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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Review: Facing Life’s Final Stretch in ‘Harry Townsend’s Last Stand’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

George Eastman’s Off Broadway play is lifted by its direction and performances, but often feels like a cornball sitcom.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Best Theater of 2019 by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Shows that defied categorization offered a stark choice: Escape an angry world, or face up to its travails. Beyond Broadway, writers explored race, inequality and addiction.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

The Pop Musical: Go Big (and Loud) or Go Home by Elisabeth Vincentelli

It’s time for Broadway to embrace what’s most joyous about songbook shows. Not biography, not coherence, but excess. Even “Moulin Rouge!” doesn’t quite get it right.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Review: Female Chemistry in ‘The Half-Life of Marie Curie’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A new play focuses on the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and her friendship with Hertha Ayrton, a fellow scientist played by Kate Mulgrew.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Review: In ‘Reparations,’ Righting Wrongs Comes With a Cost by Elisabeth Vincentelli

James Sheldon’s play examines what happens when trauma is used to material ends.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

‘Fear’ Review: 3 Men in a Shed, 1 Missing Girl on Their Minds by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A tepid thriller from Matt Williams leaves too much time to ponder the holes in its plot.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

‘Seared’ Review: For a Pompous Chef, Comeuppance on the Menu by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Raúl Esparza faces the realities of the restaurant business in Theresa Rebeck’s energetic but formulaic art-versus-commerce comedy.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

How Do You Impersonate Judy Garland? Ask a Drag Queen by Elisabeth Vincentelli

While Renée Zellweger plays the star onscreen, a host of cabaret performers pay homage to the gay icon night after night onstage.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

For 24 Hours Onstage, Alia Shawkat Felt Great to Feel ‘Shameless’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The “Arrested Development” actress made quite the New York stage debut, repeating one fiery scene opposite about 100 different actors in “The Second Woman.”

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Friday, October 18, 2019

‘Chasing Rainbows’ Review: Judy Garland’s Happy Days by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Focusing on the entertainer’s early years, this Paper Mill Playhouse musical offers buoyant tap numbers but sidesteps the material’s most troubling implications.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Review: A Startling ‘Swan Lake’ That’s Hard to Recognize by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In a work opening with a goat tethered to a cinder block, the closest we get to Tchaikovsky’s ballet is four dancers representing swans.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Review: A Son Mourns in ‘Notes on My Mother’s Decline’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Intimate but distant by design, Andy Bragen’s play takes us on a journey many are likely to face with an aging parent.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Review: ‘Dublin Carol’ Gets Lost in Its Drink by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Set in a bar on Christmas Eve, this revival at the Irish Repertory Theater plays alcoholism for drama without resorting to boozy histrionics.

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Review: In ‘Why’d Ya Do It,’ a Spiky Séance With Marianne Faithfull by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The downtown rock raconteuse Tammy Faye Starlite is celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Broken English” in this hybrid of a show.

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Review: ‘jazz singer’ Looks to Complicate a Film’s Fraught History by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A director and a composer play versions of themselves in a fascinating but frustrating reconsideration of a movie infamous for its use of blackface.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

It’s ‘Opening Night’ for Two Shows That Pay Homage to Cassavetes by Elisabeth Vincentelli

An Australian production features the same scene repeated 100 times, while a French version stars Isabelle Adjani in the Gena Rowlands role.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Review: In ‘Dust,’ the Measure of a Life After Suicide by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A woman watches those she left behind in Milly Thomas’s unsentimental solo show at the Fourth Street Theater.

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Review: ‘HOUSE’ Nods to Chekhov, but the References Don’t Stop There by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The latest production by Theater Mitu is a high-concept, low-reward aggregate of undigested allusions.

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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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