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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:…

SOURCE: Vulture at 09:59PM
Sunday, February 11, 2018

Theater Reviews: Returning to Reims and In the Body of the World by Sara Holdren

“Don’t worry,” a director says to an actress at the beginning of Returning to Reims: “It’s not theater.” It’s a knowing wink — Katy, the actress, is recording the voiceover f…

SOURCE: Vulture at 11:27PM
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Theater Review: [PORTO] Gets the Urban Millennial Woman Exactly by Sara Holdren

I am a Brooklyn-dwelling, 30-something white woman sitting in a hip Brooklyn coffee shop to write about a play about a Brooklyn-dwelling, 30-something white woman that takes place in a hip B…

SOURCE: Vulture at 09:00PM
Monday, February 5, 2018

Theater Review: Martin McDonagh on a Dying Profession, in Hangmen by Sara Holdren

Martin McDonagh’s newest play was a long time in coming. In 2015, when Hangmen premiered at the Royal Court in London, McDonagh told the Guardian that he’d been mulling over the central …

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:00PM
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Theater Review: Diaghilev Gets the Stage-Biopic Treatment in Fire and Air by Sara Holdren

Historical geniuses are tricky beasts to dramatize. Last year, Scott Carter’s attempt to revive the corpses of Dickens, Tolstoy, and Thomas Jefferson fell flat at Primary Stages. Now, in t…

SOURCE: Vulture at 11:01PM
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Theater Reviews: Cardinal and He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box by Sara Holdren

Greg Pierce’s new play Cardinal, now at Second Stage Theatre under the direction of Kate Whoriskey, is a bit like its own central character, Lydia Lensky. Both are cute at the outset, both…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:00PM
Monday, January 22, 2018

Theater Reviews: Miles for Mary and The Homecoming Queen by Sara Holdren

Is there a German compound noun for that movie or play or show or thing you’re fascinated by and even glad to have experienced but have no desire ever to see again? It’s not an insult: f…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:00PM
Monday, January 15, 2018

Theater Review: Dark Flights of Fancy in Ballyturk’s Small Town by Sara Holdren

It’s scarier when Godot does show up.Enda Walsh, the Irish playwright and director whose claustrophobic, purgatorial worlds and fascination with the disintegration of language have long ma…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:09PM
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Theater Review: John Lithgow Talks, Reads, Charms Everyone Silly by Sara Holdren

As much as I dislike the automatic applause given to celebrities when they make their first Broadway entrances, the cheers that greet John Lithgow—all six feet four of him—as he lopes on…

SOURCE: Vulture at 08:00PM
Monday, January 8, 2018

Theater Review: Mankind, Where Wokeness Conquers Most by Sara Holdren

“Is it possible to write a feminist play with no women in it? And that a woman did not write?” asks Tim Sanford, artistic director of Playwrights Horizons, in the program for Robert O’…

SOURCE: Vulture at 08:28PM
Friday, January 5, 2018

23 Exciting Theater Productions Taking the Stage in 2018 by Sara Holdren

It’s a tricky thing to pull together a “Most Anticipated Shows” list, partly because most of the productions generating buzz this early in the year have enough resources to hitch a rid…

SOURCE: Vulture at 11:06AM
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Theater Review: An Enticing Twelfth Night for Beginners and Pros Alike by Sara Holdren

There must be something good in the water in Providence, Rhode Island. Something that encourages the growth of playful, ambitious but unpretentious, actor-and-text-driven theater companies. …

SOURCE: Vulture at 07:15PM
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Theater Review: The Ensemble Triple Threat of Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children by Sara Holdren

“How are the children?” shouts a woman standing in a spare, roughly furnished cottage kitchen at the start of Lucy Kirkwood’s potent, aching new play. The woman is still, serious — t…

SOURCE: Vulture at 09:00PM

Review: Theater, Terror, and A Room in India by Sara Holdren

In 1964 in Paris, the 25-year-old Ariane Mnouchkine did what countless young theater artists, fresh out of school and full of ideas and ambition, set out to do: She founded a company with so…

SOURCE: Vulture at 02:21PM

Theater Review: The Performances That Carry Once on This Island by Sara Holdren

Outside Circle in the Square, the winter winds are starting to snap. But inside a different wind is blowing — literally. In Michael Arden’s vivid, celebratory revival of Lynn Ahrens and …

