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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Review: Generations of love, loss and wisdom gained in ‘The Inheritance’ by Charles Isherwood

Most Broadway seasons feature at least one show that gathers an aura of importance even before it opens. This year it is undoubtedly “The Inheritance,” Matthew Lopez’s two-part, nearly…

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Review: ‘Slava’s Snowshow’ sends in the sad clowns by Charles Isherwood

“Slava’s Snowshow,” which has returned to New York for a limited engagement more than a decade after its first Broadway run, is not your typical holiday fare. While the show’s cast i…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Review: A fearless Kristin Chenoweth dazzles in ‘For the Girls’ by Charles Isherwood

To the long list of adjectives we toss around like verbal confetti to describe Kristin Chenoweth – radiant, impish, perky, sunny, funny! – we can now add fearless. In her concert at the …

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Review: The Tina Turner musical can’t match its sublime star by Charles Isherwood

If a single voice, or a single performance, could send a Broadway musical soaring to greatness, “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” would handily qualify as one of the best musicals to emerg…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Paul Taylor Dance Company Pays Tribute to Its Namesake by Charles Isherwood

The company returns to Lincoln Center to celebrate its founder, performing many of the late choreographer's masterworks October 29–November 17.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Review: Evoking nostalgia with an eye to the future in ‘American Utopia’ by Charles Isherwood

“We’re on a road to nowhere,” David Byrne sings in the final encore of his Broadway concert, “American Utopia,” at the Hudson Theatre. Can we get an encore of that encore, please?…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Review: A return to gloom in ‘The Sound Inside’ by Charles Isherwood

Pop quiz question: Can you name a single writer darker than Dostoevsky? The options are few, but I hereby nominate Adam Rapp, the playwright and novelist whose vision is so unrelievedly grim…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Review: ‘The Lightning Thief’ inventively reveals the demigods among us by Charles Isherwood

You think your dad (or mom) is a deadbeat? Consider the plight of the young characters in “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical,” a thoroughly endearing family-friendly musical…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Review: Comedy trumps romanticism in this ‘Rose Tattoo’ by Charles Isherwood

As Serafina Delle Rose, a grieving Italian-American widow struggling to open herself to life again in Tennessee Williams’s “The Rose Tattoo,” Marisa Tomei bares just about all, emotion…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Review: In ‘Linda Vista,’ one man’s spiral creates a tornado by Charles Isherwood

A sad romantic comedy sounds like a contradiction in terms, but it’s an apt-enough description of “Linda Vista,” a slight but funny and quietly affecting play from Tracy Letts, which h…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Review: ‘Slave Play’ questions more than it answers by Charles Isherwood

If there’s anything more boring than hearing about other people’s dreams, it’s hearing about their therapy sessions. And, to my mind, hearing about people’s sexual fantasies — admi…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Review: ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ expertly treads the tightrope of improv by Charles Isherwood

If “gerund” isn’t the very last word I ever expected to hear uttered on a Broadway stage, it’s probably pretty darn close. Broadway rarely gives grammar lessons, after all.  And yet…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Review: LBJ receives a lengthy reprise in ‘The Great Society’ by Charles Isherwood

When incendiary current events are leaping from your TV screen into your lap on an almost hourly basis, a play such as “The Great Society” has a tough row to hoe. How to excite audiences…

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Review: Tracking a moving center in ‘The Height of the Storm’ by Charles Isherwood

As a literary luminary slowly sinking into senility, thrashing through his failing memory like a man battling the suffocating grip of quicksand, Jonathan Pryce gives a performance of remarka…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Review: Derren Brown brings a sense of wonder to Broadway by Charles Isherwood

Where did that infernal banana go?  This is not the kind of question you expect to be rattling around your brain during an evening of theater. And yet rattle me it did more than once during…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Review: A love triangle turns inward in ‘Betrayal’ by Charles Isherwood

