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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Intermission Talk: How Broadway Singing Fell Sway to Pop Music’s Excesses, and Why There’s Hope by Elysa Gardner

On keeping singing in musical theater about storytelling, rather than showboating The post Intermission Talk: How Broadway Singing Fell Sway to Pop Music’s Excesses, and Why There’s Hope…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

72 Miles to Go: A Family Torn by Borders by Elysa Gardner

★★★☆☆ A well-meaning new play documents a family's struggles after being separated from its undocumented matron The post 72 Miles to Go: A Family Torn by Borders appeared first on …

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Mr. Toole: A Creative Life Cut Short, Leaving Love and Anguish Behind by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ A new play reflects on a literary hero, and on the toll and rewards of inspiration The post Mr. Toole: A Creative Life Cut Short, Leaving Love and Anguish Behind appeared first …

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Incantata: Making Art Out of Grief by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Paul Muldoon's feverishly elegiac poem makes its American stage debut The post Incantata: Making Art Out of Grief appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Unsinkable Molly Brown: Bellying Up to a New Century by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Dick Scanlan and Kathleen Marshall overhaul the Meredith Willson musical, with delightful results The post The Unsinkable Molly Brown: Bellying Up to a New Century appeared firs…

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Monday, February 24, 2020

All the Natalie Portmans: A Troubled Girl and Her Movie Star Muse by Elysa Gardner

★★★ C.A. Johnson's tender new play is illuminated by a vibrant young character, and actress The post All the Natalie Portmans: A Troubled Girl and Her Movie Star Muse appeared first on…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

West Side Story: A New Time For Us by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Ivo van Hove shoots sparks into space with a fresh take on a musical masterwork The post West Side Story: A New Time For Us appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Anatomy of a Suicide: Mothers and Daughters, in Agonizing Triplicate by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Playwright Alice Birch looks at one of our closest, most fraught relationships, with a cast led by a haunting Carla Gugino The post Anatomy of a Suicide: Mothers and Daughters, in …

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Commons: Hell Is Other People by Elysa Gardner

★★ In Lily Akerman's new play, three's a crowd and four is insufferable The post The Commons: Hell Is Other People appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Chekhov/Tolstoy Love Stories: From Russia with Languor by Elysa Gardner

★★ From Mint Theater, a strangely soporific pairing of plays based on stories by creative giants The post Chekhov/Tolstoy Love Stories: From Russia with Languor appeared first on New Yo…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

House Plant: Humans Seeking Nourishment and Connection by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Sarah Einspanier's new play follows young searchers in the digital age The post House Plant: Humans Seeking Nourishment and Connection appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Medea: Another Woman on the Verge, and Past It by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale star in Simon Stone's harrowing tragedy, "after" the Euripides classic The post Medea: Another Woman on the Verge, and Past It appeared first on N…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Emojiland: Once You Get Restarted by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ A delightful new musical takes us behind the screen—of our smartphones. The post Emojiland: Once You Get Restarted appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

BOOM: Talkin’ ‘Bout His Mom’s Generation by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Multi-tasking Canadian star and Gen Xer Rick Miller channels baby boomers and their icons, in words and music The post BOOM: Talkin’ ‘Bout His Mom’s Generation appeared first…

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

London Assurance: High Jinks Among the High-Born by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Irish Repertory Theatre, under Charlotte Moore's direction, revives the early-Victorian Era comedy by Dion Boucicault The post London Assurance: High Jinks Among the High-Born appe…

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Judgment Day: The Roar, and Lure, of the Crowd by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ Ödön von Horváth's morally charged thriller gets a fresh adaptation (by Christpher Shinn) in a stunning new production The post Judgment Day: The Roar, and Lure, of the Cr…

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Meet the Kids Who’ll Make ‘Sing Street’ Rock by Elysa Gardner

One was in “Game of Thrones.” One is still in high school. They all act and play instruments. And in a new show they portray scrappy Dubliners creating a band.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven: A Purgatory Where Women Lead, and Suffer by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright finds humor, despair and survival in a halfway house The post Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven: A Purgatory Where Women Lead, and Suff…

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Monday, November 25, 2019

A Bright Room Called Day: A Call to Action, Refreshed by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Tony Kushner's first play gets an update, and a stellar cast, in a new Public Theater production The post A Bright Room Called Day: A Call to Action, Refreshed appeared first on…

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Underlying Chris: The Circle of Life, Through a Rainbow of Lenses by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Playwright Will Eno and director Kenny Leon find meaning, and commonality, in life's little moments The post The Underlying Chris: The Circle of Life, Through a Rainbow of Lense…

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Einstein’s Dreams: Love and Science Merge, with Relative Success by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ A new musical (based on the novel) casts the iconic genius as a romantic lead The post Einstein’s Dreams: Love and Science Merge, with Relative Success appeared first on New Y…

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Evita: Come Share Her Glory, with Two Actresses by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Maia Reficco and a sublime Solea Pfeiffer divide the role of the historical diva in a sparkling new production The post Evita: Come Share Her Glory, with Two Actresses appeared …

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Broadbend, Arkansas: A Family’s African-American Dreams, and Struggles by Elysa Gardner

★★★ A new musical examines decades of injustice, and hope, through the eyes of a father and daughter The post Broadbend, Arkansas: A Family’s African-American Dreams, and Struggles a…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Tina: Trying, Too Hard, to Catch Fire by Elysa Gardner

★★ Broadway's latest jukebox tribute honors the queen of rock and soul The post Tina: Trying, Too Hard, to Catch Fire appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A Woman of the World: Promoting a Poet, and Herself by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Kathleen Chalfant turns in a luminous performance as Emily Dickinson's editor in a new play by Rebecca Gilman The post A Woman of the World: Promoting a Poet, and Herself appeared …

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Imagining Madoff: Crimes and Consequences, Through a Philosophical Lens by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Deb Margolin's beautifully crafted, powerfully acted reflection on greed and guilt and the crime of the 21st century returns The post Imagining Madoff: Crimes and Consequences, …

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Bella Bella: Tribute to a Champion, of Feminism and More by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Harvey Fierstein remembers, and plays, "Battling Bella" Abzug The post Bella Bella: Tribute to a Champion, of Feminism and More appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Only Human: Giving the Devil His Due, and Then Some by Elysa Gardner

★★ In a new musical, an aspiring rocker takes us to Heaven and Hell—and tries to upstage Gary Busey The post Only Human: Giving the Devil His Due, and Then Some appeared first on New Y…

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

American Utopia: In Times of Trouble, Bringing on the Funk by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ David Byrne brings good vibes and great music to Broadway The post American Utopia: In Times of Trouble, Bringing on the Funk appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Lightning Thief: Half-Gods and Monsters, at Summer Camp by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Young readers' hero Percy Jackson and his fellow misfits arrive on the musical stage The post The Lightning Thief: Half-Gods and Monsters, at Summer Camp appeared first on New York…

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Georgia Mertching Is Dead: Three Amigas Who’ve Been to Hell and Back by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Millennial survivors take a road trip in Catya McCullen's new play The post Georgia Mertching Is Dead: Three Amigas Who’ve Been to Hell and Back appeared first on New York Sta…

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