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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Review: The Wrong Man at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

With the help of Hamilton.>'s director Thomas Kail and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire, Ross Golan's almost two dozen story telling songs became the musical, The Wrong Man, now …

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Review: The Height of the Storm at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce manage to turn Florian Zeller's overly clever script into a truly unmissable point counterpoint duet.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Review: Sunday at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Expectations for any play written by Jack Thorne. . .but the magic of Harry Potter is missing from his take on a book group that brings together a group of 20-something …

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Review: Fern Hill at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Michael Tucker's dramedy adds up to a pleasant two hours, thanks to excellent actors

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Feature at curtainup.com/ BInge Streaming Part 2: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel & Shitsel by Elyse Sommer

Watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was a lot like going to see a hot ticket show on Broadway, while Shitselwas more like seeing something new and more low key Off-Broad…

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Feature:How "Streaming" Eased the Summer of My Discontent at curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

Overview of blockbuster streamers Madam Secretary and The Cro

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Review:Tootsie at curtainup.com by Elyse Sommer

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

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Review: Hadestown atcurtainup.com 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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com 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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com 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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com/ 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

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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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com/ 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 curtainup.com/ by Elyse Sommer

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

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