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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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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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