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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hitler’s Tasters by David Kaufman

Though its title couldn’t be clearer or more transparent, "Hitler’s Tasters" proves anything but that, as it merges the past, when Hitler was still alive, with the present, when fresh au…

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Nap by David Kaufman

It isn’t revealing too much to say that the play culminates with a real Snooker match between two men vying ultimately for the world championship and ostensibly being watched by 23 million…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

The Other Day by David Kaufman

A play that tends to say or do too much can often end up saying too little. Such is the case with "The Other Day," a play in which one development after another keeps cancelling each other o…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Separate and Equal by David Kaufman

Though the large ensemble of 11 actors is uniformly first rate--whether going through their balletic paces or tossing the invisible basketball and grasping it by clapping their hands, Pamela…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Heist! by David Kaufman

What’s missing from the nondescript music is originality, soul or spirit, and the same can be said about the book. Under the guidance of director James Will McBride, the cast, however, fea…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Less Than 50% by David Kaufman

Though there are recurring references to Woody Allen and more specifically to "Annie Hall" during the 90-minute piece, "Less Than 50%" bears as much resemblance to that Oscar-winning film as…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Straight White Men by David Kaufman

Given how physically playful the brothers are with each other--and with their father--"Straight White Men" is that rare play that even has a credited choreographer, Faye Driscoll. In additio…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Fire in Dreamland by David Kaufman

Built in 1904, Dreamland was considered the most elegant and ambitious of Coney Island’s amusement parks--until it burnt to a crisp in 1911. A new play by Rinne Groff, "Fire in Dreamland" …

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Saintliness of Margery Kempe by David Kaufman

The cast list in the program reads more like a medieval phone-directory--even if there were no phones in the Middle Ages--than it does a dramatis personae. And then there’s what happens to…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Mary Page Marlowe by David Kaufman

After establishing himself as one of our finest playwrights with such works as "Killer Joe" and "August: Osage County," Tracy Letts seems to have somewhat lost his way with his more recent "…

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Stratford Theatre Festival Summer 2018 by David Kaufman

Bahareh Yaraghi as Mrs. Laura Cheveley and Brad Hodder as Lord Arthur Goring in a scene from “The Ideal Husband” (Photo credit: Emily Cooper) David Kaufman, Critic Though The Importance …

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Dan Cody’s Yacht by David Kaufman

Both Kevin and Cara are single parents, which is only the beginning of the many parallels and contrasts at the heart of "Dan Cody’s Yacht." Though it might come to seem overly formulaic, b…

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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Fourth Wall by David Kaufman

Though A.R. Gurney chose a familiar definition of the theater as the title for his 1992 play, "The Fourth Wall" ultimately proves less about the theater than about its four characters. And a…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Stage Life by David Kaufman

The Cast of “Stage Life” (Photo credit: Courtesy of Creative Arts Lab) David Kaufman, Critic As conceived and adapted by Martin Tackel, Stage Life is too ambitious by half. While it atte…

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Tremor by David Kaufman

While director David Mercatali has them continually circling each other like boxers in a ring--sparring emotionally, if not physically--Sophie and Tom never really connect or even touch each…

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Operation Crucible by David Kaufman

While it’s meant to be helpful, a glossary of local jargon ("Operation Crucible" is set in Sheffield, England) in the program is usually a surefire sign that you’re going to have difficu…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

My Fair Lady (Lincoln Center Theater) by David Kaufman

With an enormous painted backdrop depicting London and featuring St. Paul’s Cathedral and a lamppost (the glorious sets have been designed by Michael Yeargan), the musical begins as Covent…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Summer and Smoke by David Kaufman

When Tennessee Williams started writing "Summer and Smoke," his working title for the play was "Chart of Anatomy," taken from a poem by Hart Crane. An anatomical chart becomes one of the ver…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Saint Joan by David Kaufman

After "Ruined" and then last year’s "A Doll’s House, Part 2," Condola Rashad is fast establishing herself as one of our finest young actresses. She is presently back on Broadway, offeri…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Metromaniacs by David Kaufman

To add that "The Metromaniacs" also contains a play within the play, in which all of the characters are apparently playing themselves, might begin to suggest how confusing it all becomes, es…

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Carousel by David Kaufman

If it seemed like no staging could ever top London’s National Theatre production (which was directed by Nicholas Hytner and came to Lincoln Center in the mid 1990’s), this newer version …

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Friday, April 13, 2018

The Lucky Ones by David Kaufman

After the first song, “We are in the house where I grew up,” says Abigail, with the bacon and eggs and toast and tea in the morning, on the first day of a new school year. Adding to the …

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Three Tall Women by David Kaufman

If you pay any attention to the Rialto, then you knew that Jackson was going to be in the play--the play that salvaged Albee’s reputation in 1993 and won him his third Pulitzer Prize--sinc…

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by David Kaufman

Nathan Lane as Roy M. Cohn and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Belize in a scene from Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” (Photo credit: Brinkhoff & Mögenburg) David Kaufman, Critic Full…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story by David Kaufman

Any further comparisons with the Broadway musical "Come From Away" end with the Nova Scotia setting as Chaim and Chaya quickly settle in Montreal where the 19-year-old Chaim marries the 24-y…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Later Life by David Kaufman

In an “Author’s Note” to his play "Later Life," A.R. Gurney explains that it was inspired by "The Beast in the Jungle," a famous novella by Henry James, about a man who leads a “guar…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Kings by David Kaufman

Despite some terrific acting, it’s hard to root for any of the four characters in Kings, even if the play is one long competition between all of them. This smart new work by Sarah Burgess …

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Black Light by David Kaufman

Thus begins the unique show, "Black Light," which is a concert cum confessional. In her sequenced gowns--and there are five costume changes during the 90-minute performance--and with her red…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Relevance by David Kaufman

But "Reference" is also about issues of gender, race, age, celebrity, politics, economics, and the inescapable impact of the Internet--and more specifically, social media--on the ways busine…

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hangmen by David Kaufman

The sense of good, old-fashioned suspense is heightened by director Matthew Dunster, who also helps delineate the spot-on performances by the four remaining cast members--and regulars at Har…

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Fire and Air by David Kaufman

Though the production has been designed by its director, John Doyle, there is no scenery to speak of, except for a gold framed mirror on the rear wall, another framed mirror angled and dangl…

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