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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Elevator Repair Service Tackles Shakespeare’s Problem Play by Jason Zinoman

The experimental theater company stages the Bard’s enigmatic “Measure for Measure” at the Public Theater.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Tracy Morgan’s Post-Crash Comedy Comes to Caroline’s by Jason Zinoman

On the wings of his Netflix comedy special, “Staying Alive,” Mr. Morgan closes a stint at the comedy club with more of his near-death experience quipping.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Tim and Eric Figure Out How to Do the Wrong Thing, Perfectly by Jason Zinoman

These two outsider comedians haven’t exactly gone mainstream, but they’ve had an outsize impact on communications from liquor ads to “Portlandia.”

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Joe Pera and Julio Torres Help Bring Comedy Back to Union Hall by Jason Zinoman

This Park Slope venue was shut down after a fire in March, but it has a strong slate of stand-up the week it reopens.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Three Daughters and a Fraying Father in ‘Napoli, Brooklyn’ by Jason Zinoman

Meghan Kennedy’s new play focuses on Italian parents and their three daughters growing up in Park Slope, Brooklyn, in 1960.

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On Comedy: She Swipes Right on Tinder, and Everyone’s in on the Joke by Jason Zinoman

Lane Moore’s shows involve real men on the dating app, but she works hard to avoid mocking them. The result is a clever show that’s deservedly a hit.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Dear Evan Hansen, You Are a Creep by Jason Zinoman

The dissembling liar at the center of Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen. The hit Broadway musical is testament to the power of skillfully crafted art to obscure moral concerns.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

‘Building the Wall’ Imagines Life After the Terror of 2019 by Jason Zinoman

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan focuses on a near future with New York under martial law.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Suzan-Lori Parks’s ‘Venus’ Revival Comes to Signature Theater by Jason Zinoman

This Pulitzer-winning playwright’s 1996 work, about a 19th-century star of English freak shows, will be directed by Lear deBessonet, an Obie winner.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

‘The Little Foxes’: A Reconsideration by Jason Zinoman

Does Lillian Hellman rank alongside Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller?

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Critic's Notebook: The Last Act for the Ringling Circus by Jason Zinoman

Yes, the three-ring circus can seem like a relic. But something irreplaceable will be lost when this tent is closed for good.

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‘The Light Years,’ at Playwrights Horizons, Examines the Shadows of Showbiz by Jason Zinoman

The Debate Society presents a world premiere based on events at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

On Comedy: Upright Citizens Brigade Raises Prices. Comedy Fans Shouldn’t Laugh. by Jason Zinoman

This theater’s $2 ticket increase is a similar response to market pressures that eventually sent some Off Broadway prices into the stratosphere.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

This Time, It’s Dear Dad, Not Evan Hansen by Jason Zinoman

Steven Levenson, who wrote “Dear Evan Hansen,” now has a play Off Broadway, “If I Forget.”

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Week Ahead: August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ at Manhattan Theater Club by Jason Zinoman

The play, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, focuses on a father-son relationship in a story about gypsy-cab drivers.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

On Comedy: A Year When Death Loomed in the Laughter by Jason Zinoman

Whether they were talking about a wife or a parent, comedians confronted the seemingly taboo subject in stark terms that made us laugh — and think.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Yeah, He Influenced Dylan and Carlin by Jason Zinoman

Jake Broder brings back a cult comedian in the solo show “His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley.”

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Atlantic Theater Company Has a New Musical From David Yazbek by Jason Zinoman

In this adaptation of the movie “The Band’s Visit,” an Egyptian band that arrives in Israel ends up stranded in a remote village after a mix-up at the border.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Review: ‘The Pumpkin Pie Show,’ Night of the Voting Dead by Jason Zinoman

Clay McLeod Chapman uses the bloody tools of horror to satirize this political season.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

It’s Rachel Weisz’s Turn in ‘Plenty’ at the Public Theater by Jason Zinoman

Ms. Weisz is following in the footsteps of Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Kate Nelligan in David Hare’s drama.

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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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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
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