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Monday, January 14, 2019

Broadway News: “What the Constitution Means to Me” Comes to Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theater by David Roberts

The Clubbed Thumb, True Love, and New York Theatre Workshop production of "What the Constitution Means to Me: will come to Broadway this spring for a 12-week limited engagement, beginning pe…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Theatre News: Emily Mann to Retire As Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre Center by David Roberts

Award-winning playwright and director Emily Mann, who has served as the Artistic Director and Resident Playwright of the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey since 1990, will ret…

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Blue Ridge” at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater by David Roberts

Abby Rosebrock introduces an interesting mélange of broken characters in her new play “Blue Ridge” currently running at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater. She drops these…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Broadway Review: “Network” at the Belasco Theatre by David Roberts

“Network” addresses important themes and raises equally significant enduring questions. “Network” parses the word ‘network’ in a variety of ways, adding richness and layered dept…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “The Other Josh Cohen” at the Westside Theatre/Downstairs by David Roberts

Josh Cohen’s year long (Valentine’s Day to Valentine’s Day) struggle with the vicissitudes of life is chronicled in eleven musical numbers by an energetic and talented cast that not on…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Thom Pain (based on nothing)” at The Pershing Square Signature Center’s Irene Diamond Stage by David Roberts

In this revival of “Thom Pain (based on nothing)” at The Pershing Square Signature Center’s Irene Diamond Stage, Will Eno steps over, under, and in between the resting places – and t…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “India Pale Ale” at Manhattan Theatre Club’s New York City Center Stage I by David Roberts

“India Pale Ale” remains a stalwart attempt to “see” and “understand” and to stay woke to the social injustices extant just outside (and most likely within) the doors of the thea…

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Broadway Review: “Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song” at Second Stage’s Helen Hayes Theater by David Roberts

The journey to achieving Arnold’s commendable goals is a universal one as are the hopes and dreams of the characters in “Torch Song.” One wishes for even more relevant themes for the L…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Days of Rage” at Second Stage Theater’s Tony Kiser Theatre by David Roberts

Rooms full of missed opportunities sprawl across Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre where Steven Levenson’s new play “Days of Rage” is running through November 2018. Mr. Levenson, the…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “What the Constitution Means to Me” at New York Theatre Workshop by David Roberts

For ninety minutes, Ms. Schreck rehearses those speeches not for prize money but to remind the audience that the Constitution has been less protective of human rights than its drafters inten…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Broadway Review: “The Lifespan of a Fact” Reexamines the Parameters of Truth at Studio 54 by David Roberts

The obvious connection to the current debate concerning the place of truth in politics plays well in “The Lifespan of a Fact.” The playwrights develop their argument carefully and with t…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Fireflies” Redefines Love and Hope at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater by David Roberts

DeWanda Wise and Khris Davis are electrifying in their roles as Olivia and Charles. Under Saheem Ali’s poignant and surgically precise direction, Ms. Wise and Mr. Davis explore every nerve…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Hitler’s Tasters” at IRT Theater by David Roberts

“Hitler’s Tasters” is also a gripping extended metaphor for how women who have been victims of sexual violence carry lifelong cultural shame that prevents them from coming forward to t…

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Off-Broadway Review: The Custom Made Theatre Company’s “Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night” at 59E59 Theaters by David Roberts

“Mother Night’s” themes are as important in the present as they were when Vonnegut wrote the novel. It is remarkable how relevant the important issues of white supremacism, anti-Semiti…

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “On Beckett” at Irish Repertory Theatre’s Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage by David Roberts

“On Beckett” is about Bill Irwin’s process and the metacognition involved in that creative process as he shares the push-pull relationship he has with existentialism’s bard. This is …

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties” at MCC Theater’s Lucille Lortel Theatre by David Roberts

Humor tempered with caring is necessary to pull off something as zany as “Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties.” Less humor and more opportunities to care about these Betties seems neede…

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Broadway Review: “The Nap” at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre by David Roberts

One would think mounting a Broadway show about snooker would be perilous. Richard Bean’s “The Nap,” currently running at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, unfortun…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Broadway Review: “Bernhardt/Hamlet” at Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre by David Roberts

Ms. Rebeck’s compelling new play explores in depth Sarah Bernhardt’s struggles with playing “Hamlet” and her compassion for being a “thinking” actor who works her craft with “f…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “I Was Most Alive with You” at Playwrights Horizons Mainstage by David Roberts

“I Was Most Alive with You” explores the complex ways we communicate with or without speaking and hearing. Whether our language is English or ASL, how we insinuate, describe, perceive, …

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur” at the Theatre at St. Clements by David Roberts

Tennessee Williams’ 1979 play “A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur” connects deeply with all (individuals, governments, nation-states) suffering the malaise of loss or lack of identity and…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: The Pond Theatre Company’s “The Naturalists” at Walkerspace by David Roberts

Currently playing at Walkerspace, The Pond Theatre Company’s “The Naturalists” is a compelling look at how one’s “secret” past can suddenly and unexpectedly encroach on the prese…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Days to Come” at Mint Theater Company at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre by David Roberts

The moral turpitude of those who “consume” is in the spotlight in Lillian Hellman’s 1936 “Days to Come” currently running at Mint Theater Company at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Smokey Joe’s Café” at Stage 42 by David Roberts

Under Joshua Bergasse’s direction, the cast (five men and four women) fills Beowulf Boritt’s towering Café set with solo numbers, duets, trios, quartets, quintets and full company numbe…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Be More Chill” at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center by David Roberts

The hype surrounding “Be More Chill,” including its extensive marketing campaign, and the musical itself cannot and should not be a substitute for the real work required to discover who …

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Broadway Review: “Straight White Men” at The Hayes Theater by David Roberts

During one of many sitcom scenes, crowded on the sofa in matching plaid pajamas provided by Ed, the father-sons quartet share Chinese takeout while trash talking, texting, and drudging up ch…

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Off-Broadway Review: “The House That Will Not Stand” Celebrates Freedom’s Prodigality at New York Theatre Workshop by David Roberts

Since its original presentation by the New York Stage and Film Company and the Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar in 2012, Marcus Gardley’s important play has been performed across the country a…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Mary Page Marlowe” at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater by David Roberts

Under Lila Neugebauer’s exquisite direction, the actors playing Mary Page each give intriguing performances that focus on the pastiche of one “ordinary” American facing the dangers inh…

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Skintight” at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre by David Roberts

Under Daniel Aukin’s carefully executed direction, the characters explore their individual pasts and their histories with family and friends with honesty. Their portraits are authentic.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Fire in Dreamland” at The Public’s Anspacher Theater by David Roberts

Director Marissa Wolf and the three-member cast grapple successfully with Rinne Groff’s demanding script which results in a sometimes mind-spinning tumble into the playwright’s wonderlan…

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: PTP/NYC’s “Brecht on Brecht” at Atlantic Stage 2 by David Roberts

Although Bertolt Brecht understood the importance and power of the comedic, his writings are overwhelmingly dark and, like a sharp scalpel, cut deeply beneath the facia into the “guts” o…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Cyprus Avenue” at The Public’s LuEsther Hall by David Roberts

Playwright David Ireland has pushed the plot driven by this character’s maniacal temperament to the limit of moral turpitude and beyond.

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