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Monday, June 17, 2019

A Strange Loop: The Cycle of Life, on Repeat by Elysa Gardner

★★★★Michael J. Jackson takes on identity, and Tyler Perry, in a funny, haunting and truly original new musical The post A Strange Loop: The Cycle of Life, on Repeat appeared first on…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Secret Life of Bees: Finding Honey in Hard Places by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Duncan Sheik and Lynn Nottage team up for a musical adaptation of the long-cherished novel The post The Secret Life of Bees: Finding Honey in Hard Places appeared first on New …

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Dying City: Lovers, Brothers and Other Strangers by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Second Stage Theater revives Christopher Shinn's intimate play tracing personal struggles in the Iraq War's early stages The post Dying City: Lovers, Brothers and Other Strangers a…

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Underground Railroad Game: Learning From History, Bearing Its Weight by Elysa Gardner

★★★ The acclaimed play looking at slavery's enduring legacy returns to Ars Nova The post Underground Railroad Game: Learning From History, Bearing Its Weight appeared first on New York…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Something Clean: A Child’s Mess, A Mother’s Burden by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Kathryn Erbe is radiant as a middle-aged matron seeking a fresh start after crushing trauma The post Something Clean: A Child’s Mess, A Mother’s Burden appeared first on New…

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Chita Rivera Is Happy to Look Back. But She Never Stops Marching Forward. by Elysa Gardner

The musical theater veteran, 86, will nod at her signature roles in new performances at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Happy Talk: Matchmaking and Mystery in the Suburbs by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Jesse Eisenberg's new play, starring Susan Sarandon and Marin Ireland, puts funny, vexing twists on suburban cliches The post Happy Talk: Matchmaking and Mystery in the Suburbs …

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Pink Unicorn: A Modern Mother’s Quandary, Deep in the Heart of Texas by Elysa Gardner

★★★ A one-woman play casts Alice Ripley as the mother of a gender-neutral teen The post The Pink Unicorn: A Modern Mother’s Quandary, Deep in the Heart of Texas appeared first on Ne…

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Curse of the Starving Class: How the West Was Lost by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Terry Kinney's witty. wrenching new production reveals the 1976 Sam Shepard classic as a play for our times The post Curse of the Starving Class: How the West Was Lost appeared …

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Cast of Beetlejuice on Bringing the Ghost-With-The-Most to Broadway by Elysa Gardner

Early on a Monday evening, the principal cast members of the new Broadway musical Beetlejuice — currently up for eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical — have gathered at their venue,…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Morrissey: This Charming Man, A Broadway Baby by Elysa Gardner

★★★ British rock veteran Morrissey is the latest pop star to invade Broadway, with a residency at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre The post Morrissey: This Charming Man, A Broadway Baby appea…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Ink: Springtime for Murdoch by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ James Graham's new play traces the rise of the British tabloid that helped launch a global media empire The post Ink: Springtime for Murdoch appeared first on New York Stage Rev…

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Gary, A Sequel to Titus Andronicus: Bloody Brilliant by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ The profane and the sublime meet—with Nathan Lane, Kristine Nielsen and Julie White—in Taylor Mac's brilliant Broadway debut The post Gary, A Sequel to Titus Andronicus: …

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Hadestown: Anaïs Mitchell’s Myths and Hymns, from Way Downtown by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Internationally acclaimed folk opera arrives on Broadway, under Rachel Chavkin's direction The post Hadestown: Anaïs Mitchell’s Myths and Hymns, from Way Downtown appeared fi…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Socrates: The Power and Danger of Critical Thinking, in Another Fragile Democracy by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Michael Stuhlbarg makes a triumphant return to the Public Theater in Tim Blake Nelson's bracing, probing new play The post Socrates: The Power and Danger of Critical Thinking, i…

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From Community Theatre to Broadway: Anaïs Mitchell Talks Hadestown by Elysa Gardner

When acclaimed singer/singwriter Anaïs Mitchell first crafted the music, lyrics, and concept for what would become the musical Hadestown, there were few signs her journey would lead to Broa…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Oklahoma!: Back on the Farm, but Without the Bright Golden Haze by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Daniel Fish's acclaimed new take on the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic offers plenty of ambition but not enough joy The post Oklahoma!: Back on the Farm, but Without the Bright Go…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

King Lear: A Role Fit for A Commander by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Glenda Jackson makes another welcome return, leading a supple cast in Shakespeare's tragedy The post King Lear: A Role Fit for A Commander appeared first on New York Stage Revie…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Do You Feel Anger?: Nasty Boys, and the Women Who Endure Them by Elysa Gardner

★★ Young playwright Mara Nelson-Greenberg offers an absurdist, simplistic look at sexism in the workplace The post Do You Feel Anger?: Nasty Boys, and the Women Who Endure Them appeared …

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Lehman Trilogy: An American Dream, and Tragedy, Majestically Recalled by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ Sam Mendes's stunning production of Stefano Massini's rise-and-fall epic arrives in New York The post The Lehman Trilogy: An American Dream, and Tragedy, Majestically Recalle…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, with Hits and Misses by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Broadway's latest jukebox musical mixes timeless music, exuberantly performed, with time-worn platitudes The post Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations, with Hit…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Juno and the Paycock: O’Casey’s Heroine and Her Strutting Foil Return, Gloriously by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ Maryann Plunkett and Ciarán O’Reilly lead a first-rate ensemble in a searing revival of the "Dublin Trilogy" entry The post Juno and the Paycock: O’Casey’s Heroine and…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

The Mother: Female Trouble, in Midlife by Elysa Gardner

★★ A radiant Isabelle Huppert tries to breathe life into Florian Zeller's account of a woman's isolation The post The Mother: Female Trouble, in Midlife appeared first on New York Stage…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Setting the Stage: The Future is Female by Elysa Gardner

While Tony Award–winning scenic designer Mimi Lien was preparing for this season’s Broadway revival of True West, Sam Shepard’s blazing account of fraternal warfare, she drew inspirati…

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Annette Bening on Returning to Broadway in All My Sons by Elysa Gardner

Four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening had not taken a role in a Broadway production since collecting a Tony Award nomination for her debut performance, more than 30 years ago, in the Tina H…

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Alice By Heart: Lost Youth in a Bittersweet Wonderland by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ The creators of Spring Awakening draw inspiration from Lewis Carroll, with luminous results The post Alice By Heart: Lost Youth in a Bittersweet Wonderland appeared first on …

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A playwright brings her hometown to Broadway by Elysa Gardner

For playwright Dominique Morisseau, one of the sweetest parts of making her Broadway debut is being able to bring her hometown with her. Kennedy Prize winner, two-time Obie Award winner, and…

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Hurricane Diane: Staging an Agro-Revolution, in the Jersey Suburbs by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Madeleine George's funny, thought-provoking new play finds a Greek god returning as a gender-bending gardener The post Hurricane Diane: Staging an Agro-Revolution, in the Jersey…

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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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