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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Theater Review: In Spandex and Sweat, Singlet Goes Its Own Way by Sara Holdren

The wolf-eyed Erin Markey wants you to be a little scared in the theater, kind of in the way you’re a little scared when you’re talking to someone attractive and you suddenly experience …

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Theater Review: Paradise Blue’s Powerful Grit by Sara Holdren

Dominique Morisseau’s Paradise Blue — the second installment in the writer’s “Detroit Projects” trilogy and the first production in her current residency at Signature Theatre — i…

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Theater Review: A Monotone Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Sara Holdren

Lest anyone get the idea that I’m summarily anti–Eugene O’Neill, let the record show that quite a few years ago, with the help of suspenders and hair gel and a whiskey bottle full of i…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Theater Review: The Wild Ambition of Dance Nation by Sara Holdren

Things that happened when I was 13: I played first-chair clarinet in my middle-school band. I tried to kiss my first boy (he was second-chair) while we took a walk in the woods. He didn’t …

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Theater Review: Caryl Churchill on Losing Revolutionary Momentum by Sara Holdren

In 1976 Caryl Churchill collaborated with Joint Stock Theatre Company for the first time to write a play about revolutionary fervor, apocalyptic visions, political optimism, and a powerful l…

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Theater Review: Aristophanes’ The Birds, Gone Cuckoo in the Best Possible Way by Sara Holdren

We all have that one Onion article that makes us laugh hysterically, then quietly question everything we’ve done with our life. Mine is “New Evidence Reveals Ancient Greeks Immediately R…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

The Best Plays and Musicals of 2018 (So Far) by Sara Holdren

From theater that’s questioning — or celebrating — the theatrical form itself, to theater that’s forging new takes on old stories, to angels and Westerns and wizards, oh my! — this…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Theater Review: Summer and Smoke Has That ‘Immaterial Something’ by Sara Holdren

“I’m afraid we have a bad connection,” says the doctor’s son to the preacher’s daughter. They’re speaking over the telephone, but the interference they’re battling isn’t real…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Tonys Make Me Cranky by Sara Holdren

The cutest thing about this morning’s Tony nominations was Katharine McPhee’s steadily increasing inability to pronounce the words “SpongeBob SquarePants.” She had to say them a lot …

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Theater Review: The Iceman Cometh Needeth Rethinking by Sara Holdren

The revival of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh—now at the Bernard B. Jacobs under the direction of George C. Wolfe and strapped with heavy starpower in Denzel Washington—is the ki…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Theater Review: Saint Joan, With Armor But Not Packing Much Heat by Sara Holdren

What is it that keeps artists coming back to the story of Joan of Arc, and why do they keep making a royal mess of it? The material is certainly captivating: Lone young woman—champion of f…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Theater Review: The Glittery Pleasures of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical by Sara Holdren

“It was a great party,” reminisces one of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’s three avatars for its central singer, near the end of its speedy 100 minutes. “And I wasn’t just at the…

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Theater Review: Harry Potter and the Broadway Spectacle by Sara Holdren

“My geekness is a-quiverin’!” a teenage wizard named Scorpius yelps in excitement somewhere around hour five. He’s not the only one. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the feeling…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Theater Review: An Unaccustomed Approach to My Fair Lady by Sara Holdren

A week ago, I wrote about my problems with the current Broadway revival of a very well-loved musical. If shows like Carousel, My Fair Lady, and Kiss Me Kate want to avoid getting shelved, I …

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Theater Review: Matthew Broderick As the Baddest Bad Guy, in The Seafarer by Sara Holdren

I have a thing for the devil. He—or it—is the immortal reject, the essence of loneliness, of the eternally disappointed desire to belong. The devil wants friends. He wants a bit of his o…

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Theater Review: Of Tusks and Treachery, in Mlima’s Tale by Sara Holdren

If you climb the stairs to the Public’s Martinson Theater instead of taking the elevator, you’ll learn a few upsetting facts along the way. Posted on the stairwell’s walls in big red d…

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Theater Review: Anthony Sher as a Slow-Burning, Intense King Lear by Sara Holdren

In a notable instance of one behemoth assessing another, the director Peter Brook once called King Lear “a mountain whose summit has never been reached, the way up strewn with the shattere…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Theater Review: Can Carousel Be Brought Around? by Sara Holdren

In 1999 Time magazine proclaimed Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel the best musical of the 20th century. Critics, notably the heavy-hitters at the Times, have raved about the sweeping ada…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Theater Review: On the Road With Miss You Like Hell by Sara Holdren

I really wanted to like Miss You Like Hell. Maybe that’s a risky thing to admit, since it acknowledges that we—critics, humans—don’t show up to plays in pristine states of impartiali…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Theater Review: The Familiar Spin of This Flat Earth by Sara Holdren

It’s a lonely experience to sit in a theater feeling out of sync with the responses around you. Contrary to the popular mythology about critics, it’s not fun to dislike things. It can le…

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

On Wednesdays, We Do Two Shows: Mean Girls Self-Awarely Stages Itself by Sara Holdren

Less than two minutes into the smart, splashy new musical of Tina Fey’s 2004 teen comedy Mean Girls, my friend leaned over and whispered delightedly, “This is the most postmodern thing I…

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Theater Review: Angels in America Punches Through the Roof Again by Sara Holdren

In 1935 Gertrude Stein spoke about narrative and the passing of time in a series of talks at the University of Chicago. “Twenty-five years roll around very quickly,” she wrote, but “it…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Theater Review: When Margaritaville Comes to Times Square by Sara Holdren

Are you tired of winter in New York? Does the idea of getting day-drunk at a Sandals resort appeal to you? Does your ideal theatergoing experience occur in a Marriott hotel and feature a lob…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Theater Review: Why I Can’t Accept Admissions by Sara Holdren

The world’s most fashionable astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, recently tweeted, “Creativity that satisfies & affirms your world view is Entertainment. Creativity that challenges …

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Theater Review: In The Low Road, Adam Smith Envisions Pizza Hut by Sara Holdren

Bruce Norris is like a skilled painter who can’t stand paint. Or a sculptor who’s morally repulsed by clay. He’s a playwright, so his medium is people, and for Norris, people rank some…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Theater Review: The Amateurs Reveals Its Inner Playwright by Sara Holdren

“Confronted with a crisis, what is the artistic impulse?” Jordan Harrison asks us two-thirds of the way through his new play, The Amateurs, now at the Vineyard Theatre under the directio…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Theater Review: Dramas Family and Global, in An Ordinary Muslim by Sara Holdren

“I don’t want to be tolerated. I want to be respected.”So says Azeem Bhatti, the angry, suffering man at the center of Hammaad Chaudry’s potent An Ordinary Muslim, under the assured …

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Theater Review: The Relevance of Relevance by Sara Holdren

I wrote recently of the blight of mediocre, self-congratulatory, hungry-for-relevance plays on the current theatrical landscape, so it was with some apprehension that I approached JC Lee’s…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Theater Review: Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, Again by Sara Holdren

There’s a small play playing on Signature Theatre’s largest stage.Well, in some ways it’s small. In reputation, it’s big. Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo (that’s the legally ma…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Theater Review: Kings Falls Into the Relevance Trap by Sara Holdren

What makes us think that a play like Sarah Burgess’s Kings — now at the Public under the direction of Thomas “I directed Hamilton, maybe you’ve heard of it” Kail — is necessary? …

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Theater Review: Is God Is Seeks the Divine by Sara Holdren

Is God Is. The title of Aleshea Harris’s play is cyclical: a question, followed by an answer, followed by a question. Doubt, certainty, doubt again. The play has cycles built into its DNA:…

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