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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review: A Scam Artist’s Masterwork in ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ by Ben Brantley

Corey Hawkins soars as a great pretender in this otherwise earthbound revival of John Guare’s masterwork.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: ‘Anastasia,’ a Russian Princess With an Identity Crisis by Ben Brantley

This epic musical about an amnesiac princess suffers from its own identity crisis.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review: ‘The Antipodes’ and Ambiguous Brainstorming by Ben Brantley

In this endlessly fascinating work, Annie Baker, the author of “The Flick,” considers the art and necessity of fabulation.

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Review: Some Sugar but Not Enough Spice in This ‘Chocolate Factory’ by Ben Brantley

Christian Borle is the eccentric Willy Wonka in this tentative musical based on the Roald Dahl children’s classic.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’ Is Bright, Brassy and All Bette by Ben Brantley

In this rose-colored revival of the 1964 war horse “Hello, Dolly!,” Bette Midler provides a dazzling lesson in star power

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

‘Indecent’ Pays Heartfelt Tribute to a Stage Scandal by Ben Brantley

Paula Vogel makes her long-awaited Broadway debut, telling the story of a Yiddish drama shut down in 1923.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Review: A Star Is Born (and Born and Born) in ‘Groundhog Day’ by Ben Brantley

A beloved movie is adapted to the musical stage with feverish imagination — and a magnetic Andy Karl shooing away the shadow of Bill Murray.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Review: Lost and Found in a Steve Earle Soundscape in ‘Samara’ by Ben Brantley

This uncanny play from the great experimentalist Richard Maxwell brings to mind Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name, but with more to say.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Review: ‘Oslo’ Fills a Large Canvas in a Thrilling Production by Ben Brantley

Bartlett Sher’s masterly production of J.T. Rogers’s drama about the Oslo Accords is reborn as the colossus it was always meant to be.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Review: In ‘War Paint,’ Sing a Song of Face Creams by Ben Brantley

Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole find the human factor in a repetitive musical about battling cosmetics magnates.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review: Kevin Kline Serves Ham in Soignée Silk in ‘Present Laughter’ by Ben Brantley

A bouncy revival of a Noël Coward classic re-establishes the Tony-winning Mr. Kline as one of the great physical comedians.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Review: ‘Amélie’ Is Easy to Listen To, but Never Really Sings by Ben Brantley

This mild-mannered musical adaptation of the famously divisive 2001 French film is unlikely to inspire similarly passionate responses.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Review: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ Upends a Whodunit by Ben Brantley

This knockabout farce from London trades on the perverse comfort of watching things go smash in a safe, contained environment.

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Five Must-See Shows if You’re in New York This Month by Ben Brantley

Offerings include a matchmaker named Dolly (embodied by a little old diva named Bette) and a new work from Annie Baker.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Review: A Mesmerizing ‘Hairy Ape’ Brings Existentialism to Park Avenue by Ben Brantley

In this visually ravishing production, Bobby Cannavale steps into a part that has been waiting for him for decades.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Review: John Leguizamo Turns Nutty Professor in ‘Latin History for Morons’ by Ben Brantley

In this harshly funny performance piece, a stand-up artist translates thoughts about Latino history into hyperkinetic action.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Review: ‘Sweat’ Imagines the Local Bar as a Caldron by Ben Brantley

Lynn Nottage’s bracingly topical play explores the working-class anger and anxieties that put Donald J. Trump in the White House.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review: Return of the Little Copter That Wowed in ‘Miss Saigon’ by Ben Brantley

The singing scenery of “Miss Saigon” is back on Broadway, with political corrections and a newly proportioned cast.

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Review: Encores! Serves a Bathtub Martini in ‘The New Yorkers’ by Ben Brantley

Cole Porter’s lost musical from 1930 raises a glass to the giddy heyday of Prohibition and high (really high) society.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: Plunging Into Polyamory With ‘How to Transcend a Happy Marriage’ by Ben Brantley

Two long-married couples take a walk on the wild side in Sarah Ruhl’s comedy of lust, friendship and animal sacrifice.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Review: ‘The Terrifying’ Has Paranoia and the Feeling Something’s Wrong by Ben Brantley

A monster devours your sense of security in this scream-filled Julia Jarcho evisceration of classic horror movies at Abrons Arts Center.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: ‘Joan of Arc’ and the Monotony of Sainthood by Ben Brantley

In David Byrne’s inert new musical, France’s favorite saint storms England with power chords.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review: Songs Say What a Family Can’t in ‘Sundown, Yellow Moon’ by Ben Brantley

Voices are seldom raised in Rachel Bonds’s beautifully acted play, and big, confrontational truths mostly remain unspoken.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Review: Big Dreams, Bright Ideas in ‘The Light Years’ by Ben Brantley

The Debate Society’s leisurely and copiously detailed production contemplates two Chicago World’s Fairs, and everything in between.

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Review: In ‘The Moors,’ Where Heathcliff Fears to Tread by Ben Brantley

This whimsical exploration of the world created by the writing of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë gets an alternately intriguing and irritating production.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Review: ‘Come From Away,’ a Canadian Embrace on a Grim Day by Ben Brantley

This musical pushes emotional buttons as it portrays a town’s efforts to accommodate travelers whose planes were diverted to a Canadian town after the 9/11 attacks.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review: Dismantling ‘The Glass Menagerie’ by Ben Brantley

The director Sam Gold and his cast, led by an intrepid Sally Field, have deconstructed the Tennessee Williams classic. But don’t expect the pieces to be reassembled.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review: In ‘Significant Other,’ the Gay Best Friend Is the Odd Man Out by Ben Brantley

Joshua Harmon’s comedy, at the Booth Theater, tells of a gay man’s turmoil as he watches wedding bells break up his gang of gal pals.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Review: A ‘Sweeney Todd’ That Gets Into Your Face by Ben Brantley

This musical about a demonic barber could be more penetrating, but still respects the original story’s depiction of madness.

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Ethan Lipton: Have Rocket, Will Travel by Ben Brantley

Mr. Lipton teams up with Leigh Silverman to bring “The Outer Space” to Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater.

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5 Must-See Shows if You’re in New York This Month by Ben Brantley

March brings a set of rivalrous blue-collar workers, a resentful stoker on an ocean liner and, oh yes, one very angry barber.

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