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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Review: Motherhood Masters Dysfunction in ‘Little Gem’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In Elaine Murphy’s play, three women from one Dublin family tell a slice-of-life story through interwoven, interlocking monologues.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Review: A Vaclav Havel Trilogy Drives Evening of Political Theater by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“Havel: The Passion of Thought,” along with work by Harold Pinter and one by Samuel Beckett (dedicated to Havel), takes on morality and tyranny.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

What Makes Michael R. Jackson Tick, and What Ticks Him Off by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The young, gay, black creator of the musical “A Strange Loop” talks about his process, Liz Phair, soap operas and just about everything else.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

The Boys in the Band Get to Broadway. Why Not the Girls? by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“The Prom” is the rare show with lesbian themes to reach theater’s biggest stage. Gay women deserve more than drawing their own conclusions about Princess Elsa and Scout Finch.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Review: ‘Rock of Ages’ Returns, Scaled Down but Big Hair Intact by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In a limited run Off Broadway, the jukebox musical about love and rocking out in the 1980s now includes songs by Def Leppard.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Review: A One-Act Marathon Anchored by the Armageddon by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Plays in this Ensemble Studio Theater series include stories of the Second Coming told seven ways and two women in search of a hot duck.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Review: In ‘Open,’ a Love Story Told by Sleight of Hand by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In Crystal Skillman’s new play, a woman in the wake of tragedy resorts to magic and misdirection.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Review: ‘Oscar at the Crown’ Sets the Apocalypse to a Throbbing Dance Beat by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Both a dance party and an Oscar Wilde book club, this musical tries to connect the rise of social media to the end of the world.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

A Merry Murderess Hangs Up Her ‘Chicago’ Fishnets by Elisabeth Vincentelli

After more than 20 years in the musical, Donna Marie Asbury played her final Broadway performance this week.

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Review: ‘The Haunting’ Has a Big Problem With ‘Hamilton’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a character, and his hit musical is a punching bag, in Ishmael Reed’s didactic play about historical correctness.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

You’ve Seen Mary Elizabeth Winstead Onscreen. Get Ready for Her Onstage. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

She’s making her first foray into theater — while also taking on a Will Smith action flick and the role of Huntress in ‘Birds of Prey.’

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Review: ‘The Pink Unicorn’ Leads a Mother Into Unknown Territory by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In Elise Forier Edie’s play, Alice Ripley plays a conservative Texas parent inspired to fight for the rights of her child’s gender identity.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: A Lovingly Rendered ‘Plough and the Stars’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Irish Rep production of an O’Casey classic isn’t snazzy, but satisfaction comes from expert actors in complex roles.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Review: Tribute or Rip-off? ‘Original Sound’ Looks at the Line by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Adam Seidel’s play puts two songwriters in the same room, while the music industry watches out for its own economic interests.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘Luzia’ Revives the Cirque du Soleil Spell by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Yes, it has clowns and death-defying feats, but “Luzia” also has spinning turntables and a waterfall that produces almost-supernatural effects.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Review: A Jazz Legend Retold Fast and Loose in ‘Playing Hot’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The play, based on the story of Buddy Bolden, a cornetist who is said to be one of jazz’s founders, is equal parts theater, concert and dance party.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Review: An Actor’s Life Story Grounds ‘Jack &’ With ‘The Cotillion’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Kaneza Schaal’s experimental theater work has three sections and is paired with an installation featuring paintings and videos of the show’s inspirations.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Review: In ‘17 Border Crossings,’ Some Areas Are Left Unexplored by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Thaddeus Phillips’s genial show retreats every time things get sticky or uncomfortable.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Review: ‘Marjana and the Forty Thieves’ Gives a Lesson in Storytelling by Elisabeth Vincentelli

With the theater made up to resemble a nomadic tent, audience members sit on cushions, couches and bean bags, while the actors roam about the space.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Exit Interview: Goodbye, Omar Sharif: Katrina Lenk Reflects on ‘The Band’s Visit’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Tony Award-winning actress, who has been with the musical since its first performance, looks back on its runs on and Off Broadway.

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Stranded Between Hope and Regret in ‘Life Sucks.’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Aaron Posner’s bitingly funny, unexpectedly touching play is “sort of adapted from ‘Uncle Vanya.’”

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Streamiing Movie Review: ‘The Legend of Cocaine Island’ Review: Florida Man’s Silly Odyssey by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A harebrained scheme ends in comic confusion in Theo Love’s goofy documentary.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Review: ‘Smart Blonde’ Revisits a Classic Star of Old Hollywood by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Willy Holtzman’s play, with the storytelling quality of PowerPoint, offers a biography of Judy Holliday, an award-winning actress who died young.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Review: Fixing a Dispassionate Stare on Slavery in ‘Southern Promises’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Niegel Smith’s revival of Thomas Bradshaw’s 2008 play is presented at the Flea Theater by a cast made up of people of color, and with a new ending.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘Skinnamarink,’ Follow Instructions. Or Else. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A troupe that specializes in “junk spectaculars” turns to McGuffey readers — and peanut butter — in a show that explores schooling and humiliation.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Review: ‘Imagining Madoff’ Invests in Trust and Guilt by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The first draft of Deb Margolin’s play pitted Bernie Madoff against Elie Wiesel. The current version gives her freedom to embellish.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Review: In ‘The Price of Thomas Scott,’ Puritanism Prevails by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Mint Theater Company brought back Elizabeth Baker’s drama from 1913 as part of a project dedicated to the British playwright.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Review: One Cheer for ‘We Are the Tigers’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

High schoolers, jump scares and songs are a tantalizing mix. But Preston Max Allen’s meandering show squanders a promising concept.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Review: No Surrendering to This ‘British Invasion’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

There are plenty of earworms in this jukebox musical about Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, but the hackneyed love-triangle story lowers the volume.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Isabelle Huppert Is Busy. But There’s Always Time for Theater. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The French actress has five films coming out in 2019, including one while she stars in Florian Zeller’s play “The Mother” at Atlantic Theater Company.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Review: ‘Master of the Crossroads’ Embraces Irrationality by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The show, written and directed by Paul Calderon, begins intensely and continues on a harrowing, one-way trip to hell.

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