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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Tom Hiddleston’s Broadway Debut Goes Awry With a Misguided ‘Betrayal’ by David Cote

Tears spring to eyes, pauses drag too long, recalling a limp episode of couples therapy. 

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Jukebox Heroes and Experimental Icons Star in the Best Fall Theater Shows by David Cote

From the Broadway run of Jeremy O. Harris’ 'Slave Play' to a musical set to Alanis Morissette songs, here's what you should be getting tickets for this fall.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Schlock ‘n’ Roll Spectacle ‘Bat Out of Hell’ Flaps Its Wings Off Broadway by David Cote

This jukebox musical's title may imply speed and drama, but that's exactly what's lacking in 'Bat Out of Hell.'

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal Make a Study of Suffering in ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ on Broadway by David Cote

The two actors put the world of grief on delicate display in transferring 'Sea Wall/A Life' to Broadway.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Broadway’s ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Finds the Sweet Spot Between Kitsch and Glitz by David Cote

Remixed and retooled for Broadway, it turns out 'Moulin Rouge!' has some relevance left after all.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival Presents a Retro Hollywood Magic Flute by David Cote

The production deploys a silent film aesthetic and runs July 17–20.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

IT TAKES BALLS by David Cote

April Matthis is magic as Toni Stone, the first woman to play professional baseball.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

New Musical ‘A Strange Loop’ Circles in on Self-Discovery by David Cote

In 'A Strange Loop,' identity crisis drives a dense, whirling vortex of satire and self-discovery to dazzling effect.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Regina Spektor on the Circuitous Route She Took Before Loving (and Landing on) Broadway by David Cote

Indie-pop luminary Regina Spektor is preparing for her debut on the Great White Way.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

A Musical Version of ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ Is Sweet But Lacks Emotional Sting by David Cote

Despite the serious talent arrayed on both sides of the footlights, one longs for a taste of the mystical rapture the characters seem to be feeling on stage.

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Although it drags a bit, this piece about Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher boasts humor, excellent acting and staging, and some impressive wigs.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Shakespeare in the Park’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ Is the Best Party This Summer by David Cote

Shakespeare in the Park delivers the freshest and funniest 'Much Ado About Nothing' you've seen yet.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Pyschodrama ‘Dying City’ Takes Us Back to the Old Days of Bush and Iraq by David Cote

Every American war gets the living-room tragedy it deserves.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Tony Award Predictions: Will 2019’s Experimental Turn Reap Rewards? by David Cote

Historically, Tony voters reward stars, snobby hits and anything that opened in the spring. What will that mean for this year's unconventional contenders? Here are our predictions.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

‘Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune’: How a Reagan-Era Rom-Com Holds Up by David Cote

More than 30 years after its debut, a Broadway revival shows the sexual politics of Terrence McNally's Reagan-era romance to be just as relevant today.

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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


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


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

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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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