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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
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

On Comedy: ‘Trainwreck Comedy Tour’ Is Amy Schumer’s Thing by Jason Zinoman

At the Beacon Theater, Ms. Schumer was joined by Judd Apatow, Mike Birbiglia and other comedians to promote her coming movie through stand-up.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Critic’s Notebook: ‘Hand to God’ Melds Gore and Giggles, Each Often Elicited by a Puppet by Jason Zinoman

This Tony nominee for best play stitches together comedy and horror with the help of Tyrone, the hand puppet that acts as the main character’s angry id.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

In Canada, Shaw Plays Well With Others by JASON ZINOMAN

The lineup at this season's Shaw Festival in Ontario includes Oscar Wilde and Clare Boothe Luce.

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Imperfect Crime, Indelicate Outcome by JASON ZINOMAN

In a revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis's dark comedy "Den of Thieves," stealing from mobsters leads to its own moral dilemma.

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Theater Talkback: How Do You Measure a Hit? by JASON ZINOMAN

How do you think we should measure success in the theater? What exactly is a hit?

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Theater Review | 'Brandywine Distillery Fire': Self-Indulgent Actor, Served on a Skewer by JASON ZINOMAN

What happens when “actor’s actors” run amok? Not much. Which is the point of the sly and sloppy experiment called “Brandywine Distillery Fire.”

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Theater Review | 'Border Towns': A Little Bit Dylan, a Little Bit Lots of Other Stuff by JASON ZINOMAN

The musical “Border Towns” mixes Bob Dylan’s music with Americana.

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Theater Review | 'Murder in the Cathedral': Inside a Grand Church, His Days Are Numbered by JASON ZINOMAN

A modern-dress revival of T. S. Eliot’s verse play “Murder in the Cathedral” is being performed at the Church of St. Joseph in Brooklyn.

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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