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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Critic's Notebook: A French Theater Impresario, Dressed for Excess by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In a visit to BAM, the stage director Olivier Py introduces his drag alter-ego and talks about plans for the Avignon Festival he runs.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review: ‘One Night Only,’ With Energy to Spare by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass explore friendship, competition and endurance in a show that mixes physical exertion and mischievous humor.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Review: A Talent for Talentlessness in ‘Stairway to Stardom’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This experimental show casts a deadpan eye on a kitschy 1980s public-access cult phenomenon.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Katrina Lenk Can Quietly Break Your Heart by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Ms. Lenk, who will reprise her role in “The Band’s Visit” on Broadway, has mastered the art of delivering equal emotional weight in song or in silence.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Review: Live Naked Boys, and a Modern Marriage, in ‘Afterglow’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A younger lover threatens a marriage in S. Asher Gelman’s new play. The twist: Both husbands are in on the affair.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Review: Aspiring Writers Meet Acerbic Teacher in ‘The Workshop’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In this play, Austin Pendleton portrays a playwright who alternates between taking his students to task and spinning hilarious self-serving tales.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review: An Ayn Rand Affair and God’s Squash Game, at Summer Shorts by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Three one-act plays at 59E59 Theaters demonstrate the beauty, power and humor in small things.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Critic's Notebook: The Drag Queen Overshares, but the Guru Has Something to Hide by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Questions of identity are explored through song in three shows at the New York Musical Festival.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Review: ‘Martin Denton, Martin Denton,’ Off Off Broadway Hagiography by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This Chris Harcum play tells how a theater enthusiast funneled his passions.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: Bang! Pow! A ‘Three Musketeers’ Summertime Romp by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Classical Theater of Harlem’s staging of the Alexandre Dumas novel emphasizes the comic action — and turns D’Artagnan into Mademoiselle D’Artagnan.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

He’s Got a Good Wig on His Shoulders: Meet Cole Escola by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In just under 10 years, Cole Escola, who is 30 but looks much younger, has become a ubiquitous presence on the downtown alt-cabaret circuit.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Critic's Notebook: On Canada Day, Sampling Soulpepper’s Cultural Imports by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Why aren’t there more American productions of Canadian plays? Judging from a Toronto theater company’s offerings, the quality of the work isn’t the obstacle.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Review: A Bawdy ‘Bastard Jones,’ Dancing With a Peg Leg by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This ragged but high-spirited musical adaptation of Henry Fielding’s “Tom Jones” stars Evan Ruggiero, who lost most of his right leg to cancer.

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The Detective Was a Performance Artist. The Evidence Is Now a Show. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A strangely entrancing new work explores a mysterious audio recording, and recreates a moment in the life of a 1950s Long Island family.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: ‘Harbored’ Spins Immigrants’ Tales, With Liberty in View by Elisabeth Vincentelli

En Garde Arts’ new production is an immersive work about immigration and making the best of difficult situations. Like those acoustics.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: ‘Good Muslim’ Highlights a Mixed Bag of One-Acts by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Zakiyyah Alexander’s ambitious play leaves the viewer wanting more, but several other works register as contrived or wan.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: Clinging to ‘Articles of Faith’ After a Raging Fire by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Cynthia Hopkins’s new show explores how she found the strength to rebuild her life after the home and studio she shared with her husband went up in flames.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review: The Many Guises of Meryl in ‘Streepshow!’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A delicious conceit for a comedy sketch is stretched way too far in Jay Stull’s new play.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Review: Getting All Noir and Naughty in ‘The Artificial Jungle’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This Theater Breaking Through Barriers revival of Charles Ludlam’s 1986 comedy is never quite nutty enough.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Review: A Dance Contest With 2 Rihannas in ‘Ducklings’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Amina Henry’s new play at Jack is about a greedy but not particularly bright entrepreneur and four determined dancers who compete in Pittsburgh.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: Love Grows Complicated for a British Couple in ‘Rotterdam’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Jon Brittain’s play explores the fallout when Fiona announces to her girlfriend that she wants to transition and be called Adrian.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Word With: Brendon Urie Steps Away From the Disco and Into ‘Kinky Boots’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Mr. Urie, the frontman of the band Panic! at the Disco, is taking over the role of Charlie Price on Broadway.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Review: ‘Ski End’ Recalls Fun on the Slopes With Nostalgia by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In this new play, devised by the ensemble Piehole, we spend time with a group of friends who relive past adventures.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Review: ‘The Dreyfus Affair’ and the Sound of Anxiety by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This production is a hybrid of concert and theater, a combination that has become the signature of the Ensemble for the Romantic Century.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rapper. Hero. Swindler. Corey Hawkins Changes It Up. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Just a few years out of Juilliard, Mr. Hawkins stars in “24: Legacy” on TV and “Six Degrees of Separation” on Broadway

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Review: In This Kitchen, Upside-Down Cake Should Be on the Menu by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Les 7 Doigts (The 7 Fingers) present “Cuisine & Confessions,” in which this Montreal company’s members boil, pan-fry, back-flip and somersault.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

How Steve Earle Got Back Into Downtown Theater by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Grammy-winning musician thought he was just writing the score for “Samara.” Then the playwright Richard Maxwell asked him to take a role, too.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review: ‘Gently Down the Stream,’ a Romance and a Gay History Tour by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Harvey Fierstein stars in Martin Sherman’s poignant new play about the relationship between a young Londoner and an American expat.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Review: Pathos Times Two: A Double Dose of Inge, in Close Quarters by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The 1950s plays “Picnic” and “Come Back, Little Sheba,” in repertory revivals at the Gym at Judson, capture the playwright’s gift for understatement.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: In ‘Chess Match No. 5,’ the Words of John Cage, Deconstructed by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The SITI Company’s opaque, mystifying play is built entirely from the composer’s quotations, arranged into an exploration of the artistic process.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: Shakespeare Meets Black Power in ‘Caesar/X’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“Julius Caesar“ and “X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation” illuminate each other as they run in rep.

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