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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Theater Review: People, Places & Things Shatters and Soars by Sara Holdren

Duncan Macmillan’s merciless, electric People, Places & Things — now playing at St. Ann’s Warehouse in a production from London’s National Theatre — starts with a play and ends…

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Theater Review: In Oedipus El Rey, Fate Falls a Little Flat by Sara Holdren

When you enter the Public’s Shiva Theater for Oedipus El Rey, the setting of Luis Alfaro’s transposition of Sophocles’s tragedy becomes immediately and elegantly clear. The Shiva is a …

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Theater Review: John Patrick Shanley’s Misbegotten The Portuguese Kid by Sara Holdren

Early on in The Portuguese Kid, the unconscionable new play by John Patrick Shanley now onstage at MTC, our Real Greek Housewives of New York City heroine, Atalanta Lagana, whines to her law…

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Theater Review: In Strange Interlude, 1 Man, 6 Hours, Many Ghosts by Sara Holdren

When Eugene O’Neill finished Strange Interlude in 1923, he was 35 years old, the same age as his heroine Nina Leeds in the seventh act out of nine in his paradigm-shifting, Pulitzer Prize-…

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Theater Review: In After the Blast, the Apocalypse Is Now by Sara Holdren

Back in August, I compared Second Stage’s production of Bruce Norris’s A Parallelogram to Black Mirror. As I left the Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center in the wake of Zoe Kazan’s sh…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Diana Oh Is a Fierce Feminist Who Rocks Out in Her Underwear by Sara Holdren

There are a few things Diana Oh doesn’t have time for these days. Notably: assholes and subtlety. A few days ago, I saw Oh — a multitalented dynamo of a performer — in full command of …

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Theater Review: Does Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Still Give Off Heat? by Sara Holdren

Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song, now receiving its first full revival in 35 years at Second Stage Theater under the direction of Moisés Kaufman, has undergone a makeover. The play is …

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:54PM
Monday, October 16, 2017

Theater Review: Burning Doors Is a Fiery Anti-Torture, Anti-Putin Scream by Sara Holdren

Here are some names you might not know: Oleg Sentsov. Petr Pavlensky. Maria Alyokhina. Here’s one you probably do know: Pussy Riot.The world learned that one in 2012, when three members of…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Theater Review: ERS’s Measure for Measure Plays a Losing Game by Sara Holdren

In the program for Measure for Measure, now playing at the Public Theater, John Collins, Artistic Director of Elevator Repair Service—the downtown theater company known for its exhilaratin…

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Theater Review: Eternal Return Feels Old in Time and the Conways by Sara Holdren

While watching the Roundabout Theatre Company production of J.B. Priestley’s drawing-room dramedy Time and the Conways, directed by Rebecca Taichman at the American Airlines Theatre, I tho…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Theater Review: Too Heavy for Your Pocket, Carried Off With Grace by Sara Holdren

Jiréh Breon Holder’s Too Heavy for Your Pocket — now under the brisk, elegant direction of Margot Bordelon at the Roundabout’s Black Box Theatre — takes place during the summe…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Theater Review: Tiny Beautiful Things Won Me Over Against My Will by Sara Holdren

In the spirit of “Dear Sugar,” an honest confession: Up till now, I’ve steered clear of the work of Cheryl Strayed. I’m skeptical of Passion Planners, and I make a sharp turn in Barn…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Theater Review: The Treasurer, an Invaluable New Play by Sara Holdren

Max Posner’s The Treasurer, now playing at Playwrights Horizons under the assured and gentle direction of David Cromer, is a quiet revelation. At a moment when the theatrical landscape is …

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Theater: An Ultra-Male, Female-Directed Clockwork Orange by Sara Holdren

How do we look at the Other who seems monstrous? Well, sometimes a story pins our eyes open and won’t let us blink. By now, the world knows the wily, vicious Alex DeLarge quite well, be it…

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Theater Review: KPOP Is Gangnam Style With Substance Beneath by Sara Holdren

When my grandmother, Jong Gung Hong, was a young girl, her father piled the family into a small boat, covered the children with a tarp, and left their home near Pyongyang. She grew up in wha…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Theater Review: Charm Is an Uplifting LGTBQ Fairy Tale by Sara Holdren

“Just because you got an ugly past, that don’t mean you can’t have a beautiful future.”So says the inimitable Mama Darleena Andrews in Philip Dawkins’s aptly named Charm, directed …

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Theater Review: A Grown-up Peter Pan From Sarah Ruhl by Sara Holdren

I hope it’s not giving too much away to say that the final image in Sarah Ruhl’s For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday, directed by Les Waters at Playwrights Horizons, is, literally and fig…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Theater Reviews: On the Shore of the Wide World and Fucking A by Sara Holdren

Simon Stephens’s On the Shore of the Wide World, now playing at Atlantic Theater Company, takes its name from a sonnet by Keats. It’s the kind of play where a character quotes part of th…

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Theater Review: Prince of Broadway’s Music Soars Where Its Narrative Falters by Sara Holdren

“Everybody talks about their career in the theater,” says actor Brandon Uranowitz at the start of Prince of Broadway, “but rarely does anybody talk about luck.” Good fortune is a rec…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Theater Review: Blocks From Trump Tower, Michael Moore Stands Up and Barks by Sara Holdren

The Terms of My Surrender, the new solo show by filmmaker and self-described “high-profile shit-stirrer” Michael Moore, isn’t a play. It’s a pep rally.Or, to get really American with…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Theater Review: The Workshop, Where Dead White Men Do Have a Point by Sara Holdren

In the cramped backstage space behind the seating bank at the tiny HB Playwrights Theatre in the West Village, playwright Torrey Townsend is ripping the American Theater a new one. It’s th…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Theater Review: A Parallelogram Is a Theatrical Black Mirror by Sara Holdren

After Bruce Norris’s A Parallelogram at Second Stage Theater, I stood outside and cried on the sidewalk.Okay, so it had been a long day, but I would be lying if I said that the restless, d…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Director Robert Woodruff Remembers Sam Shepard by Sara Holdren

Last Thursday, we lost an artist as mythic in stature as the great tall tale heroes of the Old West. Sam Shepard — playwright, actor, Pulitzer Prize–winner, musician, and rancher, to nam…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Theater Review: A ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ That Never Touches Earth by Sara Holdren

When I was a kid, I had a friend who loved icing but hated cake. At her birthday parties, I would sit at the table with a bunch of other slightly uncomfortable elementary school girls, while…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

A Hamlet Where Everyone’s Onstage by Sara Holdren

A little over a third of the way into the modestly dressed, disarmingly brilliant production of Hamlet now playing at the Public, Oscar Isaac as the iconic prince turns to us before one of h…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

The Revolution Will Not Be Hashtagged: A misguided Joan of Arc at the Public Theatre by Sara Holdren

Truly, it’s all about that banner: hanging there in all its Instagrammable glory, its purpose seems to be to absolve Joan of Arc’s creators of all artistic and political rigor for the ne…

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