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Monday, September 25, 2017

Review: In ‘Mary Jane,’ a Young Mother Faces Her Worst Fears by Jesse Green

A child’s illness raises existential questions in Amy Herzog’s heartbreaking new play, starring Carrie Coon, at New York Theater Workshop.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: In ‘Charm,’ Challenges Emily Post Never Dreamed Of by Jesse Green

A transgender etiquette expert faces pupils who have bigger issues than what fork to use in Philip Dawkins’s new play.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Review: A Darker ‘Frozen,’ With Glints of Ice and Murk by Jesse Green

In its out-of-town tryout, the stage adaptation of the highest-grossing animated movie of all time offers delights and difficulties.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Review: Reimagining ‘Peter Pan’ for the Lipitor Demographic by Jesse Green

In Sarah Ruhl’s “For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday,” five siblings face the loss of a parent, their own mortality and a fear of flying.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Review: Sexual Assault as Both History Lesson and Satire by Jesse Green

The playwright Michael Yates Crowley mixes unlikely genres in “The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias.”

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Will the Old Gay Play Have Something New to Say? by Jesse Green

A spate of revivals will allow audiences to consider what’s changed, what hasn’t, and what Bob Mackie has in the sequin drawer.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

5 Shows to See if You’re in New York in September by Jesse Green

Group weddings, Korean pop, a superannuated Peter Pan and a transgender Emily Post are among the promising theatrical experiences of September.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Critic's Notebook: For ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2,’ the Second Time’s Also a Charm by Jesse Green

The arrival of new cast members confirms just how good Lucas Hnath’s play is.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Critic's Notebook: In the Berkshires, Musicals With Ambitions Not Always Realized by Jesse Green

An experimental “Music Man” gets into trouble with a capital T, while a straightforward “Company” gleams and a complicated “Legendary Romance” fades.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hard Truths or Easy Targets? Confronting the Summer of Trump Onstage by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green and Alexis Soloski

Theater has quickly taken on the Trump presidency. Whether what’s onstage can change minds or spark action is open to debate.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Critic's Notebook: A First-Time Visitor Inhales Stratford’s Theatrical Perfume by Jesse Green

Canada’s renowned repertory theater shows off a versatile troupe of actors in plays as varied as “Timon of Athens” and “Guys and Dolls.”

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Review: Michael Moore, Bragging on Broadway, in ‘The Terms of My Surrender’ by Jesse Green

The impish provocateur makes his Broadway debut in a show that’s less post-traumatic Trump therapy than self-aggrandizing autobiography.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Review: Reviving a ‘Really Rosie’ That’s Hard-Candy Cute by Jesse Green

An Encores! Off-Center production of this 1980 musical by Maurice Sendak and Carole King shows how far the story has strayed from the dour books it is based on.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Review: Self, Meet Your Future, in ‘A Parallelogram’ by Jesse Green

If you knew what your life would hold, would you try to change it? And could you succeed? Bruce Norris’s new play answers, “Maybe” and “Not much.”

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as Light as the Open Air by Jesse Green

Don’t look for politicians in the Public Theater’s second Central Park production this season — or real tears. Be glad for the comedy.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: ‘Bubbly Black Girl’ Lets a Smile Be Her Camouflage by Jesse Green

Kirsten Childs’s 2000 musical about internalized racism gets a playful, poignant production at Encores! Off-Center.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: In ‘While I Was Waiting,’ a Man and a Country in Limbo by Jesse Green

In Mohammad Al Attar’s new play, a 20-something Syrian is beaten nearly to death. Will his family and friends (and his country) ever recover?

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Review: ‘Assassins’ Offers a National Anthem for Killers by Jesse Green

In the Encores Off-Center revival of the 1991 Sondheim-Weidman musical, men and women who have shot American presidents get to sing. Will anyone listen?

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

When You Switch Up on a (Broadway) Star by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

One night a week, Donna Murphy takes over the title role in “Hello, Dolly!” from Bette Midler. Alternates, like her, and replacements can help make or break a hit show.

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Listening to the Best (and Worst) of Broadway by Jesse Green

All 13 of last season’s new Broadway shows, plus two revivals, produced cast recordings. Here’s our critic’s take on what to play and what to skip.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Review: ‘Kim’s Convenience’ Shares Family Ties, for Better and Worse by Jesse Green

Ins Choi’s story of a Toronto store and the Korean immigrant family that runs it is at Pershing Square Signature Center.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Critic's Notebook: In a Summer Theater Weekend, Odd Couples and Immigrants on the Make by Jesse Green

Two outstanding performances in a “Children of a Lesser God” revival are a Berkshires highlight.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

5 Must-See Shows if You’re in New York This Month by Jesse Green

It’s politics as unusual on stages across the city in July.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: In ‘Marvin’s Room,’ Who Will Care for the Caregiver? by Jesse Green

Scott McPherson’s 1991 Off Broadway hit about duty to self and to others makes its Broadway debut in a very different world.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: Sisters Plot Their Escapes From ‘Napoli, Brooklyn’ by Jesse Green

In Meghan Kennedy’s kitchen-table drama at the Roundabout, an immigrant Italian family in 1960 seems ready to explode. Then it does.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Review: In ‘Measure for Measure,’ Desperately Seeking Solutions in a Problem Play by Jesse Green

Thrilling argument and a strong American debut make a sometime-strange play soar despite some silliness at Theater for a New Audience.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: In ‘The Traveling Lady,’ Hope and Regret Run Neck and Neck by Jesse Green

Horton Foote’s 1954 drama of repression is given an affectionate if muddy revival.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review: An Immersive ‘Seeing You’ Sends Its Audience to War by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Our chief theater critics went to see the interactive performance piece on the same night, expecting to have vastly different experiences. They didn’t.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: Kevin Spacey as Clarence Darrow, Stadium Size by Jesse Green

At Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, a one-man show about the crusading liberal lawyer defies all of Mr. Spacey’s efforts to bring it to engaging life.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Review: Can Trump Survive in Caesar’s Palace? by Jesse Green

The assassination of a Trumplike figure in the Public Theater’s production of “Julius Caesar” is already revving up outrage.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Review: In ‘Master,’ the Flip Side of a Masterpiece by Jesse Green

What if Mark Twain’s fictional slave Jim wasn’t fictional? What if his descendants included a righteously angry Afro-Futurist artist?

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