars by David Cote

Eboni Booth’s portrait of one man's loneliness and the danger of coping mechanisms will restore your faith in theater’s elemental storytelling powers. And make you cry.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:30PM
Monday, May 22, 2023

Review: Soggy Film-to-Stage ‘Monsoon Wedding: The Musical’ by David Cote

Director Mira Nair turns her own layered 2001 film into a sitcom that transitions awkwardly into musical numbers.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:00PM
Sunday, April 23, 2023

Review: Jodie Comer Sees Both Faces of the Law in the Powerful Prima Facie   by David Cote

Comer’s astoundingly fluid, musical and passionate performance leaves nothing on the field. 

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:24PM
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’ Is a Magical Comedy Disaster  by David Cote

This play-within-a-play is full of topsy-turvy chaos that makes you think of Basil Fawlty stumbling into a community theater. Comparisons to British comedy icons—from Monty Python to Might…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:00PM
Sunday, April 16, 2023

Camelot’s Round Table Looks Pretty Square at Lincoln Center  by David Cote

This revival — with a new book by Aaron Sorkin — is spare, drab and somehow takes the Lerner and Loewe classic both too literally and not seriously enough.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:46PM
Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Review: “Shucked” Pops Loudly on Broadway, Despite Some Empty Calories by David Cote

In this — wait for it — corny new musical, the score makes a case for country as a natural Broadway genre and the cast turns in strong performances. Shame about the plot, though.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:00PM
Thursday, March 23, 2023

Review: Bad Cinderella’s Glass Slipper? More Like a Moldy Croc by David Cote

A book by Emerald Fennell (who wrote and directed 'Promising Young Woman') and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber must have screamed cross-generational synergy on paper. But it’s TikTok meets gr…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:00PM
Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Review: Off Broadway Sways to Reggae Beat in ‘The Harder They Come’  by David Cote

Suzan-Lori Parks reshapes the 1972 Jimmy Cliff movie into a jukebox musical, but its outlaw charge has gone missing.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 07:00PM
Thursday, March 9, 2023

Review: A Decluttered Doll’s House Speaks to Our Alienated Times  by David Cote

A chilly, restrained minimalism marks this Broadway adaptation of Ibsen, starring Jessica Chastain.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:00PM
Sunday, March 5, 2023

Review: Adult Fairytale ‘The Trees’ Gets to the Root of Modern Angst  by David Cote

Existential upheaval is fun in this magic-realist mini-epic from Agnes Borinsky that moves the beyond theatrical binaries of comedy and tragedy.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 09:30PM
Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Review: Anton Chekhov Gets An R Rating With ‘The Seagull/Woodstock, NY’ by David Cote

Chekhov’s 1895 comedy gets a cheerfully vulgar refurbishing (and a perfect Parker Posey), but part of the shock is how by-the-book Thomas Bradshaw's rework is.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 08:00PM
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Spring Theater Preview: A Dozen Great Shows Bloom On Broadway (And Off) by David Cote

A pop star becomes a demon barber, a TV assassin turns attorney, and Hamlet gets a Black, queer makeover — those are just a few of the miraculous transformations the theater has in store t…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 02:21PM
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Review: Send West Village Café Musical ‘Cornelia Street’ Back To The Kitchen by David Cote

A talented cast is trapped by cringe material in this show about quirky urbanites trying to survive in New York City, with songs from Mark Eitzel of American Music Club and a book by British…

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 10:00PM
Thursday, February 9, 2023

‘Pictures From Home’ Review: Unfocused And Underexposed by David Cote

Sharr White's Broadway adaptation of Larry Sultan's photo memoir is part sitcom — with laugh lines for Nathan Lane — and part family weepie. There's no intimacy amidst the broad strokes …

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:30PM
Monday, January 23, 2023

Review: God And Man At Applebee’s In ‘Field of Mars’ by David Cote

Riffing on the origin of humanity, Richard Maxwell crams a lot into a family restaurant.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:36PM
Monday, December 12, 2022

Review: Sondheim’s Brilliant Flop ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ Is Smartly Revived by David Cote

Thanks to superlative casting (including Daniel Radcliffe) and canny direction, this elegant, emotionally searching production may be the finest 'Merrily' you’ll ever see.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 07:00PM
Monday, December 5, 2022

Review: ‘A Beautiful Noise’ Is A Portrait of The Rock Star As Depressed Senior Citizen  by David Cote

This sloppy Broadway embrace of Neil Diamond is a jukebox musical in search of a plot.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:38AM
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Fall Arts Preview 2022: Theater You Won’t Want to Miss by David Cote

New York theater rolls into fall again with a packed schedule of Broadway, off-Broadway, and experimental theater.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:51AM
Friday, July 29, 2022

Review: Robert Icke’s ‘Oresteia’ Skillfully Brings Greek Tragedy to Today’s Crises by David Cote

At Park Avenue Armory, writer-director Robert Icke transforms Greek tragedy 'Oresteia' for a more postmodern audience.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:08PM
Monday, July 25, 2022

Review: A Weak Adaptation of a Rapidly Aging ‘The Kite Runner’ at Hayes Theater by David Cote

The bestselling novel 'The Kite Runner' has been adapted marvelously for screen and now for stage yet a weak adaptation does it no justice.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 12:02PM
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Review: Danai Gurira Carves a Bloody Path Through an Otherwise Lacking ‘Richard III’ by David Cote

Shakespeare adaptations come with a certain pressure, with some more successful than others. ‘Richard III’ struggles to make the cut.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 03:45PM
Monday, July 11, 2022

Review: ‘Into the Woods’ Still Casts a Sensational Spell on Broadway by David Cote

Revivals of Sondheim can be mixed business due to the pressure of his legacy yet some revivals. 'Into the Woods' does his legacy justice.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 01:47PM
Thursday, June 30, 2022

Review: Robert Icke’s Production of ‘Hamlet’ Misguidedly Embraces the Prince’s Incel-Nature by David Cote

Robert Icke's production of 'Hamlet' at Park Avenue Armory is nearly four hours and it's mostly Hamlet throwing a weird little fit.

SOURCE: The New York Observer at 11:39AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards