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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Home: Not Always Easy to Go Back by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ The Samm-Art Williams play receives its first Broadway revival, directed by Kenny Leon. The post Home: Not Always Easy to Go Back appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:27PM
Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Breaking the Story: War is Hell, and So is Remembering It by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Maggie Siff plays a former war correspondent suffering from PTSD in Alexis Scheer's play receiving its world premiere at Second Stage. The post Breaking the Story: War is He…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Tuesday, May 14, 2024

All of Me: A Technologically Assisted Rom-Com by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Laura Winters' play depicts the charming courtship between two disabled characters who use text-to-speech technology to communicate. The post All of Me: A Technologically As…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:26PM
Monday, May 13, 2024

Laura Benanti, Nobody Cares: A Virtuosic Evening of Comedic Embarrassment by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ The veteran Broadway performer delivers an evening of self-deprecating humor and original musical material. The post Laura Benanti, Nobody Cares: A Virtuosic Evening of Come…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:56PM
Thursday, April 25, 2024

Mother Play: A Memory Play, Plus Cockroaches by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Jessica Lange, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Jim Parsons star in the world premiere of Paula Vogel's comedy-drama depicting the lives of a mother and her two children over the cou…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:24PM
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Mary Jane: Rachel McAdams, Suffering with a Smile by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ The movie star makes her Broadway debut in Amy Herzog's award-winning drama about a mother caring for a seriously ill child. The post Mary Jane: Rachel McAdams, Suffering wi…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:56PM
Monday, April 22, 2024

Patriots: Russian History Rendered with Shakespearean Theatricality by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Michael Stuhlbarg and Will Keen star in Peter Morgan's drama about the war of wills between a Russian oligarch and Vladimir Putin. The post Patriots: Russian History Rendere…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 05:25PM
Sunday, April 21, 2024

Cabaret: Come for the Pre-Show, and Oh, There’s Also the Musical by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Eddie Redmayne plays the Emcee in this Broadway transfer of the heralded, immersive London production. The post Cabaret: Come for the Pre-Show, and Oh, There’s Also the Mu…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:24PM
Thursday, April 18, 2024

Still: Love in the Age of Polarization by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Tim Daly and Jayne Atkinson play former lovers whose reunion after many years soon turns fraught in Lia Romeo's intimate comedy-drama. The post Still: Love in the Age of Pol…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Thursday, April 11, 2024

The Outsiders: Let’s Get Ready to Rumble! by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ The classic YA novel, previously made into a hit 1983 film, has been unconvincingly adapted as a Broadway musical. The post The Outsiders: Let’s Get Ready to Rumble! appea…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:54PM
Saturday, March 30, 2024

Andrea McArdle: The Broadway Baby Returns to Familiar Environs by Frank Scheck

The "Annie" star revisits highlights of her career in her 54 Below show. The post Andrea McArdle: The Broadway Baby Returns to Familiar Environs appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 11:30AM
Thursday, March 21, 2024

Water for Elephants: Heavy Lifting for a Musical by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Acrobatics and puppetry abound in this musical adaptation of the best-selling novel about a love triangle that takes place in a Depression-era traveling circus. The post Wat…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:54PM
Monday, March 18, 2024

An Enemy of the People: Ibsen’s Classic Trivialized with Gimmickry and Ice Cubes by Frank Scheck

★★☆☆☆ Jeremy Strong and Michael Imperioli star in Sam Gold's production of Ibsen's classic drama, adapted by Amy Herzog. The post An Enemy of the People: Ibsen’s Classic Trivial…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:54PM
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

The Effect: A Play About a Scientific Experiment That Feels Like One by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Jamie Lloyd directs this London revival of Lucy Prebble's drama about two test subjects in a drug experiment falling in love. The post The Effect: A Play About a Scientific …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:00PM
Monday, March 11, 2024

Corruption: Real-Life Events, Compellingly Dramatized by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ This gripping new effort from J. T. Rogers, author of "Oslo," concerns the News International phone hacking scandal that rocked Britain. The post Corruption: Real-Life Even…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:55PM
Thursday, March 7, 2024

Illinoise: An Explosion of Transporting Music and Dance by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Justin Peck's dance-theater piece, featuring a story he devised with Jackie Sibblies Drury, is based on Sufjan Stevens' acclaimed album. The post Illinoise: An Explosion of …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Friday, March 1, 2024

