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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Body Image Issues? Lisa Lampanelli Knows the Feeling by Jason Zinoman

The insult comic has channeled anxieties about food and body insecurities into her first play, “Stuffed.”

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Week Ahead: Lewis Black Flaunts His (Really, Really) Angry Side on Broadway by Jason Zinoman

Mr. Black will bring his red-hot temper to the Marquis Theater in a new show, “Black to the Future.”

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Comic Nikki Glaser at Carolines on Broadway by Jason Zinoman

The star of “Not Safe With Nikki Glaser” on Comedy Central will headline six shows, beginning on Thursday, Aug. 18.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

On Comedy: Lenny Bruce Shattered Taboos, but Was He Funny? by Jason Zinoman

He died 50 years ago this month, and a look back at his humor reveals what holds up — and what doesn’t.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Week Ahead: ‘Troilus and Cressida’ Brings Love and War to Central Park by Jason Zinoman

Daniel Sullivan directs a version of one of Shakespeare’s problem plays at the Delacorte Theater for the free Shakespeare in the Park series.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Week Ahead: Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole in a Battle of Lipstick Titans by Jason Zinoman

“War Paint,” one of the most anticipated new musicals of the year, opens at the Goodman Theater in Chicago this month.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Gilbert Gottfried to Perform Rare Set at Carolines by Jason Zinoman

Mr. Gottfried has been known to show off his creative, filthy and utterly singular mind.

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She’s the Hidden Architect of Modern Comedy by Jason Zinoman

Charna Halpern — who, with the Chicago improv pioneer Del Close, devised a seminal improv technique — is a crucial conduit to “Saturday Night Live.”

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

In Central Park, Trying to Tame ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ by Jason Zinoman

Shakespeare’s comedy, stuffed with rather dated gender politics, will run at the Delacorte Theater with an all-female cast.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

On Comedy: A Comic on the Verge, His Absurdism on the Fly by Jason Zinoman

Rory Scovel is an improvisational experimentalist with a jazzy rhythm, veering off on tangents and looking to transform, even sabotage, his own sets.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

On comedy: Sick of Angry Comics? Try Some Sweet-Tempered Stand-Up by Jason Zinoman

Josie Long and Josh Gondelman are part of a new breed of performers who deliver their monologues without a drop of bile.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Week Ahead: The Play ‘Daphne’s Dive’ Begins at Signature Theater by Jason Zinoman

Quiara Alegría Hudes’s story takes place in a cheap corner bar in North Philadelphia.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

On Comedy: Andrew Dice Clay Returns, With at Least Two Personalities Showing by Jason Zinoman

On the eve of the premiere of Showtime’s “Dice,” Mr. Clay reflects on playing a character in his stand-up comedy career and what audiences thought.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Week Ahead: ‘Fully Committed,’ a Restaurant Story, Is Broadway Bound by Jason Zinoman

Starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson, this one-person play by Becky Mode was an Off Broadway hit in 1999.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

‘The Crucible’ Returns to Broadway by Jason Zinoman

Saoirse Ronan and Ben Whishaw lead a deep cast in this revival directed by Ivo van Hove at the Walter Kerr Theater.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Review: ‘Impractical Jokers’ Is Played for Laughs Live at Radio City by Jason Zinoman

The four comics who star in the “Impractical Jokers” television show on TruTV performed live at Radio City Music Hall.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Week Ahead: Mike Birbiglia Has a New Show at the Lynn Redgrave Theater by Jason Zinoman

Mr. Birbiglia’s new one-man show, “Thank God for Jokes,” is an ode to the joke.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

On Comedy: The Improvised Shakespeare Company’s Couplets Off the Cuff by Jason Zinoman

The five-man cast of the Improvised Shakespeare Company builds word-drunk and spot-on parodies of comedies and tragedies right on the spot.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Erin Markey, ‘A Ride on the Irish Cream’ and Her Off-Kilter Spirit by Jason Zinoman

Ms. Markey, whose new play is about to open at the Abrons Arts Center, has developed a cult following through performances that mix humor, songs and storytelling.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

In ‘Key Change,’ Women in Prison Vent by Jason Zinoman

This play, set in London, is adapted from an Edinburgh Festival Fringe show and will begin a run at the Fourth Street Theater.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Week Ahead: The War Within Tonya Pinkins by Jason Zinoman

Ms. Pinkins plays the title role of Brecht’s “Mother Courage and her Children” in a Classic Stage Company production.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Week Ahead: Nilaja Sun Serves Up the Characters in Her One-Woman ‘Pike Street’ by Jason Zinoman

Ms. Sun makes a long-awaited return with a focus on a family whose daughter has a mystery illness.

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King Michael of Times Square by Jason Zinoman

The glorious, entertaining, phony, doomed reign of Broadway reporter Michael Riedel.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Review: ‘Reconfiguration,’ a Theater-Concert Hybrid With the Band Other Lives by Jason Zinoman

Terry Kinney, a Steppenwolf Theater Company founder, has started Mix Tape Productions, infusing rock with the razzmatazz of the theater.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Gob Squad’s ‘Before Your Very Eyes’: A ‘Boyhood’ for the Stage by Jason Zinoman

In this company’s latest project, child actors will not only pretend to be young, middle-age and older adults: But audiences will also see videos of younger versions of these performers.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Week Ahead: Clive Owen’s Broadway Debut in Pinter’s ‘Old Times’ by Jason Zinoman

The last time the Roundabout Theater staged this drama, in 1984, Pinter himself came to rehearsal to offer help to the cast.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Review: ‘Our Last Game,’ the Ultimate Locker Room Pep Talk by Jason Zinoman

Ed Schmidt, a playwright who is also a varsity coach at the Trinity School on the Upper West Side, portrays dynamics of the team and the game.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Week Ahead: A.R. Gurney’s ‘Love & Money’: Wealth, a Widow and Complications by Jason Zinoman

The playwright’s new work at the Signature Theater examines the late-in-life introspection of a wealthy widow determined to give away all her worldly possessions.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Review: Colin Quinn, Full of Nostalgia for Gritty Old New York by Jason Zinoman

In a monologue directed by Jerry Seinfeld, Mr. Quinn laments the city’s positive attitude.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

The Week Ahead: Taye Diggs Takes Over in ‘Hedwig’ by Jason Zinoman

Mr. Diggs steps into a new Broadway role on Wednesday, replacing Darren Criss in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

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