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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Freestyle Love Supreme: Going with the Flow by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ A hip-hop improv group co-founded by Lin-Manuel Miranda makes an exuberant return The post Freestyle Love Supreme: Going with the Flow appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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The Shadow of a Gunman: Dangerous Games in Dublin by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Irish Repertory Theatre's Sean O'Casey season kicks off with this piercing look at Ireland's troubles before The Troubles. The post The Shadow of a Gunman: Dangerous Games in Du…

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Adam Driver and Keri Russell Share the Stage in Burn This by Elysa Gardner

When Pulitzer Prize-winner Lanford Wilson’s Burn This first opened on Broadway in 1987, its four-member cast included a luminous young actress named Joan Allen — already an accomplished …

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Charles Busch’s New Phase Isn’t Drag. It’s Green Paisley. by Elysa Gardner

Busch’s latest cabaret show, “Native New Yorker,” brings a change of sartorial style and the music of the 1970s to Feinstein’s/54 Below.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

My Fair Lady: A Loverly, and Fierce, New Eliza by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ Laura Benanti and other new recruits bring fresh joy and fire to Bartlett Sher's ravishing revival The post My Fair Lady: A Loverly, and Fierce, New Eliza appeared first on N…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

True West: Shepard’s Raging Brothers Return by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano make their own mark in the first Broadway revival of this modern classic The post True West: Shepard’s Raging Brothers Return appeared first on N…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Eddie and Dave: Running with the Devil, in Drag by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ A storied rock & roll rivalry is revisited hilariously, with a gender twist (and tenderness), in Amy Staats's new play The post Eddie and Dave: Running with the Devil, in D…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Fierstein, Lauper, and Mitchell on Kinky Boots: The Happiness Factory by Elysa Gardner

While Harvey Fierstein was getting the Tony Award–winning musical Kinky Boots on its feet, he and a few collaborators coined a term for the show: “The Happiness Factory.” As everyone n…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

LaBute New Theater Festival: Reasons to be Wary, of Modern Life by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Three new one-act plays by Neil LaBute find men and women grappling with contemporary and historical issues The post LaBute New Theater Festival: Reasons to be Wary, of Modern Life…

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

On Blueberry Hill: Unlikely Bedfellows, in Crime and Forgiveness by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ From Ireland, a tale of two (very different) tortured souls, and towering performances The post On Blueberry Hill: Unlikely Bedfellows, in Crime and Forgiveness appeared first o…

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

New Year’s Eve: A Guide to Music and Comedy Events by Jon Caramanica, Elysa Gardner, Sean L. McCarthy, Jon Pareles and Giovanni Russonello

Phish at the Garden, drag shows in Brooklyn, jazz in the Village, comedy perilously close to Times Square and more: Where to laugh, dance, mosh and jam in 2019.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: Family Fun in Whoville by Elysa Gardner

★★★ The holiday favorite returns to Madison Square Garden, with Gavin Lee as the titular grouch The post Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: Family Fun in Whoville appea…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

To Kill A Mockingbird: A Timeless Favorite, Revered and Reborn by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ Aaron Sorkin and director Bartlett Sher reintroduce Harper Lee's beloved work as a play for our times, or any other The post To Kill A Mockingbird: A Timeless Favorite, Rever…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Clueless: As If… It Were Still the ’90s by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Amy Heckerling brings unapologetic nostalgia and joy to a musical adaptation of her '90s film, featuring Disney star Dove Cameron The post Clueless: As If… It Were Still the …

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Humor and Heart Make for a Great Night Out at Pretty Woman: The Musical by Elysa Gardner

It was easy to predict that a musical adaptation of Pretty Woman would find fans on Broadway. As producer and veteran film executive Paula Wagner points out, the 1990 movie, starring Julia R…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Bob Mackie’s Iconic Looks Head to Broadway in The Cher Show by Elysa Gardner

