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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Review: ‘Hello Again,’ a Movie Musical Ode to Love and Lust Over Decades by Andy Webster

This film from Tom Gustafson, based on a 1993 Off Broadway show, has a formidable cast of Broadway names but wants for dramatic traction.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: Hello, Hodor! A ‘Game of Thrones’ Musical Spoof by Andy Webster

This spirited riff on the long-running HBO hit displays affection for its subject, tempered with a keen eye for its shortcomings.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: Comically Currying the Boss’s Favor in ‘Enterprise’ by Andy Webster

This award-winning kinetic farce by Brian Parks squeezes 45 vignettes into an hour.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Review: Ireland in Four Dimensions, by a Pioneering Playwright by Andy Webster

With “The Suitcase Under the Bed,” the Mint Theater Company presents one-acts by Teresa Deevy, a proto-feminist finally receiving her due.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Review: ‘Woody Sez’ Sings of a Land Not Always Made for You and Me by Andy Webster

The words and tunes that Woody Guthrie, the Dust Bowl troubadour, made famous are at the center of this high-spirited show at the Irish Rep.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: ‘The Roundabout’ Gathers Nervous Rich People on a Not-So-Lazy Saturday by Andy Webster

This revival of J. B. Priestley’s 1932 comedy depicts a busy Saturday in the life of a harried, financially imperiled aristocrat.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Review: ‘CasablancaBox’ Is Looking at You, Kid, Behind the Scenes by Andy Webster

This multimedia production examines the people and backstage dramas that went into the making of “Casablanca” in 1942.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Review: ‘Kevin!!!!!,’ a Multimedia Sendup of ‘Home Alone’ by Andy Webster

The show employs video, puppets and action figures, as well as actors, to tell its familiar story, about a boy abandoned by his vacationing family.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Review: ‘Crackskull Row,’ an Irish Gothic With Masher, Basher and Rasher by Andy Webster

Honor Molloy explores rage, dissolution, sexual perversity and family history with a bleak and penetrating acuity in this play at Origin’s 1st Irish Festival.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Review: ‘Here I Sit, Broken Hearted,’ Answering Nature’s Call With Bathroom Humor by Andy Webster

Seth Panitch’s play, an hourlong exercise in puerile scatology, is built around men’s room graffiti, sight gags and comic riffs.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Review: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Prevails in Bryant Park by Andy Webster

The Drilling Company’s brave ensemble, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, exuded an energy eclipsing the ambient sounds of the city.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Review: In ‘Anna Akhmatova,’ a Magical Interlude Reconjured by Andy Webster

This music and theater piece at BAM Fisher evokes the historic 1945 night on which the poet Akhmatova stayed up discussing literature and life with Isaiah Berlin.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Review: Exploring Women’s Lives in ‘When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout’ by Andy Webster

This play, by Sharman Macdonald, rides the waves of a turbulent mother-daughter relationship in a production by Fallen Angels Theater Company.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Review: In ‘Tía Julia y el Escribidor,’ a Student Is Smitten by Andy Webster

This Caridad Svich adaptation of Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel features romance and farce set in 1950s Peru.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Review: ‘Straight’ Glides Between Sexual Assumptions by Andy Webster

The play, a bisexual romantic triangle at the Acorn Theater that takes on ambivalence, is written by Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Review: ‘The White Stag Quadrilogy’ Hits the Way Back Machine by Andy Webster

The blustery character Jerry F. Wolfert returns in this sendup of 1970s and ’80s Hollywood.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Review: ‘Burnished by Grief,’ About Living in Close Quarters by Andy Webster

Ellen Maddow’s comedy explores the vicissitudes of cheek-by-jowl urban housing.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Review: ‘Veritas,’ a Play About Harvard’s Gay Underground Put on Trial by Andy Webster

At the Cave at St. George’s Church in Manhattan, a troupe called the Representatives depicts the secret tribunals of gay students in 1920.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Review: ‘The Vast Machine’ of Slavery and Injustice, at the Axis Theater by Andy Webster

This play, inspired by “The Slave Ship: A Human History,” by Marcus Rediker, brings to life a 19th-century scene of moral and physical conflict.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Review: ‘Full House! The Musical!’ Lampoons a Ripe Sitcom Target by Andy Webster

This show, at Theater 80 in the East Village, is from the creators of “Bayside! The Musical! The Saved by the Bell Musical Parody!” and stars Perez Hilton.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Review: In ‘Unseamly,’ a Woman Takes On an Apparel Tycoon by Andy Webster

Oren Safdie’s work, about a sexual harassment lawsuit, focuses on memory.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Review: In ‘Catch the Butcher,’ a Serial Killer Dabbles in Love by Andy Webster

Adam Seidel’s serio-comic play at the Cherry Lane Theater mixes romance, absurdism, satire and a touch of “Dexter.”

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Review: ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ Is Given a Self-Reliant Update by Andy Webster

A production by the Drilling Company at Bryant Park has sweetened some of the aftertaste of this play about a husband breaking the will of his hot-tempered wife.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review: ‘Zipper’ Stars Patrick Wilson as a Sex Addict by Andy Webster

The film, directed by Mora Stephens, finds a straight-arrow prosecutor with an out-of-control libido.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Review: ‘Wild Women of Planet Wongo,’ a Musical Comedy With a Sci-Fi Bent by Andy Webster

In this play, two astronauts deal with Wongo Weed and big-haired natives after landing on a planet ruled by women.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Theater Review: Love Among Leah Winkler’s Webbies at St. Mark’s Church by ANDY WEBSTER

“The Internet” is a multimedia show about the search for love, or at least dates, in a wired world.

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Theater Review | 'With Aaron’s Arms Around Me' and 'The Mire': The Borders That Love Crosses by ANDY WEBSTER

Two one-act plays by Sophia Romma at the Cherry Lane Theater examine relationships that span cultures.

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Theater Review | 'Abbie': The Life and Passions of an American Activist by Andy Webster

Bern Cohen portrays Abbie Hoffman in the one-man show “Abbie.”

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Theater Review | 'Tom Ryan Thinks . . .': Drug-Fueled Rants From a ’50s Film by Andy Webster

“Tom Ryan Thinks...” riffs on Nicholas Ray’s 1956 movie “Bigger Than Life.”

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Fringe Festival in Review by ANDY WEBSTER, DAVID ROONEY, RACHEL SALTZ and DANIEL M. GOLD

New York Times writers review five shows that made their debuts in the early days of this year’s New York International Fringe Festival.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Review: ‘Childless,’ a Film of Connected Monologues, Stars Joe Mantegna by Andy Webster

The movie, written and directed by Charlie Levi, follows a group of Angelenos dealing with problems, among them the death of a child.

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