There are three principal characters, unfixed points in an adulterous romantic triangle, in Harold Pinter’s 1978 play “Betrayal,” now being revived to thrilling — and chilling — ef…

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Review: Life, death and the banalities in between in ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ by Charles Isherwood

Love and marriage. Birth and death. Sorrows and joys. Loss and renewal. Bacon and eggs.  Whoops — sorry! My mind wandered to breakfast plans while I was attempting to think of something i…

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Review: ‘Moulin Rouge!’ hits Broadway with a panache of pop by Charles Isherwood

The Broadway exclamation point — once a marquee staple, later an overused joke — makes a roaring comeback with “Moulin Rouge!” This new musical, based on the Baz Luhrmann movie set i…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Review: A blending of the prosaic and the poetic in ‘Frankie and Johnny’ by Charles Isherwood

It’s only in the final moments of the moving new Broadway revival of Terrence McNally’s “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” that the consummate musician in Audra McDonald emerg…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Twyla Tharp's Deuce Coupe Makes a Comeback by Charles Isherwood

The groundbreaking classic from the '70s is a featured part of the American Ballet Theatre's Tharp Trio performances beginning May 30.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Review: In ‘Beetlejuice,’ death comes to life by Charles Isherwood

For a musical jubilantly proclaiming that its overriding theme is death, “Beetlejuice” has a surprisingly lively spring in its step. As is well known by now, popular movies never die; th…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Review: ‘Ink’ takes a multi-paged romp through tabloid journalism by Charles Isherwood

“People like stories,” says Rupert Murdoch — a fictional Rupert Murdoch, that is — just before the lights dim on the last scene of “Ink,” James Graham’s play about the media ma…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Review: ‘Tootsie’ gets the laughs, but not the music by Charles Isherwood

The familiar rap on flawed Broadway musicals usually goes something like this: “Well, the score is great…but the book has problems.” Enter “Tootsie,” red sequins ablaze, a new musi…

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New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet Look to the Future With New Leadership by Charles Isherwood

Former NYCB dancers Jonathan Stafford and Wendy Whelan discuss their plans for the future as the new season kicks off April 23.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Review: Skimming the surface of semi-fiction in ‘Hillary and Clinton’ by Charles Isherwood

Hillary: Likable or not? Likable enough? And if not, why not? Those much-discussed questions, asked and answered ad nauseam over the course of her two terms as a presidential wife, and her t…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Review: An exhilarating ‘Hadestown’ revitalizes a classic love story by Charles Isherwood

The road to hell is paved with heavenly music in “Hadestown,” the exuberant, exhilarating new musical that stands tall among a season of mostly (so far) lackluster Broadway competition. …

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Review: A blazing Adam Driver commands the stage in ‘Burn This’ by Charles Isherwood

Winter storms may be in the rearview mirror, but idle storm chasers should know that there’s a tempest being whipped up nightly at the Hudson Theatre, where a ferociously good Adam Driver …

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Review: A distracted ‘Oklahoma!’ skims the emotional surface by Charles Isherwood

The new Broadway revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” could be compared to a surrey with a little too much fringe on top, to swipe the nearest metaphor. It may get you wh…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Review: A scorching Glenda Jackson leads the way for the women of ‘King Lear’ by Charles Isherwood

Women are in firm control of the kingdom in Broadway’s Cort Theatre, where a new revival of “King Lear,” starring Glenda Jackson in the title role, opened Thursday. Jackson’s Lear is…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Review: ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ hits the steps, but not the story by Charles Isherwood

Broadway’s proudest moments of the past couple of decades have rarely – er, make that never – included any of the long parade of jukebox musicals that flooded the zone. (Perhaps it’s…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Review: Kelli O’Hara soars in a revised ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ by Charles Isherwood

Spring was tardy this year, so if you are still suffering from seasonal affective disorder, you might try some therapeutic theater courtesy of the radiant revival of “Kiss Me, Kate,” whi…

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