When the subject of a Broadway show is an icon of both music and fashion, it’s vital that the piece be dazzling both visually and aurally. To ensure this was the case for The Cher Show, se…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz on Crafting Be More Chill by Elysa Gardner

Teenage outsiders have not traditionally been considered ripe fodder for musical theater — heightened emotions like those expressed in, say, West Side Story notwithstanding. Be More Chill,…

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Two By Friel: Love Stories, Fleeting and Bittersweet by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Director Conor Bagley pairs lovely, haunting accounts of innocence and experience by Brian Friel The post Two By Friel: Love Stories, Fleeting and Bittersweet appeared first on …

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Monday, November 19, 2018

The Hard Problem: Puzzling Over Beautiful Enigmas, the Mind and Heart by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ In Tom Stoppard's brilliant, moving new play, very smart people grapple with very big questions The post The Hard Problem: Puzzling Over Beautiful Enigmas, the Mind and Heart…

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What to Send Up When It Goes Down: Making Black Lives Matter Through Art by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Aleshea Harris's new play and "ritual" commemorates violence and a celebrates a community's resilience The post What to Send Up When It Goes Down: Making Black Lives Matter Thro…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Prom: Bringing Red and Blue Together with Song and Dance by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Broadway actors invade a Midwestern town to help a teenage lesbian, and themselves, in a new musical comedy helmed by Casey Nicholaw The post The Prom: Bringing Red and Blue Togeth…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Thom Pain (based on nothing): Life, the Art of the Possible by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Will Eno's early one-man play is revived, its brutality and beauty in tact. The post Thom Pain (based on nothing): Life, the Art of the Possible appeared first on New York Stage…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

King Kong: The Beast Is Us, with Special Effects by Elysa Gardner

★★ A new, extravagant musical adaptation offers a feminist but emotionally exploitative take on the classic tale The post King Kong: The Beast Is Us, with Special Effects appeared first …

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Usual Girls: Aching Just Like A Woman, and Breaking Too by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Ming Peiffer charts the fraught, funny, frightful journey from female adolescence to womanhood in a stirring new play The post Usual Girls: Aching Just Like A Woman, and Breakin…

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

American Son: Modern Injustice, Wrought As Melodrama by Elysa Gardner

★★ Topical and vital concerns get mired in banality in the new play marking Kerry Washington's return to Broadway The post American Son: Modern Injustice, Wrought As Melodrama appeared f…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Torch Song: Fierstein’s Epic, Shorter But Fierce and Funny As Ever by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Michael Urie shines in a condensed version of Harvey Fierstein's still-pertinent, piercing and accessible comedy The post Torch Song: Fierstein’s Epic, Shorter But Fierce …

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Days of Rage: Talking About a Revolution, 50 Years Back by Elysa Gardner

★★★ The latest from Dear Evan Hansen playwright Steven Levenson follows young protesters in a divided nation The post Days of Rage: Talking About a Revolution, 50 Years Back appeared f…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

The Niceties: Inside Ivy Walls, No Room For Empathy by Elysa Gardner

★★ Two women separated by age and race find no common humanity in Eleanor Burgess's dispiriting new play The post The Niceties: Inside Ivy Walls, No Room For Empathy appeared first on Ne…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Lewiston/Clarkston: A Western Landscape, Majestic and Tragic by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ Samuel D. Hunter surveys the America we still don't know well enough in his beautiful, haunting two-part play The post Lewiston/Clarkston: A Western Landscape, Majestic and T…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Mother of the Maid: A Soldier and Her Other Heart by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ Glenn Close brings Joan of Arc's mother to radiant life in a luminous account of women's strength, and love The post Mother of the Maid: A Soldier and Her Other Heart appeare…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Popcorn Falls: Small-Town Drama, Played For Laughs by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Christian Borle directs two other facile funny men in a play by James Hindman. The post Popcorn Falls: Small-Town Drama, Played For Laughs appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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