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Friday, February 19, 2016

Review: Eloquent "The Humans" Transfers to Broadway by Robert Kahn

With time, the characters in Stephen Karam's relatable drama seem even more vulnerable. Jayne Houdyshell shines brightly in a cast of superior talents.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Review: World Premiere of Shanley's "Prodigal Son" by Robert Kahn

The author of "Moonstruck" and "Doubt" recounts his time at a New Hampshire Private School. Charismatic lead Timothée Chalamet gives a super performance in a play that doesn't break any new…

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Monday, February 8, 2016

"The Woodsman," Inspired by L. Frank Baum's Tin Man, Returns by Robert Kahn

"Oz" comes to life again, as a lonely boy falls for the slave of a powerful witch in a gorgeous play utilizing traditional Japanese puppetry and original song.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

In Bushwick, Inhibitions (and Clothes) Fall Away by Robert Kahn

The troupe behind "Then She Fell" is back with a bigger, more erotic new show. "The Grand Paradise" is like being on a Tinder date, with Rupert Holmes providing the background music—don't …

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Review: Linda Lavin in "Our Mother's Brief Affair" by Robert Kahn

On the verge of death, Anna makes a revelation to her grown children—but how much of what she says can be trusted? The Tony-winner and sitcom star returns to MTC in a New York premiere by …

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Classic Stage Company Recovers from Loss of a "Mother" by Robert Kahn

Actress Kecia Lewis assumes the role of indomitable Mother Courage after an abrupt departure by Tony-winner Tonya Pinkins.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Roundabout Makes a Slam Dunk With 'Noises Off' by Robert Kahn

There are still surprises to be found in Michael Frayn’s often-staged comedy about pandemonium behind the scenes at a generic sex farce.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

'Fiddler' Review: Thoroughly Modern Tevye by Robert Kahn

Director Bartlett Sher brings a contemporary vision to the beloved 1964 musical classic—starring a favorite Broadway leading man.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

10 Standout Theater Performances of 2015 by Robert Kahn and Dave Quinn

The performances NBC4NY theater writers Robert Kahn and Dave Quinn will remember most, in alphabetical order.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Review: Slimmed-Down 'The Color Purple' by Robert Kahn

The acclaimed Menier Chocolate Factory production from director John Doyle moves to Broadway, with standout turns by Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Bowie Songs, Old and New, Power 'Lazarus' at NYTW by Robert Kahn

Michael C. Hall stars in a colorful, confusing new musical inspired by Walter Tevis's 1963 novel "The Man Who Fell to Earth." The famous glam rocker contributes songs old and new.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Review: Andrew Lloyd Webber's "School of Rock" by Robert Kahn

A dozen pint-sized performers bring the heart to Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage update of the 2003 movie about a slovenly sub who brightens the lives of his prep school fifth-graders.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Mamet's 'China Doll,' With Pacino in the Lead, Proves Fragile by Robert Kahn

The Oscar winner gives a characteristically quirky performance as a retiring businessman poised to marry his British fiancée.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Metcalf's Nurse Calls the Shots in Fun, Forgettable "Misery" by Robert Kahn

The skilled TV and stage actress rescues Bruce Willis's romance novelist from a car crash, but has words (and weapons) for him when she learns he's killed off her favorite character.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Director Van Hove Leaves Only Blood Under This "Bridge" by Robert Kahn

An acclaimed West End production of the Arthur Miller play transfers to Broadway, with Mark Strong as the Brooklyn longshoreman who has a possessive love for his niece.

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Takei, at 78, Boldly Goes into a Painful Family History by Robert Kahn

A new musical inspired by the "Star Trek" actor's childhood internment follows one family in the years after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Gloria and Emilio Estefan Make It Happen, in 'On Your Feet!' by Robert Kahn

A new musical from the director of "Kinky Boots" and writer of "Birdman" depicts how Gloria Estefan became the best-selling crossover performer in Latin music.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Ascension? It's a Royal Pain, in Suspenseful "King Charles III" by Robert Kahn

The King and ... oy. Mike Bartlett's galvanizing "King Charles III," newly arrived after an Olivier Award-winning run in the U.K., imagines the current Prince of Wales and his troubled ascen…

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Some Sorrows Can't Be Drowned in Moody "Thérèse Raquin" by Robert Kahn

Keira Knightley makes a fine Broadway debut as a woman who embarks on an adulterous affair in Helen Edmundson's adaptation of the 19th-century Émile Zola novel.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Who's a Good Dog? Annaleigh Ashford, as Captivating Canine 'Sylvia' by Robert Kahn

A perspicacious pooch wreaks havoc on the life of Upper West Side empty-nesters in the first Broadway outing of A.R. Gurney's 1995 comedy. (Did someone say "out"?)

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Real Life Is More Terrifying Than Nightmares in "The Humans" by Robert Kahn

A Pennsylvania mom and dad travel to New York City for what should be a festive Thanksgiving celebration—but mysterious things start to go bump in the night.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tap-Happy 'Dames' Proves Seaworthy by Robert Kahn

A nod to the uncomplicated movie-musicals of the Depression, "Dames at Sea" makes waves with swell performances and a boatload of laughs.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Marylouise Burke, Holland Taylor Star in Knotty 'Ripcord' by Robert Kahn

David Lindsay-Abaire's uneven comedy is about two women of a certain age locked in a high-stakes battle over personal space. David Hyde Pierce directs.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Jones, Tyson Find Their Golden Years Are Tarnished in Wistful 'Gin Game' by Robert Kahn

Two entertainment industry giants reunite on Broadway in a heartbreaking update of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

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Lupita Nyong'o Makes New York Stage Debut in War Drama 'Eclipsed' by Robert Kahn

The Oscar winner ("12 Years a Slave") makes her New York stage debut in a textured war drama written by Danai Gurira, the actress who plays Michonne on "The Walking Dead."

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Friday, October 9, 2015

After an Absence, Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell Discover They're Crazy in Love by Robert Kahn

MTC's revival of Sam Shepard's 1983 "Fool for Love" seizes you quickly and doesn't let go.

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There's Smoke and Ire at Robert O'Hara's 'Barbecue' by Robert Kahn

The "Bootycandy" author is back with a new comedy about family and truth. It sizzles in some places, but gets a little overdone in others.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Review: Clive Owen Stars in Enigmatic "Old Times" by Robert Kahn

A man and his wife reconnect with a woman from their past in Harold Pinter's abstract 1971 drama about the power of memory.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

'Grace' Traces Path of Slave Trader Who Would Write a Celebrated Hymn by Robert Kahn

A one-time police officer has written an earnest original musical about young Englishman John Newton, who came of age as Britain sat atop an empire of slavery.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Con Artists with Good Intentions, Penn & Teller Let Us In on the Joke by Robert Kahn

The illusionists return to New York for the first time in 15 years with a sincere and relentlessly beguiling show that includes classics from their repertoire and elements of their Vegas act.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

LuPone Goes Back to Community Theater in "Shows for Days" by Robert Kahn

Douglas Carter Beane's remembrance of things past has some solid one-liners and monologues, but he's left Patti LuPone to work without a net.

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