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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

India Pale Ale: Immigrant Punjabi Drama Makes for Pale Ale by David Finkle

★★★ Jaclyn Backhaus fights back at current domestic policies to mixed but hopeful results The post India Pale Ale: Immigrant Punjabi Drama Makes for Pale Ale appeared first on New York…

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Happy Birthday, Wanda June: Kurt Vonnegut’s First Play Not Happy-Making by David Finkle

★★ The revival takes advantage of the Donald J. Trump environment but not well The post Happy Birthday, Wanda June: Kurt Vonnegut’s First Play Not Happy-Making appeared first on N…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

The Book of Merman: Merman, Mormon Spoof Down in the Depths by David Finkle

★ Leo Schwartz snd DC Cathro may enjoy what they've written, but many others might not The post The Book of Merman: Merman, Mormon Spoof Down in the Depths appeared first on New York Stage…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Mother of the Maid: Glenn Close, Grace Van Patten Hot as Mom and Saint Joan by David Finkle

★★★ Jane Anderson's follows a mother whose difficult child turns out to be a saint in the making The post Mother of the Maid: Glenn Close, Grace Van Patten Hot as Mom and Saint Joan a…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Fireflies: Donja R. Love’s Explosive Look at Destructive Racism by David Finkle

★★★★ The marriage of. a reverend and his pregnant wife founders as literal and figurative bombs go off The post Fireflies: Donja R. Love’s Explosive Look at Destructive Racism …

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Emma and Max: Moviemaker Todd Solondz Tries Theater to Mixed Results by David Finkle

★★★ A tale ripped from the headlines about liberal guilt and immigrant discontent is watered down The post Emma and Max: Moviemaker Todd Solondz Tries Theater to Mixed Results appeared…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Midnight at the Never Get: A Musical That Never Quite Gets There by David Finkle

★★ Mark Sonnenblick is the composer-;lyricist-bookwriter of a sorry tale of 1960s gay romance The post Midnight at the Never Get: A Musical That Never Quite Gets There appeared first on …

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Oklahoma!: The Great Musical in 2018 Whipping-Down-the-Plain Take by David Finkle

★★★★ Daniel Fish and fine 12-member cast, 7-musician band revitalize the Rodgers-Hammerstein classic The post Oklahoma!: The Great Musical in 2018 Whipping-Down-the-Plain Take appe…

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

What the Constitution Means to Me: Lots, Declares Heidi Scheck by David Finkle

★★★★ Laughs abound in this sincere defense of the currently under-siege document The post What the Constitution Means to Me: Lots, Declares Heidi Scheck appeared first on New York St…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Bernhardt/Hamlet: Janet McTeer in Theresa Rebeck’s Almost-Ready Play by David Finkle

★★★ Sarah Bernhardt takes on the great role while dallying with Edmond Rostand The post Bernhardt/Hamlet: Janet McTeer in Theresa Rebeck’s Almost-Ready Play appeared first on New…

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Wild Abandon: Leenya Rideout Plays, Sings, Talks Show-Biz/Mom Issues by David Finkle

★★★ The multi-talented performer works instruments and resentments to vigorous effect The post Wild Abandon: Leenya Rideout Plays, Sings, Talks Show-Biz/Mom Issues appeared first on Ne…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Age of Innocence: Edith Wharton’s Novel Graces the Stage by David Finkle

★★★★ Douglas McGrath brings the tale of how doing the right society thing is doing the wrong thing The post The Age of Innocence: Edith Wharton’s Novel Graces the Stage appeare…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Emperor: Up-Close-and-Personal/Generic Look at the Powerful by David Finkle

★★★★ Shape-shifting Kathryn Hunter skillfully plays many men in Haile Selassie's Ethiopian court The post The Emperor: Up-Close-and-Personal/Generic Look at the Powerful appeared fir…

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Smokey Joe’s Cafe: Smokin’ Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller Hits Smokin’ by David Finkle

★★★★★ A nine-cast Top-40 revue from mid-20th century so hot you could sizzle steaks on it The post Smokey Joe’s Cafe: Smokin’ Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller Hits Smokin̵…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Pretty Woman: Hit Romcom, Musicalized, Is Only Pretty Good by David Finkle

★★★ Samantha Barks and Andy Karl topline this Garry Marshall-J. F. Lawton-Bryan Adams-Jim Vallance transfer The post Pretty Woman: Hit Romcom, Musicalized, Is Only Pretty Good appeared…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Be More Chill: Loud Musical About a Desperate Teenage Social Outcast by David Finkle

