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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Eve’s Song: Patricia Ione Lloyd’s Tough Look at Racism Today by David Finkle

★★★★ A middle-class black family and interloping spirits hold out little hope for today's race relations The post Eve’s Song: Patricia Ione Lloyd’s Tough Look at Racism …

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Monday, November 5, 2018

I’m Not a Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce: The Soap-Mouth Comic Returns by David Finkle

★★★★ Ronnie Marmo writes and acts, Joe Mantegna directs a strong, sensitive tribute The post I’m Not a Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce: The Soap-Mouth Comic Returns appear…

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Waiting for Godot: Samuel Beckett’s Masterpiece Masterfully Handled by David Finkle

★★★★★ Druid's Gerry Hynes directs Marty Rea and Aaron Monaghan in a brilliantly physical version The post Waiting for Godot: Samuel Beckett’s Masterpiece Masterfully Handled …

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Torch Song: Harvey Fierstein’s View of Gay Life Not Always Gay by David Finkle

★★★★ Urie, Ruehl repeat their masterful performances in the strong Second State revival The post Torch Song: Harvey Fierstein’s View of Gay Life Not Always Gay appeared first o…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Love, Linda: Stevie Holland Explains Why Mrs. Cole Porter Is So in Love by David Finkle

★★★★ Twenty of the great love song purveyor's greatest hits recalled in a musical autobiography The post Love, Linda: Stevie Holland Explains Why Mrs. Cole Porter Is So in Love appe…

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Renascence: Edna St. Vincent Millay” First Great Poem, Greatly Staged by David Finkle

★★★★ Carmel Dean, Jack Cumming II, Dick Scanlan, Scott celebrate the making of the poet's prize-winning poem The post Renascence: Edna St. Vincent Millay” First Great Poem, Gre…

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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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