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Friday, November 15, 2019

Review: An ‘Evita’ Newly Tailored for Our Time by Jesse Green

City Center’s gala production of the 1979 Broadway musical gives our favorite fascist enabler a feminist makeover.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Review: Playwright Exposes Himself in ‘Black Exhibition’ by Jesse Green

In a new work far from Broadway, Jeremy O. Harris, the author of “Slave Play,” puts his body and soul on the line.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Review: The ‘Tina’ Musical Is One Inch Deep, Mountain High by Jesse Green

Tina Turner gets the bio-jukebox treatment, with all its lows (emaciated storytelling) and one of its peaks (a star-making performance from Adrienne Warren).

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Review: Getting Intimate at ‘Dr. Ride’s American Beach House’ by Jesse Green

In a witty new play by Liza Birkenmeier, restless friends find themselves challenged by the first American woman in space.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Review: Double, Double, Burger and Trouble in ‘Scotland, PA’ by Jesse Green

When “Macbeth” meets McDonald’s, a meaty new musical is born.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Review: Abzug and Fierstein, on the Same Ticket in ‘Bella Bella’ by Jesse Green

When the former Edna Turnblad plays the feminist firebrand of the 1970s, there’s no dress but it’s still a drag.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Review: ‘Forbidden Broadway’ Sticks It to the Great Woke Way by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Gerard Alessandrini’s franchise was looking as long in the tooth as the shows it aimed to skewer. A new edition brings it back to hilarious life.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Review: Mary-Louise Parker in the Subliminal, Sublime ‘Sound Inside’ by Jesse Green

Adam Rapp’s play transfers to Broadway in a rivetingly dark and detailed production by David Cromer.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Review: ‘The Lightning Thief,’ a Far Cry From Olympus by Jesse Green

A musical adaptation of the popular fantasy novel comes to Broadway and goes to Hades.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Review: In the Musical ‘Soft Power,’ China Whistles the Tune by Jesse Green

A complex look at democracy from an Asian perspective turns “The King and I” inside out.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Review: In ‘Terra Firma,’ a Wee Wet Country on the Brink by Jesse Green

This inaugural offering from the Coop squeezes whimsy, character comedy and ecological allegory into one crowded play.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Review: In ‘Heroes of the Fourth Turning,’ a Red-State Unicorn by Jesse Green

An astonishing new play by Will Arbery risks a rare stage subject: Christian conservatism.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Review: ‘Slave Play,’ Four Times as Big and Just as Searing by Jesse Green

Jeremy O. Harris’s Off Broadway hit about race and sex in America shakes things up on Broadway.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

‘The New Englanders’ Review: Trying Too Hard to Be Special by Jesse Green

Gay dads and their “woke genius” daughter face the limitations of life in a patchy new play by Jeff Augustin.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Review: In ‘The Great Society,’ Another Presidential Nightmare by Jesse Green

Brian Cox plays Lyndon B. Johnson at the height of his powers, when history decided to bring him down.

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What to See? Why So Pricey? Our Theater Critics Have Your Answers. by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Ben Brantley and Jesse Green respond to readers curious about the Tony race, hungry for happy fare, and heading to London.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Review: Peter Brook Asks the Ultimate Question in ‘Why?’ by Jesse Green

A new work from one of the indisputably great directors is partly a tribute to theater and partly a warning about theatricality.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

It’s No ‘Glengarry’: A Times Theater Critic Reviews ‘Eyes Only’ by Jesse Green

As a work of high drama, Jesse Green writes, the Trump-Zelensky script lacks stagecraft and subtlety.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Review: In ‘The Height of the Storm,’ Two Stars and an Enigma by Jesse Green

Florian Zeller’s tiresome new play features Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins as a long-married couple, one of whom may be dead.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Review: For These African Immigrants, Life Is a Haunted House by Jesse Green

In ‘runboyrun’ and ‘In Old Age,’ the latest installments of Mfoniso Udofia’s nine-play cycle, America is no place to hide from the past.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Review: ‘Novenas’ Offers Prayers for a Hospital That Died by Jesse Green

The epicenter of New York’s AIDS epidemic, St. Vincent’s (1849-2010) is the subject of a memorial service that’s also a play.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Review: In ‘American Moor,’ an Insider’s Guide to ‘Othello’ by Jesse Green

A new play argues that no one knows more about Shakespeare’s great tragedy than a man “born black in America.”

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

How a Summer Festival Is Shaping New York’s Theatrical Winter by Jesse Green

Seven of this season’s Broadway and Off Broadway shows come from an eight-week theatrical powerhouse in Williamstown, Mass.

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Review: Do You Believe in Miracles? ‘Felix Starro’ Does by Jesse Green

A new musical about a Filipino faith healer bringing “psychic surgery” to America expands the frontiers of the form.

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Review: Public Works Finds the Heroism in ‘Hercules’ by Jesse Green

With shrewd casting and amateur performers joining professionals onstage, a middling 1997 animated Disney musical becomes a pageant of civic engagement.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Review: In ‘Make Believe,’ Four Children Meet Their Inner Adults by Jesse Green

Bess Wohl’s daring, mysterious new play is a comedy of underparenting and a tragedy of selfishness. Or is it the other way around?

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

On Adjacent Stages, Two Haunted Houses, Circa 1882 and 2019 by Jesse Green

A sumptuous Ibsen revival starring Uma Thurman and a knockout premiere by Adam Bock close the Williamstown season with a metaphysical “boo!”

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

‘Fairview’: Watching a Play in Black and White by Jesse Green and Salamishah Tillet

How does who you are affect how you see this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama? Two critics finally have the talk.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

My Summer With Hal by Jesse Green

As a lowly apprentice on a notorious flop, I got to see how the “Dark Prince” achieved his effects and cut his losses.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Dancing Boys and a Bloodthirsty Plant Sidle Up to Shakespeare by Jesse Green

Better known for its classics, the Stratford Festival has long presented fine-tuned versions of Broadway musicals. This year: “Billy Elliot” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Review: Is Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Douglas’ Stand-Up? Theater? Yes, Please. by Jesse Green

A follow-up to the startling and divisive “Nanette” is just as startling and probably just as divisive.

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