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Thursday, September 7, 2017


This greatest-hits revue celebrates the work of Harold Prince in the least interesting way.

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Monday, August 21, 2017


Michael Moore encourages the audience to do something – other than tweeting – to unseat our loathsome president.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Sam Gold’s staging is unique, eloquent and at times very funny.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

NORA RETURNS by David Cote

Lucas Hnath picks up where Henrik Ibsen left off in 1879.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

LOOP DE LOOP by David Cote

The tone of this musical adaption is gratingly cartoonish, replacing the dry whimsy of the movie with overwrought clownishness.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017


Kevin Kline and Noël Coward’s should really get together more often.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Amélie Theater review by David Cote

Adaptation is an ancient and noble art, but some things simply work better on film. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s swoony-cartoony movie, with its saturated reds and greens, manic angles and surreal…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

FORCED TO LOOK by David Cote

When Sam Gold’s production is viewed as a counter-interpretation, the friction it creates is fascinating.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017


Jake Gyllenhaal leads an exquisite group of actors in this superb revival.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Broadway review: Jake Gyllenhaal is amazing in Sunday in the Park with George by David Cote

Now 34 years old, the musical’s art-world satire still cuts and its emotional climax still brings tears. It began Sondheim’s late (and, arguably, most unguarded and daring) period, inclu…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Long overdue on Broadway, Jitney is a soul-sustaining, symphonic piece by a late, great master of language.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Theater review: The Beauty Queen of Leenane comes to Brooklyn by David Cote

Tantalizingly, the first half of Beauty Queen is almost a pared-down Celtic riff on The Glass Menagerie: overbearing mother, daughter with mental problems, a gentleman caller (Marty Rea) who…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017


If Cate Blanchett weren t in this production, few people would be going to see it.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016


Dave Malloy has put together one of the most original new musicals Broadway has seen this decade.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Simon Stephen’s drama begins with an intriguing premise but offers little to back it up.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016


This fast-paced production is bursting at the seams with acting talent.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

heater review: The Encounter on Broadway amazes both ear and brain by David Cote

Closing one’s eyes in the theater can be a sign of boredom or exhaustion. But shutting the peepers at Simon McBurney’s utterly transfixing mind-tickler The Encounter is a valid expressio…

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Theater review: Spamilton sparks a satiric uprising against Hamilton by David Cote

You’re over Hamilton: We get it. After hysterical reviews, obscene ticket prices and all the awards ever, enough is enough. The media coverage has grown so predictable, the hype is so perv…

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Friday, August 26, 2016

The 20 worst Broadway musicals of the millennium by David Cote and Adam Feldman

From Thou Shalt Not to Amazing Grace, 20 of the absolute stinkiest flops the Great White Way has seen since 2000

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Ruins of an 1895 Broadway theatre found under Toys R Us in Times Square by David Cote

According to reports at Playbill and Curbed New York, construction workers at the Times Square Toys R Us located at Broadway and 44th Street have unearthed the 121-year-old remains of the en…

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Theater review: Men on Boats at Playwrights Horizons by David Cote

Bad-history plays are a thing now. By “bad” I don’t mean poorly researched, but ones incongruously reframed for comic or deconstructive effect (Drunk History, but arty). Out with perio…

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Broadway review: Cats at the Neil Simon Theatre by David Cote

My gateway show was not Cats—nor was it Les Miz or Phantom. I grew up, like any self-respecting theater snob, disdaining such tourist trash from afar. Lacking youthful nostalgia for Andrew…

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Privacy: Theater review by David Cote

When Mark Zuckerberg was recently photographed with his laptop camera and microphone jack covered in tape, complacent technophiles began to sweat. If the head of Facebook worries about perso…

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

The 10 great Broadway songs that made me love musicals by David Cote

Growing up a straight white boy in small-town New Hampshire, I wasn’t exactly destined to care about Broadway musicals, much less love them and write essays about how we may be living in a…

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Small Mouth Sounds: Theater review by David Cote

Silence is golden in Bess Wohl’s exquisite play set at an upstate meditation retreat where six strangers take (and mostly break) a vow not to speak. But baser metals also emerge from the v…

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Shining City: Theater review by David Cote

Anyone who attends Conor McPherson’s Shining City a second time won’t be surprised by a certain coup de théâtre at the very end. Those who saw it at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2006 know…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

David Cote & Adam Feldman's 2016 Tony Award predictions by David Cote and Adam Feldman

The 70th annual Tony Awards will be broadcast on CBS on June 12 from the Beacon Theatre. So now it’s time for our annual tradition, dear reader, of bestowing our can’t-lose predictions a…

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The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois: Theater review by David Cote

Drama cannot happen without a controlled release of information that keeps the characters in the room and the audience wanting more. It helps to have vivid dialogue, an unpredictable plot an…

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Paramour: Theater review by David Cote

The global neocircus giant Cirque du Soleil does things no else on Broadway can. Its acrobats execute quadruple backflips off a teeterboard, their heels seeming to brush the rigging high abo…

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Incognito: Theater review by David Cote

British playwright Nick Payne excels at a subgenre let’s call the Science Weepie. He deploys facts to frame or metaphorize the problems of his protagonists, and the collision of data and h…

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Daphne's Dive: Theater review by David Cote

Bars are outstanding factories for human suffering—and deliverance. Everywhere from Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh to Louis C.K.’s hauntingly great web series Horace and Pete, wa…

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