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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘Tootsie’ by Gordon Cox

The new Broadway adaptation of “Tootsie” is old-fashioned and proud of it — and it’s a surefire crowd-pleaser, in this musical spin on the 1982 film comedy with Santino Fontana in th…

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Listen: The ‘Dumb Joke’ Hidden in ‘White Noise’ by Gordon Cox

Suzan-Lori Parks’ new play “White Noise” tackles a host of urgent, hot-button topics, including racism and slavery — but, according to the playwright, there’s also a “dumb joke…

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London Theater Review: Maggie Smith in ‘A German Life’ by Gordon Cox

How helpful are warnings from history? Two years ago, in February 2017, Amazon briefly sold out its entire stock of Hannah Arendt’s 500-page treatise, “The Origins of Totalitarianism.”…

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Broadway Review: ‘Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus’ With Nathan Lane by Gordon Cox

Nathan Lane and Kristine Nielsen, two of the funniest people on the face of the earth, play street cleaners tasked with carting away the dead after the civil wars that brought down the Roman…

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Broadway Review: Adam Driver, Keri Russell in ‘Burn This’ by Gordon Cox

The ache for an absent artist permeates Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This,” now receiving a finely-tuned Broadway revival that features incendiary performances by Adam Driver and Keri Russel…

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Broadway Review: Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow in ‘Hillary and Clinton’ by Gordon Cox

If anyone could play Hillary Clinton, it’s Laurie Metcalf – and here she is, in Lucas Hnath’s “Hillary and Clinton,” giving a performance that feels painfully honest and true. And …

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Broadway Review: ‘All My Sons’ With Annette Bening by Gordon Cox

Don’t be fooled by the placid backyard setting, neighborly small talk and father-son joviality at the start of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s blistering revival of Arthur Miller’s …

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Broadway Review: ‘Hadestown’ by Gordon Cox

“Hadestown” triggered a lot of buzz when this wholly American show (which came to the stage by way of a concept album) premiered at Off Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop in 2016. Ar…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Listen: The Biggest Taboo in Broadway’s ‘Beetlejuice’ by Gordon Cox

As “Beetlejuice” gears up for its Broadway opening, the new musical’s creators have spent a lot of time adjusting the dial on the show’s raucous, supernatural comedy, pinpointing jus…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘Oklahoma!’ by Gordon Cox

In Broadway’s new “Oklahoma!,” the audience is just a pounding heartbeat away from Daniel Fish’s revisionist treatment of this iconic American musical. There’s still “a bright go…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘King Lear’ Starring Glenda Jackson by Gordon Cox

Shakespeare nailed it: “Though she be little, she is fierce.” Glenda Jackson may look frail, but the 82-year-old legend performs the noble task of rescuing director Sam Gold’s rickety …

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Listen: How Two Broadway Favorites Play Kids in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Gordon Cox

Kids are central to the storyline of “To Kill a Mockingbird” — and for a while, child actors were going to be central to Aaron Sorkin’s new Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee’s clas…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘What The Constitution Means To Me’ by Gordon Cox

Call it stealth theater. In the disarming introduction to her play “What the Constitution Means to Me,” Heidi Schreck holds forth in an American Legion hall in her hometown of Wenatchee,…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Listen: How Phoebe Waller-Bridge Shocked Herself With ‘Fleabag’ by Gordon Cox

Both onstage and onscreen, the title character in “Fleabag” says things that are pretty outrageous — even to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the woman who created her. Listen to this week’s po…

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West End Review: ‘Emilia’ by Gordon Cox

We know next to nothing of the “Dark Lady of the Sonnets” — nothing beyond what Shakespeare tells us in 26 stanzas of overblown verse. Her eyes were nothing like the sun, of course –…

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Off Broadway Review: Daveed Diggs in ‘White Noise’ by Gordon Cox

Any new play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (“Topdog / Underdog”) demands — and deserves — attention. And in its premiere production at the Public Theater,…

