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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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Monday, September 25, 2017

Review: Mary Jane at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Director Anne Kauffman hit the perennial nail on the head in describing Amy Herzog's title character as a modern day Job

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Small World at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

a small, well-acted play about two men with very big egos

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Review:; The Violin at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Outstanding performances make Dan McCormick's 3-hander about a lost Stradivari worth seeing

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Review:In the Blood at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

unning new production of Suzan-Lori Parks' 2nd Red Letter Play.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Review:On the Shore of the Wide World at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

an early Simon Stephens play at the Atlantic Theater

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review:For Peter Pan On Her 70th Birthday at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Even with a committed cast, headed by Kathleen Chalfant this one act meditation on aging and dying never escapes feeling like watching someone's home movies with commenta…

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Review: The Rape of the Sabine Women at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Michael Yates Crowley's uses a ambitious exploration of a persistent rape culture as experienced by an American high school girl

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Review: F**king A at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

director and cast give new life to Suzan-Lori Parks' 2003 play that's as relentlessly downbeat and bloody as any Greek tragedy

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Review: Prince of Broadwayat curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

sampler of 17 of the shows Harold Prince has directed and some 30 of those shows' breakout hits 

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Review: The Suitcase Under The Bed at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

This evening of 4 short plays by Teresa Deevy completes one of the Mint Theater Company's most ambitious and welcome rescue missions of a playwright whose work deserves wi…

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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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