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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

No ‘Sweat’: Lynn Nottage’s Long-Overdue Broadway Debut, With Help From Johanna Day by Harry Haun

They aren’t. Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson play best friends and line workers on the floor since high school, caught up in an old socioeconomic squeeze play brought on by hard-nosed, cos…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

‘Come From Away’: New Musical About 9/11 Reminds Us About the Kindness of Strangers by Harry Haun

When someone asks you where you were the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, not only do you know precisely where you were, you also know what you were doing and how you somehow made it through the r…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

In ‘Significant Other,’ Twentysomethings In Love and War by Harry Haun

The Franco-Prussian War almost started this week. That was the original title of the Joshua Harmon play that just bowed at the Booth, but the author chickened out. “I love that title,” h…

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Barbarie Barrie: ‘Significant Other’ Star Keeps Her Blithe Spirit by Harry Haun

In Barrie's new play, granny gets her guy.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Jake Gyllenhaal Talks Taking His Musical Shot in ‘Sunday in the Park With George’ by Harry Haun

t’s good to report that Jake Gyllenhaal, who just made his Broadway musical debut in Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, was spared this special terror even hardcore career singer…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Playwright Steven Levenson’s Split-Level Family Life by Harry Haun

Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theater, former home of The Humans and Bad Jews, is now housing a potent blend of both in Steven Levenson’s play, If I Forget, bowing February 22.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Santino Fontana: The Happy Hyphenate by Harry Haun

Terrence McNally recently stumbled into the perfect compliment for Santino Fontana. “I don’t think of you as a singer,” he told him. “Are you singing a lot now?”

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Mr. DeMille, I’m Ready for My Glenn Close-Up: ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Opens on Broadway by Harry Haun

“Glenn,” Lloyd Webber still insists, “is the best Norma Desmond that I’ve ever seen.”

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

‘Everybody’ Wants Some! Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Is a Young Playwright on the Rise by Harry Haun

“I notice this eagerness to attach the word provocateur to me," says Jacob-Jenkins. "My feeling is: you can really only provoke once. After that, you’re attracting people who want to be …

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Rose By Any Other Name: Ed Dixon’s ‘Georgie’ Showcases the Scheherazade of Showbiz by Harry Haun

One doesn’t, of course, set out to become a character actor. That’s just something that happens over the long haul of an evolving career—through age or theatrical seasoning or maybe ev…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

At Long Last, August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ Pulls Into Broadway by Harry Haun

The first attempts at playwriting of two of the greats are currently nestled together in neighboring theaters on West 47th Street: At the Barrymore at present is The Present, the latest latt…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mary Mullen Returns to Martin McDonagh’s ‘Beauty Queen of Leenane’ by Harry Haun

 Marie Mullen has made only one stop on Broadway, but it won her the Tony for Best Actress in a Play. She played Maureen Folan, a 40-year-old plain Jane resigned to a life of terminal spins…

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

‘The Present’: Director John Crowley Delivers a Birthday Cate (Blanchett) to Broadway by Harry Haun

During the past decade, Cate Blanchett from faraway Down Under has dazzlingly paraded some world-famed females before New York audiences—Hedda Gabler, one of The Maids, Blanche DuBois, Van…

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

David Oyelowo v. 007: A New Color of Money by Harry Haun

David Oyelowo (pronounced “oh-yellow-oh”) is a super-serious Shakespearean actor, Oxford-born to Nigerian parents of Yoruba ethnicity, raised a Baptist and schooled in the classics at LA…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Live on Fifth Avenue: Dining With ‘The Dead’ by Harry Haun

After “amazing,” “awesome” and “iconic”—on the short list of the Most Overworked and Banishable Words in the English Language—is “immersive,” but the Irish Rep’s rich, …

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tony Shalhoub: Leader of the Band by Harry Haun

