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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Review: In Echo Theater’s ‘The Wolves,’ life through the lens of high school girls soccer by Charles McNulty

“The Wolves,” Sarah DeLappe’s stunning debut drama that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, presents the world through the prism of girls soccer. The play, which is receiving a superb Echo …

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Review: In Echo Theater’s ‘The Wolves,’ life through the lens of high school girls soccer by Charles McNulty

Sarah DeLappe's Pulitzer Prize finalist, "The Wolves," a drama about high school girl soccer players processing life's difficulties, large and small, gets a superb Echo Theater production di…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Review: In ‘Black Super Hero Magic Mama,’ a grief-stricken mom gets comic book counseling by Charles McNulty

Sabrina, the single mother at the center of Inda Craig-Galván’s new play, “Black Super Hero Magic Mama,” is acutely aware of the various ways her son’s life can be upended. Gangs, d…

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Review: In ‘Black Super Hero Magic Mama,’ a grief-stricken mom gets comic book counseling by Charles McNulty

Robert O'Hara directs the world premiere of Inda Craig-Galván's play, which escapes into a comic book universe to grapple with an all too real American horror.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Review: ‘Lackawanna Blues’ is potent as live memoir, an actor’s tribute to the woman who rescued him by Charles McNulty

“Lackawanna Blues,” Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s theatrical memoir about being raised by a big-hearted proprietor of a boardinghouse for castaways and strays in an industrial upstate New Yo…

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Review: ‘Lackawanna Blues’ is potent as live memoir, an actor’s tribute to the woman who rescued him by Charles McNulty

Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson recalls Nanny, the woman who guided him through boyhood, in a music-infused performance that proves theater, not TV, is the best way to experience this vivi…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Review: ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ from Roundabout Theatre has more showmanship than chemistry by Charles McNulty

The new Roundabout Theatre Company production of “Kiss Me, Kate” at Studio 54 has nearly everything that’s needed for a top-drawer revival of this Cole Porter classic. First and foremo…

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Review: ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ from Roundabout Theatre has more showmanship than chemistry by Charles McNulty

Kelli O'Hara stars in a Broadway revival at Studio 54 that's long on impressive theatrics but short on human connection.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

In ‘Be More Chill,’ the adolescent angst of ‘Evan Hansen’ gets a wacky (and loud) A.I. twist by Charles McNulty

NEW YORK • It wasn’t that long ago that a topic of concern was the graying of theater audiences. Today, we must address the high school takeover of Broadway stages.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Review: In ‘Be More Chill,’ the adolescent angst of ‘Evan Hansen’ gets a wacky (and loud) A.I. twist by Charles McNulty

It wasn’t that long ago that a topic of concern was the graying of theater audiences. Today, we must address the high school takeover of Broadway stages. The success of “Dear Evan Hansen…

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Review: In ‘Be More Chill,’ the adolescent angst of ‘Evan Hansen’ gets a wacky (and loud) A.I. twist by Charles McNulty

A new Broadway musical by Jo Iconis and Joe Tracz delivers another tale of an awkward teen trying to navigate high school. The difference this time? Deafening volume and a kinetically convol…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Laurie Metcalf in 'Doll's House, Part 2': An acting marvel in one of the year's best plays by Charles McNulty

“A Doll’s House, Part 2,” which is receiving its world premiere at South Coast Repertory, had its official opening on Thursday at Broadway’s Golden Theatre in a separate production c…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Review: In the new musical 'Diana,' the British princess seems as American as a Broadway musical by Charles McNulty

La Jolla Playhouse premieres new work from Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, the duo behind Tony winner "Memphis," but the distinctly American sound is a disconnect to the tale of the "people's …

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Review: In the new musical 'Diana,' the British princess seems as American as a Broadway musical by Charles McNulty

The story of Princess Diana’s life was bound to be turned into a big, boisterous, Broadway-style musical. But who would have guessed that the music would come from David Bryan, a founding …

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Review: In ‘Tiny Beautiful Things,’ Cheryl Strayed's advice columns are reborn as very human theater by Charles McNulty

At the Old Globe in San Diego, Nia Vardalos' lovely adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s Dear Sugar columns, "Tiny Beautiful Things," finds resilience in broken places.

