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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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Friday, June 15, 2018

Half Time: Music, Mirror, and a Chance to Dance So-So Senior Hip-Hop by David Finkle

★★★ Jerry Mitchell directs-choreographs Donna McKechnie, Georgia Engel, André De Shields in a not-great Chorus Line take on aging dancers The post Half Time: Music, Mirror, and a Chan…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Desperate Measures: The Bard’s Measure for Measure Tuned Up by David Finkle

★★★★ Bookwriter-lyricist Peter Kellogg and composer David Friedman go west for a fun and frolicsome take on Shakespeare's "problem" play The post Desperate Measures: The Bard’s…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf: Everyone? Not So Fast by David Finkle

★ Elevator Repair Service goes at Edward Albee's classic to embarrassing results The post Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf: Everyone? Not So Fast appeared first on New York Stage…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Secret Life of Humans: Humankind’s Rise Debated on Human Level by David Finkle

★★★★★ David Byrne's treatise involving culture hero Jacob Bronowski is dramatically ascendent The post Secret Life of Humans: Humankind’s Rise Debated on Human Level appeared…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Tchaikovsky, None But the Lonely Heart: Abundant Musical Heart by David Finkle

★★★★ Eve Wolf's book calls on actors and musicians to prove argument about aural emotions The post Tchaikovsky, None But the Lonely Heart: Abundant Musical Heart appeared first on Ne…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Peace for Mary Frances: Sometimes Death and Dying Go On Too Long by David Finkle

★★★ The wonderful Lois Smith, directed by Lila Neugebauer, in Lily Thorne's well-cast death watch The post Peace for Mary Frances: Sometimes Death and Dying Go On Too Long appeared fir…

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The Beast in the Jungle: Henry James’ Work Dances on Uncertain Feet by David Finkle

★★★ Susan Stroman, David Thompson and John Kander get Irina Dvorovenko, Tony Yazbeck on their toes The post The Beast in the Jungle: Henry James’ Work Dances on Uncertain Feet ap…

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Monday, May 21, 2018

A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique): Wooster Group on Tadeusz Kantor by David Finkle

★★★★★ A fascinating tribute to the late, great Polish director/author and his Cricot 2 company The post A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique): Wooster Group on Tadeusz Kantor …

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Turning Off the Morning News: New Durang Satirical Sketch Sketchy by David Finkle

★ Emily Mann directs favorite Durang actor Kristine Nielsen, others to skimpy payoff The post Turning Off the Morning News: New Durang Satirical Sketch Sketchy appeared first on New York S…

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Twelfth Night: The Quality of Shakespeare’s Comedy Woefully Strained by David Finkle

★ The usually exceptional Maria Aitken runs into trouble directing a cast working overtime to no avail. The post Twelfth Night: The Quality of Shakespeare’s Comedy Woefully Strained…

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Long Day’s Journey into Night: O’Neill’s at Breakneck, Breakheart Pace by David Finkle

★★★★★ Richard Eyre brilliantly directs Jeremy Irons, Lesley Manville, Rory Keenan and Matthew Beard The post Long Day’s Journey into Night: O’Neill’s at Breakneck…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Gentleman Caller: Tennessee Williams, William Inge Oddly Coupled by David Finkle

★★ Playwright Philip Dawkins roams freely through the famous playwrights' related lives The post The Gentleman Caller: Tennessee Williams, William Inge Oddly Coupled appeared first on Ne…

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire: Caryl Churchill’s History Lecture by David Finkle

★★★ Rachel Chavkin directs a talk-heavy look back at Oliver Cromwell's civil war The post Light Shining in Buckinghamshire: Caryl Churchill’s History Lecture appeared first on Ne…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Summer and Smoke: Ireland, Darrow Set Fire to Williams’ Hot Drama by David Finkle

★★★★★ Jack Cummings III stunningly directs the play that established the very idea of off-Broadway The post Summer and Smoke: Ireland, Darrow Set Fire to Williams’ Hot Dra…

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