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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Choir Boy by David Kaufman

Now playing at the MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway, "Choir Boy" is set at The Charles R Drew Preparatory School for Boys, a Catholic academy for young men of color. Written by…

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Friday, December 28, 2018

The Prom by David Kaufman

"The Prom" is giving Broadway something it’s been lacking for years, which is a high-spirited, old-fashioned musical comedy, where the cast’s energy spills out over the footlights, and i…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters by David Kaufman

Some novels are more stage-worthy than others, and "C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters" is not among those that are. As adapted for the stage by Max McLean--who also directs the production…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Bitter Greens by David Kaufman

Though it was common practice centuries ago, perhaps the final take-away from "Bitter Greens"--a new play by Clea DeCrane--is that an actor should not perform in her own work. In the play, D…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Two by Friel by David Kaufman

The attempt to draw comparisons between two disparate one-act plays by Brian Friel proves forced and effortful. In a program note for "Two by Friel," now playing at the Irish Repertory Theat…

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by David Kaufman

The Classic Stage Company's current revival of Bertolt Brecht’s "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" is not the first to draw comparisons between the sitting president and Hitler. In 2002, o…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Waverly Gallery by David Kaufman

Even with the indelible impression of Eileen Heckart’s magnificent, original Gladys intact, Elaine May overcomes any comparisons as the current Gladys. There is nothing inventive or even a…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Sakina’s Restaurant by David Kaufman

In an apparent effort to demonstrate that he’s become one of us, Mandvi arrives in the theater by walking down the central aisle at the Minetta Lane Theatre, wide-eyed, as he peers and tak…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Goodbody by David Kaufman

From its dramatic opening, there’s nowhere for "Goodbody" to go but down, even if Ernst keeps raising the stakes with complicated backstories and developments that leave one breathlessly c…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Apologia by David Kaufman

Channing is by turns aggressive, assertive, jittery, neurotic, imperious, and even petulant in the first act, only to become bewildered and subdued in the second. To rewrite Dorothy Parker…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hitler’s Tasters by David Kaufman

Though its title couldn’t be clearer or more transparent, "Hitler’s Tasters" proves anything but that, as it merges the past, when Hitler was still alive, with the present, when fresh au…

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Nap by David Kaufman

It isn’t revealing too much to say that the play culminates with a real Snooker match between two men vying ultimately for the world championship and ostensibly being watched by 23 million…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

The Other Day by David Kaufman

A play that tends to say or do too much can often end up saying too little. Such is the case with "The Other Day," a play in which one development after another keeps cancelling each other o…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Separate and Equal by David Kaufman

Though the large ensemble of 11 actors is uniformly first rate--whether going through their balletic paces or tossing the invisible basketball and grasping it by clapping their hands, Pamela…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Heist! by David Kaufman

What’s missing from the nondescript music is originality, soul or spirit, and the same can be said about the book. Under the guidance of director James Will McBride, the cast, however, fea…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Less Than 50% by David Kaufman

Though there are recurring references to Woody Allen and more specifically to "Annie Hall" during the 90-minute piece, "Less Than 50%" bears as much resemblance to that Oscar-winning film as…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Straight White Men by David Kaufman

Given how physically playful the brothers are with each other--and with their father--"Straight White Men" is that rare play that even has a credited choreographer, Faye Driscoll. In additio…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Fire in Dreamland by David Kaufman

Built in 1904, Dreamland was considered the most elegant and ambitious of Coney Island’s amusement parks--until it burnt to a crisp in 1911. A new play by Rinne Groff, "Fire in Dreamland" …

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Saintliness of Margery Kempe by David Kaufman

The cast list in the program reads more like a medieval phone-directory--even if there were no phones in the Middle Ages--than it does a dramatis personae. And then there’s what happens to…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Mary Page Marlowe by David Kaufman

After establishing himself as one of our finest playwrights with such works as "Killer Joe" and "August: Osage County," Tracy Letts seems to have somewhat lost his way with his more recent "…

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Stratford Theatre Festival Summer 2018 by David Kaufman

Bahareh Yaraghi as Mrs. Laura Cheveley and Brad Hodder as Lord Arthur Goring in a scene from “The Ideal Husband” (Photo credit: Emily Cooper) David Kaufman, Critic Though The Importance …

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Dan Cody’s Yacht by David Kaufman

Both Kevin and Cara are single parents, which is only the beginning of the many parallels and contrasts at the heart of "Dan Cody’s Yacht." Though it might come to seem overly formulaic, b…

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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Fourth Wall by David Kaufman

Though A.R. Gurney chose a familiar definition of the theater as the title for his 1992 play, "The Fourth Wall" ultimately proves less about the theater than about its four characters. And a…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Stage Life by David Kaufman

The Cast of “Stage Life” (Photo credit: Courtesy of Creative Arts Lab) David Kaufman, Critic As conceived and adapted by Martin Tackel, Stage Life is too ambitious by half. While it atte…

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Tremor by David Kaufman

While director David Mercatali has them continually circling each other like boxers in a ring--sparring emotionally, if not physically--Sophie and Tom never really connect or even touch each…

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Operation Crucible by David Kaufman

While it’s meant to be helpful, a glossary of local jargon ("Operation Crucible" is set in Sheffield, England) in the program is usually a surefire sign that you’re going to have difficu…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

My Fair Lady (Lincoln Center Theater) by David Kaufman

With an enormous painted backdrop depicting London and featuring St. Paul’s Cathedral and a lamppost (the glorious sets have been designed by Michael Yeargan), the musical begins as Covent…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Summer and Smoke by David Kaufman

When Tennessee Williams started writing "Summer and Smoke," his working title for the play was "Chart of Anatomy," taken from a poem by Hart Crane. An anatomical chart becomes one of the ver…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Saint Joan by David Kaufman

After "Ruined" and then last year’s "A Doll’s House, Part 2," Condola Rashad is fast establishing herself as one of our finest young actresses. She is presently back on Broadway, offeri…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Metromaniacs by David Kaufman

To add that "The Metromaniacs" also contains a play within the play, in which all of the characters are apparently playing themselves, might begin to suggest how confusing it all becomes, es…

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Carousel by David Kaufman

If it seemed like no staging could ever top London’s National Theatre production (which was directed by Nicholas Hytner and came to Lincoln Center in the mid 1990’s), this newer version …

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