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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Review: Vitaly - An Evening of Wonders by Brian Scott Lipton

The latest in a surprisingly long line of illusionists who have graced the New York stage, Russian-born Vitaly Beckman will definitely have you asking yourself (or your companion) “How did…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

MAGIC IN THE AIR by Brian Scott Lipton

The Band’s Visit dominated the musical categories at an exciting night at the Tony Awards.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Review: Dan Cody’s Yacht by Brian Scott Lipton

What separates the “haves” from the “have nots”? It’s certainly one of the most pressing questions facing Trump-era America, and one that the playwright Anthony Giardini seems to h…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Review: The Great Leap by Brian Scott Lipton

Football is much better known than basketball for its so-called trick plays, from the “Statue of Liberty” to “the Flea Flicker,” so perhaps we need to invent a new term to describe w…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Review: The Boys in the Band by Brian Scott Lipton

High expectations, tinged with just a little bit of dread and a pinch of skepticism, may be in the minds of many people as they enter the Booth Theater for the first-ever Broadway production…

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Review on Peace for Mary Frances by Brian Scott Lipton

“Have you ever seen a worse family than this?”, the rather sensible Rosie (Natalie Gold) asks a visiting social worker at the beginning of Act II of “Peace for Mary Frances,” Lily Th…

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Review on The Beast in the Jungle by Brian Scott Lipton

This highly ambitious and extremely moving “dance play” is now mesmerizing audiences at the Vineyard Theatre.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Review: Paradise Blue by Brian Scott Lipton

In works as diverse as “Skeleton Crew” and “Pipeline,” the playwright Dominique Morriseau can be heard clearly, often educating us about the truth of the African-American experience …

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Review: Dance Nation by Brian Scott Lipton

Dance Nation opens a flood of physical and emotional changes and desires.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

ALMOST ROMANCE by Brian Scott Lipton

Marin Ireland and Nathan Darrow make this rare revival worth the trip.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Countdown to the Tony Awards by Brian Scott Lipton

Yes, theater lovers, the long wait is over: the 2018 Tony Award nominations have been announced. And while we won’t know the winners until Sunday, June 10, there is cause for celebration f…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

A MESS OF MANIACS by Brian Scott Lipton

There is a lot going on in this clever, well-written work by David Ives.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Review: Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh by Brian Scott Lipton

The casting of superstar Denzel Washington in the lead role of glad-handing salesman Theodore “Hickey” Hickman will likely introduce this play to a whole new cadre of theater lovers.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Brian Scott Lipton

Once again, there’s magic to do on Broadway. Jack Thorne’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” has settled in for a long run at the Lyric Theatre. And there are way more witches and…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Review: My Fair Lady by Brian Scott Lipton

I think I could I grow accustomed to seeing this “My Fair Lady” on a weekly basis.

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Monday, April 16, 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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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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WHITE MAN'S BURDEN by Brian Scott Lipton

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

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BLINK OF AN EYE by Brian Scott Lipton

This well-written, well-acted play will make you laugh and make you think.

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Rock hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s get an orchestral twist in this jukebox musical.

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WORDS CAN'T CONVEY by Brian Scott Lipton

This production of Mark Medoff’s 1980 Tony winner feels more lightweight than it should, but through no fault of the cast.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Review: This Flat Earth by Brian Scott Lipton

A middle-school student facing the aftermath of a terrible – and all-too-topical – tragedy proves not to be the only person dealing with grief in “This Flat Earth,” Lindsay Ferrentin…

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Review: Mean Girls by Brian Scott Lipton

“Calling other people stupid doesn’t make you smart,” says one of the characters in “Mean Girls.” So keeping that in mind, this new musical adaptation of the popular 2004 film is …

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Review: Frozen Is An Icy Mess by Brian Scott Lipton

While I might have originally predicted a lengthy stay on Broadway for “Frozen,” the result turns out to be an icy mess that seems unlikely to warm the hearts of either children or thei…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Review: Rocktopia by Brian Scott Lipton

Patrons at “Rocktopia,” now at the Broadway Theatre for a six-week run, don’t need to worry about such rock concert hazards as fog, haze or strobes. But they might be advised to bring …

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Angels in America is Heaven-Sent by Brian Scott Lipton

A quarter-century after it shook up the theatrical landscape with the force of an 8-point earthquake, Tony Kushner’s two-part, 7 ½-hour, Pulitzer-Prize winning epic “Angels in America…

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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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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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