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Friday, October 21, 2016
Friday, September 16, 2016

Review: A Smoldering "View from the Bridge" Turns Up the Heat at the Ahmanson by Charles McNulty

From London to NY and now in LA this Ivo Von Hove-drected Olivier/TONY-Winner arrives starring a dazzling cast lead by FREDERICK WELLER, CATHERINE COMBS and ANDRUS NICHOLS running through Oc…

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Shakespeare's 'Love's Labor's Lost': Kathleen Marshall directs a winner at the Old Globe by Charles McNulty

SAN DIEGO — The Old Globe’s staging of “Love’s Labor’s Lost” proves that it is possible to fall in love with a production at first sight. John Lee Beatty’s scenic design transf…

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Summer Shakespeare: A critic's take on the secret to theatrical success by Charles McNulty

Summer Shakespeare. These words can strike fear in the heart of a reluctant theatergoer. Yes, the plays are supposed to be good for you. But semiprofessional productions in which the artisti…

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Steve Martin's 'Meteor Shower' plunges into the absurd at the Old Globe by Charles McNulty

SAN DIEGO — Steve Martin, the beloved comic whose career has branched out in unforeseen directions (bluegrass composer, art collector and curator, playwright) is often described as a moder…

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Seduced by Ayad Akhtar's 'Junk,' the new play that picks apart the Wall Street playbook by Charles McNulty

LA JOLLA — Forget about all the TV pundits and op-ed columnists droning on about America’s problems. Playwright Ayad Akhtar is the diagnostician the nation needs to interpret its falteri…

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Tennessee Williams: What three lesser known works say about the playwright's legacy by Charles McNulty

No point in mincing words: Tennessee Williams is the greatest playwright America has ever produced. Yet more and more his reputation seems preserved in amber rather than renewed through reve…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Barbra Streisand, still gunning for 'Gypsy,' samples some Stephen Sondheim at Staples Center by Charles McNulty

Barbra Streisand didn’t give us a foretaste of her Rose in “Gypsy,” the classic musical about a formidable stage mother and her showbiz-bound daughters that she has been trying like Si…

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Still a singular sensation: 'A Chorus Line' at the Hollywood Bowl by Charles McNulty

“A Chorus Line” is an ideal musical for the Hollywood Bowl, and this weekend’s presentation faithfully staged by Baayork Lee didn’t disappoint. The show’s presentational style wor…

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

'Sense and Sensibility' musical at the Old Globe: Happy endings for a world that could use more by Charles McNulty

SAN DIEGO — Feeling overwhelmed by this summer of tumult, when the news seems to go only from bad to worse? I have just the remedy: an English novelist who wrote delectable comedies of ma…

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Monday, July 18, 2016

At La Jolla Playhouse, 'Last Tiger in Haiti' still finding its footing by Charles McNulty

“The Last Tiger in Haiti,” a new play by Jeff Augustin that’s receiving its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, begins in a tent shack in Port-au-Prince that is the home for a gr…

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

'Beautiful' makes a fetching Los Angeles debut at the Pantages by Charles McNulty

“Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” is that rare Broadway offering – a jukebox musical with a soul. The touring production, which opened Friday at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, r…

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Monday, June 20, 2016

'Disgraced' at the Taper: Islam, America and the cloudy prism of perception by Charles McNulty

Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced” won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2013, but for anyone encountering the work for the first time at the Mark Taper Forum, where the play opened Sunday in a s…

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rage and resentment as a last resort in the Geffen Playhouse's 'Big Sky' by Charles McNulty

The setting for “Big Sky,” a new comedy by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros that opened Wednesday at the Geffen Playhouse, is a Ritz-Carlton condo in a deluxe vacation community in Aspen, Co…

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Monday, June 13, 2016

What those 11 Tony Awards for 'Hamilton' mean for Broadway and the art of theater by Charles McNulty

“Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s landmark musical about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, had its coronation Sunday at the 70th Tony Awards. As expected, the show won for best musica…

