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Thursday, November 1, 2018
Friday, October 26, 2018

Perspective: Why political pundits give drama critics a bad name - Los Angeles Times by Charles McNulty

Political pundits have long been giving drama critics a bad name. Inevitably, in the run-up to an election, some op-ed columnist will make a crack comparing recent political coverage to thea…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

At South Coast Rep, glimmers of light in 'Little Black Shadows' by Charles McNulty

“Little Black Shadows,” a new play by Kemp Powers at South Coast Repertory, is set in the 1850s, when slavery in the South is an obdurate fact yet glimmers of a distant dawn are starting…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Bette Midler and 'Hello, Dolly!': A match that makes for Broadway heaven by Charles McNulty

Rarely has an exclamation point in a title been earned as thoroughly as the one in the new Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!” starring Bette Midler. The show, which opened at the Sam S.…

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the farmhouse next door, and unexpected connections in between by Charles McNulty

Path-breaking artists help us to see the world afresh by challenging our habitual patterns of perception. They shock us into new awareness by joining the disparate and sundering the similar.…

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Say 'I do' to 'Significant Other,' the rare romantic comedy with depth to match the laughs by Charles McNulty

Joshua Harmon's funny play, in a glorious new production at the Geffen Playhouse, follows a gay man in his late 20s whose female BFFs get married, one by one, leaving him ever more anxious a…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' and Shaw's 'Saint Joan': A marathon for four actors, and the audience by Charles McNulty

However you judge Bedlam, this young and adventurous New York company deserves extra points for a program with an unusual degree of difficulty. Imagine four actors taking on all the roles no…

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Friday, April 6, 2018

With 'A Pink Chair,' Wooster Group conjures from spirits from theater's past by Charles McNulty

We live in an age where the internet has become an open archive. YouTube warehouses our collective nostalgia. (Oh, the hours I’ve lost watching old music videos and classic tennis matches!…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

South Coast Rep's 'Shrew!' trips along the rutted road of Shakespearean updates by Charles McNulty

Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” belongs to a convention of comedy that isn’t coming back anytime soon. The figure of the scolding, abusive wife, a reliable source of hilarity…

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Monday, March 26, 2018

'Angels in America,' the right play for our fractious times by Charles McNulty

The superb new Broadway production of “Angels in America” from London brought back my first encounter with the work at the Walter Kerr Theatre in 1993. I had traveled from New Haven to s…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

'Frozen' on Broadway: It's no 'Tempest' (or 'Lion King'), but the musical sings with sisterly appeal by Charles McNulty

No one attending “Frozen,” the new Broadway musical that had its official opening on Thursday at the St. James Theatre, is meant to ponder the rise of extreme weather events. Leave it to…

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At the theater, eager anticipation for Manville, Irons, 'Soft Power' and more by Charles McNulty

Theater critic Charles McNulty notes promising productions in the coming season, including Joshua Harmon's "Significant Other," Stephen Karam's "The Humans," Amy Herzog's "Belleville" and Le…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Taylor Mac on gay history, 'Hamilton' and his epic 24-hour extravaganza at the Ace by Charles McNulty

The professors and university mandarins having lunch at an elegant UCLA campus restaurant the other day had no idea that seated inconspicuously among them was a cultural revolutionary. Weari…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Why 'Three Billboards' and 'Call Me by Your Name' leave this theater critic cold by Charles McNulty

Like many Americans, I find it increasingly easy to talk myself out of going to the movies. There’s plenty to watch at home and so little to lure me back onto the roads and into those unfa…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Brilliant acting and direction drive a modern 'Streetcar Named Desire' by Charles McNulty

Boston Court in Pasadena presents a new production of Tennessee Williams' classic, set in contemporary times and propelled by Michael Michetti's pitch-perfect direction.

