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Two theater critics suggest some of their favorite books about the theater, giving us portals to a world that is now forbidden.
These nine playwrights spent years dreaming up cataclysms and plagues. Did that prepare them for the current crisis? Sometimes.
A critic disguised as an actress who is also a suspect in the death of the Great Merlini. Her team didn’t use “Cats” to break the case, though.
A host of big names, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Sarah Jessica Parker, took part in a self-congratulatory yet oddly charming YouTube-based revue
On Sunday night, Rosie O’Donnell hoste…
From West Side Story to Company, he revolutionised the musical. As the supreme lyricist and composer turns 90, Jake Gyllenhaal, Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera, Nathan Lane and more pay tribute C…
From the bubonic plague to the AIDS crisis, theater and public health have a long history of shaping each other, our critic writes.
Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York
A flashy, concert-style musical offers some virtuosic performances but also a rather shallow take on female empowerment
The ladies are making it reign. In h…
Belasco Theater, New York
The acclaimed playwright has used the songbook of Bob Dylan to create an overstuffed yet often transcendent 30s-set Broadway show
Overstuffed, often hollow, and for…
The stage adaptation of Rex Pickett’s novel about two friends on a last-hurrah wine tour preserves the white male wish fulfillment of the original.
C.A. Johnson’s play stars Kara Young in a full-body, whole-heart, tensed-muscle performance.
Alice Birch’s cleareyed and comfortless play follows three generations of women tethered to life by the thinnest possible filament.
Classic Stage Company is running adaptations of two 19th-century horror classics in repertory. Don’t let that frighten you.
Songs have been dropped, dance routines booted out and the street-fights look nasty. This is a West Side Story for the Trump era, says the avant-garde superstar director
Ivo van Hove likes i…
Berkeley’s Judith Butler is the star attraction in a stimulating if overlong performance piece by her fellow academic Alexandra Chasin.
The star of Jett and Sin City is back on stage in Alice Birch’s raw Anatomy of a Suicide. She talks about the play’s emotional toll, how she unwinds and American puritanism
Carla Gugino …
The Mint Theater Company pairs stage adaptations of short stories by the 19th-century Russian authors. They mesh like mismatched matryoshka dolls.
“Unknown Soldier,” one of the last projects the beloved composer and lyricist worked on before he died, is coming to New York.
The Pershing Square Signature Center, New York
Despite the presence of a sublime Suzanne Vega, a cheery musical adaptation of the 1969 movie about two couples is too unsure of itself
This work of documentary theater feels like a master class. But what is it meant to teach?
Haunted by Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” Rachel Bonds’s restless and friable play gathers a group of mostly artists at a lakeside retreat.
The assignment: Head to Boston to see the touring stage show and the movie musical all in one day. The result: a purr, a yowl or both?
Talene Monahon’s show at 59E59 Theaters feels provocative but unfinished, a pieced quilt of overlapping textures and ideas.
Television is in love with musical shows, with “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” and “Katy Keene” joining the growing chorus this winter. But they’re not easy to pull off.
E.S.P. Conjuring the dead. Speaking with them. Shows like “The Thin Place” and “Our Dear Dead Drug Lord” use the occult to put on a show.
Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.
After another smash hit year at the box office, the next 12 months promises more of the same ... with added controversy
The lights are bright on Broadway. Blinding even. With 35 plays and mu…
After a family tragedy, the Australian director found a home in the theater, creating harrowing updates of classics. His latest: “Medea” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Now playing at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the 19th-century operetta is a fairy tale confection you can feel right down to your kishkes.
Forget the finale. After the curtain call now comes the megamix, the last dance, the group hymn — whatever it takes to turn an entertainment into an event.
New York Theatre Workshop, New York
An adaptation of the 2016 comedy is charming and well-performed but so slight that it fades from the memory fast
I left Sing Street, the new musical from …