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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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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Teenage Dick” at the Public’s Shiva Theat by David Roberts

Mike Lew has assembled characters whose conflicts are engaging and believable and the plot these “problems” drive is complex, layered, and relevant to the conversations about the dynamic…

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” at Irish Repertory Theatre on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage by David Roberts

Melissa Errico gives her “split personalities” depth and authenticity and Stephen Bogardus serves as a formidable chauvinistic foil to both women.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Log Cabin” at Playwright’s Horizons (Through Sunday July 15, 2018) by David Roberts

Under Pam MacKinnon’s direction, the superb cast enlivens Jordan Harrison’s script as he meanders through perhaps too many issues for one play. The strength of his play lies not in the b…

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: Mint Theater Company’s “Conflict” at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row by David Roberts

The themes of Miles Malleson’s “Conflict,” currently running at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, could not be more relevant and the playwright’s treatment of these themes could no…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Blanket of Dust” at the Flea Theater Mainstage by David Roberts

Under Christopher Murrah’s deft direction, Angela Pierce leads a brilliant ensemble cast whose intricate conflicts drive a mysterious and often challenging plot with enough twists and turn…

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: Founder Project’s “First Love” at Cherry Lane Theatre by David Roberts

Angelina Fiordellisi and Michael O’Keefe are wonderful together and give their respective characters a depth and authenticity that often rises above what they are given in Mr. Mee’s scri…

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Secret Life of Humans” at 59E59 Theaters by David Roberts

Mr. Byrnes’ script does address the promised issues of the ascent of man, including snippets of BBC’s Michael Parkinson’s 1970s interviews with Jamie’s grandfather who affirmed the c…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Desperate Measures” at New World Stages by David Roberts

After its previous three-time extended sold out run at the York Theatre Company, “Desperate Measures” is back Off-Broadway and the antics of rabble-rousing Johnny Blood are as bodacious …

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: Elevator Repair Service’s “Everybody’s Fine with Virginia Woolf” at Abrons Arts Center by David Roberts

The playwright’s attempt to find Martha at the end of Albee’s play “destroyed by this idea of motherhood, of not living up to this very traditional idea of what it means to be a woman…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Abingdon Theatre Company’s Production of “Fruit Trilogy” at the Lucille Lortel Theatre by David Roberts

Ms. Ensler attempts to continue that commitment in “Fruit Trilogy,” Abingdon Theatre Company’s final mainstage production of its twenty-fifth anniversary season. Currently in its “Ne…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

News: Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) Extends Application Deadline for The BMI Engel Musical Theatre Librettists Workshop by David Roberts

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), global leader in music rights management, has extended the application deadline for The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Librettists Workshop to Friday, June 8th…

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Off-Broadway Preview: Performances Begin for "Sugar in Our Wounds" at Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center - Stage II by David Roberts

This lyrical and lushly realized play is part of poet, filmmaker and playwright Donja R. Love’s exploration of queer love at pivotal moments in Black history.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Broadway Review: “Saint Joan” at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (Through Sunday June 10, 2018) by David Roberts

Condola Rashad explores the layers of Saint Joan’s character with a finesse that leaves little of “The Maid’s) personality undefined. The journey from soldier to prisoner to saint is b…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: "Light Shining in Buchinghamshire" Muses Successfully on Revolutions at New York Theatre Workshop by David Roberts

The New York Theatre Workshop has revived this critically important 1976 drama at an opportune time. Like Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America,” Caryl Churchill’s “Light Shining in Bu…

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: "Woman and Scarecrow" Challenges the Living at Irish Repertory Theatre's W. Scott McLucas Stage by David Roberts

Ciarán O’Reilly directs with his keen eye for subtlety and with his steady hand of encouragement. He teases from the exceptional cast the nuances of each character, especially important i…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: Clare Barron’s “Dance Nation” Explores the Angst of Adolescence with Cathartic Wit at Playwrights Horizons’ Peter Jay Sha by David Roberts

In an explosive unison Greek-Chorus, the girls share their wish that society would urge the importance of their personal individuality as much as their sexually stereotyped identities. It is…

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Broadway Review: Valor Rules Supreme in "Three Tall Women" at the John Golden Theatre by David Roberts

Miriam Buether’s inventive set and Paul Gallo’s surreal lighting allow the audience to be reflected in the set’s transparent wall. The audience not only “listens in” to the convers…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: Sensibility Reigns in "Summer and Smoke" at Classic Stage Company by David Roberts

Under Jack Cummings III’s careful direction, the cast captures the essence of Tennessee Williams’ seminal work in the Classic Stage/Transport production. Each member of the ensemble cast…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Outer Critics Circle Anniounces Its 68th Annual Awards Nominees for the 2017-2018 Season by David Roberts

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators covering New York theater for out-of-town newspapers, national publications and other media beyond Broadway, announced toda…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: "Mlima's Tale" at the Public's Martinson Hall by David Roberts

Under Jo Bonney’s fluid direction, the scenes move seamlessly from one to the other. A sliding panel (sometimes more than one) signals the scene changes allowing the action to proceed with…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: "Miss You Like Hell" Redefines Redemption at the Public's Newman Theater by David Roberts

This story of a mother and daughter – both who have lost their ways and their centers – find their ways to break down all the walls that have separated them in the past and start over as…

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