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Brilliant acting and direction drive a modern 'Streetcar Named Desire' by Charles McNulty

Michael Michetti’s revitalizing production of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Boston Court Performing Arts Center shakes out the cobwebs of an American classic …

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Monday, February 26, 2018

In 'Happiest Song Plays Last,' good intentions come with some off-key notes by Charles McNulty

When we last checked in on Elliot at the end of “Water by the Spoonful,” the middle work in Quiara Alegría Hudes’ three-play Elliot cycle, he was in Puerto Rico with his cousin Yaz sc…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A spectacular new 'Uncle Vanya' at San Diego's Old Globe by Charles McNulty

Sometimes you don’t know how much you need Anton Chekhov until you re-encounter him. “Uncle Vanya,” one of the Russian writer’s four dramatic masterpieces, is on view here at the Old…

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Monday, February 19, 2018

The Actors' Gang's story of America: The tired, the poor, the huddled masses who bind us all by Charles McNulty

“The New Colossus,” a performance work created by the Actors’ Gang in collaboration with company artistic director Tim Robbins, is inspired by the stories of ensemble members’ ancest…

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Friday, February 9, 2018

'Ironbound' at the Geffen Playhouse: An immigrant's portrait, painted with piercing realism by Charles McNulty

Darja, an immigrant from Poland who calls the industrial wastelands of New Jersey home, can regularly be found waiting for a bus near the factory where, until it was shut down, she was emplo…

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Monday, February 5, 2018

In 'Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue,' the silent pain of war echoes through three generations by Charles McNulty

Quiara Alegria Hudes' Pulitzer-nominated play centers on an Iraq-bound Marine whose story is interwoven with his father's Vietnam past and his grandfather's Korean War history. The result is…

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

In 'Doggie Hamlet,' a cast of canines, sheep and, yes, humans — ay, there's the rub by Charles McNulty

To bah or not to bah — that is not the question of “Doggie Hamlet,” a site-specific performance work by choreographer and director Ann Carlson that involves a flock of sheep, three her…

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Monday, January 29, 2018

With 'West Wing' help, 'All the President's Men' gets a stirring, all-too-relevant revival by Charles McNulty

At the electric reading of William Goldman’s screenplay for “All the President’s Men” at Los Angeles City Hall on Saturday night, Watergate once again had the freshness of current ev…

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Friday, January 26, 2018

'Pirates of Penzance,' with a piña colada: Gilbert & Sullivan plays as interactive party by Charles McNulty

The irreverent Chicago theater company the Hypocrites brings its adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan musical to Pasadena.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

The Bard, times two: 'Shakespeare in Love' at SCR, plus Shakespeare, the retirement years by Charles McNulty

Welcome to the Shakespeare Emporium, your one-stop shopping choice for all your Shakespeare accessories. Tote bags and sweatshirts will advertise your love of the Bard. A Stratford-upon-Avon…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Billy Crudup in 'Harry Clarke': A deviously brilliant performance is reborn as an audiobook by Charles McNulty

One of the last performances I saw in 2017 was one of the sliest: Billy Crudup in David Cale’s “Harry Clarke” at New York’s Vineyard Theatre. I caught this off-Broadway solo work at …

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

'Small Mouth Sounds': Playwright Bess Wohl's off-Broadway sleeper arrives at the Broad Stage by Charles McNulty

Playwright Bess Wohl, who trained as an actor at the Yale School of Drama, has written a play that asks actors to do more than speak the speech trippingly on the tongue, as Hamlet advised th…

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Poor Dog's 'Group Therapy' is compelling but confused by Charles McNulty

A few years ago, Poor Dog Group, founded in 2008 by a group of young theater artists who met while studying at the California Institute of the Arts, brought in a licensed therapist to hold g…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Best theater in 2017: Our critic's top picks, including Midler, Metcalf and Bruuuuce by Charles McNulty

The power of individual performers redeemed 2017, a theatrical year overrun with flotsam and jetsam but one that at least gave us Bette Midler and Bruce Springsteen in unforgettable form on …

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

How 'The Band's Visit' turns song, speech and silence into stage poetry by Charles McNulty

Where do new musicals come from? For a while, the answer regularly seemed to be pop-music catalogs and movies guaranteed to put baby boomers in a nostalgic mood. Broadway became the great cu…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Denise Gough: From feral brilliance in 'People, Places & Things' to a Broadway debut in 'Angels in America' by Charles McNulty

At the start of Duncan Macmillan’s “People, Places & Things,” which concludes its triumphant run at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn on Sunday, Emma, an actress with a serious substan…

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