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Friday, August 18, 2017

Review: Van Gogh's Ear  at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

The Ensemble for the Romantic Century unique chamber concerts combied with a theatrically staged narrative begins the company's its season in New York, with the story of the…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Review: A Parallelogram at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Bruce Norris's very dark though frequently funny puzzle play finally lands in New York

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Review: Michael Moore-The Terms of My Surrender at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Michael Moore may not be able to take down our sitting president, but he does lift our spirits

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Review: Singing Beach at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Tina Howe's worthy but flawed real-surreal new play about climate change and aging

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Review: Encores! Assassins at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

a here today-gone in 4 days revival of Sondheim's chilling yet thrilling killer show buoyed by a killer cast

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: Hamlet at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Oscar Isaac as the melancholy Dane at the Pubic Theater

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Review: Soulpepper's Of Human Bondage at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

More than a hundred years and 3 movies later, W. Somerset Maugham's novel comes to the stage, courtesy of Toronto's Soulpepper Company

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Review: Soulpepper's Kim's Convenience at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Soulpepper's home grown comedy hit that seeded a TV sitcom is live and lively again on 42nd Street

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Review: 1984 at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

George Orwell's novel about a dystopian world has been relevant for almost 70 years. Current events have resulted in starry new Broadway production

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Review: Marvin's Room at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Scott McPherson's Bessie still tugs at our heart strings

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: Napoli, Brooklyn at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Meghan Kennedy's 1960 set play bout the effect of the burgeoning social changes and an actual flight disaster on her own family

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review:The Traveling Lady at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

a welcome return to Horton Foote's beloved sleepy Texas town where nothing much happens. . .until it does!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review: Fulfillment Center at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

A formidably talented cast forcefully brings Abe Koogler's unhappy characters to life in this world premiere at MTC's smallest venue

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review:Angels in America at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

The opera version of Tony Kushner's two-part epic finally made its New York debut, courtesy of the New York City Opera Company

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review: Julius Caesar at curtainup.com by Elyse Sommer

a Trump-inspired Caesar steps out of a bathtub to meet those who've come not to praise but to bury him/

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DC Moore's new play for Headlong and the National Theatre

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Review: Cost of Living curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

life isn't easy for Martyna Majok four characters; neither is it always easy to watch them dealing with the blows they've been dealt

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Review: Government Inspector at Curtainup.com by Elyse Sommer

- Don't be surprised if some of the over-the-top characters in Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of Gogol's farce remind you of some of the real life shenanigans in our current body politic.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: Can You Forgive Her?  at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

- the women in Gina Gionfriddo's new play again takes its inspiration from a classic 19th century novel, but less successfully so. . . Read M

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Review: Building The Wall at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Robert Schenkan's cautionary tale written in just a week of outraged reaction to our new administration is a classic case of preaching to the choir. .

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: The Whirligig at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

- Hamish Linklater dons his playwright's hat for a complex story about how the untimely death of a young woman sends her parents and others who knew her into a whirligig of grief and guilt. .

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: The Lucky One at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

-A.A. Milne's 1922 play about sibling rivalry among the upper class gets another go by the Mint Theater.

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Review: Venus at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Suzan-Lori Parks 1996 play given a vivid new production as part of her Signature Residency Read

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Review:Rancho Viejo at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Dan LeFranc intermittently satisfying quirky new comedy

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Review:Heisenberg at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

No uncertainty Simon Stephen's quirky romance being a charmer, especially since it stars Mary Louise Parker

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: Sojourner & Her Portmanteau at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

two chapters of an ambitious cycle about a Nigerian-American famiy playing in repertory at New York Theatre Workshop Read More

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Review:Pacific Overtures at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Stephen Sondheim's complex musical given a timely political focus with drastic, but brilliant new staging John Doyle

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Review: Anastasia at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

The famous Russian princess fairy tale boasts a top team

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Review: A Doll's House, Part 2 at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Lucas Hnuth's highly original sequel to Ibsen's classic adds yet another terrific new play to the Broadway season.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Review: Hello, Dolly! at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Jerry Herman's bouncy score plus Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce . . .no wonder this old-fashioned musical is the season's hottest ticket. .

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Review: Groundhog Day at curtainup.com by Elyse Sommer

- Even an injured knee can't keep Andy Karl from making our visit to Punxsutawney, Pa. fun .

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