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Tuesday, August 15, 2023

How the regional theater crisis will be felt on Broadway by Naveen Kumar

Producers Sue Frost and Aaron Glick, playwright Douglas Lyons and more predict possible benefits and challenges caused by the ripple from America’s theaters.

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Thursday, August 10, 2023

Review: ‘The Shark Is Broken’ offers fan service without teeth by Naveen Kumar

Transferring from London’s West End, the comedy relies on nostalgia and fandom.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2023

‘Let’s Call Her Patty’ Review: Rhea Perlman as an Uptown Matriarch by Naveen Kumar

Rhea Perlman stars as a quintessential Upper West Sider in Zarina Shea’s snapshot of affluent, self-flagellating motherhood

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Friday, July 21, 2023

Review: ‘Flex’ Hits the Right Rhythms on the Court and Off by Naveen Kumar

The writer Candrice Jones and the director Lileana Blain-Cruz show a mastery of the game in this play about a girls’ basketball team in rural Arkansas.

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Friday, July 7, 2023

Theater District pedicabs have become a safety hazard and a risk to industry-related businesses by Naveen Kumar

Congestion, dangerous driving, price-gouging and more are a growing problem.

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Thursday, June 22, 2023

‘The Light in the Piazza’ Review: When It Comes to Love, They’re Outsiders by Naveen Kumar

A meet-cute on an Italian excursion sends a mother and daughter on parallel journeys of self-discovery in an Encores! staging of the 2005 musical.

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Thursday, June 15, 2023

Review: ‘The Whitney Album’ Looks to Theater to Remake a Painful Past by Naveen Kumar

Eschewing a conventional narrative, Jillian Walker’s soulful show seeks to heal deep wounds through ritual and celebratory singalongs.

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Thursday, June 8, 2023

Demystifying achievement in sound design by Naveen Kumar

Three sound designers weigh in on how to determine excellence in their field.

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Sunday, June 4, 2023

Review: In ‘Love + Science,’ a Meet Cute Becomes a Medical Mystery by Naveen Kumar

In 1980s Manhattan, two medical students find themselves at the forefront of the AIDS crisis in David J. Glass’s new play at New York City Center.

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Friday, June 2, 2023

For Her New Play, Tori Sampson Revisited Her ‘Black Power Household’ by Naveen Kumar

“This Land Was Made,” at the Vineyard Theater, is rooted in the playwright’s personal connection to a political movement’s awakening.

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Thursday, May 25, 2023

‘Primary Trust’ Review: Sipping Mai Tais, Until Bitter Reality Knocks by Naveen Kumar

In Eboni Booth’s new play, William Jackson Harper performs with astonishing vulnerability as a man alone and adrift.

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Monday, May 22, 2023

Review: In ‘Bees & Honey,’ Love Is Both Sweet and Sticky by Naveen Kumar

In this play by Guadalís Del Carmen, a couple’s shared heritage is integral to their meeting and the ups and downs of their daily relationship.

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Thursday, May 4, 2023

‘shadow/land’ Review: What the Storm Washes Away by Naveen Kumar

In the play, at the Public Theater, a mother and daughter endure the devastation of Hurricane Katrina inside the bar that connects them to their pasts.

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‘Hong Kong Mississippi’ Review: The Bluesman Next Door by Naveen Kumar

Wesley Du explores complex intersections of identity in a coming-of-age story about a Chinese American boy who finds escape in Black music.

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Friday, April 7, 2023

‘Smart’ Review: A.I. in the Living Room by Naveen Kumar

Three women seeking companionship turn to an Alexa-like digital presence in this family drama at Ensemble Studio Theater.

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Monday, March 20, 2023

Review: ‘The Good John Proctor’ Imagines Girlhood BFFs by Naveen Kumar

The play, directed by Caitlin Sullivan at the Connelly Theater, focuses on two girls in the year leading up to the action depicted in “The Crucible.”

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Friday, March 10, 2023

Review: In ‘Misty,’ a Restless Artist Grapples With a Gentrifying City by Naveen Kumar

At the Shed, Arinzé Kene mixes spoken word, music and comedy to tell a story of racial tension and male identity in a changing London.

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Monday, March 6, 2023

Review: In ‘The Best We Could,’ the Players Follow Directions by Naveen Kumar

The playwright Emily Feldman structures this work like a personal GPS that plots the course of a family.

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Friday, March 3, 2023

‘1 + 1’ Review: She Just Wants to Be His Plaything by Naveen Kumar

Stale views of gender dynamics power Eric Bogosian’s play about an aspiring actress caught in the clutches of a duplicitous man.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Review: In ‘Leo Reich: Literally Who Cares?!,’ He’s Too Hot to Live by Naveen Kumar

Reich, a comedian and writer, transforms into the avatar of Gen Z disaffection in his taut, biting solo show at Greenwich House Theater.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

‘Lucy’ Review: There’s Something About the Babysitter by Naveen Kumar

A workplace comedy set at home, this cleverly detailed production explores child care as both labor and primal instinct.

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

‘Memorial’ Review: An American Story, Set in Stone by Naveen Kumar

The national controversy surrounding Maya Lin’s design for the Vietnam War Memorial is the subject of Livian Yeh’s nimble, process-driven play.

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Monday, January 23, 2023

‘Sugar Daddy’ Review: The Grief Comes Out in Laughs by Naveen Kumar

In his show about mourning his boyfriend, the comedian Sam Morrison confronts overwhelming loss with punch lines and panache.

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

Review: A Solo ‘Great Expectations’ That Calls for Endurance by Naveen Kumar

The British comedian Eddie Izzard plays every part in this relatively straightforward adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic story.

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Sunday, December 11, 2022

‘Some Like It Hot’ makes a modern case for a screen gem by Naveen Kumar

Transforming beloved IP into compelling musical theater is an inexact science, but the transformation part is nonnegotiable. As the discard pile of recent VHS-inspired flops can attest, audi…

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Friday, December 9, 2022

Review: In ‘La Race,’ a Fight Back From the Margins by Naveen Kumar

Bleu Beckford-Burrell’s play about a City Council campaign aims to catalog a gamut of social ills and how Black women rise to meet them.

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

‘The Bandaged Place’ Review: A Dance With His Devils by Naveen Kumar

Evocative choreography and warm performances hold together Harrison David Rivers’s play about the slippages between desire and trauma.

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Thursday, November 10, 2022

‘Where We Belong’ Review: A Performer Wonders, What’s in a Name? by Naveen Kumar

In an autobiographical solo show at the Public Theater, Madeline Sayet grapples with her Indigenous ancestry and the responsibility that comes with her name.

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Friday, November 4, 2022

Review: In ‘Where the Mountain Meets the Sea,’ Missed Connections by Naveen Kumar

A father and a son recall parallel journeys that reflect shared experiences of otherness in Jeff Augustin’s play, performed with music by the Bengsons.

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Friday, October 21, 2022

‘A Little Life’ Review: A Collage of Unrelenting Torment by Naveen Kumar

Hanya Yanagihara’s best-selling novel comes to the BAM stage, and raises the question: How much suffering can the protagonist (and the audience) endure?

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

‘The Gold Room’ Review: Gay Sexuality on Shuffle Mode by Naveen Kumar

Two men circling each other for a hookup talk through fantasies and everyday doubts in this play by Jacob Perkins.

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All that Chat

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