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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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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

‘Hedda Gabler’ and ‘The Winter’s Tale’: 2 Takes That Shout Subtext by Naveen Kumar

Irreverence can be illuminating. But Bedlam’s energetic productions of classics by Ibsen and Shakespeare lose insight in the process.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

‘Sesame Street: The Musical’ Review: Everything’s A-OK by Naveen Kumar

Jonathan Rockefeller’s Off Broadway production blends the charm and wit of the show’s early days with more modern characters.

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

‘The Nosebleed’ Review: Reconciling the Ghosts in the Attic by Naveen Kumar

Aya Ogawa’s memoir-like excavation tests the boundaries of love and family obligation through intimate confession.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Review: In ‘The Butcher Boy,’ an Anti-Coming of Age Story by Naveen Kumar

The new musical, based on the novel by Patrick McCabe, follows a boy in 1960s Ireland as he recounts a tale of boyhood mischief and alienation.

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Friday, July 29, 2022

‘Happy Life’ Review: Ghosts in the Studio by Naveen Kumar

The playwright Kathy Ng imagines a world where mortality, eroticism and Hello Kitty collide in a spirited, if sometimes muddled, contemplation of loneliness and loss.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

‘Mister Miss America’ Review: A Fight for the Crown by Naveen Kumar

The first male contestant in his small-town beauty pageant is determined to win hearts, minds and the crown, in this solo play from the writer and performer Neil D’Astolfo.

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Monday, June 20, 2022

‘Hooded; or Being Black for Dummies’ Review: A Tragic Pageantry by Naveen Kumar

Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s ambitious and sometimes metaphysical comedy playfully tries to tackle thorny issues at 59E59 Theaters.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Review: In ‘Queen,’ the Numbers Don’t Always Add Up by Naveen Kumar

Two ambitious scientists are concerned with honey bees in this heady and data-heavy new play, a production of the National Asian American Theater Company.

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

‘… What the End Will Be’ Review: Learning to Let Go by Naveen Kumar

The intergenerational comedy is a poignant reflection on sexuality, mortality and Black masculinity by the playwright Mansa Ra.

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Sunday, May 29, 2022

‘Zoey’s Perfect Wedding’ Review: The Bride’s Big Disaster by Naveen Kumar

For affluent and educated 30-something New Yorkers, a favored set of the playwright Matthew López, a chain-hotel reception is as tacky as it gets.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Review: In ‘Exception to the Rule,’ Detention Is Sinister by Naveen Kumar

Teenagers bond after school in a sort of classroom purgatory. And, where is the teacher?

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

‘Will You Come With Me?’ Review: Love in the Age of Revolution by Naveen Kumar

Set around protests in Istanbul that began in 2013, this play follows a couple as they circle, approach and retreat from each other over the years.

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Review: An evasive ‘Macbeth’ strains for coherence by Naveen Kumar

Lust for power can defy logic. Why does anyone succumb to greed or ambition? Where Shakespeare probes primal urges through poetry and dirty deeds, director Sam Gold seems to question the ver…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Review: ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ gets swallowed in ego by Naveen Kumar

Billy Crystal is roving the stage, leading an “oy vey!” call-and-response. There is no exclamation more apt for “Mr. Saturday Night,” the moth-eaten cardigan of a new musical now in …

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Review: A ‘Funny Girl’ that isn’t overshadowed by you-know-who by Naveen Kumar

Playing the part of a marquee idol is daunting on its own. Playing one made famous by Barbra Streisand may seem like a fool’s errand, doubtless one reason “Funny Girl” hasn’t been on…

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Review: ‘How I Learned to Drive’ makes a bracing return by Naveen Kumar

It’s been 25 years since Paula Vogel’s landmark drama about sexual assault and its reverberations first debuted Off-Broadway. Since then, private transgressions, like those that Li’l B…

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Review: ‘American Buffalo’ proves another man’s trash isn’t always a treasure by Naveen Kumar

It may be that “American Buffalo” belongs in the junk shop where it’s set — a token of bicentennial Americana with questionable lasting value. Like the novelty coin at its center, Da…

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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Review: In ‘Birthday Candles,’ the cake is too sweet by Naveen Kumar

There are some things in life you can count on. Birthdays will tick by like clockwork, a good cake recipe won’t fail and the young will chase their future while elders reminisce. But combi…

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Monday, April 4, 2022

Review: ‘Take Me Out’ is playing in the wrong ballpark by Naveen Kumar

A star athlete comes out as gay, and the narrator asks, “Why now?” Greeting that question with a shrug, the revival of “Take Me Out” from Second Stage is a down-the-middle throwback …

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Monday, March 28, 2022

Review: A luxe ‘Plaza Suite’ misses the laughs by Naveen Kumar

People have long ponied up for the promise of elegance, familiarity and a bit of gracious pandering, on Broadway as on Central Park South. Throw in the allure of celebrity, and a revival of …

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

‘Help’ Review: Blindfolds (and Kid Gloves) Off. Let’s Analyze Whiteness. by Naveen Kumar

Claudia Rankine’s heady new play dares white audiences to deny the realities of their social advantages.

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Friday, March 18, 2022

Review: In ‘What You Are Now,’ Memory Is a Dangerous Thing by Naveen Kumar

In Sam Chanse’s affecting play, a daughter tries to understand her mother, who resists any reminder of her escape from the Khmer Rouge.

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Monday, March 14, 2022

Comedy Undercut ‘The Life.’ Billy Porter Looks for Its Humanity. by Naveen Kumar

The actor is directing an Encores! revival of the 1997 musical, updating it to confront hard truths about racism, poverty and carceral injustice.

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

‘This Space Between Us’ Review: A Do-Gooder Faces a Chorus of Resistance by Naveen Kumar

Peter Gil-Sheridan’s comedy for Keen Company raises a range of topical issues but fails to cover new ground.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

‘Wolf Play’ Review: What Keeps a Family From Falling to Pieces? by Naveen Kumar

Hansol Jung’s new play looks at the broken adoption of a little boy who is plucked from South Korea and moved to one American home, then shunted to another.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

‘Is There Still Sex in the City?’ Review: Candace Bushnell Dishes Hot Details by Naveen Kumar

In her one-woman Off Broadway show, the “Sex and the City” author invites audiences behind the scenes of her life with a wink and a cocktail.

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Review: Getting a Moral Fix From ‘Approval Junkie’ by Naveen Kumar

The radio and television journalist Faith Salie stars in a one-woman show about the perils of striving for achievement and affirmation.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Review: Three Generations Awaiting Justice in ‘Cullud Wattah’ by Naveen Kumar

Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s play follows one family of women affected by the water crisis in Flint, Mich.

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Review: Sounds and Styles Playfully Collide in ‘Only an Octave Apart’ by Naveen Kumar

This show brings together two convention-inverting artists: the cabaret star Justin Vivian Bond and the opera singer Anthony Roth Costanzo.

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