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Monday, August 20, 2018

Review: ‘R.R.R.E.D’ is a Bad Hair Day by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A future-shock musical comedy about redhead rights could use a makeover.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: So, You’re Going to Call Your Play _____? by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Naming a show can be tricky. Some recent titles are obscure, others extremely long. And then there’s the weird punctuation. What’s going on?

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

What Do 525 Ventriloquists Do at a Convention? Ask Their Dummies by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Scenes from an annual “vent” gathering in Kentucky, where puppets rule and their masters crave respect for an unappreciated art form.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Review: Mixing the Salty and the Sweet in ‘My Life on a Diet’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Renée Taylor’s solo show, based on her memoir, is about more than food and deprivation, and it’s loaded with one-liners.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Review: In ‘Marie and Bruce,’ It Takes Two to Do This Nihilistic Tango by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In this revival of Wallace Shawn’s 1979 play, a couple’s loathing creates a weird frisson of erotic challenge.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

How Broadway Got the Beat: The Go-Go’s in 5 Songs by Elisabeth Vincentelli

With “Head Over Heels” in previews, we looked at how five Go-Go’s songs evolved into musical-theater numbers.

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Review: ‘Laura Bush Killed a Guy’ Plumbs a First Lady’s Mysteries by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Diverging explanations of her past, her marriage and what’s really on her mind in a solo comedy.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Wait, Leonard Bernstein Wrote a ‘Peter Pan’ Musical? by Elisabeth Vincentelli

It’s not the Mary Martin vehicle you loved as a child. But Bernstein’s version is getting a rare revival at the Bard SummerScape festival.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Review: ‘Radio Delirio’ Focuses on a Forgettable Man by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The writer-performer Alessandro Magania narrates the tale of a man disguised as a page-turner, working hard to not be noticed.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review: Savoring ‘One Night’ With a Hedonist Extraordinaire by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Jessica Walker delivers a delightful musical portrait of the now forgotten cabaret artist Suzy Solidor

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Review: ‘Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart’ Has Music and Passion. But Not Romance. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The intimate yet abstract correspondence between Tchaikovsky and a wealthy widow is interspersed with song in a new production.

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the 25 best american plays: The Ones We Left Behind by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Majority rule (mostly). One play per playwright. How we put together the 25 Plays list, and a bid to remember notable writers and favorite works that missed the cut.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Review: More than the Couples Are Odd in ‘The Hollower’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Liza Birkenmeier’s play is an alienating exercise in extreme absurdism.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Who is Neville Longbottom, and Why Should I Care? A Potter Newbie on That Broadway Show by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The stagecraft is impressive, but if you’re not familiar with J.K. Rowling’s world of wizards, “Cursed Child” can be a mystifying slog.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Review: Isabella Rossellini as Ringmaster in ‘Link Link Circus’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Ms. Rossellini’s latest show explores animals’ thoughts and behaviors using puppets, videos — and, yes, an adorable dog.

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How Broadway Keeps Trying to Get the Disco Beat by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A brief history in five musicals — and a rating system of disco-dancing emojis.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Bikini Bottom by Way of Party City by Elisabeth Vincentelli

How the ‘SpongeBob’ costume designer used found objects — and yes, sequins — to dress an eye-popping array of singing, dancing sea creatures.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Review: Is There a Method to the Madness of ‘Seagullmachine’? by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A razzle-dazzle mash-up of “The Seagull” and “Hamletmachine” at La MaMa has a ramshackle feel.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Review: A Spanish Stage Provocateur Makes a Blood-Dripping Debut by Elisabeth Vincentelli

New York-area audiences finally have a chance to see Angélica Liddell, a darling of European theaters, in “Esta Breve Tragedia” at Peak Performances.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Review: In ‘We Live by the Sea,’ a New Neighbor Disrupts the Routine by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Two teenage sisters share a life where the extraordinary can be ordinary in this play directed by Alex Howarth.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

How an Anxious-Adolescent Musical (No, Not That One) Found Its Fans by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“Be More Chill” played a month at a New Jersey theater, and nothing much happened. Then the internet got very busy.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Review: A ‘King Lear’ in Which You Feel for All the Daughters by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A mighty king demanding declarations of love faces villains you understand, in this Royal Shakespeare production at BAM.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Women (and Men, Too) Pushed to the Edge at New Play Festival by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This year’s Humana roster includes merciless looks at power imbalances in the workplace, and a doom-metal finale that left audiences shellshocked.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Women on Stage Get Their Turn on the Playing Field by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A spate of works like “The Wolves” and “The Wholehearted” use sports to explore ideas about femininity, self-image and power.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Review: Roll Over, Beethoven? At ‘Rocktopia,’ It’s Time to Roll Back by Elisabeth Vincentelli

There’s weird fun to be had in mash-ups of classical and rock music. But this show sticks to an overly familiar playlist.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Review: ‘Babette’s Feast’ Is Served, This Time Onstage by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A French cook demonstrates the art of living in the moment in this adaptation of an Isak Dinesen short story.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Review: ‘Leonora and Alejandro’ and One Rather Trippy Encounter by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A new show draws on the art and writings of Leonora Carrington and Alejandro Jodorowsky, and gives viewers a peek into an expansive world.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Review: Hopscotching Between Worlds in ‘My Dear Brooklyn’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In an overstuffed one-man show, Modesto Jimenez recalls a personal journey that includes gang life, a liberal-arts college and experimental theater.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Review: ‘Three Wise Guys,’ Spreading Good Cheer and Stumbling Into Trouble by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Damon Runyon adaptation from The Actors Company Theater could use more of his snap, crackle and pop.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Review: In ‘Time No Line,’ John Kelly Revisits Decades of Diary Entries by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Time runs in circles in Mr. Kelly’s autobiographical memory play at La MaMa.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Children’s Fare? This ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ Tests That Notion by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Joël Pommerat’s visually abstract, sonically sophisticated adaptation will be performed this weekend as part of the three-week Tilt Kids Festival.

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