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Friday, April 23, 2021

Stage and Screen Not at All Star-Crossed in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by David Cote

The National Theatre's 'Romeo and Juliet' focuses refreshingly more on the angst of these star-crossed lovers than the heat.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Experiencing Theater Again at Off Broadway’s ‘Blindness’ by David Cote

Given that the event is automated except for ushers and operators, you’re effectively both spectator and live performer.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Bittersweet Medical Comedy ‘Men’s Health’ Drops Trou at Audible by David Cote

Unfolding in 90 minutes of hospital visits, "Men’s Health" is sort of "Pygmalion" with its pants off.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

‘This Is Who I Am’ Review: Differences Simmer in a Father-Son Kitchen Drama by David Cote

Domestic pain and culinary craft combine to quietly wrenching effect in 'This Is Who I Am,' a Zoom drama by Amir Nizar Zuabi streaming at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

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Friday, December 4, 2020

Jefferson Mays Acts the Dickens Out of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by David Cote

Performing an abridged but faithful version of 'A Christmas Carol,' Jefferson Mays keeps this holiday tradition alive for streaming audiences.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

An Online Festival Lets You Into Playwright Adrienne Kennedy’s Haunted World by David Cote

Playwright Adrienne Kennedy gets a long overdue major retrospective, streaming online courtesy of the Round House Theatre and McCarter Theatre Center.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Bill Irwin Translates Beckett for Quarantined Audiences in an Online Solo Show by David Cote

Surrounded by few set pieces and zany couture, Irwin draws on decades of performance genius to present his memoir-ish review 'On Beckett,' transformed for the streaming age.

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Audio Drama ‘Shipwreck’ Provides a Disorienting Perspective on American Politics by David Cote

One a three-hour epic play, Anne Washburn’s 'Shipwreck' has been turned into three-part audio drama produced by the Public Theater.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Broadway Hit ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ Is Now Streaming by David Cote

Heidi Schreck’s fiercely urgent and soul-restoring play 'What the Constitution Means to Me' retains all the impact it had on Broadway in its shift to streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Old Vic’s ‘Faith Healer’ Is a Miracle of Streaming Theater by David Cote

Michael Sheen stars as a drunk, self-exiled Irishman who claims to have the gift of curing maladies in the Old Vic's excellent streamed production of 'Faith Healer.

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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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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre