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Monday, May 25, 2015

Shedding a little light on 'Spider-Man' by LINDA WINER

I broke Broadway's gentleperson's agreement with the media and bought a ticket for Thursday's preview.

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Stars shine but static Encores! is lost by LINDA WINER

"Lost in the Stars" is a stately, nobly intentioned, peculiar mess of a musical from 1950.

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Review: 'Spider-Man' still a tangled mess by Linda Winer

It is time - I'm afraid past time - to turn the lights on "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark."

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Mandy Patinkin's Anne Frank 'Compulsion' by LINDA WINER

Mandy Patinkin appears so seldom onstage these days that it feels wrong - ungrateful, even - to be less than thrilled with the results.

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Geoffrey Rush in 'The Diary of a Madman' by LINDA WINER

Geoffrey Rush is giving one of the most astonishing performances of ordeal theater we're ever likely to see.

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How critic-proof is 'Spider-Man'? by LINDA WINER

But here's a record that may be tough to bust. Has a show ever survived terrible reviews and continued to thrive like this at the box office?

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Feeling the pain of 'Good People' by LINDA WINER

David Lindsay-Abaire calls his new play, simply, "Good People." Like everything in this deceptively amiable, stealthily gripping tragicomedy, however, the words are less plain than they firs…

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Critic Linda Winer's unintentional review of 'A Delicate Balance' by Linda Winer

There's a sign outside the Booth Theatre that had me confused for weeks. Above a glass door in front of the all-star revival of Edward Albee's "A Delicate Balance" is one of those critic quo…

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Manhattan theaters to love: Armory, New Amsterdam, Pershing Square, Lyceum by Linda Winer

Theaters are so much more than just rooms and buildings. Theaters have walls that know endless stories. Even if these walls could talk, I'd like to believe they would not.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What playwright is the voice of this generation? by Linda Winer

Hey, there's Lena Dunham on the cover of the new Rolling Stone. And there she is filling backpacks with awards for creating and starring in "Girls," the habit-forming HBO series about 20-som…

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

'Death of a Salesman' still packs a punch by Linda Winer

Let's get this out of the way at the top. Philip Seymour Hoffman is too young and soft to be the standard-issue iconic Willy Loman chiseled on the Mount Rushmore of American drama. Andrew Ga…

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Musical 'Marilyn' may not sing by Linda Winer

It is hard to resist snappy, interesting theater people talking trash and emoting sincerely while trying to put together a new musical for Broadway. With Steven Spielberg, NBC and creators w…

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Revisiting 'Addams,' 'Billy' and 'Jersey' by Linda Winer

A Midwest acquaintance, newly smitten with New York, proudly told me recently how much he loved seeing "Jersey Boys," his first Broadway adventure. I gave him what I hoped was an enthusiasti…

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Friday, August 5, 2011

A new crop of 'Hair' and more pop musicals by Linda Winer

Word-association quiz: If I say "Hair," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Godspell" and "Rent," your answers are likely to bubble up from a niche of particularly vivid memories. I'm guessing the im…

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Behind the closed doors of 'Sleep No More' by LINDA WINER

For months, I've been tempted to spend a night at the McKittrick Hotel, tantalized by tales of mysterious goings-on in the far-far west stretches of Chelsea, and piqued by reports of this or…

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Royal Shakespeare at Park Avenue Armory by LINDA WINER

For a while in "As You Like It," it was hard not to fear for the rest of the Royal Shakespeare Company's ambitious five-play season at the Park Avenue Armory. For most of the first half of …

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tips for a greater Great White Way by LINDA WINER

Life is very good on Broadway these days. Grosses are up. Even more impressive, though less easily quantified, quality is up, too. What's more, just weeks after the Tony Awards marked the cl…

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Tyne Daly stars in 'Master Class' by LINDA WINER

There was a time, before he refocused on writing books for musicals and opera in the late '90s, when the theater was deeply hooked on regular infusions of witty and timely, substantive yet c…

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Lincoln Center hosts a feast of a fest by LINDA WINER

The Lincoln Center Festival has never made sense, not really. Why would New York, which already is a culture festival, need another one in the summer when, supposedly, everyone who claims to…

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'Measure for Measure' roils Central Park by LINDA WINER

Anyone smitten with the idea of Shakespeare comedies as role models for idealized love doesn't know "Measure for Measure" and "All's Well That Ends Well," the disturbing and twisted works be…

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

'All's Well' more cynical than comedic by LINDA WINER

For the past two summers, director Daniel Sullivan has worked magic with the Public Theater's free Shakespeare in the Park -- first with an enchanting "Twelfth Night" starring Anne Hathaway,…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

'Spider-Man' web isn't quite so sticky by LINDA WINER

So, is it better? Yes, the story makes sense now and, so far, no one has fallen down.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

'War Horse,' 'Mormon,' 'Heart' win Tonys by LINDA WINER

"The Book of Mormon," the dirty-talking hit musical comedy, cleaned up big time at the 65th annual Tony Awards Sunday night at the Beacon Theatre, winning nine major awards including best mu…

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Friday, June 10, 2011

'The Shaggs': Bad '60s music, redux by LINDA WINER

Two other major Off-Broadway companies, Playwrights Horizons and the New York Theatre Workshop, have collaborated on a very different moment in American cultural history. "The Shaggs: Philos…

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A prison play by Tennessee Williams by LINDA WINER

Tennessee Williams wrote a prison short story called "One Arm" in the '40s, adapted it into a screenplay in 1967 and spent a chunk of his disappointed late life trying to get it filmed.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

The plays are the things at the Tonys by LINDA WINER

I don't care who wins many of the Tony Awards Sunday night, but don't get the wrong idea. Indifference has nothing to do with it.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

'Through a Glass Darkly' off-Broadway by LINDA WINER

Although most of the world knows Ingmar Bergman through his movies, New Yorkers had the privilege of sharing another visceral part of his vision through regular visits to Brooklyn Academy of…

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Kushner's "The Illusion" clumsily revived by LINDA WINER

In a way, it feels right to close the Signature Theatre Company's 14 invaluable years at its space on the far west side of 42nd Street with "The Illusion," Tony Kushner's free adaptation of …

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Friday, June 3, 2011

'American Idol's' Web sight by LINDA WINER

If things had gone as planned, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" would now be tallying its potential wins on next Sunday's Tony Awards broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. If the mega-musical had opened…

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Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
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Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
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