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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Review: For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday by Brian Scott Lipton

Even without reading the author’s note in the program, it becomes quickly apparent that Sarah Ruhl’s “FOR PETER PAN on her 70th birthday,” now at Playwrights Horizons, is a highly pe…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Review: On the Shore of the Wide World by Brian Scott Lipton

On the heels of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” and “Heisenberg,” British playwright Simon Stephens is one hot commodity. And given his longstanding relationship …

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Review: F**ing A by Brian Scott Lipton

In her often-searing 2000 play, “F**ing A,” now being revived by the Signature Theatre Company, Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks weaves elements of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The S…

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

SEND IN THE CLOWNS by Brian Scott Lipton

Musical theater fans in the DC area should check out this lovely, humorous revival.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Review: A Parallelogram by Brian Scott Lipton

Bruce Norris has tackled some of life’s thorniest issues and difficult questions with an almost unprecedented mixture of honesty, humor and fearlessness. Those qualities are in evidence on…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream by Brian Scott Lipton

“Oh, what fools these mortals be,” proclaims the mischievous sprite Puck in William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” but rarely has this oft-quoted statement seemed tru…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

TO KILL A PRESIDENT by Brian Scott Lipton

The groundbreaking 1990 musical humanizes the troubled souls who try to change history with a gun.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Review: Pipeline by Brian Scott Lipton

Playwright Dominique Morriseau' latest – and perhaps strongest work – “Pipeline,” now being given an exemplary production at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theatre...

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: Napoli, Brooklyn by Brian Scott Lipton

Meghan Kennedy’s “Napoli, Brooklyn” is now premiering at the Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre under Gordon Edelstein’s direction.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: 1984 by Brian Scott Lipton

The timely terror of living in a fascist state – one where the government makes all the rules and controls all your thoughts – is likely the raison d’etre that the recent British drama…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: Fulfillment Center by Brian Scott Lipton

How fulfilled you will feel at the end of Abe Koogler’s 90-minute drama, “Fulfillment Center,” is likely a matter of pre-show expectations.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

MUSICALS HOLD THE DAY by Brian Scott Lipton

The Tony Awards were a less than glittering night for Broadway.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Review: Julius Caesar by Brian Scott Lipton

It could be easy enough to bury Oskar Eustis’ Public Theater’s production of “Julius Caesar,” now at the Delacorte Theatre, for being just a bit too heavy-handed.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review: Animal by Brian Scott Lipton

To play a “mad scene” well, as numerous actresses who have been tasked with portraying Ophelia or Lady Macbeth have done, is one thing. To spend an entire 90 minutes on stage portraying …

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Review: Matthew Perry in The End of Longing by Brian Scott Lipton

Since first-time writers are usually advised to tackle subjects they know, it’s less-than-shocking that former “Friends” star Matthew Perry’s playwriting debut, “The End of Longing…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: Amber Tamblyn stars in Can You Forgive Her? by Brian Scott Lipton

Women have making tough decisions about the price of independence, financial and otherwise, for a couple of centuries, and this timeless topic is explored anew in Gina Gionfriddo’s “Can …

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review: “The Whirligig” by Brian Scott Lipton

Everything revolves around Julie, both literally and figuratively, in Hamish Linklater’s ambitious and moving new play, “The Whirligig,” now being given a top-notch production by direc…

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Review: Venus by Brian Scott Lipton

The Signature Theatre Company’s exploration and re-examination of the career of Suzan-Lori Parks continues with director Lear deBssonet’s striking revival of “Venus, which is dominated…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Review: A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Brian Scott Lipton

To paraphrase an old show-biz saying, the sequel is rarely the equal. So anyone expecting Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” now at the Golden Theatre, to have the psychological…

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RETURN FROM WAR by Brian Scott Lipton

Despite its two-dimensional characters, this is an old-fashioned musical with crowd-pleasing numbers.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Anastasia by Brian Scott Lipton

What young girl (or grown woman) hasn’t dreamt that she’s actually royalty? That fantasy is one reason the story of Anastasia Romanov – the daughter of the last Russian tsar, and who m…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Review: Bette Midler in "Hello, Dolly!" by Brian Scott Lipton

Bette Midler delivers an all-stops-out, look-at-me performance for the ages.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review: The Little Foxes by Brian Scott Lipton

In any theatrical season, a revival of Lillian Hellman’s 1939 family drama, “The Little Foxes,” would be welcome. Hellman’s play is a remarkably well-structured work, full of complex…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Review: Indecent by Brian Scott Lipton

Paula Vogel’s harrowing new work, “Indecent,” is now at the Cort Theater. Its examinations of censorship, xenophobia and anti-Semitism are both brilliant and painfully timely...

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Review: Oslo by Brian Scott Lipton

Oslo is a dazzling 14-karat gold production, sets the bar for 2017.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

SKIN DEEP by Brian Scott Lipton

The characters are two-dimensional, but the singing is through the roof.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review: Gently Down the Stream by Brian Scott Lipton

Tony-nominated playwright Martin Sherman pulls off as many sleight of hands in 100 minutes as the most experienced magician in his affecting new play, “Gently Down the Stream,” now at th…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Review: Amelie by Brian Scott Lipton

Phillipa Soo steals the show in Amelie.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review: Miss Saigon by Brian Scott Lipton

Loud. Action-packed. Crude. No, I haven’t switched careers and begun reviewing Marvel movies; these same adjectives apply (unfortunately) to Laurence Connor’s bombastic revival of the 19…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: How to Transcend a Happy Marriage by Brian Scott Lipton

A play that occasionally feels as unruly as its title, Sarah Ruhl’s “How to Transcend a Happy Marriage” is both a very funny and decidedly rueful examination about the challenges of lo…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

BURY IT AND RISE ABOVE by Brian Scott Lipton

Danny DeVito and Mark Ruffalo star in Arthur Miller’s complex 1968 drama.

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