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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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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review: Sally Field stars in The Glass Menagerie by Brian Scott Lipton

Time – 72 years to be exact – cannot extinguish the power of Tennessee Williams’ great autobiographical play, “The Glass Menagerie...”

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review: All The Fine Boys by Brian Scott Lipton

A first-rate quartet of actors, led by Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin, lend gravity and depth to “All the Fine Boys,” a slightly odd and decidedly disturbing drama written and directed by…

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Review: Sweeney Todd by Brian Scott Lipton

Apparently, Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the lyrics to “You Gotta Get a Gimmick” way back in 1959, is fine and dandy with the admittedly brilliant gimmick that has led, nearly 60 years la…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review: Sunday in the Park with George by Brian Scott Lipton

Jake Gyllenhaal making his official Broadway musical debut in one of the most profound musicals ever written, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Sunday in the Pa…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review: If I Forget by Brian Scott Lipton

There are layers upon layers of plot, themes, and revelations in Steven Levenson’s new play, “If I Forget,” now being given an immaculately acted production by Tony winner Daniel Sulli…

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Monday, February 20, 2017


The conversation flows uninterrupted for 100 minutes in Wallace Shawn’spolished production.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Review: Evening at the Talk House by Brian Scott Lipton

In Wallace Shawn’s aptly-named “Evening at the Talk House,” now being given a polished production by The New Group and director Scott Elliot at the Pershing Square Signature Center, co…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Review: Man from Nebraska by Brian Scott Lipton

Is there any actor around better at portraying the so-called “everyman,” – especially the complicated everyman – than Reed Birney? As he brilliantly proved last year in his Tony-winn…

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Review: The Liar by Brian Scott Lipton

Given today’s political climate, you might think Classic Stage Company’s new production, “The Liar,” is an expose of Washington’s politics.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Cititour Review: Tell Hector I Miss Him by Brian Scott Lipton

The darker side of Puerto Rican culture is brought vividly to life in “Tell Hector I Miss Him,” an accomplished debut effort by Paola Lazaro, now at Atlantic Theater Stage II.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Cititour Review: The Present by Brian Scott Lipton

Cate Blanchett makes her Broadway debut with the blazingly charismatic Richard Roxburgh in The Present.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

MAN OF TWO FACES by Brian Scott Lipton

Daniel Craig hands in a career-defining performance as the malevolent and malicious Iago.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

ZOO YORK by Brian Scott Lipton

This new musical uses the frenetic environment of New York to tell a story of life in motion.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Cititour Review: Dear Evan Hansen by Brian Scott Lipton

Anyone who has ever felt unloved, rejected, isolated, or barely survived high school (have I left anyone out?) will relate to Dear Evan Hansen, the heart-stirring and often shattering new mu…

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cititour Review: A Bronx Tale by Brian Scott Lipton

Those boys from Jersey are heading away from the Great White Way next month, but there will still be some do-wop, sweater girls and Italian gangsters on Broadway...

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