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In Tracy Letts’s gripping play, it takes six actors (and a doll) to embody one steely, difficult woman, from infancy to the age of 69.
In the Berkshires, plays by Bekah Brunstetter and Douglas Carter Beane consider equality in the bakery and the rise of the “wonder homo.”
A long aborning musical adaptation of the classic backstage comedy demotes a clan of highbrow actors to tacky vaudevillians.
Adam Rapp’s new play, about a Yale professor and a freshman writing student, gets a stunning premiere at the Williamstown Theater Festival.
The 1965 Lerner and Lane musical has been rewritten every which way to tell its tale of reincarnation. It never works, but oh, those songs!
A quippy Jesse Tyler Ferguson stars in Jordan Harrison’s shapeless look at what happens when the L.G.B.T. alliance starts to turn on itself.
Her father’s in love with a 20-year-old boy toy. Her son is a queer studies major. In Joshua Harmon’s new comedy, it’s the middle-aged woman who feels left behind.
A new play transposes Shakespeare’s tragedy to a modern high school, where a student with cerebral palsy has his eye on the senior-class presidency.
A new play by Antoinette Nwandu puts the epidemic of violence against young black men in a theatrical and historical context.
A look at the most memorable moments from this year’s ceremony celebrating Broadway.
Delightfully comic juxtapositions (with a serious undertow) make a new play by Angela Hanks perfect for the warming season.
A private-equity manager gives a local schoolteacher and her finances a yuppie makeover in Anthony Giardina’s new play.
The great playwright’s treatment of his son Daniel, born with Down syndrome, is the subject of a new and troubling play.
A classic tragedy, a curious musical and three new of-the-moment plays open Off Broadway this month
Majority rule (mostly). One play per playwright. How we put together the 25 Plays list, and a bid to remember notable writers and favorite works that missed the cut.
An intermittently thrilling new musical built around 22 Alanis Morissette songs seems to have 22 different themes, all worthy.
An English professor may have chosen the wrong role model for his love life in “Faust.” Just ask his wife. And his mistress.
Upstairs, the matriarch is ready to die. Downstairs, her adult children might kill each other first.
Twelve angry men and women await the return of a missing corpse in a revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s dark comedy.
In Dominique Morisseau’s new play, Detroit’s mayor wants to clear “urban blight,” but some black jazzmen say, “We the blight he talkin’ about.”
A 2018 look at the 1986 Broadway version of a 1937 musical leaves some things blurry and others all too clear.
Passionate agreement on best musical, but after that all bets are off.
Disagreeing on classic musicals, agreeing on “The Band’s Visit,” and worried about a season when revivals outshone new plays.
Caryl Churchill’s play about a moment of hope after the English Civil War gets a very dark revival at New York Theater Workshop.
Ain Gordon’s new play tells a powerful story of gay life in America from the unusual point of view of a psychiatrist most famous for wearing a mask.
Even a riveting central performance isn’t enough to release the potential of Tennessee Williams’s follow-up to “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
Our chief critics offer reaction to the nominations, which were hard on jukebox musicals and “Frozen” but good to “My Fair Lady” and “Carousel.”
Condola Rashad stars in a thoughtful if mostly becalmed Manhattan Theater Club revival of the 1923 play on Broadway.
The late Queen of Disco and pioneer of electronic dance music gets the Broadway jukebox treatment.
A French verse craze inspired a 1738 farce and now a comedy in couplets by David Ives.
Lauren Ambrose stars as a newly empowered flower girl in a gorgeous revival that transforms the classic musical into an ur-text for our #MeToo moment.