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Monday, December 4, 2023

‘Walk on Through’ Review: Dispatches, in Song, From a Museum Novice by Laura Collins-Hughes

In his new show, Gavin Creel sings about the wonders of visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but sticks too close to the surface.

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

A Wood-Carved Protagonist, Enduring the Brutality of War by Laura Collins-Hughes

A stage adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s novel “Life & Times of Michael K,” about a man’s struggles during a fictional South African conflict, includes actors alongside a puppet vers…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

‘Amid Falling Walls’ Review: Songs of Resilience From the Holocaust Era by Laura Collins-Hughes

A new musical from National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene stitches together music written and performed in Eastern Europe in the 1930s and ’40s.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

‘Waiting for Godot’ Review: Old Friends Falling in and Out of Sync by Laura Collins-Hughes

Michael Shannon and Paul Sparks star in Arin Arbus’s pandemic-delayed production at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center.

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

‘Mysterious Case of Kitsy Rainey’ Review: A Trilogy’s Bittersweet End by Laura Collins-Hughes

At Irish Arts Center, the actor delivers the final installment of his solo plays about the cobbler Pat and his eccentric beloved.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Tales That Crackle With Vitality, With or Without a Puppeteer by Laura Collins-Hughes

La MaMa Puppet Festival and other stage works this fall highlight the power of storytelling through puppetry.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

‘Merry Me’ Review: A Loopy Sex Comedy Focused on Female Pleasure by Laura Collins-Hughes

Hansol Jung’s new play riffs on Greek dramas, the Restoration comedy “The Country Wife” and Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America.”

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Searching for Brian Friel, and His Mythical Ballybeg by Laura Collins-Hughes

Irish Repertory Theater’s season-long survey of the playwright’s work prompted our reporter to seek out the Irish town that inspired the imaginary site of so many of his plays.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2023

‘Helen.’ Review: A Restless Heroine Tired of Abiding by Gender Roles by Laura Collins-Hughes

At La MaMa, Caitlin George’s new play uses comedy to counter the legend of Helen of Troy.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

‘All the Devils’ Review: Patrick Page Investigates Evil by Laura Collins-Hughes

In this Off Broadway production, the actor is most fascinated by human fallibility and Shakespeare’s nuanced understanding of it.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Garry Hynes Brings Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy to Life by Laura Collins-Hughes

At NYU Skirball, Druid’s marathon production depicts the beginning of a free Irish state through the voices of the working class.

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

‘Melissa Etheridge: My Window’ Review: Musings on Life and Music by Laura Collins-Hughes

On Broadway, this rock concert spliced with memoir has gained a striking intimacy.

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Review: In Theresa Rebeck’s ‘Dig’, a Plant Shop Nurtures Weary Souls by Laura Collins-Hughes

Theresa Rebeck’s play, a Primary Stages production at 59E59 Theaters, is a beautifully acted dramedy exploring the truth and warped perceptions of it.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

A.I.-Scripted Stories, and a Counterpoint, Take the Stage Off Broadway by Laura Collins-Hughes

“Prometheus Firebringer” and “Bioadapted” test the waters, while the abstract “Psychic Self Defense” is a warm and pulsing counterpoint.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

‘No Good Things Dwell in the Flesh’ Review: Seeking a Successor by Laura Collins-Hughes

In her new play, Christina Masciotti turns a keen gaze on an immigrant tailor who has woven her business into the fabric of a neighborhood.

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Four Theater Artists to Watch This Fall by Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski, Brittani Samuel and Rhoda Feng

We spoke with two actors and two playwrights who will be in the spotlight this season.

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Thursday, September 7, 2023

‘Swing State’ Playwright Wants to Sound an Alarm for a World in Trouble by Laura Collins-Hughes

In her Off Broadway drama, which had an acclaimed run in Chicago, the playwright looks for hope to outweigh despair in a fractious, anxious time.

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Sunday, September 3, 2023

Leaping ‘Into the Next Unknown’: Robert Lyons on the End of New Ohio Theater by Laura Collins-Hughes

The handwriting on the company’s wall, in chalk, was traced by a closing night crowd sharing memories of more than 30 years of landmarks and larks.

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Friday, September 1, 2023

Theater to See in September 2023: ‘Ulysses,’ ‘The Pianist’ and More by Laura Collins-Hughes

Six shows and a fringe festival are among this month’s highlights in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and a bit beyond.

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Reeling From Heartbreak, and Then ‘Penelope’ Showed Up by Laura Collins-Hughes

Alex Bechtel’s new musical, sort of “a pandemic parable,” gives voice to a mythical character in “The Odyssey.”

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Monday, August 21, 2023

‘On Cedar Street’ Meets ‘Here You Come Again’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

“Here You Come Again” and “On Cedar Street” are very different new musicals about people who are unmoored and seek companionship to make it through.

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Thursday, July 27, 2023

A Guide to Summer Theater Festivals in New York and the Berkshires by Laura Collins-Hughes

A guide to what’s onstage at theater festivals in upstate New York and the Berkshires.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2023

At Two Summer Theater Festivals, Reassuring Signs of Life by Laura Collins-Hughes

The industry is facing challenges, but in western Massachusetts the quality of the works is as rich as ever, our critic writes.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Book Review: ‘Encounterism,’ by Andy Field by Laura Collins-Hughes

Conceived before the pandemic, Andy Field’s ode to sharing space in person glosses over the ways our everyday habits seem to have changed for good.

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Monday, July 10, 2023

Review: In ‘Malvolio,’ Hope (and a Title Role) for a Damaged Heart by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Classical Theater of Harlem follows up last year’s winning “Twelfth Night” with a sequel that feels like a sweet summer frolic.

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Thursday, July 6, 2023

‘Uncle Vanya’ Review: Candlelit With a High-Wattage Cast by Laura Collins-Hughes

Unrequited love swirls through this prestige-cast production of Anton Chekhov’s play, in a Manhattan loft.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2023

How to Squeeze a Feminist Farce Into an English Country House by Laura Collins-Hughes

“The Cottage” is a throwback play with a modern mind-set. The cast, playwright and director talk about pulling off the comedy and landing all the “darlings.”

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Sunday, June 25, 2023

‘Invisible’ Review: Brown and British by Laura Collins-Hughes

As part of the Brits Off Broadway festival at 59E59 Theaters, Nikhil Parmar’s solo play is a drama-tinged satire that morphs into a grisly revenge parable.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

‘Good Vibrations’ Review: The Saving Power of Punk by Laura Collins-Hughes

In a big-hearted musical about a 1970s Belfast record store owner and the punk movement he nurtured, music is the real hero.

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Monday, June 12, 2023

Best and Worst Moments of the 76th Tony Awards by Jesse Green, Maya Phillips, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski and Sarah Bahr

With a clever opening number and repeated support for striking writers, the Tonys celebrated Broadway’s shows, performers and creative teams.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

‘Wet Brain’ Review: A Vodka-Spiked Horror Show by Laura Collins-Hughes

The children of a severely alcoholic widower navigate his incapacity, and his legacy, in John J. Caswell Jr.’s pitch-black comedy about addiction.

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