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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Review: In ‘Kings,’ Washington Is Where Idealism Goes to Die by Jesse Green

A political neophyte discovers the ethical nightmare of governance — lobbyists and donors and super PACs, oh my! — in Sarah Burgess’s new play.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Review: An Anthology of B-List Broadway in ‘Hey, Look Me Over!’ by Jesse Green

The Encores! series pulls some oddities out of the American musical trunk and comes up with … an oddity.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Review: Eve Ensler Goes Deep ‘In the Body of the World’ by Jesse Green

In a new one-woman show, the author of “The Vagina Monologues” connects global violence and her own life-threatening illness.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Review: An Impresario of ‘Fire and Air’ (if He Does Say So Himself) by Jesse Green

In Terrence McNally’s new play, Diaghilev invents Nijinsky, modern ballet and the 20th century. And that’s just in the first act.

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

Politicians, talk-show hosts, feminists, actors and executioners are featured in intriguing productions opening off Broadway.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Review: Anna Chlumsky and Adam Pally Paint the Town Red in ‘Cardinal’ by Jesse Green

She’s got a big idea and he’s got a big headache in Greg Pierce’s new play about a Rust Belt town on the skids and a desperate plan to save it.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Review: In ‘Balls,’ Billie Jean and Bobby Come Out Swinging by Jesse Green

A new play recreates, sometimes shot by shot, the 1973 tennis match promoted as the Battle of the Sexes. If only it scored any points.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Review: A Bumpy Return to Nigeria for ‘The Homecoming Queen’ by Jesse Green

Ngozi Anyanwu’s comedy wrings all the pleasure possible out of its familiar tropes even as it revamps their meaning entirely.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: The Ghosts of Michael Brown, in ‘Until the Flood’ by Jesse Green

Dael Orlandersmith’s new play explores the lives — both black and white — left behind in the wake of the 2014 police shooting in Ferguson.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: Hipsters Double-Check Their Privilege in ‘Cute Activist’ by Jesse Green

A new comedy at the Bushwick Starr satirizes 20-somethings, gentrifiers, landlords and activists. In other words, Bushwick.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Review: Surprise Lessons From John Lithgow’s ‘Stories by Heart’ by Jesse Green

In a touching tribute to his father and the tradition of reading aloud, Mr. Lithgow recites two classic tales of deception and comeuppance.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: In Solo Shows, Lip-Syncing ‘Hamlet’ and Investigating Home Movies by Jesse Green

At the 14th Under the Radar festival, artists working with found audio and video stretch the boundaries of theater.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: In ‘Mankind,’ Men Are Men and Women Are Extinct by Jesse Green

Robert O’Hara’s latest satire takes on too many targets as it imagines a future world in which men still ruin everything.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Review: In ‘The Children,’ the Waters Rise and a Reckoning Comes Due by Jesse Green

In Lucy Kirkwood’s chilling play, the meltdown of a nuclear power plant is not just an environmental crisis, but an existential one.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Review: In ‘Today Is My Birthday,’ Love Is a Butt Dial by Jesse Green

Susan Soon He Stanton’s new play uses only audio interactions, from voice mail to intercom, to tell a story about the breakdown of intimacy.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Review: ‘A Room in India’ Overflows With Astonishing Visions by Jesse Green

Théâtre du Soleil brings a huge, dizzy epic of all the world’s ills (and theatrical styles) to the Park Avenue Armory.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Review: Real Russians and Fake News in ‘Describe the Night’ by Jesse Green

Rajiv Joseph’s new play jams 90 years of lies, fantasies, propaganda and conspiracy into just under three hours. Also: the worst soup ever.

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The Best Theater of 2017 by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Our chief theater critics on their favorites this year, from “Bruce Springsteen on Broadway” to a host of playwrights tackling life’s chaos.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Review: ‘Once on This Island,’ Revived and Ravishing by Jesse Green

After a dismal theatrical fall, this 1990 musical fable, set in the French Antilles, is a big, bold delight.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

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

Dark plays are fitting for a dark month, and perhaps for our national mood. These productions offer criticism, mystery, warning and hope.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review: Uma Thurman, Trapped in Trumpland in ‘The Parisian Woman’ by Jesse Green

From the creator of “House of Cards,” a Washington-based “Dangerous Liaisons” that isn’t.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Review: Look Up! It’s Amy Schumer in ‘Meteor Shower’ by Jesse Green

The comic actress makes her Broadway debut in Steve Martin’s funny if strained play about two couples sharing a stressful celestial evening together.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Critic’s Notebook: Sondheim Two Ways, From Judy Collins and Melissa Errico by Jesse Green

New cabaret shows offer radically different takes on Stephen Sondheim’s catalog.

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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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