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Monday, September 17, 2018

Review:Collective Rage at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Jen Silverman's quintet of unhappy gender bashing Betty Boops doesn't always achieve its satiric aim

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Review: Uncle Vanya at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Richard Nelson has Chekhov's unhappy Russians air their unhappiness and grievances around a kitchen table

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Review: Days to Come at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

The Mint takes a new look at Lillian Hellman failed play.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Review:Pretty Woman at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

another movie hit sings and dances to Broadway, this one with an essentially sleazy pair turned into fairy tale romantic lovers. . .

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Review:Gettin' the Band Back Together at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

this newly devised musical leans mighty . heavily on better shows based on similar scenario

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Review:straight White Men at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

It would be nice to see this first Broadway production by an Asian-American woman as a sign that America will soon be a more welcoming place for people of all backgrounds, color…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Review: Head Over Heels at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Jukebox musicals come simple and glitzy-- like this elaborately staged mashup of a 16th Century romance and the Go-Go songbook. . .

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Review: Smokey Joe's Cafe; at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

l Joshua Bergasse's dynamic choreography and direction make this revival just the respits we all need from what nature and the White House has been sending our way

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Review:Fire In Dreamland at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Rebecca Naomi Jones delivers dauntingly long monologues with plenty of fire and verve though Rinne Groff's play fails to fully live up to its potential Elyse Sommer

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Review:Mary Page Marlowe at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

This doesn't have the fire and fury of August Osage County. But any theatergoer who appreciates fine acting and willing to tackle a challengingly structured play won'…

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Review: On A Clear Day You Can See Forever at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

this musical's story will never be without credibility issues but as adapted and directed by Charlotte Moore, it's now more fun than flawed.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Review: Carmen Jones at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

John Doyle applies his essential staging style tithis rare revival at Classic Stage. And it works!

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Review:Girls & Boys at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Audible's latest production at the Minetta Lane Theater stars Carey Mulligan in a contemporary marital drama which ends with a nod to the Greek tragedians

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Review:Cyprus Avenue at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

a provoative new play with a riveting Stephen Rea as its central character

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Review: Conflict at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

a better late than never revival of Miles Malleson's political love story

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

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

The delightful Shakespeare inspired musical is terrific as ever at New World Stages

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Review:Dan Cody's Yacht at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

A new play about the have and have not society's effect on equal educational opportunities. . .

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Review:Peace for Mary Frances at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Well acted, nicely staged but flawed new play from the New Group.

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The Beast In The Jungle Review: at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

The sublime cast of dancers headed by two stars from Broadway and the classical Ballet World beautifully evokes the glad, sad and and scary elements of this half a century spanning …

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Review: Our Lady of 121st Street at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Elyse Sommer Stephen Adly Guirgis's early play still a terrific dark human comedy

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Review:Paradise Blue at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Dominique Morisseau's bluesy tribute to August Wilson, with a noirish nod to Tennessee Williams

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Review: A Brief History Of Women at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Alan Ayckbourn's latest comedy is more the history of an ordinary man and an extraordinarily grand house

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Review:Unexpected Joy at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

a big-voice femal quartet in a timely if not groundbreaking musical about issues dividing modern American families

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Review:Summer And Smoke at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Even in a disappointing production like this, Williams's language still gives Marin Ireland, this Alma, an opportunity to break our hearts.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Review:Travesties at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

A deliciously song and dance infused revival of Tom Stoppard's absurdist farce

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Review: Summer at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

the latest "jukesical" to hit Broadway, this one with 3 Donna Summers

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Review:Transfers at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Lucy Thurber's well directed, staged and acted but flawed new play

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Review:My Fair Lady at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

A lavishly staged new production of the ever "loverly" classic musical

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Monday, April 23, 2018

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

the best reason to see this little known 18th Century playwright's farce, is that it's adapted by wordsmith extraordinary

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

The billion dollar franchise is sure to be a theatrical juggernaut

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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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