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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Review: In ‘The Mother of Invention,’ Middle-Aged and Not at Peace With Mom by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The siblings in James Lecesne’s new play, directed by Tony Speciale, continue to disagree about some rather important aspects of their upbringing.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Review: ‘The Great American Drama’ Tries to Be Whatever You Want by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This play from the New York Neo-Futurists embraces audience suggestions, with varying results.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Review: ‘Incident at Hidden Temple,’ a Noir Too Far by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Presented by Pan Asian Repertory, this play by Damon Chua, set during World War II, is steeped in the traditions of film noir as well as several other genres.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Gender’s the Thing: Harriet Walter Plays Shakespeare’s Heroes as Heroines by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The British actress plays Prospero in an all-female “The Tempest,” her latest gender-switched Shakespeare production, set in a penitentiary.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Review: Voices in Your Head, and a Sense of Being Trapped by Elisabeth Vincentelli

While “Top Secret International (State 1)” traffics in tech and disembodied narrators, “Real Magic” involves a clairvoyance game.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Review: Peering Behind the Whimsically Ghoulish ‘Gorey’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The illustrator Edward Gorey proves a complex subject in this imagined memoir for the stage that focuses more on the man than his art.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Review: Lord Buckley, Remembrance of a Hipster Past by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Jake Broder brings the decades-gone comedian back to slang-slinging life in “His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley,” but without the pith helmet.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Review: If Chelsea Manning Sat and Chatted With President Obama by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In Stan Richardson’s “Private Manning Goes to Washington,” the activist hacker Aaron Swartz wants to put on a play inspired by the whistle-blower Manning.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review: 5 Short Plays, Up-Close and Unsettled, Purposely by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The anthology “In This Moment” is presented free of charge by Theater for One in a mobile booth in the Pershing Square Signature Center’s lobby.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

From ‘Pitch Perfect’ to Broadway, He’s Vocal About A Cappella by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Deke Sharon discusses his work on “In Transit,” an a cappella musical about the intertwining lives of New Yorkers.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Review: ‘Furry!/La Furia!’ Goes Inside the Head of a Times Square Elmo by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In a new version of William Burke’s play, at the Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn, Elmo hates the Naked Cowboy, and the Cookie Monster has a box cutter.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Review: Maybe Later, Santa. The Holidays Are for High Kicking. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The 2016 “Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes” has put the Music Hall dance troupe’s name in the title with good reason.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review: A Lost Folk Musician’s Haunted Dreamland in ‘A Star Has Burnt My Eye’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Elizabeth Eaton Converse’s story and heartbreakingly fragile songs form the backbone of Howard Fishman’s play with music.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Snapshot: Molly Ringwald Has Advice to Give and a Role to Match by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The actress talks about preparing for the stage version of “Terms of Endearment” and about her penchant for giving advice.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Review: ‘Request Concert,’ an Eleanor Rigby, at Least in Spirit by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The German playwright Franz Xaver Kroetz’s 1973 drama takes naturalism to its extreme, showing a quiet woman passing through her evening.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

For the Mad Ones, Bad Haircuts Make Good Theater by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The acclaimed company’s avowed artistic goal is to “examine and illuminate American nostalgia.”

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Review: Rip Van Winkle Meets Creepy Gnomes in ‘Now Is the Time. Now Is the Best Time. Now Is the Best Time of Your Life.’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

An oddly endearing production at the Abrons Arts Center that traffics far more in scary bearded creatures than narrative intelligibility.

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Review: In ‘Public Enemy,’ a Noble Whistle-Blower Turns Fanatic by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Ibsen’s evergreen story still has much to offer in this 90-minute version by David Harrower, given a modern-dress production by the Pearl Theater.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Review: ‘Songs of Lear,’ We Hear Cordelia Singing by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Song of the Goat Theater from Poland presents an impressionistic and sung version of “King Lear” at BAM.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Review: He’s Geekily Charming in This Magic Show, Until He Fools You by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Helder Guimarães brings his mastery of illusion to “Verso,” a one-man show directed by Rodrigo Santos at New World Stages.

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A Word With: Romeo Castellucci, the Provocative Italian Stage Director by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Despite his international fame, Mr. Castellucci has never had his work seen in New York City until now, at the Crossing the Line Festival.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Review: Between Disbelief and Despair, Lewis Black’s ‘Black to the Future’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In his latest show, at the Marquis Theater, the comedian sounds not so much angry as defeated during an election year in which fiction and reality intersect.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Review: In ‘Empathitrax,’ the Side Effects of Knowing Too Much by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This Ana Nogueira play centers on a pill that allows a couple to know each other’s deepest feelings. Complications ensue.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Review: In ‘The Jamb,’ 2 Gay Middle-Age Friends Face a Reckoning by Elisabeth Vincentelli

J. Stephen Brantley’s new play is set in 2008 as same-sex marriage is becoming legal one state at a time.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Critic's Notebook: FringeNYC, a Grab Bag That Calls for Intuition, Not to Mention Dumb Luck by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Another theater critic roves through the festival, finding an ambitious revival here and many a hapless drama there.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Review: In ‘Quiet, Comfort,’ a Mattress Becomes the Audience’s Magic Carpet by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In Toshiki Okada’s latest play, commissioned by Hoi Polloi and staged at Jack, theatergoers sit on a mattress as a mystery traveler roams through the space.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review: Karen Finley Has Presidential Politics on Her Mind by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This performance artist’s new show, “Unicorn Gratitude Mystery,” explores the habit of taking refuge in fantasy and contrived distractions.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review: ‘Troilus and Cressida,’ a Trojan War Love Story by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Daniel Sullivan’s staging of this relatively obscure Shakespeare play at the Delacorte Theater gets many things right.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Review: In ‘Alice in Black and White,’ a Pioneering Photojournalist by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This biographical play at 59E59 Theaters profiles Alice Austen, a 19th- and 20th-century photographer who chronicled city life and defied conventions of her day.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Review: New York Musical Festival Is a Smorgasbord by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Three shows — “Nickel Mines,” “Tink!” and “The Last Word” — offer piercing and at times sophisticated perspectives on a bewilderingly wide range of subjects.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Review: Spouses, the Antichrist, and a Shrink and Ex-Patient Meet in Summer Shorts by Elisabeth Vincentelli

One-act plays delving into these subjects make up the Series A portion of this theater’s festival.

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