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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Review: Christmas gone wrong at ‘Ruben & Clay’ by Charles Isherwood

Toward the merciful end of “Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Show,” or as it is also called, “Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacula…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Review: A slick ‘Network’ showcases Bryan Cranston’s talent by Charles Isherwood

If satire is what closes on Saturday night, as George S. Kaufman famously said, how can one explain the roaring success of Broadway’s “Network,” smashing box office records at the Bela…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Review: ‘The Cher Show’ offers a bumpy ride through an icon’s career by Charles Isherwood

Fame may be a “fleeting bitch,” according to the title character in “The Cher Show” — and who would know better? Temperamental she may be, as the musical illustrates while churnin…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Review: ‘King Kong’ is a lackluster vehicle for a star gorilla by Charles Isherwood

He can’t sing a note. They definitely don’t make tap shoes in his size. And, aside from some extremely expressive growls and roars, he doesn’t exactly sizzle at delivering dialogue. An…

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Review: ‘American Son’ takes a piercing look at our country by Charles Isherwood

“Everything’s coming apart,” cries Kendra, a distraught mother who’s awaiting news of her missing boy, in “American Son,” an arrestingly topical drama by Christopher Demos-Brown …

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Review: An exquisite blend of humor and sorrow in ‘The Waverly Gallery’ by Charles Isherwood

To laugh or to cry? That mostly theoretical cliché becomes a matter of actual, uncomfortable urgency as you watch the superlative Broadway revival of “The Waverly Gallery,” Kenneth Lone…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Review: ‘The Ferryman’ brims with life as a threat looms by Charles Isherwood

A man’s death casts a seemingly endless shadow over a family’s life in “The Ferryman,” the breathtakingly good, devastating drama by Jez Butterworth that instantly kicks the Broadway…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Review: ‘The Lifespan of a Fact’ loses drama to the truth by Charles Isherwood

Fact: I began my career in journalism as a fact-checker at a magazine in Los Angeles. Opinion: My experience with this oft-tedious task unfortunately did little to enhance my affection for …

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Review: Colorful characters punch up ‘The Nap’ by Charles Isherwood

Snooker, anyone? Anyone? British plays may be as abundant on Broadway as mushrooms in a rain-soaked forest, but “The Nap,” by Richard Bean, may seem exotic even to the most obsessive the…

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Neil Simon, a Master of Comedy on Broadway and Beyond, Is Dead at 91 by Charles Isherwood

Mr. Simon started out writing for television and later wrote for the movies, but his plays were his biggest successes, among them “The Odd Couple” and “Barefoot in the Park.”

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Review: ‘Pretty Woman’ is a cardboard cutout of the movie by Charles Isherwood

It’s very sweet that, as in the movie, the two unlikely lovers in the musical “Pretty Woman” end up rescuing one another from their respective lives of streetwalking and soulless money…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Review: The same old story at ‘Gettin’ the Band Back Together’ by Charles Isherwood

Before the curtain rises on the new musical “Gettin’ the Band Back Together” at the Belasco Theatre, Ken Davenport, the show’s lead producer, who also co-wrote the book, takes the st…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review: ‘Head Over Heels’ can’t find the beat by Charles Isherwood

Summer is not officially the silly season on Broadway, but you might be forgiven for assuming so should you wander into the Hudson Theatre, where “Head Over Heels,” a fearlessly loopy ne…

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Review: A lesson in sympathy from ‘Straight White Men’ by Charles Isherwood

In case you have been singing loudly with your fingers stuffed in your ears for, say, a year and a half, you have probably noticed much soul-searching in the media, along with plenty of outr…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Review: ‘The Boys in the Band’ still resonates beneath the laughs by Charles Isherwood

“Thanks for the laughs,” says Harold, whose disorderly birthday celebration is the occasion on which the men in “The Boys in the Band” gather for an evening of cutting barbs, bottoml…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Broadway Choreographer Warren Carlyle on His New Tribute to Jerome Robbins by Charles Isherwood