Brooklyn Laundry: John Patrick Shanley Rinses and Repeats, to Mostly Charming Effect by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Cecily Strong and David Zayas star in this romantic dramedy from the author of "Moonstruck." The post Brooklyn Laundry: John Patrick Shanley Rinses and Repeats, to Mostly Ch…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 03:56PM
Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The Ally: A Play of Ideas. And Ideas. And Ideas… by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Josh Radnor plays a university professor caught up in a maelstrom of conflicting ideologies in the talky new drama by Itamar Moses. The post The Ally: A Play of Ideas. And I…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 02:53AM
Thursday, February 22, 2024

A Sign of the Times: ’60s Pop Nostalgia for the Baby Boomer Crowd by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Chilina Kennedy and Crystal Lucas-Perry star in this 1965-set musical featuring dozens of pop hits by the likes of Petula Clark, Lesley Gore, The Monkees, and Dusty Springfie…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

The Apiary: Nothing to Buzz About by Frank Scheck

★★☆☆☆ Taylor Schilling and April Matthis in Kate Douglas' play about laboratory workers who develop an unconventional method of promoting beehive growth. The post The Apiary: Noth…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

The Connector: Journalism Scandal Musical Feels Too Little, Too Late by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Daisy Prince directs this new musical by Jason Robert Brown and Jonathan Marc Sherman, based on a real-life story and featuring Scott Bakula, Ben Levi Ross, and Hannah Cruz. …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 06:57PM
Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Prayer for the French Republic: Give Thanks for This Powerful Drama by Frank Scheck

★★★★★ Joshua Harmon's superbly staged and acted drama arrives on Broadway after its heralded premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club. The post Prayer for the French Republic: Give Than…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:55PM
Monday, December 18, 2023

Appropriate: Check Your Expectations at the Door for This Brilliantly Subversive Family Drama by Frank Scheck

★★★★★ Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's acclaimed play makes its Broadway debut in a revelatory staging. The post Appropriate: Check Your Expectations at the Door for This Brilliantly Subv…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:53PM
Saturday, December 16, 2023

Christine Ebersole with Billy Stritch: I’ll Be Home for Christmas: Holiday Cheer Spiked with Wit by Frank Scheck

The veteran performers, who have been working together for twenty years, make their 54 Below debut with this holiday-themed show. The post Christine Ebersole with Billy Stritch: I’ll Be H…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 11:36AM
Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Buena Vista Social Club: From Album to Screen to Triumphant Musical by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Marco Ramirez ("The Royale") provides the book for this show featuring the music of legendary Cuban musicians. The post Buena Vista Social Club: From Album to Screen to Triu…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:28PM
Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Manahatta: History Repeating Itself, Didactically by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Mary Kathryn Nagle's play parallels the past and present struggles of Native Americans. The post Manahatta: History Repeating Itself, Didactically appeared first on New York…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:59PM
Thursday, November 30, 2023

Spain: A history play that stays mainly in the plain. by Frank Scheck

★★☆☆☆ Jen Silverman's comedy-drama revolves around the figures involved in the making of the landmark 1937 anti-fascist documentary "The Spanish Earth." The post Spain: A history …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Sunday, November 19, 2023

Hell’s Kitchen: A Musical Neighborhood Worth Visiting by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Featuring old and new songs by Alicia Keys, the musical is loosely based on the performer's early life. The post Hell’s Kitchen: A Musical Neighborhood Worth Visiting appe…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:26PM
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Waiting for Godot: Beckett’s Classic Play Revived and, Spoiler Alert, He Still Doesn’t Arrive by Frank Scheck

★★★★☆ Michael Shannon and Paul Sparks deliver lived-in chemistry in this sturdy revival of the absurdist masterpiece. The post Waiting for Godot: Beckett’s Classic Play Revived …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:01PM
Thursday, November 2, 2023

I Need That: A Play About Hoarding Not Cluttered by Nuance by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ Danny DeVito stars in Theresa Rebeck's play about a compulsive hoarder, also featuring his daughter Lucy DeVito and Ray Anthony Thomas. The post I Need That: A Play About Ho…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:54PM

Sabbath’s Theater: Philip Roth’s Sexually Explicit Novel, Unabashedly Staged by Frank Scheck

★★★☆☆ John Turturro plays the licentious former puppeteer in this stage adaptation which he co-wrote, also featuring Elizabeth Marvel and Jason Kravits. The post Sabbath’s Theate…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:29PM

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