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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Review: Who Is ‘Harry Clarke,’ and Why Is He So Appealing? by Jesse Green

Billy Crudup is having a blast as a Midwestern sad sack and his English alter ego in David Cale’s one-man, double-life play at the Vineyard.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Review: A Girl’s Kerouac Dreams Go Astray in ‘The Mad Ones’ by Jesse Green

Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk’s musical is about a high school senior who finds inspiration and danger in “On the Road.”

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review: ‘School Girls’ Is a Gleeful African Makeover of an American Genre by Jesse Green

Jocelyn Bioh’s new play takes the “Mean Girls” genre to a boarding school in Ghana, refreshing and deepening it in the process.

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Review: A Brief ‘Brigadoon’ That’s Almost Like Falling in Love by Jesse Green

City Center’s gorgeous revival of the Lerner & Loewe musical, staged by Christopher Wheeldon and starring Kelli O’Hara, disappears after Sunday.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: John Leguizamo Goes for Easy Laughs in ‘Latin History’ by Jesse Green

Two millenniums of oppression may not seem very funny, but in his latest one-man show, Mr. Leguizamo hones the art of comic revisionism.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Review: In ‘Actually,’ a Case of She Said, He Said and They Said by Jesse Green

In Anna Ziegler’s new play, a charge of sexual assault on a college campus leads to a hearing that may be worse than the events that prompted it.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Review: ‘Office Hour’ Is the Play That Goes Bang by Jesse Green

In Julia Cho’s tense new work, a creative-writing teacher tries to reach a shut-down (and possibly armed) young student.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Review: ‘Uncommon Sense’ Looks at Life on the Autism Spectrum by Jesse Green

With nonverbal characters and savants, a new play demonstrates just how broad and multicolored that spectrum is.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Review: In a Double Bill of Physical Comedy, Laughter Is the Best Reflex by Jesse Green

“Marcel” and “The Art of Laughter” at Theater for a New Audience offer a demonstration and then a master class in European-style clowning.

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Broadway’s Comic Chameleon Writes a Heartfelt New Tune by Jesse Green

Known for brassy musicals like “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” David Yazbek is also a dark solo act. Now, with “The Band’s Visit,” his different personas come together.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Review: The Horror Show of Rehab in ‘People, Places & Things’ by Jesse Green

Denise Gough is sensational as a strung-out actress facing a world of questions about addiction and responsibility in a play by Duncan Macmillan.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Review: Throwback ‘Portuguese Kid’ Will Do Anything for a Laugh by Jesse Green

With its relentless fusillade of punch lines, John Patrick Shanley’s new play starring Jason Alexander and Sherie Rene Scott winds up on the ropes.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Review: It’s Law vs. Order in ‘Jesus Hopped the “A” Train’ by Jesse Green

A riveting revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s prison drama may be more timely today than at its premiere in 2000.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Review: The Brilliant Disguises of ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ by Jesse Green

In a hybrid of concert and autobiography, Bruce Springsteen delivers a major statement about his life’s work — but also a major revision of it.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: The Future is Always Present in ‘Time and the Conways’ by Jesse Green

Elizabeth McGovern stars as a narcissistic materfamilias in the first Broadway revival of J. B. Priestley’s 1937 metaphysical drama.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Review: In ‘Too Heavy for Your Pocket,’ Who Can Afford Civil Rights? by Jesse Green

A young black man in 1961 must choose between going to college and joining the Freedom Rides in Jiréh Breon Holder’s play at Roundabout Underground.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Review: In ‘Breeders,’ Parenting as a (Literal) Cage Match by Jesse Green

Does having children tame the wild gay spirit? To answer the question, a new satire by Dan Giles looks to an unusual pair of experts.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Review: An ‘As You Like It’ That Is More Prose Than Poetry by Jesse Green

The director John Doyle brings to Shakespeare the same techniques that helped him refresh many a musical. So why doesn’t it work?

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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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