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Monday, April 22, 2019

Review: Love Bites, Hard, in ‘The Pain of My Belligerence’ by Ben Brantley

Halley Feiffer stars opposite Hamish Linklater in her new comedy of anguish, which begins with a memorably chilling first date.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘The Appointment,’ the Fetus Sings Out by Ben Brantley

This uncanny, phantasmagorical work from the Lightning Rod Special troupe is a musical cabaret about abortion. That’s right.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘Hillary and Clinton,’ Codependence, and, Yes, Camaraderie by Ben Brantley

As a born-to-lose presidential contender, Laurie Metcalf is exasperation incarnate in Lucas Hnath’s play, which also stars John Lithgow.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Review: Adam Driver Heats Up a Wobbly ‘Burn This’ by Ben Brantley

In this imbalanced revival of Lanford Wilson’s play, also starring Keri Russell, Mr. Driver unleashes the full, scorching power of his talent.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Review: Marilyn Monroe Goes to War in ‘Norma Jeane Baker of Troy’ by Ben Brantley

Ben Whishaw and Renée Fleming provide the oxygen in Anne Carson’s hypnotic and exasperating work, which imagines the actress as a Euripides heroine.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: A Smashing ‘Oklahoma!’ Is Reborn in the Land of Id by Ben Brantley

Daniel Fish’s wide-awake revival of an American classic gives us an “Oklahoma!” for our own age of anxiety, without ever betraying its source.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Review: Glenda Jackson Rules a Muddled World in ‘King Lear’ by Ben Brantley

In Sam Gold’s haphazard production of Shakespeare’s bleakest tragedy, Ms. Jackson demonstrates her singular intelligence as an actress.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Review: ‘Do You Feel Anger’ Plumbs the Depths of Office Humor by Ben Brantley

In Mara Nelson-Greenberg’s fitfully funny play, a female empathy coach faces the insuperable challenge of teaching men some compassion.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: A Magnificent Road to Ruin in ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ by Ben Brantley

This three-hour-plus portrait of the creation and destruction of the house of Lehman, directed by Sam Mendes, is an endlessly absorbing epic tragedy.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: An All-Star Team in the Temptations Musical ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ by Ben Brantley

This shrewdly assembled show, directed by Des McAnuff, considers the interchangeability of a crew of Motown’s finest, though there’s plenty of star shine, too.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Hearing the Roar of Racism in ‘White Noise’ by Ben Brantley

In her enthralling study of interracial relationships, featuring a brilliant Daveed Diggs, Suzan-Lori Parks parses the lies we live by.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Review: A Road Trip Crosses Centuries in ‘Anything That Gives Off Light’ by Ben Brantley

This meandering work of musical stand-up theater, from the TEAM and the National Theater of Scotland, probes the past and present of two nations.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Review: Isabelle Huppert Is a Nightmare to Remember in ‘The Mother’ by Ben Brantley

In Christopher Hampton’s translation of Florian Zeller’s Freudian chamber play, Ms. Huppert confirms her reputation as the most fearless of actresses.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Review: Anxious Teenagers Learn to ‘Be More Chill’ on a Big Stage by Ben Brantley

Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz’s cult sci-fi musical about high school paranoia arrives on Broadway with its wholesale klutziness intact.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Gives New York a Fabulous ‘Fleabag’ by Ben Brantley

In her priceless one-woman play, the writer and performer summons the pleasures and pain of being young, single and sexually compulsive.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Review: This ‘Daddy’ Has Issues. A Pool and Alan Cumming, Too. by Ben Brantley

Jeremy O. Harris, the author of “Slave Play,” has written another sexually and racially charged work, but one that ends up overwrought.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Review: Lost on a Magical Mystery Tour in ‘Alice by Heart’ by Ben Brantley

This directionless new musical, set in Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland and a London subway station, challenges its audience’s willingness to make believe.

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Brantley in Britain: In Revelatory Revivals, Women Sing Through the Pain by Ben Brantley

West End productions of “Company” and “Caroline, or Change” have the heart and fire that sometimes felt missing in earlier incarnations.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘Marys Seacole’ Puts Biodrama Through a Kaleidoscope by Ben Brantley

Jackie Sibblies Drury’s sparkling new play, about the Jamaican-born nurse Mary Seacole, reinvents a dramatic trope as a dizzying hall of mirrors.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Brantley in Britain: At the London Theater, a Fear of the Foreign and Familiar by Ben Brantley

Revivals of work by Pinter and Miller — and a play about an Englishman roped into an Italian horror movie — ponder mortal anxiety in the age of Brexit.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Review: ‘All About Eve’ Gets the Vampire Treatment from Ivo van Hove by Ben Brantley

This London adaptation of the Oscar-winning satire, starring a misused Gillian Anderson and Lily James, is like a horror movie without a pulse.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Brantley in Britain: How She Survives: Strategies for Women on London Stages by Ben Brantley

Cate Blanchett, Laura Linney and Katherine Parkinson are three heroines in search of elusive selves in plays by Martin Crimp, Rona Munro and Laura Wade.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Reviews: ‘Mies Julie’ and ‘Dance of Death,’ Love and Madness in Strindberg by Ben Brantley

Two productions at the Classic Stage Company channel the electric ambivalence of August Strindberg.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Review: In ‘Joan,’ a Photographer Tries to Focus Her Past by Ben Brantley

Stephen Belber’s time-traveling drama, starring Johanna Day, connects the dots of woman’s conflicted existence during six decades.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano Go Mano a Mano in the Riveting ‘True West’ by Ben Brantley

In this unsettling revival, directed by James Macdonald, two fine actors find the existential terror in Sam Shepard’s portrait of battling brothers.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Review: In ‘Eddie and Dave,’ Van Halen Gets a Makeover by Ben Brantley

Amy Staats’s tale of the rowdy rise (and fall and rise and fall) of the rock band lets women loose in the glam metal boys’ club.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Reckoning With Medical Betrayals ‘Behind the Sheet’ by Ben Brantley

Charly Evon Simpson’s quietly commanding play chronicles gynecological experimentation on American slave women in the antebellum South.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

An Appraisal: Even From Afar, Carol Channing Served Up That Broadway Wow by Ben Brantley

How her outsize presence — and that “Hello, Dolly!” cast album — helped entice a burgeoning theater critic to New York.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Review: ‘On Blueberry Hill’ Looks Back in Radiant Regret by Ben Brantley

Sebastian Barry’s imbalanced new play, set in a Dublin prison, confirms its writer’s gift for finding the holiness in the everyday.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Demolition Artist: 3 Critics Debate Ivo van Hove by Ben Brantley, Elisabeth Vincentelli and Jason Zinoman

Visionary stylist or one-trick pony? With “Network” on Broadway and “All About Eve” on the horizon, the multimedia-mad stage director is ready for his close-up.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Obsession, Mourning and Migration at Under the Radar by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Offerings at the festival include a riff on “Uncle Vanya”; a “Frankenstein” adaptation highlighting a mother’s grief; and an intimate tale of displacement.

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