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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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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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