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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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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: ‘The Strangest,’ a Different Perspective on Camus’s Classic by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The murdered Algerian remained anonymous in Albert Camus’s “The Stranger,” but this new play by Betty Shamieh reframes the point of view.

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Tim Minchin Puts Emotion on Broadway. Just Don’t Call Him Sentimental. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Australian composer and performer on his career and the music and lyrics he wrote for “Groundhog Day.”

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Review: A Gay Nightclub Tragedy, Decades Before Orlando, in ‘The View UpStairs’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Max Vernon’s new musical sends a contemporary man back to 1973 and the UpStairs, a real New Orleans gay bar destroyed by arson.

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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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