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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Review: In ‘The True,’ Edie Falco Stars as the Soul of an Old Machine by Jesse Green

Albany politics in 1977 may not seem very scintillating. But Ms. Falco brings out the buried drama of an ambitious woman in a man’s political world.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Review: In ‘The Revolving Cycles,’ What Happened to Terrell? by Jesse Green

A woman hunts for her former foster brother. Was he, like so many young black men, a victim of drugs or police or violence? Or did he just disappear?

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Review: In ‘The Emperor,’ Apologizing for a Corrupt Regime by Jesse Green

The shape-shifting Kathryn Hunter plays 11 members of the court of Haile Selassie in Ethiopia, witnessing and regretting the revolution.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

The Shows I’m Afraid to Look Forward To by Jesse Green

Sometimes what you think you won’t like is what you love most.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Review: ‘Collective Rage’ is ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Times 5 by Jesse Green

Jen Silverman’s play takes a spirited look at the emergence of women’s solidarity with the help of Sephora, Shakespeare and a well-aimed hand mirror.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Review: Puttin’ on the Pathos in a Tribute to Irving Berlin by Jesse Green

Hershey Felder plays the composer of “White Christmas” (and dozens of other American song classics) in a relentlessly minor key.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Can Critics Learn to Love the Jukebox Musical? by Jesse Green, Ben Brantley, Elisabeth Vincentelli and Scott Heller

They are often Broadway sensations, but jukebox musicals rarely get good reviews. We invited our critics to stop snarking and tell us what they want.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

An Appraisal: Neil Simon Drew Big Laughs, Then Came a Cultural Shift by Jesse Green

Though he remains the greatest American comic playwright, Mr. Simon was standing over a fault line in the culture that eventually pulled him down.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: In the Berkshires, a Powerful Play and a Classic Musical About Prejudice by Jesse Green

Jen Silverman’s harrowing “Dangerous House” and a revival of “West Side Story” join a conversation about racial and sexual violence.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Review: Familiar Rock Dreams in ‘Gettin’ the Band Back Together’ by Jesse Green

A new “original” musical is usually something to welcome, but when it’s a Frankenstein monster created from spare parts, maybe stay out of its way.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Deep Dives Into Justice From Shakespeare, Wilde and Atticus Finch by Jesse Green

With “The Tempest,” “An Ideal Husband” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the Stratford Festival carries on a conversation about purity and forgiveness.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

5 Shows to See in New York: ‘Pretty Woman,’ ‘Be More Chill’ and More by Jesse Green

August turns out to be a month for musicals, with science fiction, a Hollywood rom-com and dueling garage bands on the agenda.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review: With Only Song and Dance, ‘Don’t Bother Me’ Tells a Huge Story by Jesse Green

The 1972 Broadway musical, closing the Encores! Off-Center season, sketches the history of the resilience of black Americans in song and dance.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Which Show Is Good, Clean Fun: ‘Rocky Horror’ or ‘The Music Man’? by Jesse Green

Playing in repertory at the Stratford Festival in Canada, these mirror-image musicals turn out to be part of the same conversation.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Review: ‘Straight White Men,’ Now Checking Their Privilege on Broadway by Jesse Green

In Young Jean Lee’s smart, thorny play, two brothers (Armie Hammer and Josh Charles) urge a third (Paul Schneider) to own his male prerogatives.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Review: Taming ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ Under a Tent by Jesse Green

An hour north of New York City, a new production of Shakespeare’s impossible comedy finds a sensible way to respond to the #MeToo moment.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Review: At Stratford, ‘Coriolanus’ Is Riveting and Troubling by Jesse Green

The director Robert Lepage, recently criticized for cultural appropriation, finds in Shakespeare’s tragedy a defense of Great Man prerogatives.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Review: A Yiddish ‘Fiddler on the Roof’? Sounds Crazy, Nu? by Jesse Green

A powerful new revival of the 1964 musical offers a kind of authenticity no other American “Fiddler” ever has: It’s in Yiddish.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Review: ‘Mary Page Marlowe’ Lives an Ordinary, Extraordinary Life by Jesse Green

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.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Onstage, the New Gay Agenda Involves Cake and Not Getting Fired by Jesse Green

In the Berkshires, plays by Bekah Brunstetter and Douglas Carter Beane consider equality in the bakery and the rise of the “wonder homo.”

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Review: ‘The Royal Family of Broadway,’ This Time in Song by Jesse Green

A long aborning musical adaptation of the classic backstage comedy demotes a clan of highbrow actors to tacky vaudevillians.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Review: Mary-Louise Parker, Resounding in ‘The Sound Inside’ by Jesse Green

Adam Rapp’s new play, about a Yale professor and a freshman writing student, gets a stunning premiere at the Williamstown Theater Festival.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Review: ‘On a Clear Day,’ Eternally Odd, Gets Yet Another Life by Jesse Green

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!

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Review: In ‘Log Cabin,’ It’s Gay vs. Trans as the Rainbow Crumbles by Jesse Green

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.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Review: With ‘Skintight,’ Idina Menzel Takes On a Straight Play. Sort Of. by Jesse Green

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.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Review: In a Teenage Take on ‘Richard III,’ Now Is the Prom of Our Discontent by Jesse Green

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.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Review: Waiting for Po-Po in a Searing ‘Pass Over’ by Jesse Green

A new play by Antoinette Nwandu puts the epidemic of violence against young black men in a theatrical and historical context.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

The Best and Worst of the Tony Awards 2018 by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Scott Heller and Joshua Barone

A look at the most memorable moments from this year’s ceremony celebrating Broadway.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Review: In ‘Wilder Gone,’ the Pull of Soil, Soul and Preacher Sex by Jesse Green

Delightfully comic juxtapositions (with a serious undertow) make a new play by Angela Hanks perfect for the warming season.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Review: ‘Dan Cody’s Yacht’ Sells Upward Mobility for Dummies by Jesse Green

A private-equity manager gives a local schoolteacher and her finances a yuppie makeover in Anthony Giardina’s new play.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Review: Putting Arthur Miller on Trial in ‘Fall’ by Jesse Green

The great playwright’s treatment of his son Daniel, born with Down syndrome, is the subject of a new and troubling play.

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