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Thursday, April 27, 2017

‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ review by Charles Isherwood

The frenetic Broadway spring comes to a thrilling conclusion with the lightning-bolt opening of Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” a new play so endlessly stimulating that it co…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

‘Bandstand’ review by Charles Isherwood

The boys singing and swinging their hearts out in “Bandstand,” an exuberant new musical set in the days just after World War II, are chasing an uncertain future and running from their tr…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

‘Six Degrees of Separation’ review by Charles Isherwood

Is it me, or have the follies of rich New Yorkers become less delightfully entertaining than they once were? To wit: Some of the savor has left the champagne in the Broadway revival of “Si…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

‘Hello, Dolly!’ review by Charles Isherwood

A lot of merchandise is for sale in the lobby of the Shubert Theatre, where Bette Midler stars in the highly anticipated, or, really, let’s make that breathlessly awaited revival of “Hel…

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

“The Little Foxes” review by Charles Isherwood

It doesn’t take a refined intellect to separate the bad characters from the good in Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes.” The bad tend to be scheming, grasping and spiteful, and mayb…

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Monday, April 17, 2017

‘Groundhog Day’ review by Charles Isherwood

The producers and creators of “Groundhog Day” must be uncomfortably aware by now that, despite the fantasy at the center of their show, every day really is a new day — and not necessar…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

‘War Paint’ review by Charles Isherwood

You don’t have to go in search of a magnifying glass to discern the active ingredients in the new musical “War Paint,” at the Nederlander Theatre, a dual biography of the dueling cosme…

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Critic's Notebook: Suspending Disbelief in a Savage ‘Endgame’ by Charles Isherwood

Sizing up the Long Wharf Theater’s sharp and unsettling production, starring Brian Dennehy, and the meandering “Imogen Says Nothing,” at Yale Repertory Theater.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Review: ‘David’s Friend’ Dances Through New York’s Disco Nights by Charles Isherwood

Nora Burns’s feisty and funny one-woman show recalls those sex-and-drug-filled days of gleefully reckless abandon.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Review: A Revival of ‘The Liar’ Plays Alternative Facts for Laughs by Charles Isherwood

Pierre Corneille’s 1644 comedy follows the misadventures of a pathological teller of falsehoods, and his compulsively honest servant.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Review: ‘Tell Hector I Miss Him’ Sketches Love and Addiction in Puerto Rico by Charles Isherwood

Paola Lázaro’s play, at the Atlantic Theater Company, assembles a crew of vivid characters on a San Juan street corner.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

‘The Liar’ at Classic Stage: Old French Humor in New York Now by Charles Isherwood

The playwright David Ives delivers an adaptation of the Pierre Corneille comedy.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Review: ‘Made in China,’ With Romance, Polemics and Puppets by Charles Isherwood

This enchanting, unclassifiable show swings freely between political commentary and surrealistic comedy.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Review: ‘Latin Standards,’ When Dad Was Larger Than Life by Charles Isherwood

In her latest one-woman show, Marga Gomez pays tribute to her father, a popular entertainer in the Latino vaudeville circuit.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Review: A ‘Lucky Penny’ for the Thoughts of a Son and His Father by Charles Isherwood

In this autobiographical show, written by and starring David Deblinger, the actor explores his filial relationship and plays a cast of characters.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Review: ‘Blueprint Specials’: What the Soldiers and Sailors May Have Seen in World War II Shows by Charles Isherwood

This show is a jaunty foray into a little-known footnote in American military history.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Review: ‘Gardens Speak,’ a Graveside Encounter With Lives Lost in Syria by Charles Isherwood

This work by Tania El Khoury enlists audience members who visit the simulacrum of a cemetery to memorialize opponents of the Assad government.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Review: ‘The Fever’ Finds That Friendliness Can Be Contagious by Charles Isherwood

The play, by the company 600 Highwaymen, incorporates audience members to deliver a meditation on human connection.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

5 Must-See Shows if You’re in New York This Month by Charles Isherwood

The theater critic Charles Isherwood offers a look at outstanding Broadway and Off Broadway offerings in January.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Review: In ‘God of Vengeance,’ a Nice Jewish Family Lives Above a Brothel by Charles Isherwood

The New Yiddish Rep presents a revival of the 1907 Sholem Asch play that scandalized New York with its portrayal of prostitution and same-sex romance.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016: A Memory to Keep: In ‘Falsettos,’ an Affecting Echo of AIDS Anxiety by Charles Isherwood

This revival features a scene that can take away the breath of anyone who was touched by an illness that started claiming mainly gay men.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A New Day for Gay Plays? by Charles Isherwood

Old themes are still explored, but the context has changed.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Revival Has Its Final Notes by Charles Isherwood

This classic musical, directed by Bartlett Sher, is timely and shines on all fronts. It closes on New Year’s Eve.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Review: The Wedding Guest as Hot Mess in ‘Bright Colors and Bold Patterns’ by Charles Isherwood

In his hilarious new solo show, Drew Droege stars as an opinionated guest at a same-sex wedding.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Review: The Songs of Noël Coward, With Lightness and Bite by Charles Isherwood

“Life Is for Living,” a tribute from Simon Green and David Shrubsole, combines songs with snippets of Coward’s letters and diaries, and some verse.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Review: ‘The Bodyguard’ Is Shadowed by a Stalker, and a Superstar by Charles Isherwood

This stage adaptation of the 1992 Whitney Houston film, at Paper Mill Playhouse, features lots of Houston hits but characters of minimal dimensions.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Review: Transgender ‘Street Children,’ Out on a Pier by Charles Isherwood

Pia Scala-Zankel’s play, a Vertigo Theater production at the New Ohio Theater, follows youths living on the streets of New York in the 1980s.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Review: ‘The Dead, 1904’ Brings Existential Unease to the Party by Charles Isherwood

An opulent setting, tinkling crystal and perfectly cooked beef is on tap for guests of this intimate production based on a James Joyce Story.

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Review: Beat a New Path Down a Familiar Yellow Brick Road in ‘Elements of Oz’ by Charles Isherwood

This loose, loopy and enjoyable seminar on the making of “The Wizard of Oz” combines live video and performance.

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Review: ‘Can I Get a Witness?’ Takes James Baldwin’s Message to Church by Charles Isherwood

In Meshell Ndegeocello’s show at Harlem Stage, “The Fire Next Time” might as well be the Bible. And the big question is, “How are you surviving 2016?”

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Best Theater of 2016 by Ben Brantley and Charles Isherwood

Selections by Ben Brantley and Charles Isherwood.

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