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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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Sunday, May 1, 2016

A Streetcar Named Desire: Theater review by David Cote

There’s a fiery revival of Tennessee Williams’s great drama buried under the truckload of 1990s regietheater clichés that Benedict Andrews dumps all over St. Ann’s Warehouse’s playi…

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Friday, April 29, 2016


George C. Wolfe s reimagining bursts with joy and style.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Shuffle Along: Theater review by David Cote

The full title of this extraordinary showbiz excavation-renovation masterminded by George C. Wolfe—Shuffle Along or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed—is v…

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tuck Everlasting: Theater review by David Cote

At the dramatic crux of Tuck Everlasting, a 102-year-old man trapped in a 17-year-old body asks an 11-year-old girl to wait six years until she’s legal, at which point she will drink from …

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Waitress: Theater review by David Cote

One’s sorely tempted to praise the delightful new musical Waitress using lots of bakery metaphors. After all, its hero is a pastry genius with relationship woes named Jenna (Jessie Mueller…

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Thursday, April 7, 2016

KING FOR A DAY by David Cote

The regicide and rebellion of the history plays are on full display in this fine feast of Shakespeare.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Best Arthur Miller Plays by David Cote

From Death of a Salesman to his first show on Broadway, Time Out New York's David Cote ranks Arthur Miller's 10 best plays

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

AGE OF TERROR by David Cote

Arthur Miller’s penetrating study of the Salem witch trials is expertly adapted to resonate today.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Crucible: Theater review by David Cote

There are two types of audience members attending Ivo van Hove’s The Crucible: those who take their seats and, when the curtain rises, wonder, Why’s it set in a classroom? and the other …

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