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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Review: ‘Radio Delirio’ Focuses on a Forgettable Man by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The writer-performer Alessandro Magania narrates the tale of a man disguised as a page-turner, working hard to not be noticed.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review: Savoring ‘One Night’ With a Hedonist Extraordinaire by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Jessica Walker delivers a delightful musical portrait of the now forgotten cabaret artist Suzy Solidor

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Review: ‘Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart’ Has Music and Passion. But Not Romance. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The intimate yet abstract correspondence between Tchaikovsky and a wealthy widow is interspersed with song in a new production.

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the 25 best american plays: The Ones We Left Behind by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Majority rule (mostly). One play per playwright. How we put together the 25 Plays list, and a bid to remember notable writers and favorite works that missed the cut.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Review: More than the Couples Are Odd in ‘The Hollower’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Liza Birkenmeier’s play is an alienating exercise in extreme absurdism.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Who is Neville Longbottom, and Why Should I Care? A Potter Newbie on That Broadway Show by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The stagecraft is impressive, but if you’re not familiar with J.K. Rowling’s world of wizards, “Cursed Child” can be a mystifying slog.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Review: Isabella Rossellini as Ringmaster in ‘Link Link Circus’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Ms. Rossellini’s latest show explores animals’ thoughts and behaviors using puppets, videos — and, yes, an adorable dog.

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How Broadway Keeps Trying to Get the Disco Beat by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A brief history in five musicals — and a rating system of disco-dancing emojis.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Bikini Bottom by Way of Party City by Elisabeth Vincentelli

How the ‘SpongeBob’ costume designer used found objects — and yes, sequins — to dress an eye-popping array of singing, dancing sea creatures.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Review: Is There a Method to the Madness of ‘Seagullmachine’? by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A razzle-dazzle mash-up of “The Seagull” and “Hamletmachine” at La MaMa has a ramshackle feel.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Review: A Spanish Stage Provocateur Makes a Blood-Dripping Debut by Elisabeth Vincentelli

New York-area audiences finally have a chance to see Angélica Liddell, a darling of European theaters, in “Esta Breve Tragedia” at Peak Performances.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Review: In ‘We Live by the Sea,’ a New Neighbor Disrupts the Routine by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Two teenage sisters share a life where the extraordinary can be ordinary in this play directed by Alex Howarth.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

How an Anxious-Adolescent Musical (No, Not That One) Found Its Fans by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“Be More Chill” played a month at a New Jersey theater, and nothing much happened. Then the internet got very busy.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Review: A ‘King Lear’ in Which You Feel for All the Daughters by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A mighty king demanding declarations of love faces villains you understand, in this Royal Shakespeare production at BAM.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Women (and Men, Too) Pushed to the Edge at New Play Festival by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This year’s Humana roster includes merciless looks at power imbalances in the workplace, and a doom-metal finale that left audiences shellshocked.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Women on Stage Get Their Turn on the Playing Field by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A spate of works like “The Wolves” and “The Wholehearted” use sports to explore ideas about femininity, self-image and power.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Review: Roll Over, Beethoven? At ‘Rocktopia,’ It’s Time to Roll Back by Elisabeth Vincentelli

There’s weird fun to be had in mash-ups of classical and rock music. But this show sticks to an overly familiar playlist.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Review: ‘Babette’s Feast’ Is Served, This Time Onstage by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A French cook demonstrates the art of living in the moment in this adaptation of an Isak Dinesen short story.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Review: ‘Leonora and Alejandro’ and One Rather Trippy Encounter by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A new show draws on the art and writings of Leonora Carrington and Alejandro Jodorowsky, and gives viewers a peek into an expansive world.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Review: Hopscotching Between Worlds in ‘My Dear Brooklyn’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In an overstuffed one-man show, Modesto Jimenez recalls a personal journey that includes gang life, a liberal-arts college and experimental theater.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Review: ‘Three Wise Guys,’ Spreading Good Cheer and Stumbling Into Trouble by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Damon Runyon adaptation from The Actors Company Theater could use more of his snap, crackle and pop.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Review: In ‘Time No Line,’ John Kelly Revisits Decades of Diary Entries by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Time runs in circles in Mr. Kelly’s autobiographical memory play at La MaMa.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Children’s Fare? This ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ Tests That Notion by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Joël Pommerat’s visually abstract, sonically sophisticated adaptation will be performed this weekend as part of the three-week Tilt Kids Festival.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: In 2 New Plays, Sound Design Is Front and Center (for a Change) by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“Sound House” and “This Is the Color Described by the Time” explore a sense that too often falls by the wayside onstage — sound.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Review: Deirdre O’Connell Loses Her Grip on Reality in ‘Terminus’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Ms. O’Connell delivers a heartbreaking performance as an older woman struggling with dementia in this drama infused with Southern Gothic horror.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Review: ‘Against the Hillside’ Is an Eye on Drone Warfare by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A couple in Pakistan are always “listening to the sky,” while an American captain becomes too invested in their lives.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

A ‘Homeland’ Spy Opens Up Onstage in ‘Returning to Reims’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The 2016 election changed the course of Nina Hoss’s career. You may know this film and stage actress from TV, where she played Astrid on “Homeland.”

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: In ‘Divine Horsemen,’ a Checklist of Tough-Guy Tropes by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Paul Calderon’s play, about a robbery gone wrong, is almost nostalgic for the poetic theater of masculine bravado.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: How to Listen to Rock ’n’ Roll in a Theater by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Rock is underexplored onstage, but two Under the Radar shows, “How to Be a Rock Critic” and “The Hendrix Project,” grapple with its transformative power.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

He Made Kids’ Music and Albums About Lucifer. Now His Work Is a Rock Opera. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The psychedelic work of Bruce Haack, an electronic-music pioneer who died in 1988, is coming to the stage.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: In ‘Unexploded Ordnances,’ It’s an Hour to Doomsday. Help! by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The longtime feminist duo Split Britches sets its new play in a situation room with “Dr. Strangelove” vibes and a general calling the shots.

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