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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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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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