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Thursday, May 16, 2019

He Takes Us to the Underworld in ‘Hadestown.’ And We’re Glad to Go. by Laura Collins-Hughes

Fifty years into his stage career, André De Shields cherishes the ability to change what is to come.

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Review: ‘Democracy in America’ Misses Our Current Moment by Laura Collins-Hughes

Romeo Castellucci’s Tocqueville-inspired spectacle, presented by Peak Performances, offers highbrow style without the substance to back it up.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Review: In ‘Lockdown,’ a Prisoner Yearns to Rejoin the World by Laura Collins-Hughes

The play, a sort-of autobiographical story about an author and an inmate, includes a post-show “community conversation” about incarceration.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Review: In ‘All Our Children,’ Moral Authority Wades Into Nazi Germany by Laura Collins-Hughes

Stephen Unwin’s play, set in Germany in 1941, explores the reluctant evil perpetrated by people who think of themselves as good.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Review: In ‘Socrates,’ a Brainy Tribute to a Prickly Provocateur by Laura Collins-Hughes

Michael Stuhlbarg is sublime in the title role of Tim Blake Nelson’s admiring but overlong play, presented as part of the Onassis Festival.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Critic’s Notebook: Toxic Men Get All the Attention. But Not in These Plays. by Laura Collins-Hughes

The perspectives of women are welcome in an art form that inherently fosters empathy — and in which it matters greatly whom we’re asked to feel for.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Review: The Women of ‘Plano’ Are All About Men by Laura Collins-Hughes

In this comedy by Will Arbery, three sisters slip-slide through time in a brightly heightened reality.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘Oasis’ Brings Childlike Whimsy to a Manhattan Mall by Laura Collins-Hughes

This charming new piece of site-specific theater from the company Third Rail Projects is staged on the steps of the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Review: A Devil’s Bargain, Live and on Video, in ‘Faust 2.0’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

The latest Mabou Mines production is a strikingly designed but ultimately bloodless take on the weird second part of Goethe’s classic.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Review: ‘Vilna’ Takes Jewish Prisoners on a Desperate Quest by Laura Collins-Hughes

A work of historical fiction inspired by the real-life discovery of a tunnel dug during the Holocaust.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Mastering the Monologue and the Mammoth Part by Laura Collins-Hughes

Quincy Tyler Bernstine, now starring in “Marys Seacole,” is drawn to the toughest, brainiest roles. And playwrights are drawn to her to pull them off.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Even Billy Eichner Likes This Guy by Laura Collins-Hughes

A low-key spotter of high-wattage talent, Jason Eagan has made Ars Nova the launchpad for creative types merging uptown and downtown sensibilities.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Review: In ‘Nylon,’ Unfinished Business After the Breakup by Laura Collins-Hughes

The decision to give up a baby years ago resurfaces for a couple in Sofia Alvarez’s play at Theaterlab.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Review: In ‘Good Friday,’ an Unblinking Look at Rape Culture by Laura Collins-Hughes

A drama set in a college classroom during a campus shooting, “Good Friday,” at the Flea Theater, is meant to unsettle and provoke.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: A Family Divide Haunts Heart-Rending ‘Suicide Forest’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Kristine Haruna Lee’s gorgeously complex play is made up of sharp vignettes that open up to explore Japanese-American identity.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Review: In ‘Recent Alien Abductions,’ Anguish Is a Driving Force by Laura Collins-Hughes

A dissection of an episode of “The X-Files” is the jumping-off point for an exploration of a fragile and tortured identity.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

‘Eat the Devil’ Review: Sex Dolls, Wormholes and a Stand for Nihilism by Laura Collins-Hughes

This gleefully but fatally overloaded play riffs on sci-fi, time-travel and airplane-disaster movies, while sending up our screen-obsessed culture.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Review: In ‘Neurology of the Soul,’ Looking for a Brain in Love by Laura Collins-Hughes

The scientist in Edward Einhorn’s uneven romantic dramedy wants to find solid proof of his girlfriend’s devotion. Which is his first problem.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Critic’s Notebook: Suspended in Air, Searching for Connection in Two High-Flying Shows by Laura Collins-Hughes

“When Angels Fall,” at Peak Performances, and “Non Solus,” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, blend circus with dance in feats of perfect equilibrium.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Critic’s Notebook: Theater as Moral Meditation in ‘Catonsville Nine’ and ‘The Courtroom’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Two shows enlist their spectators as witnesses, exhorting the Americans in the room to consider what our nation is doing in our name.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Review: No Battle of Wits in This Mild ‘Man for All Seasons’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

In a new revival, Henry VIII lacks grandeur and Cromwell cunning. Without worthy adversaries, Sir Thomas More’s dilemma never delivers the drama.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Critic’s Notebook: I Want My Playbill! A Critic Laments Digital Theater Programs by Laura Collins-Hughes

Sure, less paper makes environmental sense. But relying on digital programs betrays what makes the in-the-moment experience of theater so special.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Review: Colin Quinn Won’t Be Pigeonholed in ‘Red State Blue State’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

In a smart if sometimes shaggy monologue that ponders a divided nation, Mr. Quinn worries about more than the occupant of the White House.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Critic’s Notebook: Trump, Trauma and a War That Won’t Go Away by Laura Collins-Hughes

Performers revisit their own fraught memories in recent productions, including one inspired by women who have accused the president of misconduct.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Review: ‘Weightless’ Finds Lovely Moments in a Grim Greek Myth by Laura Collins-Hughes

The bloody story of Procne and Philomela is retold as a tale of sisterly devotion in this indie-rock opera by the Kilbanes at BRIC House in Brooklyn.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘Chambre Noire,’ Puppets Make Poetry Painfully Real by Laura Collins-Hughes

This stunning Under the Radar festival show tells the story of Valerie Solanas, the feminist agitator who shot Andy Warhol.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

It’s a Sex-Positive Party, Not a Play by Laura Collins-Hughes

At Bushwick Starr, Diana Oh and her team of “super queero heart questers” welcome guests to a night of dance-filled revelry. (Yes, there’s a sleepover option.)

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Why ‘The Cher Show’ Gets Me, Babe by Laura Collins-Hughes

Of the three jukebox bio-musicals about female pop stars now on Broadway, it’s the latest that best understands its audience.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Review: ‘The Truth About Santa’ Is Out. Mrs. Claus Is Mad as Hell by Laura Collins-Hughes

This clever, messy comedy opens with a charming pair of singing elves, yet it’s an ill-advised choice for Santa believers.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

‘Strange Window: The Turn of the Screw’ Review: Henry James for the Gig Economy by Laura Collins-Hughes

This multimedia adaptation for the era of TED Talks and smartphones is visually and aurally striking, but it lacks the spookiness of the original novella.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Review: ‘Selkie’ Makes a Splash of Bad Romance by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Krista Knight’s muddled dramedy, an abusive husband and his fearful wife are joined by a mythological sea creature.

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