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Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Public's Mobile Unit "Winter's Tale," Music Works by Allan Harris and The Bengsons, Jimmie Fowlie Upends "La La Land" by David Finkle

After touring schools, community centers, prisons and other other-than-theater venues, the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit is

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty "Once on This Island" Floats High Again, Only Higher This Time by David Finkle

When Once on This Island debuted at Playwright Horizons in 1990, several tropical-bird feathers were added to the caps of

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Is the New "Norma" Cast--Angela Meade-Jamie Barton--at the Met Better Heard Than Seen Under David McVicar's Loose Direction? by David Finkle

The final cast for Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma, the 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera House season opener, has checked in, and were

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Lesli Margherita Gets Sexy in "Who's Holiday," Max Crumm and Lucy DeVito Warm "Hot Mess" by David Finkle

In a few short years, Lesli Margherita has turned herself into a local favorite. She’s one of those performers who firmly

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Bedlam's "Peter Pan"-ned, Kerrigan-Lowdermilk's "The Mad Ones" Not Mad Enough, Miller's "20th Century Blues" Fades by David Finkle

One definition of a classic should be that no matter how it’s assailed over the decades it remains proudly intact. I bring

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

More London Hot Clicks From Agatha Christie, Mel Brooks, Paddy Chayevsky via Ivo van Hove, and Mike Bartlett by David Finkle

London—Important theater continues holding blazingly forth on local stages: Witness for the Prosecution – London County Hall

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

London's National Makes Eye-Popping Fanfare of the Prince-Sondheim-Goldman "Follies" by David Finkle

In 1960 director-producer Harold Prince, always struck by the visual (perhaps more than the auditory?), spotted a Life magazine

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Four London Theater Worthies From Richard Bean and Clive Coleman, Rory Mullarkey, Oscar Wilde and David Mamet by David Finkle

London—Perhaps it’s the luck of the draw. Perhaps it isn’t. But just about everything on offer at theaters here that this

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Julia Cho Tackles the Incipient Mass Murderer Issue in "Office Hour" With Only Partial Success by David Finkle

One of the largest conundrums with which Americans—no, with which populations everywhere—grapple today is recognizing serial

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Teresa Rebeck's Pushy "Office Hour," The Grateful Dead Re-Covered in Lively "Red Roses Green Gold" by David Finkle

The year 1992 is mentioned in Teresa Rebeck’s What We’re Up Against, now at the Women’s Project Theater. If you didn’t know

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Must-Sees Duncan Macmillan's "People, Places, Things" and William Nicholson's "Shadowlands"; Maybe-See Zoe Kazan's "After the by David Finkle

New York City—The following quick reviews of new theater entries you ought to know about: People, Places, Things at St. Ann’s

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Public Theater Congratulates Founder Joe Papp in Lame "Illyria" by David Finkle

Oscar Eustis has decided to send a valentine to his founding Public Theater predecessor Joe Papp. Unfortunately, the arrow

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Sol Project's Heated "Oedipus El Rey," Anna Ziegler's Tepid-to-Warm "The Last Match" by David Finkle

Classic plays are always reconsidered in terms of the time in which they’re revived. Right now, it’s understandable that

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Angel Blue, Russell Thomas Prove Young Love Is Irresistible in the Met's "La Boheme" by David Finkle

Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme is in good hands at the Metropolitan Opera House—and very happily in good voice—certainly as

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

David Greenspan Boldly Takes on Eugene O'Neill's "Strange Interlude" by David Finkle

In her small, post-World War I New England town Nina Leeds (David Greenspan) is unable to tear herself from memories of fallen

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Friday, October 20, 2017

The Songwriter/Performer/Band Leader You Need to Know All About Right This Minute: Shaina Taub by David Finkle

Shaina Taub. Shaina Taub. Shaina Taub. Mark the name. When radaring in on any new excitement gathering, there’s such a thing

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Alison Fraser in Aaron Mark's "Squeamish," Iris Bahr in Her "I Lost You There" by David Finkle

Actors! Bless ‘em. What they won’t agree to do when asked. Take the always reliably wonderful Alison Fraser. She’s now appearing

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Elevator Repair Service's Immeasurable "Measure for Measure" Damage by David Finkle

Something Elevator Repair Service artistic director John Collins states in his program note for the Measure for Measure he’s

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Brian Friel's Delving, Involving "The Home Place," Ted Greenberg's Kinetic Father-Son "Ace" by David Finkle

During Brian Friel’s The Home Place it’s the summer of 1878 in Ballybeg, County Donegal, Ireland when Christopher Gore (John

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Diana Oh's Pushy "Lingerie" Play, Giles's "Breeders" on the Loose, Halliday's Jumpy "Up the Rabbit Hole" by David Finkle

Let’s admit this about Diana Oh, whose run-on-titled {my lingerie play} 2017: THE CONCERT AND CALL TO ARMS!!!!!!!!! The Final

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hip-Hopping "Syncing Ink" on the Brink But Could Shrink by David Finkle

Though it’s probably impossible to pinpoint exactly the moment hip-hop emerged, it’s widely agreed that 1977 was the year

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

"Desperate Measures" a Musical Yes, "The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord" a L by David Finkle

It’s up to the novitiate. It’s up to her just days before her becoming a nun called Sister Mary Jo. In the musical Desperate

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Director John Doyle's "As You Like It," Director Dan Wackerman's "The Show-Off," Playwright Amy Herzog's "Mary Jane" by David Finkle

At the start of John Doyle’s Classic Stage Company As You Like It production, nine members of the cast are gathered around

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Peter Friedman Distinguishes Max Posner's Moving "The Treasurer" by David Finkle

Peter Friedman is one of Manhattan’s superior actors. He’s been adding to a substantial resumé since the original 1988 production

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Parks's "F**king A," Stephens's "On the Shore of the Wide World" Lesser Works From A-List Playwrights by David Finkle

In the F**king A program note, Suzan-Lori Parks pens a self-incriminatory confession about how she came to write this one

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

"The Baroness: Isak Dinesen's Final Affair" Not Romantic Enough; The Dzieci Company's Shipping Container 'Makbet" (Yes, Canned "Ma by David Finkle

There are people who excel at spotting others in psychological need and exploiting them. They’re experts in enthralling mercilessly

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Biographer James Atlas's "The Shadow in the Garden" Takes Biography to Task by David Finkle

Anyone as intrigued by the very idea of biography as I am has to read James Atlas’s the Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer’s

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Julie White and New Cast Retain the Sparkle of Lucas Hnath's "A Doll's House, Part 2" by David Finkle

“The phrase “When Nora slammed the door” (or versions of it) has floated around for some time, certainly since the start

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Merits of Nick Ribodeau's "Inanimate," Andre Fuad Degas's "House of Charity" by David Finkle

In Nick Robideau’s Inanimate Erica (Lacy Allen) has fallen in love with her local Dairy Queen sign. She hears the sign responding

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Mint Theater Company (Re)Discovery Teresa Deevy Looks at Love From Four Perspectives by David Finkle

Some years ago in his intrepid search for overlooked, if not completely forgotten, playwrights, Mint artistic director/director

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Cabaret Compromised and the 10th Annual MetroStar Talent Challenge by David Finkle

Cabaret makes a significant contribution to our culture. In theory it does. It does if a significant percentage of the population

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