“Something to Dance About”—a one-act compilation that references Robbins’ greatest work from On the Town to West Side Story—premieres at the New York City Balle…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Review: Denzel Washington radiates energy in ‘Iceman Cometh’ by Charles Isherwood

When Denzel Washington, who plays the salesman Hickey in the shatteringly good Broadway revival of “The Iceman Cometh,” unleashes his dazzling smile, it’s fair to conclude that he coul…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Review: Historical exposition weighs down a solidly acted ‘Saint Joan’ by Charles Isherwood

George Bernard Shaw’s plays are performed so rarely on major New York stages that it’s hard not to feel grateful for a chance to see a first-class production of “Saint Joan.” Unfortu…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Review: At ‘Summer,’ the disco ball has spun off its axis by Charles Isherwood

Someone really did leave the damn cake out in the rain. That’s my metaphorical summation of “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.” Fans will recognize the allusion, and I’ll throw in on…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Review: ‘My Fair Lady’ is a beautifully polished antique by Charles Isherwood

Impeccable is the first word that springs to mind to describe the Lincoln Center Theater revival of Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady.” But that’s really no surprise. The director, Ba…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Review: A layered ‘Carousel’ finds new depth by Charles Isherwood

At the core of “Carousel,” which has been revived with breathtaking emotional intensity at the Imperial Theatre, is a dark fatalism that trails the leading lovers like their own shadows.…

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Review: ‘Mean Girls’ is funny, but not fresh by Charles Isherwood

Does it make me a mean girl if I say that “Mean Girls,” the new Broadway musical based on — well, duh! — is, like, tbh, just OK? Sorry. My mean. But that’s kind of my job. As with …

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Review: ‘Three Tall Women’ looks at life head on by Charles Isherwood

Unless you have a raging fever, an ice bath wouldn’t seem like a particularly pleasurable experience. And yet “Three Tall Women,” Edward Albee’s late-career masterpiece being revived…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Review: ‘Rocktopia’ feels like a Vegas act on Broadway by Charles Isherwood

If only what happened in Budapest stayed in Budapest. I have nothing in particular against the city, really. I quite enjoyed my one visit there many years ago. There was a nice castle, I thi…

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Review: ‘Angels in America’ is as resonant and urgent as ever by Charles Isherwood

“The world only spins forward,” says Prior Walter, ravaged with AIDS but still enduring, in the culminating speech of “Angels in America,” Tony Kushner’s majestic drama about our c…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review: ‘Frozen’ freezes up on stage by Charles Isherwood

Should hell freeze over — and given global environmental trends, well, who knows? — it’s possible that “Frozen” will not be Disney’s next from-now-until-eternity Broadway blockbu…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: Bernadette Peters shimmers and delights in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ by Charles Isherwood

All those who declined to take out a second mortgage to buy a pair on the aisle for Bette Midler in “Hello, Dolly!” can stop rending their garments and tearing out their hair. The revere…

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Review: ‘The Children’ is an exquisite look at human life by Charles Isherwood

The room is a very modestly furnished kitchen: mismatched chairs around a table, a miniature refrigerator, a scruffy but cozy-looking armchair, slightly out of place. But this mundane settin…

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Review: A heartwarming breeze from ‘Once on This Island’ by Charles Isherwood

Continual waves of radiance, warming the blood and stirring the heart, flow forth from the sand-covered stage of the Circle in the Square Theatre, where an absolutely incandescent revival of…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review: ‘The Parisian Woman’ delves into current politics, but with little effect by Charles Isherwood

Sleepy times, right? No drama emanating from our nation’s capital. Barely enough sensation to fill a single page of a broadsheet. Nary a shocking revelation to warm the cockles of a cynic…

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Review: ‘Meteor Shower’ misses the mark with its scattered plot by Charles Isherwood

The stars supply most of the fireworks in “Meteor Shower,” a scattershot – and even scatterbrained – comedy of bad manners by Steve Martin at the Booth Theatre. The cast member whose…

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