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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Review: Mother Teresa Sings, in Drag and With Doubts by Jesse Green

In Heather Christian’s “I Am Sending You the Sacred Face,” the saint of Calcutta vogues and lip-syncs and broods on the nature of selflessness.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Review: A World of Cardsharps and Zoom Dupes in ‘The Future’ by Jesse Green

In his latest magic show, Helder Guimarães shuffles an old genre into a new technology with mixed results.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

When a Theater Critic Learned to Grade on a Curve by Jesse Green

Nine months covering a devastated art form have changed one critic’s habits, and tastes.

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

How ‘Wolves’ and ‘Heroes’ Are Saving Pandemic Theater by Jesse Green

Serious new plays are always in danger of disappearing — never more so than now. But inventive virtual productions, such as “The Wolves” and “Heroes of the Fourth Turning,” offer h…

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Review: An Audio ‘Streetcar,’ Not Yet Reaching Its Destination by Jesse Green

Audra McDonald stars as Blanche DuBois in a radio-like production of the Tennessee Williams classic that still has a way to go.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Best Theater of 2020 by Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller, Maya Phillips, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

It wasn’t the year for celebration. But watching innovation flourish inspired our chief critic, while other writers found the joys of the stage in other media.

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Monday, November 30, 2020

Review: A Ham’s ‘Christmas Carol,’ Without the Honey Glaze by Jesse Green

The astonishing Jefferson Mays stars as everyone (and a potato) in a dark and pointed adaptation of the Dickens holiday classic.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Review: 4 Characters in Search of a Big Moment in ‘A Day’ by Jesse Green

They’re attractive, young and tech savvy, but their 24 hours don’t add up to much.

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Monday, November 16, 2020

When Political Theater Ditches the Disguises of Fiction by Jesse Green

Four new shows are part of a movement to engage more directly in the debates of our times — sometimes even stealing the script.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

From Stage to Screen: 5 Shows That Got It Right (And 5 That Didn’t) by Jesse Green, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes and Scott Heller

Our theater experts provide a guide to some of the successful (and failed) cinematic adaptations of plays and musicals — all for your streaming pleasure.

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Monday, November 2, 2020

A Golden Team, a Terrible Title and a Show That Vanished by Jesse Green

Would you like to see a new musical from the people who brought you “West Side Story”? For better or worse, you probably never will.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

'True Love Will Find You in the End' Review: Neil LaBute's Mousetrap by Jesse Green

The story of a marriage saved by the pandemic, “True Love Will Find You in the End” features a live audience but recorded actors.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

‘Russian Troll Farm’ Review: Clock In, Undermine Democracy, Clock Out by Jesse Green

A trenchant workplace comedy about the folks who tried to promote Pizzagate, confuse Wisconsin and, ultimately, elect Donald J. Trump.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Review: Manly Trump Sinks Waterlogged Liberals in ‘Shipwreck’ by Jesse Green

Anne Washburn’s would-be epic of power and powerlessness, presented as a podcast, may be too close to current events to fulfill its big ambitions.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Full Analysis of the Tony Award Nominations by Jesse Green

The nominators did the best they could with a Broadway slate hobbled by Covid-19. But some of the Tonys’ problems predate (and will outlast) the pandemic.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Review: What’s ‘Inside the Box’? A Rewarding (Rewording) Time by Jesse Green

In a new show by David Kwong, the noted cruciverbalist offers a collection of games built for Zoom that let the audience be part of the puzzle.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Ben Brantley on Shutting the Stage Door Behind Him by Jesse Green and Ben Brantley

After 27 years and more than 2,500 reviews, The Times’s co-chief theater critic reviews his own tenure and talks about why he’s (quietly) making an exit.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Review: Seriously Satirizing 231 Years of Flotus in ‘45 Plays’ by Jesse Green

From a pro-slavery Martha Washington to a blank-screen Melania Trump, the wives and other women of the U.S. presidents get sent up and dressed down.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Seeing a New Disease but the Same Neglect in ‘Angels in America’ by Jesse Green

A starry selection of scenes from Tony Kushner’s 1993 classic discovers premonitions of another pandemic in the AIDS-era play.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

10 Monologues That Make Solo Music by Ben Brantley, Laura Collins-Hughes, Jesse Green and Alexis Soloski

In a few minutes or a full show, these performers capture heartbreak, fury and laughs. For the words of Samuel Beckett, a disembodied mouth did the trick.

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Two of-the-Moment Monologues and a Multitude of Karens by Jesse Green

One-woman plays by Tracy Thorne and Eliza Bent explore the problems of white power and privilege — and how people who say the right things aren’t helping.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Review: ‘Romantics Anonymous,’ a Challenge to Your Sweet Tooth by Jesse Green

A musical about two French chocolatiers may satisfy the hunger for live song and dance, but keep the insulin handy.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

‘The Humans’ Review: Surviving in a New World and New Medium by Jesse Green

Stephen Karam’s celebrated play about economic distress looks very different in 2020 than it did in 2015 — and streaming is only part of the change.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

How to Birth a New American Theater by Jesse Green, Maya Phillips, Laura Collins-Hughes, Elisabeth Vincentelli and Alexis Soloski

Six months dark. Thousands of artists out of work. Could this disaster have a surprise ending? Five critics on what must change, onstage and off.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

When the Audience Is Stuck at Home, the Play Is in the Mail by Jesse Green

That package in your hallway may be an exciting new theatrical experience. Or maybe not.

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Review: In ‘Three Kings,’ Hot Priest Sheds His Cassock by Jesse Green

The “Fleabag” star Andrew Scott is the entire brilliant cast of a penetrating play about toxic fathers and sons.

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Friday, September 4, 2020

Review: A Pandemic ‘Othello,’ Socially and Otherwise Distant by Jesse Green

The actors quarantined together all summer to produce Shakespeare’s tragedy safely. But they can’t overcome the remove of a camera.

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Monday, August 31, 2020

Review: It’s Just You and Me and Zoom in ‘Here We Are’ by Jesse Green

Theater for One was built on the idea of face-to-face encounters. Moving it online could have been a disaster, but instead it’s a heartbreaker.

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Direct from Edinburgh: Theaters Are Closed, but a ‘Zoo’ Is Open by Jesse Green, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Among the performances you can catch online are a one-woman show about sexual assault and riffs on “Heart of Darkness” and “Rocky.”

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Review: Packing 14 Up-to-the-Minute Monologues in ‘One Room’ by Jesse Green

A collection of short solo works from the Weston Playhouse furthers the redefinition of theater online — and of life in isolation.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

‘A Killer Party’ Review: The Case of the Online Musical by Jesse Green

With broad winks to Agatha Christie and the limitations of remote theater, a serialized song-and-dance mystery goes on. Well, not so much dance.

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