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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Review: Escape to Margaritaville by Brian Scott Lipton

While the new jukebox musical “Escape to Margaritaville” – built around the songs of the legendary Jimmy Buffett – may not be quite as exhilarating as an actual escape to your favori…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

WHITE MAN'S BURDEN by Brian Scott Lipton

Playwright Joshua Harmon proves once again to be funny, daring and unpredictable.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Review: Amy and the Orphans by Brian Scott Lipton

Most audience members, unless they actually grew up in the world of Norman Rockwell, will recognize themselves somewhere within Lindsey Ferrentino’s alternately hilarious, heartbreaking an…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Review: An Ordinary Muslim by Brian Scott Lipton

Hammaad Chaudry’s debut play, “An Ordinary Muslim,” delves into the pain of not belonging, especially in a country where you were born and raised.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Review: Relevance by Brian Scott Lipton

The large on-screen Twitter scroll that is used to aid the explosive conclusion to J.C. Lee’s “Relevance,” now being presented by MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel, proves to be an all…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Review: In the Body of the World by Brian Scott Lipton

“How does she do this every night?” one patron said to her friend as we were exiting Eve Ensler’s riveting solo show “In the Body of the World” at Manhattan Theatre Club at City Ce…

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Monday, February 5, 2018

GIVING UP THE NOOSE by Brian Scott Lipton

Martin McDonagh brilliantly executed plot gets the gold-star treatment by this director and ensemble cast.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Review: Cardinal by Brian Scott Lipton

Greg Pierce’s new play “Cardinal,” now premiering at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre, has enough issues to fill a month’s worth of New York Times’ Sunday magazines...

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

BROADWAY SCORES BIG by Brian Scott Lipton

From musicals to dramas to big star turns, there was plenty to celebrate on Broadway this past year.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

John Lithgow: Stories By Heart by Brian Scott Lipton

John Lithgow brings the art of storytelling to Broadway.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

THE MAD KING by Brian Scott Lipton

Mark Rylance takes on a full spectrum of emotion in this impressive performance.

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

CIRCUS DREAMS by Brian Scott Lipton

Though not without its magic moments, this film musical starring Hugh Jackman is at times over-directed and overwrought.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Review: Describe the NIght by Brian Scott Lipton

Rajiv Joseph’s ambitious, epic, and ultimately memorable drama “Describe the Night,” now premiering at the Atlantic Theatre.

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GODS AND GODDESSES by Brian Scott Lipton

Hailey Kilgore makes an exciting Broadway debut in a rich and creative production of this musical fable.

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Review: SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical by Brian Scott Lipton

This exuberant, expensive and sometimes enervating spectacle is likely to give you whiplash, literally and musically (or at least metaphorically).

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review: Uma Thurman in The Parisian Woman by Brian Scott Lipton

Beau Willimon’s “The Parisian Woman,” proves to be eminently watchable -- in large part due to the star power of Uma Thurman, making a long-overdue Broadway debut.

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Review: The Dead, 1904 by Brian Scott Lipton

Are you ready to party like it’s 1904? That’s one question you should ask yourself before purchasing tickets to the Irish Repertory Theatre’s immersive adaptation of James Joyce’s cl…

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Review: Meteor Shower by Brian Scott Lipton

“Sometimes you just have to relax your standards,” a character says partway through Steve Martin’s anything-for-a-laugh comedy “Meteor Shower,” and you can’t help but wonder if M…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Review: Harry Clarke by Brian Scott Lipton

Questions of identity and self-identity abound throughout “Harry Clarke,” David Cale’s absorbing drama now at the Vineyard Theater.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review: School Girls; or the African Mean Girls Play by Brian Scott Lipton

While some theatergoers eagerly await the arrival on Broadway of the ultimate mean girl, Regina George, there’s no need to sit at home until spring to get a dose of true nastiness.

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Friday, November 10, 2017


This touching tale about universal longings offers musical-theater fans a refreshing taste of something different.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Review: What We’re Up Against by Brian Scott Lipton

In light of current events, Theresa Rebeck’s “What We’re Up Against,” her 1992 screed about misogyny in the workplace, could barely be more timely.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Review: M. Butterfly by Brian Scott Lipton

The clash of East versus West – politically, economically, sexually, and philosophically – still makes a loud noise in Julie Taymor’s revival of “M. Butterfly,” now at the Cort The…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Review: The Portugese Kid by Brian Scott Lipton

This “romantic” comedy sometimes strikes comic gold, thanks both to John Patrick Shanley’s sure way with a zinger and a completely committed five-person cast led by the equally wonderf…

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Review: The Last Match by Brian Scott Lipton

You may never watch competitive professional sports – especially a tennis championship – the same way after viewing “The Last Match,” Anna Ziegler’s intense, talky drama now premie…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

DON'T BE A DRAG, JUST BE A QUEEN by Brian Scott Lipton

Michael Urie carves his name into the theatrical firmament with this performance.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

CRUELTY PLUS TIME by Brian Scott Lipton

J.B. Priestley’s deceptively complex 1937 play takes place over three multi-faceted scenes.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Review: The Treasurer by Brian Scott Lipton

The troubled mother-son dynamic has fascinated such playwrights as Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee; now Max Posner contributes to the dramatic discussion with “The Treasurer,” an oft…

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Review: Mary Jane by Brian Scott Lipton

Actress Carrie Coon shines in Mary Jane.

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Review: A Clockwork Orange by Brian Scott Lipton

It’s hard to imagine a more spectacular New York stage debut than the one being given by English actor Jonno Davies as the menacing Alex deLarge in “A Clockwork Orange,” now at New Wor…

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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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