★★★ Songwriter Joe Iconis, bookwriter Joe Tracz transfer Ned Vizzini's popular YA novel to the stage The post Be More Chill: Loud Musical About a Desperate Teenage Social Outcast appea…

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Fern Hill: Three Couples Get Around to Clean Sex on a Farm Weekend by David Finkle

★★★ Michael Tucker writes a smart script for six top actors that starts out less than smart The post Fern Hill: Three Couples Get Around to Clean Sex on a Farm Weekend appeared first o…

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Band’s Visit: Sasson Gabay Joins the Still-Excellent Tony Winner by David Finkle

★★★★★ Replacing Tony Shalhoub, the Isaeli star helps maintain the just-about-perfect chamber musical The post The Band’s Visit: Sasson Gabay Joins the Still-Excellent Tony Wi…

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

War of the Roses: Henry VI & Richard III: Losing Shakespeare Battles by David Finkle

★★ The history play combination, directed by Austin Pendleton and Peter Bloch, too often fires blanks The post War of the Roses: Henry VI & Richard III: Losing Shakespeare Battles …

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

The New One: Lovably Humorous Mike Birbiglia Cracks Very Wise by David Finkle

★★★★ The stand-up comic who does a lot of commanding the stage talks about his expanding family The post The New One: Lovably Humorous Mike Birbiglia Cracks Very Wise appeared first …

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Monday, July 30, 2018

The House That Will Not Stand: Smart, Oppressed Women in 1813 Nola by David Finkle

★★★★ Marcus Gardley pens a history play relevant to today's compromised feminist status The post The House That Will Not Stand: Smart, Oppressed Women in 1813 Nola appeared first on …

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

My Life on a Diet: Renée Taylor Serves Dishes of Comfort Laughs by David Finkle

★★★★ The comedienne looks back at several decades of being funny while dieting The post My Life on a Diet: Renée Taylor Serves Dishes of Comfort Laughs appeared first on New York St…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Originalist: Antonin Scalia v. a Liberal Clerk With Hot Results by David Finkle

★★★★ John Strand pits conservatism against liberalism in a play as timely as they come The post The Originalist: Antonin Scalia v. a Liberal Clerk With Hot Results appeared first on…

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Damned: Ivo van Hove Goes About Theatricalizing Visconti by David Finkle

★★★ The challenging story of a steel manufacturing family in 1933 Germany struggling to survive The post The Damned: Ivo van Hove Goes About Theatricalizing Visconti appeared first on …

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Fire in Dreamland: Rinne Groff’s New Drama Has Trouble Igniting by David Finkle

★★★ A woman hoping to make something of her life latches on to an ambivalent moviemaker The post Fire in Dreamland: Rinne Groff’s New Drama Has Trouble Igniting appeared first o…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Saintliness of Margery Kempe: Saint or Sinner? Not Worth Deciding by David Finkle

★ John Wulp stage-adapts a medieval mystic's life at great length to small avail The post The Saintliness of Margery Kempe: Saint or Sinner? Not Worth Deciding appeared first on New York S…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Imperium I: Conspirator, II: Dictator: From London by David Finkle

★★★★ Mike Poulton adapts Robert Harris' Cicero novels for Gregory Doran's surging two parts The post Imperium I: Conspirator, II: Dictator: From London appeared first on New York Sta…

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Translations, An Ideal Husband, Consent: From London by David Finkle

Gains and loses from Brian Friel, Oscar Wilde and Nina Raine on three crackling stages The post Translations, An Ideal Husband, Consent: From London appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Strictly Ballroom, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Julie: From London by David Finkle

Baz Luhrman's dance flick, Muriel Spark's novel take the stage, Strindberg's Miss Julie doesn't take The post Strictly Ballroom, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Julie: From London appeared fi…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sugar in Our Wounds: Salt Effectively Poured in Civil War Wounds by David Finkle

★★★★ Donja R. Love looks unflinchingly at lynchings and their aftermaths in the deep South The post Sugar in Our Wounds: Salt Effectively Poured in Civil War Wounds appeared first on…

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Othello: Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Version Done Wisely and Well by David Finkle

★★★★ Chukwudi Iwuji, Corey Stoll, Heather Lind, Alison Wright gorgeous in the Bard's jealousy screed The post Othello: Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Version Done Wisely and Well appe…

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