“Not another Tony Shalhoub musical, surely!” The line cracks up Shalhoub, who tomorrow night tentatively sticks his big toe in the strange, shifting, uncertain sand of musical comedy …

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Cheech & Sonny & All That Chazz by Harry Haun

Chazz Palminteri’s budding career as a nightclub doorman slammed swiftly shut the night he refused admission to super-agent Swifty Lazar, but another door sprang open, and it’s still ope…

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Richard Greenberg Reveals Nada by Harry Haun

The fellow in the upper-lobby lounge of the of the Vivian Beaumont Theater fielding press questions is sitting very pretty indeed. These days, he's being quizzed on two literary fronts.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Personal Politics: Playwright Richard Nelson on Comparing Apples to Gabriels by Harry Haun

“I don’t know about you, but I spent  election night with my family,” wrote Ben Brantley in The New York Times two days after Barack Obama was re-elected president.   “The Apples…

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tic, Tic…Borle! by Harry Haun

Borle at his bravest and best is Borle at his broadest—a daring high-wire act of comedy. He’d give Wile E. Coyote cause to pause. Just look at the two cartoony Tony win in a row he is co…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A Not-So-Little ‘Life’ for David Hyde Pierce by Harry Haun

 When you leave A Life at Playwrights Horizons, you’ll be—if you aren’t already—thanking your lucky stars for David Hyde Pierce. It is not overstating the case too much to say that …

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Chekhov’s Home Run: Diane Lane’s Third Time in ‘The Cherry Orchard’ Proves Her Charm by Harry Haun

Were the Internet Broadway Database your sole means of tracking down the Main Stem career of Diane Lane, you could get the distinct impression the poor dear has marked time in The Cherry Orc…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Christmas Cheer Comes Early With ‘Holiday Inn’ by Harry Haun

“It’s someone I’ve known for a good many years,” Irving Berlin remarked after a quick peek inside the Oscar envelope. “He’s a nice kid and, I think, deserves it.” Translation:…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Let There Be (Judith) Light: ‘Transparent’ Emmy Nominee Goes Solo in New LaBute Play by Harry Haun

“Please, the full company of All the Ways to Say I Love You—to the set, please.” Such is the politely overripe way stage manager David Lurie summons his cast to work these days. Prompt…

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hip-Hop Hurray! ‘Spamilton’ Takes the Rap by Harry Haun

Any dollar bill with Alexander Hamilton’s picture on it will get you a shot at Hamilton, the musical—and all-round phenomenon now (and, maybe, forever) at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. If…

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Mint Theater: The Lost-and-Found (Jonathan) Bank by Harry Haun

Our theater community took a major hit this month with the passing of James Houghton, the 57-year-old artistic director of the Signature Theater Company who pioneered a whole new procedure i…

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

God Bless You, Alan Menken by Harry Haun

In Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, which starts tonight and is running through July 30 as part the Encores! Off-Center series at City Center, the first voice you hear after t…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Rachel Chavkin, Broadway Bolide by Harry Haun

Director Rachel Chavkin is riding a comet to Broadway—surely the slowest-moving comet ever to streak across the stratosphere. On November 14—four years, one month and two days after it w…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ferris Bueller, 30 Years Later: Matthew Broderick Gets Existential in ‘Shining City’ by Harry Haun

The years have salt-and-peppered his hair. He sports his share of wrinkles, crinkles and other signs of the times. But there’s something eternal and imperishable about Matthew Broderick’…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Jessica Lange’s Journey Into O’Neill by Harry Haun

Jessica Lange was discovered in 1976 in the oversized mitt of King Kong, pretty damn distressed but pretty, and—surprise! surprise!—has spent the next 40 years harvesting film-acting har…

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‘The Father’ Knows Best: Frank Langella Reflects on His Theatrical Legacy by Harry Haun

Ever realize how many years Frank Langella has been giving “the performance of a lifetime”? Critics keep trotting out that old chestnut, and he keeps calling them on it. They said it a…

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