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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Review:Tootsie at by Elyse Sommer

To paraphrase Al Jolson's famous song, Toot, toot,Tootsie, hello!

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Review: Hadestown by Elyse Sommer

the most original new musical on Broadway takes us to hell and back to a soaring musical score. . .

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Review:Hillary and Clinton at by Elyse Sommer

> ryclinton19.html">Hillary and Clinton - Laurie Metcalf is the chief reason to see Lucas Hath's imagined fly-on-the-wall peek at three scenes from a complicated marriage made e…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Review: Socrates at by Elyse Sommer

Justice,friendship, virtue,poetry,theater, death, democracy! Tim Blake Nelson takes us through a Socrates' wide ranging philosophical ponderings about the meaning of life within…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Review: Oklahoma! at by Elyse Sommer

Daniel Fish's new look at the musical that launched the golden age of musicals. . .the ear hugging tunes are still there, but with a far less sunny interpretation. .

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Review:Mrs. Murray's Menagerie at by Elyse Sommer

Ars Nova launches its moves to a new home with a new play devised by The Mad Ones

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Review:King Lear at by Elyse Sommer and Deirdre Donovan

this is indeed a not to be missed star turn by Jackson, with enough positive assets to overcome the directorial missteps.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Review:The Cradle Will Rock at by Elyse Sommer

Marc Blitzstein's allegorical play with music revived by John Doyle at Classic Stage

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Review: The Lehman Trilogy at by Elyse Sommer

Three superb actors lead us through the journey of three immigrant brothers' from Bavaria to America, from store keepers to bankers, from "too big to fail" to failure

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: White Noise at by Elyse Sommer

Suzan-Lori Parks inventive new play, beautifully staged and performed at the Public Theater

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Friday, March 22, 2019 by Elyse Sommer

A golden oldie musical with a great cast, stunning choreography, and just enough tweaking to be in tune with our MeToo zeitgeist

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Review:Juno and the Paycock at by Elyse Sommer

, , ,a moving and very timely highlight of the Irish Rep's Sean O'Casey season

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Review:If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhf*cka at by Elyse Sommer

Another play about teens with self-image issues, this one set in a fictional Nigerian Village.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Review:The Mother at by Elyse Sommer

Isabelle Huppert stars as the title character in this chapter of Florian Zeller's trilogy about mental illness, in this case dementia triggered by empty nest syndrome and anxiety ab…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Review: Daddy at by Elyse Sommer

A deluxe production of a flawed play co-produced by the New Group and Vineyard Theatre, and starring Alan Cumming in the title role

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Review: The Cake at by Elyse Sommer

You may not agree with Debra Jo Rupp's refusal to bake a cake for a same sex wedding, but you'll enjoy the 90 minutes you spent with her at Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage I

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Review: Sea Wall / A Life at by Elyse Sommer

Do 2 stellar actors, 2 successful playwrights, 2 thematically linked monologues add up to truly electic theatrical experience?

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stageReview: Merrily We Roll Along at by Elyse Sommer

. Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1981 flop given a new life by Fiasco Theater and Roundabout Theatre Company

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Review:Fiddler On the Roof in Yiddish at by Elyse Sommer

A not to be missed version of the golden era's most perfect musical. . ..

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Review: The Price Of Thomas Scott at by Elyse Sommer

With its latest rescue mission the Mint Theater Company has returned to that corner of theatrical attic reserved for forgotten and under appreciated women playwrights.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Review: The Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O'Casey at by Elyse Sommer

The Irish Rep launches its Sean O'Casey season with his Dublin trilogy's first play

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Review: The Dance of Death at by Elyse Sommer

Strindberg's warring couple newly evisioned by Conor McPherson, stylishly staged and performed. .

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Review:True West at by Elyse Sommer

As portrayed by Ethan Hawkes and Paul Dano, Sam Shepard's battling siblings once again make for a highly entertaining, provocative theater experience.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Review: Eddie and Dave at by Elyse Sommer

interesting cross gender casting but essential only for Van Halen devotees

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Review:To Kill A Mockingbird at by Elyse Sommer

A beautifully acted and staged new and more relevant production of Harper Lee's iconic novel

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019 by Elyse Sommer

The popular boarding school genre gets a fresh new life with spirit lifting songs

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Review: Blue Ridge at by Elyse Sommer

Abby Rosebrook's play is blessed by having Marin Ireland and a stellar ensemble to portray the damaged people in her play set in a religious halfway house in Appalachia

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Review: Clueless, the Musical at by Elyse Sommer

Another stylishly staged and energetically performed musical based on a cult high school movie

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Review: Fabulation at by Elyse Sommer

Cherise Boothe is a terrific Undine in a smartly staged legacy production of Lynn Nottage's play Read More

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Review:Noura at by Elyse Sommer

The dysfunctional family drama is getting wuite a workout in Heather Raffo's new play

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Review: Noura at by Elyse Sommer

The American dysfunctional family drama gets quite a workout in Heather Raffo's new play. It even includes a riff on Ibsem

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