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Thursday, August 22, 2019

‘Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles’ Review: Inside a Broadway … Tradition! by Jason Zinoman

A fascinating love letter to “Fiddler on the Roof” asks: What makes the quintessentially Jewish musical speak to everyone?

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Dave Chappelle on Broadway: The Joke Is Getting Old by Jason Zinoman

The comic hasn’t adjusted his material for the setting: he’s still defending wealthy, famous peers and joking about transgender targets.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Her Kind of Comedy: Lewd, Vulnerable and Self-Aware by Jason Zinoman

Jacqueline Novak is poised for a breakout with “Get on Your Knees,” a new one-woman show Off Broadway.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

On Comedy: The Wonderful Weirdness of Netflix’s First Great Sketch Comedy Show by Jason Zinoman

“I Think You Should Leave,” starring Tim Robinson, takes absurd premises to unpredictable places.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Jason Zinoman Explains What Michael Riedel Means (Beetlejuice) by Jason Zinoman

The new Michael Riedel column on Beetlejuice is a subtext-rich doozy. Time for a new Reidel translator.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

On Comedy: Instead of Killer Punchlines, Killer Choruses by Jason Zinoman

In a loose-knit scene packing audiences into intimate New York spaces, comedians are getting big laughs with original songs.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Demolition Artist: 3 Critics Debate Ivo van Hove by Ben Brantley, Elisabeth Vincentelli and Jason Zinoman

Visionary stylist or one-trick pony? With “Network” on Broadway and “All About Eve” on the horizon, the multimedia-mad stage director is ready for his close-up.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

On Comedy: The Sociopathic Comedy of Brett Davis by Jason Zinoman

This anarchic, unhinged 30-ish comedian with a demented weekly cable access show also pulls stunts for a podcast, including marrying a Tide bottle.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

On Comedy: Introducing a Major New Voice in Comedy (Who Also Attacks Comedy) by Jason Zinoman

The Australian stand-up Hannah Gadsby examines a culture that excuses abuse and takes on comedy’s pieties. Laughter is not good medicine, in her view.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

On Comedy: Kathy Griffin’s Wild Show: Defiant, Shaken, Then Fainting by Jason Zinoman

In a rambling but dramatic and fascinating performance in Dublin, the comic addressed the fallout from her widely condemned Trump photo.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Elevator Repair Service Tackles Shakespeare’s Problem Play by Jason Zinoman

The experimental theater company stages the Bard’s enigmatic “Measure for Measure” at the Public Theater.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Tracy Morgan’s Post-Crash Comedy Comes to Caroline’s by Jason Zinoman

On the wings of his Netflix comedy special, “Staying Alive,” Mr. Morgan closes a stint at the comedy club with more of his near-death experience quipping.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Tim and Eric Figure Out How to Do the Wrong Thing, Perfectly by Jason Zinoman

These two outsider comedians haven’t exactly gone mainstream, but they’ve had an outsize impact on communications from liquor ads to “Portlandia.”

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Joe Pera and Julio Torres Help Bring Comedy Back to Union Hall by Jason Zinoman

This Park Slope venue was shut down after a fire in March, but it has a strong slate of stand-up the week it reopens.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Three Daughters and a Fraying Father in ‘Napoli, Brooklyn’ by Jason Zinoman

Meghan Kennedy’s new play focuses on Italian parents and their three daughters growing up in Park Slope, Brooklyn, in 1960.

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On Comedy: She Swipes Right on Tinder, and Everyone’s in on the Joke by Jason Zinoman

Lane Moore’s shows involve real men on the dating app, but she works hard to avoid mocking them. The result is a clever show that’s deservedly a hit.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Dear Evan Hansen, You Are a Creep by Jason Zinoman

The dissembling liar at the center of Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen. The hit Broadway musical is testament to the power of skillfully crafted art to obscure moral concerns.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

‘Building the Wall’ Imagines Life After the Terror of 2019 by Jason Zinoman

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan focuses on a near future with New York under martial law.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Suzan-Lori Parks’s ‘Venus’ Revival Comes to Signature Theater by Jason Zinoman

This Pulitzer-winning playwright’s 1996 work, about a 19th-century star of English freak shows, will be directed by Lear deBessonet, an Obie winner.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

‘The Little Foxes’: A Reconsideration by Jason Zinoman

Does Lillian Hellman rank alongside Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller?

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Critic's Notebook: The Last Act for the Ringling Circus by Jason Zinoman

Yes, the three-ring circus can seem like a relic. But something irreplaceable will be lost when this tent is closed for good.

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‘The Light Years,’ at Playwrights Horizons, Examines the Shadows of Showbiz by Jason Zinoman

The Debate Society presents a world premiere based on events at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

On Comedy: Upright Citizens Brigade Raises Prices. Comedy Fans Shouldn’t Laugh. by Jason Zinoman

This theater’s $2 ticket increase is a similar response to market pressures that eventually sent some Off Broadway prices into the stratosphere.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

This Time, It’s Dear Dad, Not Evan Hansen by Jason Zinoman

Steven Levenson, who wrote “Dear Evan Hansen,” now has a play Off Broadway, “If I Forget.”

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Week Ahead: August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ at Manhattan Theater Club by Jason Zinoman

The play, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, focuses on a father-son relationship in a story about gypsy-cab drivers.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

On Comedy: A Year When Death Loomed in the Laughter by Jason Zinoman

Whether they were talking about a wife or a parent, comedians confronted the seemingly taboo subject in stark terms that made us laugh — and think.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Yeah, He Influenced Dylan and Carlin by Jason Zinoman

Jake Broder brings back a cult comedian in the solo show “His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley.”

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Atlantic Theater Company Has a New Musical From David Yazbek by Jason Zinoman

In this adaptation of the movie “The Band’s Visit,” an Egyptian band that arrives in Israel ends up stranded in a remote village after a mix-up at the border.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Review: ‘The Pumpkin Pie Show,’ Night of the Voting Dead by Jason Zinoman

Clay McLeod Chapman uses the bloody tools of horror to satirize this political season.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

It’s Rachel Weisz’s Turn in ‘Plenty’ at the Public Theater by Jason Zinoman

Ms. Weisz is following in the footsteps of Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Kate Nelligan in David Hare’s drama.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Body Image Issues? Lisa Lampanelli Knows the Feeling by Jason Zinoman

The insult comic has channeled anxieties about food and body insecurities into her first play, “Stuffed.”

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