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In Jane Anderson’s satisfyingly old-fashioned play about Joan of Arc’s mom, Ms. Close shows the stuff of which great stage stars are made.
Portraying a celebrated art historian with two resentful sons, Ms. Channing finds the anguished heart in a didactic comic drama.
David Greenspan’s tone poem of a play, at the Bushwick Starr, considers time, death, family and the ways in which we recall our dead.
This strident satire from the filmmaker behind “Happiness” and “Wiener-Dog” is perfectly staged — and all too obvious.
This bill of short comedies, early and late, allows fans of Gurney to chart the evolution of theater’s foremost chronicler of a waning caste.
A stripped-down, communal version of the 1943 musical reveals a great complex work of theater, with chili and cornbread included.
Bill Irwin blurs the lines between clown and dramatic actor in an insightful anatomy of the works of Samuel Beckett.
In this multimedia performance piece, Angelica Page delivers a portrait of a poet for whom being “nobody” was anything but a pleasure.
Conor McPherson’s bleak tale of a Minnesota boardinghouse in the Great Depression finds a luminous transcendence in the Dylan song book.
In the baggy, emotionally fraught play, Heidi Schreck considers her ever-changing relationship with a seminal document.
Richard Bean’s comedy about a wayward attempt to fix a snooker match tickles its audiences into contentment.
This congested revival, directed by Austin Pendleton, features a mismatched cast of four and some classic Williams dialogue.
Stefano Massini’s poetically cadenced portrait of the life and death of the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya lets facts speak for themselves.
In a piece she describes as “sort of a play,” the poet and singer journeys through her past, with a little help from her children.
Mikel Murfi’s virtuoso performance about the life and death of a redoubtable woman is a many-tongued wonder of Irish storytelling.
Richard Nelson’s emotionally transparent interpretation of a Chekhov masterwork, starring a brilliant Jay O. Sanders, makes us hear a classic anew.
This combination of a classical tragedy and a contemporary discussion group finds a mirror for Ferguson, Mo., in ancient Thebes.
In the most promising plays opening this fall, the family drama opens its living room to an invasion of political anxieties.
They are often Broadway sensations, but jukebox musicals rarely get good reviews. We invited our critics to stop snarking and tell us what they want.
Ben Brantley and his London counterpart Michael Billington find much that’s enthralling about the state of playwriting in their countries.
This wan resuscitation of the 1990 movie about a Cinderella prostitute is likely to make you nostalgic for Julia Roberts’s original performance.
Roslyn Ruff gives a wondrous performance in the Williamstown Theater Festival revival of the Carson McCullers play.
This high-energy, high-anxiety musical, a hit on social media even before it opened, reflects the metabolism of its teenage audience.
The movie that heralded the jukebox musical has been reinvented as a jukebox musical on its very own terms at the Emerson Colonial Theater in Boston.
This radiant Public Works production of Shakespeare’s comedy of identity asks us “to see through the eyes of another.”
Marcus Gardley’s loquacious and freewheeling answer to a Lorca classic is set in a fascinating moment for race relations.
This confused musical combines 1980s pop hits with a Renaissance romance, while considering the importance of being nonbinary.
Carson Kreitzer and Matt Gould’s exciting new musical dares to dream big as it follows the making of the artist Tamara de Lempicka in Jazz-Age Paris.
This tone-deaf rock-opera remembrance of the twilight of Studio 54 features characters named Steve Rubell and The Artist. (Psst! That’s Andy Warhol.)
This comedy of dismay by Alan Bennett, author of “The History Boys,” portrays a geriatric ward (of singing, dancing patients!) in an uncaring Britain.
The Comédie-Française’s mesmerizing adaptation of Luchino Visconti’s film charts the fall of a family steel dynasty during Hitler’s rise to power.