SOURCE: Vulture at 01:22PM
Friday, December 8, 2017

The 10 Best Theatrical Productions of 2017 by Sara Holdren

If 2016 was the frying pan, 2017 has frequently felt like the fire. In this year of daily shifts, shocks, and sucker punches, I went from being an opinionated director to being a critic, and…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:07AM
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Theater Review: Describe the Night, a Tale of Russia and Fake Truth by Sara Holdren

Watching the deliberate, origami-like unfolding of Rajiv Joseph’s dense and fascinating new play Describe the Night, directed by Giovanna Sardelli at Atlantic Theater Company, I found myse…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:00PM
Monday, December 4, 2017

Adaptable, Yellow, and Porous Is He! SpongeBob Comes to Broadway by Sara Holdren

“When are you going to learn, SpongeBob? The world is a horrible place filled with fear, suffering and despair… Also dashed hopes, shattered dreams, broken promises and abject misery.”…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:11PM
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Theater Review: The Parisian Woman Is Both Sleepy and Barely Woke by Sara Holdren

Beau Willimon’s The Parisian Woman—a riff on 19th-century French naturalist Henri Becque’s scandalous drawing room comedy about a sexually liberated socialite, La Parisienne—had its …

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:58PM
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Theater Review: Does Amy Schumer Shine in Meteor Shower? by Sara Holdren

Enough alcohol is imbibed over the course of Meteor Shower — Steve Martin’s blithely wackadoodle new comedy now at the Booth Theatre, under the brisk direction of Broadway veteran Jerry …

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:00PM
Monday, November 20, 2017

Theater Review: On Wolves Who Kick by Sara Holdren

The Wolves are back in town.Last summer, Sarah DeLappe’s play about an indoor girls’ soccer team—the young playwright’s first work to be professionally staged—started sending shock…

SOURCE: Vulture at 09:53PM

Theater Reviews: Pride and Prejudice and Peter Pan, Reimagined by Sara Holdren

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a canonical novel in possession of a good story must be in want of a dramatist. Or at least so follows the logic in two lively new stage adaptatio…

SOURCE: Vulture at 01:33AM
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Theater Review: The Funny, Fierce, Fearsome Competition of School Girls by Sara Holdren

Earlier this year, I had a conversation with an artist of color who was fed up with being compared, even in the most complimentary fashion, to white artists that seemed to fill a similar nic…

SOURCE: Vulture at 09:00PM
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Theater Review: Smallpox Stories that Slay, in Latin History for Morons by Sara Holdren

John Leguizamo knows exactly how to respond to the inevitable applause that greets movie actors when they make a first entrance on stage. He tells us to shut up. “Okay, people, stop, stop!…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:00PM

Theater Review: Actually Is Theater for This Weinstein Moment by Sara Holdren

Leaving Anna Ziegler’s taut, devastating new play Actually — directed with a deft, unsparing sense of forward motion by Lileana Blain-Cruz at MTC — I was haunted by echoes of sound des…

SOURCE: Vulture at 04:20PM
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Theater Review: The Band’s Visit Finds Strength in Its Smallness by Sara Holdren

There’s a saying: There are only two kinds of stories — someone goes on a journey, or a stranger comes to town. (Who said it? Unclear.) If that’s true—at least it’s intriguing!—i…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:00PM
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Theater Review: Office Hour Is a Well-Intentioned Mistake by Sara Holdren

On April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and wounded 17 at Virginia Tech, the university in Blacksburg where he was a senior majoring in English (a change from his original major in…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:00PM
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Theater Review: High Finance and Low Crimes, in Ayad Akhtar’s Junk by Sara Holdren

At 7 years old, Ayad Akhtar surprised his parents—both midwestern doctors from Muslim backgrounds but without a fervent religious practice — by becoming suddenly enraptured by his ancest…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:00PM
Monday, October 30, 2017

Theater Review: The Public Theater Stages Its Own Origin Story by Sara Holdren

As the lights in the Public’s Anspacher Theatre began to dim at the start of Illyria—Richard Nelson’s searching, anti-theatrical ode to a theater—the opening chords of The Decemberis…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:00PM
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Theater Review: M. Butterfly, Chasing Its Own Reality by Sara Holdren

When David Henry Hwang’s memory play M. Butterfly made its Broadway debut almost 30 years ago, it took home the Tonys for Best Play, Best Direction, and Best Performance by a Featured Acto…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:00PM
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…

SOURCE: Vulture at 10:00PM

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