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Review: In ‘Tiny Beautiful Things,’ Cheryl Strayed's advice columns are reborn as very human theater by Charles McNulty

Advice columns and theaters have more in common than you might think. Forums of instruction and delight, they appeal to anyone who could use some help negotiating the often trivial, ultimate…

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Review: Brazilian director Christiane Jatahy's 'Moscow' ingeniously spins Chekhov's 'Sisters' by Charles McNulty

The U.S. premiere of "What If They Went to Moscow?" at REDCAT merges live performance and filmmaking, reworking of Anton Chekhov's masterpiece, "Three Sisters," into an astonishing multimedi…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Review: 'Ragtime' at Pasadena Playhouse proves it's a ripe time for this stunning revival by Charles McNulty

With a gorgeous staging and glorious singing, the musical based on the E.L. Doctorow novel captures the momentous turn of the 20th century — the song of a nation stepping toward its future.

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Review: 'Ragtime' at Pasadena Playhouse proves it's a ripe time for this stunning revival by Charles McNulty

“Ragtime: The Musical,” based on E.L. Doctorow’s sweeping historical novel, swings for the narrative fences. The saga of three sets of characters at the turn of what would come to be k…

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Review: 4 girls and 1 hidden camera add up to a captivatingly creepy comedy at East West Players by Charles McNulty

Anna Moench's "Man of God," having its world premiere, centers on young Korean Americans on a religious mission to Bangkok, their pastor and a discovery that upends their world.

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Review: 4 girls and 1 hidden camera add up to a captivatingly creepy comedy at East West Players by Charles McNulty

Every good comedy has a human engine, and in Anna Moench’s funny, creepy and unflinchingly observed “Man of God,” that engine is Mimi, played with powder-keg force by Sandy Nguyen. Mim…

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

At Actors' Gang, a timely return of the political madness of Dario Fo's 'Anarchist' by Charles McNulty

As part of its politically incisive season, Tim Robbins' company takes on the Nobel Prize winner's wild play about corrupt authority, "Accidental Death oh an Anarchist."

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At Actors' Gang, a timely return of the political madness of Dario Fo's 'Anarchist' by Charles McNulty

Opportunities to see high-caliber productions of the work of Dario Fo — the Italian clown, political radical and Nobel laureate who died in 2016 — don’t come around all that often. My …

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Review: Wooster Group turns Texas inmates’ songs into the stirring theater of ‘The B-Side’ by Charles McNulty

The celebrated company turns "Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons" into a stereophonic seance linking generations of African American experience.

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Review: Wooster Group turns Texas inmates’ songs into the stirring theater of ‘The B-Side’ by Charles McNulty

The Wooster Group has developed such a signature multimedia aesthetic over the decades that it’s refreshing to see this veteran avant-garde troupe willing to take a break from its playfull…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Struck by the power of a story well told by Charles McNulty

Two South Africans, desperate to escape the impoverished futility of their lives, break into the home of an aging academic who walks in on them as they're ransacking the place for money. A p…

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'All's Well' at last by Charles McNulty

Consider this a friendly public service announcement from a concerned theater critic: Please, unless there's a truly compelling reason, let's agree to a moratorium on revivals of "Hamlet," "…

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There is a good point, sir by Charles McNulty

As I was leaving the theater the other night, an older gentleman with a lapel-grabbing voice and a friendly jack-in-the-box manner stopped me dead in my tracks. "What was the point of that?…

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More misadventure in the screen trade by Charles McNulty

It might be heresy for a theater critic to admit, but Hollywood has done a better job of skewering the theater than the theater has done skewering Hollywood. Give me "All About Eve" over "On…

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Review: Sweeney Todd, Sondheim's throat-cutting barber, sets up shop in South Coast Rep's entertaining revival by Charles McNulty

An emphasis on storytelling rather than star performances or staging pyrotechnics drives a crisp production of the macabre musical "Sweeney Todd" at South Coast Repertory.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Review: How well does Stephen Daldry’s landmark ‘An Inspector Calls’ hold up? by Charles McNulty

Director Stephen Daldry made his name with the National Theatre whodunit "An Inspector Calls." Now the London revival comes to Beverly Hills, seeping with commentary about class divisions.

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