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Friday, June 10, 2016

A race for the record books: Can anything stop 'Hamilton' from making history at the Tony Awards? by Charles McNulty

The suspense over the Tony Awards is usually about which show will win for best musical, the prize with the most lucrative consequences. But this year we all know that “Hamilton,” nomina…

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And the winner is ... the ensemble cast: How Broadway's best acting was a group effort by Charles McNulty

The most memorable acting of the year was a group affair.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

And the winner is ... the ensemble cast: How Broadway's best acting was a group effort by Charles McNulty

On Sunday, the Tony Awards will recognize artists who did exceptional work in the 2015-16 Broadway season. As always, there’s a rich bounty of nominated talent to choose from, but the m…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Race, inequality, polarized politics: Why Shakespeare's 1623 First Folio matters in 2016 by Charles McNulty

A precious First Folio of Shakespeare plays, one of several on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, has arrived at the San Diego Central Library, where it will remain for the next month…

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

The theater of Trump: What Shakespeare can teach us about the Donald by Charles McNulty

Harold Bloom subtitled his magnum opus on Shakespeare "The Invention of the Human" in recognition of the Bard's unprecedented ability to imagine the lives of others.  The question I've bee…

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Eugene O'Neill's 'The Hairy Ape' is a rallying cry for the Bernie Sanders crowd by Charles McNulty

Eugene O’Neill’s “The Hairy Ape,” written in 1921, still has the tang of an experiment by a relatively young writer testing the frontiers of what the drama can do. Mixing brutal expr…

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Monday, May 16, 2016

But does it deserve an encore? 'Amadeus' returns to South Coast Rep by Charles McNulty

Antonio Salieri, relegated by posterity to the shadows as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s journeyman contemporary, will always have Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus” to augment his notoriety, if n…

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Meet Ivo van Hove, the most provocatively illuminating theater director right now by Charles McNulty

For those who have been tracking the thrilling career of the Belgian-born, Amsterdam-based director Ivo van Hove, the last place you'd expect to find him working is Broadway. But the Flemish…

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A critic's take: Why 'Hamilton's' Tony Award record ushers in a new era for theater by Charles McNulty

Last year, the Tony Awards could have adopted the hashtag #TonysSoBritish. This year, the nominees announced Tuesday morning look like the anti-Oscars, so diverse is the roster. There may no…

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A critic's take: Why 'Hamilton's' Tony Award record ushers in a new era for theater by Charles McNulty

The historical significance of "Hamilton"'s trove of Tony nominations

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A triumphant 'Endgame' for Beckett veteran Alan Mandell by Charles McNulty

Alan Mandell, the evergreen 88-year-old actor, confessed that he might be ready to bid farewell to the stage when I interviewed him last year on the occasion of his performance in the Mark T…

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

'Shuffle On' delivers a powerful kick from Broadway's musical past by Charles McNulty

A Broadway history lesson is being delivered these days at the Music Box Theatre, and never has anything this educational been so sensationally staged. All credit to Professor George C. Wol…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Even with Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne, 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' fails to connect by Charles McNulty

— Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night," considered by some to be the greatest American drama, is a marathon of family squabbling. Grueling in the wrong hands, the play's relent…

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Monday, April 25, 2016

How 'Shuffle Along' director George C. Wolfe brought back the 1921 show that changed Broadway forever by Charles McNulty

OK, theater buffs, get ready to be stumped. From what musical did "I'm Just Wild About Harry" spring? If you answered "Shuffle Along," you either have an encyclopedic memory (and way too man…

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

'Waitress' serves up a slice of star power in Jessie Mueller by Charles McNulty

What is that indefinable quality that makes an actor a star? Jessie Mueller, who won a Tony in 2014 for her performance in "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," helped me once again answer t…

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Friday, April 22, 2016

'American Psycho' boldly blends the scary with the sardonic by Charles McNulty

In "Sweeney Todd," Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler proved that laughter in a musical could make the adrenaline pump harder. Funny, it turned out, didn't have to be the nemesis of fear. A t…

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