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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Review: ‘Against the Hillside’ Is an Eye on Drone Warfare by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A couple in Pakistan are always “listening to the sky,” while an American captain becomes too invested in their lives.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

A ‘Homeland’ Spy Opens Up Onstage in ‘Returning to Reims’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The 2016 election changed the course of Nina Hoss’s career. You may know this film and stage actress from TV, where she played Astrid on “Homeland.”

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: In ‘Divine Horsemen,’ a Checklist of Tough-Guy Tropes by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Paul Calderon’s play, about a robbery gone wrong, is almost nostalgic for the poetic theater of masculine bravado.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: How to Listen to Rock ’n’ Roll in a Theater by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Rock is underexplored onstage, but two Under the Radar shows, “How to Be a Rock Critic” and “The Hendrix Project,” grapple with its transformative power.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

He Made Kids’ Music and Albums About Lucifer. Now His Work Is a Rock Opera. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The psychedelic work of Bruce Haack, an electronic-music pioneer who died in 1988, is coming to the stage.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: In ‘Unexploded Ordnances,’ It’s an Hour to Doomsday. Help! by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The longtime feminist duo Split Britches sets its new play in a situation room with “Dr. Strangelove” vibes and a general calling the shots.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Philadelphia Theater Heading, and Sweating, in a New Direction by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Repertory companies have largely disappeared on American stages. But with an eye on Europe, and highly physical training, the Wilma Theater is going against the grain.

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Monday, January 1, 2018

And for His Next Trick, Hopping Genres by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Dane Terry grew up wanting to be a magician and came to New York to play his songs. But the downtown cabaret scene came calling.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Review: ‘Jersey Boys,’ Downsized by Elisabeth Vincentelli

There are still goosebump-worthy moments in this Tony-winning Four Seasons bio-musical, but the show feels rushed and formulaic in a smaller theater.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: In This ‘Cruel Intentions,’ High School Schemers Sing the Best of the ’90s by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The choice lines and the soundtrack hits are there in this enjoyable adaptation of the movie. Now it’s time to make a full-fledged show out of a quasi concert.

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Review: ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ Is a Holiday Treat Worth Savoring by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The British panto tradition finds a welcoming home on the Lower East Side.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Review: ‘Who’s Holiday!’ Is a Raunchy Riff on Dr. Seuss’s Yuletide Tale by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Cindy Lou Who has grown up bad in Matthew Lombardo’s profane, rhyme-filled holiday-season take on Dr. Seuss.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Review: TV Crooners (and Danny Aiello) Head ‘Home for the Holidays’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Despite the presence of “American Idol” winner Candice Glover, this limp revue of carols and pop songs isn’t likely to bring much Yuletide cheer.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Critic’s Notebook: A Night at the Theater From Your Couch? No Apologies Needed. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Streaming services have more stage offerings than ever — from great actors in early roles to recent Broadway musicals, captured live. Plus “Hamlet” in Lithuanian.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Review: A Raucous Day at the Beach With ‘The Sisters Macaluso’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Life and death, joy and poverty coexist in Emma Dante’s wondrous show about a family in Palermo. And it only costs $20 to see it.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Critic’s Notebook: Nellie McKay Blossoms Under Pressure From Joan Rivers’s Lawyers by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A musical biography of Joan Rivers pulls together when the subject is deleted.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Review: ‘Lee Harvey Oswald,’ an American Assassin in Puppet Form by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The latest ambitious effort by the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater is both highly detailed and hard to follow.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Review: ‘Red Roses, Green Gold’ Brings Back the Grateful Dead by Elisabeth Vincentelli

While the jukebox musical has a cartoonish plot, songs like “Friend of the Devil” and “Box of Rain” work smartly on stage.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review: In ‘Lonely Planet,’ Mismatched Friends and an Unnamed Plague by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In a Keen Company revival of Steven Dietz’s play, the comic actors Arnie Burton and Matt McGrath trade quips to keep the fear at bay.

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Review: Life is Soccer, and Soccer is Life, in ‘/peh-LO-tah/’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s dance-theater show considers racism, colonialism and aging as refracted through the world’s most popular sport.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: A Student of the Classics, Hip-Hop Variety, in ‘Syncing Ink’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

NSangou Njikam’s good-natured but overlong play sends a nerdy teenager into rap battle, and beyond.

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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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