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Friday, August 9, 2019

Review: Bat Out of Hell: The Musicalat curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell: The Musical is a rock concert for rock lovers repelled by rock concerts.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Review: Moulin Rouge! The Musicalat curtainup.com by Charles Wright

Excerpt: a brightly wrapped, intricately decorated package with little inside. It's racy, sometimes vulgar, and always indifferent to historical context and narrative logic. This makes it…

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Review: A Strange Loop at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

Michael R. Jackson's semi-autobiographical musical transforms oversharing into high art.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Review:Happy Talk at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

nberg's new melodrama presented by The New Group, Susan Sarandon is making a meal on an unappetizing character.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Review: Be More Chill at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

a musical for Millennialsm that has the brassy, old-Broadway sound of Burt Bacharach's Promises, Promises and the 1971 revisal of No, No, Nanette.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Review:Eve's Song at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

a play that depicts vividly and with humor the toxic effects of racism. . .

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Review: Fireflies at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

This second play in an ambitious trilogy is a gifted young writer’s reflection on the civil rights movement.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Review: The Lifespan of a Fact at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

This high-velocity, three-character play is an ideal boulevard comedy for the Trump era.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Review: The Emperor at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

a theatrical reflection on how the fantasies of present day autocratic leaders rely on their so-called "base" to maintain their hold on power. . .

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Review: The Saintliness of Margery Kempe at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

An impressive cast revives a long forgotten idiosyncratic comedy from the late 1950s

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Review:Sugar in Our Wounds at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

Director Ali steers this production along a narrow path that runs between the realistic and the fanciful, ensuring that the five fine actors do justice both to what's straightforward and to …

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Review:Love and Intrigue at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

According to this high concept production, love and passion are the only available counterweight to all the evil in Friedrich Schiller's fictional universe -- and, presumably, in our grim mo…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Review: Long Day's Journey into Night at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

The Bristol Old Vic has brought New York a creditable staging of O'Neill's masterpiece. Lesley Manville is giving a performance that's damn near definitive. How fitting that these British Ty…

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Review:The Iceman Cometh at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

l With Denzel Washington at its center, this production qualifies as a star revival. But the star is supported by 18 unusually able actors

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Review:Babette's Feast at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

Theater aficionados will savor the actors' ability to conjure the feast with a few props and Dinesen's words. Those attending on the strength of the movie's reputation may find the lack of r…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Review:An Ordinary Muslim at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

Hammaad Chaudry's timely family drama at New York Theatre Workshop

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Review: He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

Adrienne Kennedy is renowned for a style of dramatic writing that's all her own. And this new play is as poetic, mysterious, and intricately structured as one might expect from her past work

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Review:The Undertaking at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

The Civilians Investigative Theater's artistic director Steve Cosson's two-hande is, primarily, a reflection on the dread of d

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Review: SpongeBob SquarePants at curtainup.com by Charles Wright

d Ethan Slater, Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants joins a long list of cartoon characters who have gravitated to the Broadway stage.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

People, Places & Things at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

Macmillan's play is a timely depiction of the physical, psychological, and social impact of addiction. It's hard to imagine the sundry crafts of theater being brought together more expertl…

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Review:Strange Interlude at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

Though popular in O'Neill's day, the Freudian asides and marathon running time have proved stumbling blocks for later audiences. But Greenspan's marathon approach may have found the sec…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review: Charm at curtainup.com by Charles Wright

a talented cast conjures the figures from playwright Philip Dawkins' fertile imagination, creating a group portrait that's vivid, credible, and heartbreaking. Read

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Review:The Baroness at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

this tale of obsession fabricated from odds and ends of the historical record isn't likely to send playgoers in search of Isak Dinesen's literary works

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Review: Potomac Project 2017 at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

 Potomac pairs Howard Barker's Pity In History and Tom Stoppard's Arcadia

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review: Death of a Salesman at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

Mitu's production is for the most adventurous theater-goers and for serious students of contemporary drama. . .

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Review: Soulpepper's Spoon River at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

Soulpepper's musical tribute to Edgar Lee Masters

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Review:Somebody's Daughter at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

Playwright Chisa Hutchinson proves herself a sharp-eyed observer of character with an up-to-the minute ear for how Americans of differing ages and backgrounds speak and interact.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Review:Happy Days at curtainup.com by Charles Wright

Dianne Wiest joins a roster of distinguished stage performers who have undertaken the role over the 56 years since its premiere

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Review:Bandstand at curtainup.com/ by Charles Wright

The masterful choreographer of Hamilton and a first-class musical theater team have concocted a show that mixes music inspired by the swing era with an overall sensibility that's up-to-the-m…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: The Little Foxes at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer and Charles Wright

our review now covers a report on both Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon's performances.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: Sundown, Yellow Moonat curtainup.com by Charles Wright

- Author Rachel Bonds calls it a "Nighttime Play with Songs," and much of its dramatic struggles do take place in the dark . . .

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