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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Review: ‘About Alice’ Brings a Husband’s Eulogy to Life by Jesse Green

Calvin Trillin has turned his heartbroken memoir into a stage play that reincarnates his beloved wife and muse.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Review: In ‘Maestro,’ a Downbeat Look at the Great Toscanini by Jesse Green

The Italian conductor (and philanderer and anti-Fascist) gets the Great Man treatment from Ensemble for the Romantic Century.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Raising a Joyful New Voice in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s ‘Choir Boy’ by Jesse Green

Something groundbreaking on Broadway: The story of “an effeminate young man of color” who finds his strength through singing.

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Obsession, Mourning and Migration at Under the Radar by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Offerings at the festival include a riff on “Uncle Vanya”; a “Frankenstein” adaptation highlighting a mother’s grief; and an intimate tale of displacement.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Theater Reviews: Hate, Hope and Healing at Under the Radar by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

An eclectic opening weekend included sketches and songs by Nigerian women, two unsettling monologues and a punk-rock reminiscence (with mixtape to follow).

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: A Broadway ‘Mockingbird,’ Elegiac and Effective by Jesse Green

Glossy and bristling with fine performances, this adaptation of the 1960 Harper Lee classic gets the Aaron Sorkin treatment.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Review: Downward Mobility Is Upward Morality in ‘Fabulation’ by Jesse Green

A revival of Lynn Nottage’s 2004 satire puts an unexpected spin on the religion of American reinvention.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Review: In ‘Noura,’ an Iraqi Refugee Leaves More Than Home Behind by Jesse Green

In her new play, loosely inspired by “A Doll’s House,” Heather Raffo is radiant as a New York architect caught between cultures.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: Race and Sex in Plantation America in ‘Slave Play’ by Jesse Green

In a staggering professional New York debut, the playwright Jeremy O. Harris unpacks interracial relationships both antebellum and postmodern.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Review: Look! It’s ‘The Making of King Kong’! (No, Not That One.) by Jesse Green

A new play mocks the gender and racial ickiness of the 1933 movie — on a one-paw budget.

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The Best Theater of 2018 by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

It was a year when classics were reincarnated in deceptively modest interpretations, conventional story forms were tossed aside and strong voices roared.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Review: In ‘The Cher Show,’ I Got You, Babe. And You. And You. by Jesse Green

The three faces of Cherilyn Sarkisian Bono Allman are the subject of a new Broadway jukebox musical that’s big on sequins, low on insight.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

5 Shows to See in New York: Not Just Cher but Cher Horowitz by Jesse Green

Off Broadway productions in December consider migrants from Africa, the Middle East and Manhattan, plus one well dressed emissary from Beverly Hills.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Review: Joan Didion’s ‘The White Album,’ Now in Living Color by Jesse Green

A gorgeously illustrated stage version of the classic essay about 1960s California ennui may miss the point.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Critic’s Pick: ‘The Prom’ Review: Bringing Jazz Hands to the Heartland by Jesse Green

A delicious new musical about Broadway narcissists, Indiana homophobes, the possibility of accommodation — and zazz.

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Review: ‘A Chorus Line,’ Still High-Stepping but Showing Its Age by Jesse Green

City Center’s production of the landmark musical from 1975 is a pleasure, an education and a problem.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Review: Going From Schlub to Slick in ‘The Other Josh Cohen’ by Jesse Green

After eight years of development, a peppy musical about the value of persistence proves its own point.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Review: ‘King Kong’ Is the Mess That Roared by Jesse Green and Ben Brantley

The one-ton, 20-foot marionette is impressive, but the $35 million musical he stars in doesn’t even succeed as camp.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Review: In ‘The Thanksgiving Play,’ Who Gets Roasted? by Jesse Green

Larissa FastHorse’s theatrical debunking of the Pilgrims and Natives narrative is really a satire of theatricality itself.

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘American Son’ Puts Kerry Washington in a Maternal Nightmare by Jesse Green

As a black mother with a son in danger, Ms. Washington is up against a situation she may not be able to fix.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Review: In ‘Days of Rage,’ the Revolution Will Be Trivialized by Jesse Green

Steven Levenson’s new play about young ’60s radicals has the unintentional effect of making all protest seem childish.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Review: In ‘Thunderbodies,’ War, Sheeple and Psychedelic Muumuus by Jesse Green

Soho Rep continues its laudable tradition of sure-to-be-divisive plays with Kate Tarker’s word-drunk new satire of … well, something.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘Lewiston/Clarkston,’ America at a Crossroads (Plus Dinner) by Jesse Green

Samuel D. Hunter’s golden diptych, set in twin cities in Idaho and Washington, gets a riveting production, with barbecue, at the reconfigured Rattlestick.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Review: Tracing ‘Plot Points in Our Sexual Development’ Without the Usual Map by Jesse Green

Miranda Rose Hall’s new play about the relationship between a lesbian and a male-identified trans person grows as it goes along.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Review: ‘Gloria: A Life,’ Starring Ms. Steinem and Her Audience by Jesse Green

Emily Mann’s stage biography of the feminist trailblazer is more of a historical pageant than a play, but what happens at the end is riveting drama.

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Review: A Three-Way Smackdown Over ‘The Lifespan of a Fact’ by Jesse Green

When a gassy essayist and a pesky researcher are forced together by a crusading editor you get a topical comedy with a lot to prove.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Review: In ‘Fireflies,’ the Preacher’s Wife Gets Her Say by Jesse Green

Donja R. Love’s fantasia on the married life of a great civil rights orator suggests the price paid by the woman who gives him his voice.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: How Chicago Is Changing Theater, One Storefront at a Time by Jesse Green

Can tiny companies thrive in the shadow of major institutions? In this theater-mad city, the question may actually run the other way.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Review: There’s a Dark, Golden Haze in This Reclaimed ‘Oklahoma!’ by Jesse Green and Ben Brantley

A stripped-down, communal version of the 1943 musical reveals a great complex work of theater, with chili and cornbread included.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Review: In Scathing ‘Downstate,’ Sympathy for the Devils by Jesse Green

Bruce Norris’s new play at the Steppenwolf Theater Company applies his usual cynicism to questions of justice and vengeance for sex offenders.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

5 Shows to See in New York: With Glenn Close, Michael Cera and More by Jesse Green

Revivals, transfers and new plays that look to the past make for an unusually reflective October theater scene.

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