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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

‘Love and Warcraft’ Explores the Intimacy of Online Gaming by David Cote

A new production of Madhuri Shekar's 'Love and Warcraft' exploits the limitations of Zoom to bring new meaning to this work about intimacy found through a computer screen.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Best Zoom Plays, Audio Dramas and Livestream Theater of Fall 2020 by David Cote

From Molière in the Park's 'The School for Wives' to the experimental work 'Cannabis! A Theatrical Concert,' there's plenty for theater lovers to steam this fall.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Thursday, July 2, 2020

‘Hamilton’ Review: Did the Hit Musical Throw Away Its Shot on Disney+? by David Cote

Despite the insane popularity of the brand, delivering an equally great small-screen 'Hamilton' was never a slam dunk.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

‘Tartuffe’ Livestream: Molière’s Satire of Religious Hypocrisy Hasn’t Aged by David Cote

Fake piety and the stupidity of the rich prove to be as resonant topics now as they where when Molière wrote 'Tartuffe' in 1664.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Inaugural Antonyo Awards Honor the Best of Black Theater by David Cote

Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess and LaChanze are among the celebrity presenters slated to appear at the Antonyo Awards, which kicks off its first edition via a livestream.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

London’s National Theatre Captures the Dramedy of British Politics in ‘This House’ by David Cote

'This House,' now streaming via the National Theatre, chronicles the triumphs and failures of the Labor party's time in power from 1974 to 1977, as they struggled to keep the soon-to-be That…

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Monday, May 25, 2020

What’s Ahead for Off-Off Broadway: The Most Vulnerable but Vital Spaces for Theater? by David Cote

The loss of incubators for emerging stage talent will be devastating if Off-Off Broadway venues can't be saved.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Simon McBurney’s ‘The Encounter’ Is a Wild Head Trip by David Cote

In this dazzling one-person show, Simon McBurney tells a series of nested stories about a wild ride into the depths of the Amazon.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

With ‘Molly Sweeney,’ the Irish Rep Adapts a Stagy Spectacle for Laptop Viewing by David Cote

When the text is as good as in Brian Friel’s 'Molly Sweeney,' even actors emoting at their computer screens with blank backdrops can be engaging viewing.

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Theater Prevails Online in Richard Nelson’s ‘What Do We Need to Talk About?’ by David Cote

Playwright Richard Nelson shows how a thoughtful script and superb actors can make for an hour of online drama that is touching, funny, and deeply satisfying in 'What Do We Need to Talk Abou…

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Friday, March 27, 2020

‘The Siblings Play,’ ‘Gloria’ and ‘Toni Stone’: The Best New Theater to Watch Online by David Cote

Get comfortable, turn off the lights, use headphones and give the screen the same attention you would 'the real thing.'

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Five Ways to Help Theater Survive the Coronavirus Shutdown by David Cote

After you've finished streaming some favorite musicals or plays from the comfort of your home, consider these ways of supporting out-of-work actors and theaters that have been forced to clos…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020


This Bob Dylan jukebox musical is an interesting experiment in historical mood-setting, but it suffers from too many characters and plot lines.

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Spring’s Best Theater Offers a Window Into the Past by David Cote

This spring on and Off Broadway, the best shows are revivals and memory plays, presenting a window into the past—and maybe also the future.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

GUIDING STAR by David Cote

Despite vibrant acting and intimate scenes, the narrative threads sag in the second half of this coming-of-age drama.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

As Hamlet, Ruth Negga Is an Emo Dreamboat With a Vengeance by David Cote

Ruth Negga's must-see turn as Hamlet is so fresh, capturing an essential quality of the melancholy Dane that too many others have lacked.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

BAM’s ‘Medea’ Transforms a Greek Tragedy Into Tabloid Fodder by David Cote

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale face off in a modern rewrite of the Greek tragedy at BAM.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020


Although it takes place during World War II, the racism at the heart of this revival feels very relevant today.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

COTE'S TOP PICK OF 2019 by David Cote

Heroes peered into the murk and found the white gaze staring back at us.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

How to Find Inexpensive Tickets for the Met Opera, Lincoln Center Theater, New York City Ballet, and More Events at Lincoln Center by David Cote

15 ways to get seats for $40 or less to opera, dance, theatre, music, and more.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Despite the talent of Laura Linney, this inert monologue drags.

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In ‘Queens Row,’ Richard Maxwell Imagines the Aftermath of a Class Revolution by David Cote

An uprising that starts in a small Massachusetts town takes over the country in Richard Maxwell's 'Queens Row.'

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

BEST OF 2019 by David Cote

Heroes peered into the murk and found the white gaze staring back at us.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

The Charm of ‘Sing Street’ the Movie Got Lost on Its Transfer to Stage by David Cote

Based on John Carney's '80s-set film from 2016, 'Sing Street' makes a leaden, uninspired Off Broadway debut.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

‘The Thin Place’ Is Lucas Hnath’s Spine-Chilling Return to Form by David Cote

'The Thin Place' is a welcome appearance of Hnath the creepy fabulist, the haunted magician who revels in the uncanny and liminal.

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Moral Quandaries and Massive Set Changes Overtake ‘Judgment Day’ at the Armory by David Cote

An obscure German drama about guilt and mob mentality is the latest play to take on the test of filling the Armory's massive space.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019


Stephen Adly Guirgis new work is messy, crude and puts the characters through hell – in all the best ways.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Alanis on Broadway: Did ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Get Sugarcoated? by David Cote

Diablo Cody weaves the songs of Alanis Morissette's 1990s megahit into jukebox musical that tries to harness the power of its source material.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A Grim ‘Christmas Carol’ Won’t Let You Forget Its Social Justice Message by David Cote

Just try to leave the theater with dry eyes.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Kristin Chenoweth’s combination of sensuality and chastity is in full force.

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