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Broadway Review: ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ by Gordon Cox

In the wake of the long-running “Jersey Boys” and the short-lived “Summer,” director Des McAnuff is back on Broadway with another show built around the song catalog of a music act …

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Listen: The ‘Balls-Out Theatricality’ of Sam Mendes by Gordon Cox

If you find yourself directing a Broadway play with a cast so big it includes a goose, two rabbits, more kids than you can count and an actual infant, what do you do? If you’re Sam Mendes,…

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Off Broadway Review: John Guare’s ‘Nantucket Sleigh Ride’ by Gordon Cox

Anyone who doesn’t have a cottage on the Cape or the Islands, as they say in Massachusetts, might be puzzled by the title of John Guare’s new play.  “Nantucket Sleigh Ride” is no Re…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

West End Review: Tom Hiddleston in ‘Betrayal’ by Gordon Cox

It takes three to tango, and Jamie Lloyd’s “Betrayal” completely grasps that. Having made it his mission to modernize the way we stage Harold Pinter’s plays, his chic, stripped-down …

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Broadway Review: ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ by Gordon Cox

No, Kate doesn’t get spanked. And for those wondering how the dicey ending of “Kiss Me, Kate” — that musical mashup of “The Taming of the Shrew” and backstage battling exes — w…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Listen: The Secrets of Broadway Sound Design by Gordon Cox

Sound design might be the most thankless job on Broadway — because when you get it right, nobody notices. Besides, a lot of theatergoers — and more than a few Tony voters — don’t qui…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Off Broadway Review: Isabelle Huppert in ‘The Mother’ by Gordon Cox

Like “The Father,” which won the 2016 Tony Award for Frank Langella in the titanic lead role, “The Mother,” which features a searing performance by Isabelle Huppert, advances French …

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘Be More Chill’ by Gordon Cox

“Be More Chill” is already a Broadway Cinderella story. A tale of nerdy teen angst and technology by songwriter Joe Iconis and bookwriter Joe Tracz, this geek-love, sci-fi, high school m…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Off Broadway Review: Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s ‘Fleabag’ by Gordon Cox

Watching Phoebe Waller-Bridge, as the lead character of “Fleabag,” trying to resist saying something bitingly perceptive, inappropriately funny and completely unexpected is a study of co…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Off Broadway Review: ‘Daddy’ Starring Alan Cumming by Gordon Cox

Possible spoiler:  The kid ain’t worth it! Some breathtaking design work has gone into the sleek production of Jeremy O. Harris’ “Daddy,” directed by Danya Taymor (“Pass Over”),…

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Listen: The Producer Bringing ‘Oklahoma!’ and Alanis to Broadway by Gordon Cox

Producer Eva Price has been working on Broadway for years now — but this year, she’s really making her mark, first as the lead producer of this spring’s edgy new revival of “Oklahoma…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Off Broadway Review: ‘Superhero’ by Gordon Cox

A 15-year-old misfit, sitting alone on the fire escape and drawing cartoon dreams of a larger-than-life hero to rescue him from the perils of being a teenager. Haven’t we seen this one bef…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Listen: Laura Benanti on ‘My Fair Lady’ and the Secret to Her Melania Trump Impersonation by Gordon Cox

Laura Benanti is now playing her dream role on Broadway. At the same time, the Tony winner (“Gypsy”) is also playing her toughest part ever. Listen to this week’s podcast below…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

London Theater Review: ‘The American Clock’ by Gordon Cox

Time is money. Money is time. Both come unstuck in “The American Clock.” Arthur Miller’s kaleidoscopic account of the Great Depression, part autobiography, part social history, crawls …

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Off Broadway Review: Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ by Gordon Cox

Comfy? Okay, let’s talk Death: sudden death, painful death, lingering death, accidental death, and whatever other kinds of death happen to come into the receptive minds of playwrights Simo…

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