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Monday, May 20, 2019

‘Mac Beth’ Is Shakespeare Made Over by Private School Girls by David Cote

Seeing young women commandeer the weird energy of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' you realize: gee, these characters seem really insecure about their masculinity.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Internet Addicts Make Beautiful Music Together in ‘Octet’ by David Cote

In his new lyrical chorus, 'Octet,' Dave Malloy probes the inner lives of eight online addicts who meet in a church basement for a program where they find comfort in each other’s stories.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

STAGED MOTHER by David Cote

Jesse Eisenberg’s slow-boiling new work layers cringe comedy with moments of pathos.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Sam Shepard’s ‘Curse of the Starving Class’ Carves Up the American Dream by David Cote

A revival of 'Curse of the Starving Class' at the Signature Theatre highlights both the punk rock spirit and dated nature of Sam Shepard's work.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

MONEY TALKS … AND TALKS by David Cote

Although the piece runs runs a bit long, talented actors and a savvy director get you to care about a clan of cold-blooded capitalists.

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REVENGE SERVED HOT by David Cote

It may not be Shakespeare, but this is a savvy and fiercely acted modern revival of John Webster s revenge tragedy.

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SHAME OF THRONES by David Cote

Between Sam Gold s staging and Glenda Jackson s performance, this production unfortunately falls flat.

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POLITICAL FANFIC by David Cote

Lucas Hnath s fictionalized account of behind-the-scenes maneuvering during the 2008 presidential campaign is tightly written, but it pulls too many punches.

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MILLER’S TIME by David Cote

Arthur Miller s play about risking lives in exchange for corporate profiteering has not lost its relevance.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

‘Ink’ Sketches a Shadowy Portrait of Rupert Murdoch’s Rise by David Cote

'Ink' focuses on the early days of 'The Sun,' before Murdoch's global news empire profoundly shaped—and coarsened—the world we live in.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Nathan Lane Plays a Clown Juggling Comedy and Social Justice in Gory ‘Gary’ by David Cote

In Taylor Mac's new play, an updated take on 'Titus Andronicus,' Nathan Lane plays a street clown who survived the hangman and one day dreams of being called a fool.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

‘Hadestown’ Tries Like Hell to Spin a Concept Album on Broadway by David Cote

The road to 'Hadestown' was paved with good intentions, but the material that was a hit in Anaïs Mitchell’s 2010 concept album drags as a Broadway show.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Broadway Veteran Michael James Scott on the Whole New World of Stardom ‘Aladdin’ Opened Up by David Cote

Michael James Scott has paid his dues for decades; now the super-trouper gets top Broadway billing in 'Aladdin.'

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Monday, April 8, 2019

‘Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie’ Makes You a Fly on the Wall of a Fraught Focus Group by David Cote

The newest from The Mad Ones, 'Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie' invites us to play sociologists behind the fourth wall, watching a group of parents reveal their biases while discussing children's …

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Friday, April 5, 2019

FX’s ‘Fosse/Verdon’ Is Ambrosia for Show Folk by David Cote

It's witty, smart, handsomely shot and stuffed with juicy cameos.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Heidi Schreck Shreds Our Toxic Supreme Law in ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ by David Cote

In 'What the Constitution Means to Me' Heidi Schreck shows how the memoir-monologue can be electrified it within a harrowing historical context.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

The 11 Theater, Dance and Opera Performances to Catch This Spring by David Cote

From 'Hillary and Clinton' to an opera at the Met Museum, here are the must-see dance, opera and theater performances of the spring.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Kiss #MeToo Kate: A Broadway Classic Gets Consent by David Cote

Director Scott Ellis navigates the antique attitudes of the original 'Kiss Me, Kate' material deftly, giving this classic musical an update that meshes with our age.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Underpowered New Musical ‘Superhero’ Doesn’t Get Off the Ground by David Cote

Theater is Kryptonite for superheroes. 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' proved it, yet Second Stage's new musical from John Logan and Tom Kitt tackles the theme anyway.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Grief Lessons: Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge Probe Pain in ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ by David Cote

In 'Sea Wall/A Life,' Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge deliver quietly shattering monologues about what we make of grief, and what grief makes of us.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda Shows Off His Early Work, Bringing Back ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ by David Cote

Seeing Freestyle Love Supreme, the rap-improv troupe that Miranda founded in college, will give you a new understanding of the phenomenon known as 'Hamilton.'

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano Face Off in the Booze-Soaked Brotherly Beatdown ‘True West’ by David Cote

Casting is key when it comes to the warring brothers of Sam Shepard's 'True West.' Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano face off in Roundabout's new production.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

ASKING THE BIG QUESTIONS by David Cote

Many of the productions of the past year were tinged with a political aura.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

FINDING IDENTITY by David Cote

The Moonlight writer offers a big-hearted portrait of young African Americans navigating class and sexual differences in private school.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

MISPLACED QUIPS by David Cote

Aaron Sorkin has left his fingerprints all over this stage adaptation, to mixed results.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Way Harsh Truth About ‘Clueless, The Musical’: It Stinks by David Cote

'Clueless, The Musical' hoped we’d care enough about the heroine, Cher, to overlook its synthetic tackiness.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

RATINGS ARE POWER by David Cote

Despite great acting, this techno-savvy adaptation is strangely out of step with some of the more searing themes in the original film.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

If We Could Turn Back Time, We’d Skip ‘The Cher Show’ by David Cote

'The Cher Show’ is a sequined Wikipedia entry with karaoke breaks.

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Cabaret Diva Bridget Everett Wants to Wrap Her Legs Around America by David Cote

'When you’re starting out in New York, you have to grab them by the balls and make them hear you.'

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Monday, November 19, 2018

‘King Kong’ director Drew McOnie wages gorilla warfare by David Cote

“We tamed the beast—you and I—we brought him to this city,” crows Carl Denham, the filmmaker and impresario in the new Broadway musical “King Kong.” The production’s beast tame…

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