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Monday, April 16, 2018

Review:Carousel at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

A wonderful cast and dances retains this favorite from the Golden Age of Musicals ear and eye hugging sizzle.

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Review:Mlima's Tale at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Beautifully staged and performed world premiere

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Review: Miss You Like Hell at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

The merger of reflections about how misunderstandings can create walls that can destroy a family just like the physical walls built by insensitive politicians, may b…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Review:This Flat Earth at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Lindsey Ferrentino's flawed but timely look at school shootings

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Review:Yerma at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

An intriguing "reinvention" of Lorca's classic Andalusian fertility tale, and a smashing New York debut for Billie Piper.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Review:Three Tall Women at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

A starry cast and perceptive staging make Edward Albee's 1991 play feel almost new

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Review: Lobby Hero at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Kenneth Lonergan's play launches 2nd Stage's life at the retooled Hayes Theater

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

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

Toni Kushner's epic returns to Broadway. . . visually stunning and decidedly of our

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Review:Admissions at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Joshua Harmon's satire targets the very audience buying tickets to see his play

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Review: Later Life at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

A. R. Gurney' economically cast 1993 dramady brought back to life at the Keen Company's Theatre Row hom

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Review:Good for Ottoat curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

David Rabe's epic-length look at mental health care

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Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Norris big-cast, time-traving saga proves that economics can be lots of fun

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Review: Amy and the Orphans at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Lindsey Ferrentino has written an extraordinary play about an ordinary American family. It packs all the elements of a Greek tragedy into just ninety minutes.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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

Jordan Harrison's new play tackles disasters though the ages with two distinct theatrical styles

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo: Homelife & The Zoo Story Review at curtainup.com/l by Elyse Sommer

a finely acted and staged version of Mr. Albee's first play that's now a two-act play that takes us to Peter's home before heading to his park bench meet-up with a volatile…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Review: Kings at curtainup.com/http://www.curtainup.com/kingspublic18.html by Elyse Sommer

Playwright Sarah Burgess takes on the alliances of our legislators and the influence peddling lobbyists and their paid matchmakers. Our Review  

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Review: Bar Mitzvah Boy at curtainup.com by Elyse Sommer

The invaluable York Theater's Musical Mufti series' new version of little known Jule Styne musical.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Review:The Band's Visit on Broadway at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Charming as ever. Don't miss it!

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Review:Office Hour at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Julia Cho's play at the Public is painfully, perhaps too much so, timely

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Review:Junk at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

If Shakespeare were still with us and writing history plays about kings and those seeking to usurp them, he'd not be looking to Holinshed's Chronicles for plot ideas. Instead, like Ayad Akhtar, he'd subscribe to the Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times< to find his dramatic personae

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Review: M.Butterfly at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

David Henry Hwang's bizarre East-West socio-political romance, updated and back on Broadway

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Review: Illyria at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Nelson takes us back to 1958 when Public Theate founder Joe Papp faced the collapse of his dream of free Shakespeare productions. Given where it's runing the Shakespeare festival…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Review:The Last Match at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Anna Ziegler uses tennis as metaphor for the universal game of life. Anna Ziegler uses tennis as metaphor for the universal game of life. Though you don't have to be…

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Review:The Portuguese Kid at curtainup.com by Elyse Sommer

John Patrick Shanley is back with another comedy about moonstruck losers. . .this one aiming for freshness with a running "how could you vote for Trump" joke

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: Torch Song at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

After almost half a century Harvey Fierstein's story about drag queen Arnold Beckoff's quest for a satisfying love and family life is dated, an artifact of gay history on stag…

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Time and the Conways at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

J. B. Priestley's 1937 "time play" presents us with a diverse representatives of the British middle class attempting to prosper and regain its equilibrium in the years between the t…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Review:  The Home Place at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Brian Friel's final visit to Ballybeg at the Irish Rep

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review:No Wake at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Playwright William Donnelly t doesn't always manage to make the glib banter and more painful undercurrents mesh fluidly, there is a lot that's heart-touching and compelling here.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Review:Desperate Measures at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

the emphasis in this very loose take on Shakespeare's play is on comedy and the fine cast and ear-pleasing score succeed in making it wonderfully entertaining

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Review: As You Like It at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

For most of its 100 minutes, John Doyle's production doubles its pleasures. That's even though the running time has probably been cut to half of its usual length and there a…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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

Max Posner depiction of one man's battle with the slings and arrows tossed at his aging mother and the sleeping demons of resentment they stir in him isn't light entertai…

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