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Thursday, October 22, 2020

‘Russian Troll Farm’ Review: Clock In, Undermine Democracy, Clock Out by Jesse Green

A trenchant workplace comedy about the folks who tried to promote Pizzagate, confuse Wisconsin and, ultimately, elect Donald J. Trump.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Review: Manly Trump Sinks Waterlogged Liberals in ‘Shipwreck’ by Jesse Green

Anne Washburn’s would-be epic of power and powerlessness, presented as a podcast, may be too close to current events to fulfill its big ambitions.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Full Analysis of the Tony Award Nominations by Jesse Green

The nominators did the best they could with a Broadway slate hobbled by Covid-19. But some of the Tonys’ problems predate (and will outlast) the pandemic.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Review: What’s ‘Inside the Box’? A Rewarding (Rewording) Time by Jesse Green

In a new show by David Kwong, the noted cruciverbalist offers a collection of games built for Zoom that let the audience be part of the puzzle.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Ben Brantley on Shutting the Stage Door Behind Him by Jesse Green and Ben Brantley

After 27 years and more than 2,500 reviews, The Times’s co-chief theater critic reviews his own tenure and talks about why he’s (quietly) making an exit.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Review: Seriously Satirizing 231 Years of Flotus in ‘45 Plays’ by Jesse Green

From a pro-slavery Martha Washington to a blank-screen Melania Trump, the wives and other women of the U.S. presidents get sent up and dressed down.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Seeing a New Disease but the Same Neglect in ‘Angels in America’ by Jesse Green

A starry selection of scenes from Tony Kushner’s 1993 classic discovers premonitions of another pandemic in the AIDS-era play.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

10 Monologues That Make Solo Music by Ben Brantley, Laura Collins-Hughes, Jesse Green and Alexis Soloski

In a few minutes or a full show, these performers capture heartbreak, fury and laughs. For the words of Samuel Beckett, a disembodied mouth did the trick.

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Two of-the-Moment Monologues and a Multitude of Karens by Jesse Green

One-woman plays by Tracy Thorne and Eliza Bent explore the problems of white power and privilege — and how people who say the right things aren’t helping.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Review: ‘Romantics Anonymous,’ a Challenge to Your Sweet Tooth by Jesse Green

A musical about two French chocolatiers may satisfy the hunger for live song and dance, but keep the insulin handy.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

‘The Humans’ Review: Surviving in a New World and New Medium by Jesse Green

Stephen Karam’s celebrated play about economic distress looks very different in 2020 than it did in 2015 — and streaming is only part of the change.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

How to Birth a New American Theater by Jesse Green, Maya Phillips, Laura Collins-Hughes, Elisabeth Vincentelli and Alexis Soloski

Six months dark. Thousands of artists out of work. Could this disaster have a surprise ending? Five critics on what must change, onstage and off.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

When the Audience Is Stuck at Home, the Play Is in the Mail by Jesse Green

That package in your hallway may be an exciting new theatrical experience. Or maybe not.

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Review: In ‘Three Kings,’ Hot Priest Sheds His Cassock by Jesse Green

The “Fleabag” star Andrew Scott is the entire brilliant cast of a penetrating play about toxic fathers and sons.

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Friday, September 4, 2020

Review: A Pandemic ‘Othello,’ Socially and Otherwise Distant by Jesse Green

The actors quarantined together all summer to produce Shakespeare’s tragedy safely. But they can’t overcome the remove of a camera.

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Monday, August 31, 2020

Review: It’s Just You and Me and Zoom in ‘Here We Are’ by Jesse Green

Theater for One was built on the idea of face-to-face encounters. Moving it online could have been a disaster, but instead it’s a heartbreaker.

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Direct from Edinburgh: Theaters Are Closed, but a ‘Zoo’ Is Open by Jesse Green, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Among the performances you can catch online are a one-woman show about sexual assault and riffs on “Heart of Darkness” and “Rocky.”

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Review: Packing 14 Up-to-the-Minute Monologues in ‘One Room’ by Jesse Green

A collection of short solo works from the Weston Playhouse furthers the redefinition of theater online — and of life in isolation.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

‘A Killer Party’ Review: The Case of the Online Musical by Jesse Green

With broad winks to Agatha Christie and the limitations of remote theater, a serialized song-and-dance mystery goes on. Well, not so much dance.

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Monday, August 3, 2020

The (Virtual) Theatrical Fringe Moves Front and Center by Jesse Green

Expanding content and experimenting with form, the avant-garde finds a congenial new home online, as two recent offerings demonstrate.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Review: A Sci-Fi Classic Featuring a Multiverse of Stooges by Jesse Green

In “The 7th Voyage of Egon Tichy,” an experimental theater lab operating from a closet adapts a timely tale about the solitude of cramped quarters.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Review: Reliving ‘Private Lives,’ This Time Mostly Women’s by Jesse Green

Eight short plays take cues from the 1930 Noël Coward comedy — but now the stakes are different.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Time I Saw Angela Lansbury Instead of the Horse Show by Jesse Green

Not so long ago, top stars brought top musicals to suburban arenas that started their lives as tents.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Review: Covid Responders Have Their Harrowing Say in ‘The Line’ by Jesse Green

A documentary play based on interviews with New York doctors, nurses and paramedics underlines the inequities of a medical system “flawed from its root.”

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

This Is Theater in 2020. Will It Last? Should It? by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green and Maya Phillips

Our critics discuss the last four months, which thanks to Zoom (and Meryl Streep) have been full of experimentation and playfulness.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Hoping for a Theater Bailout? Better Head to London. by Jesse Green

The British government has promised $2 billion to save its cultural institutions, while the American theater, lacking meaningful leadership, is left to fend for itself.

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Review: Apple-Picking Time Again, in ‘And So We Come Forth’ by Jesse Green

Richard Nelson’s fictional family returns, but for the first time this drama of connection in the age of American bewilderment feels smaller than life.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Review: When ‘Tartuffe’ Meets Trump, It’s Revolutionary by Jesse Green

A streaming production of the Molière comedy, with allusions to the White House as well as Black Lives Matter, tears down walls to rebuild a classic.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

First the Play. Then the Soul Searching. But What Comes Next? by Jesse Green

An Atlanta theater company addresses racial inequity in a series of virtual dinners that mix drama with discussion.

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Friday, June 12, 2020

12 Streamable Plays That Depict Black Lives Pierced by Racism by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green and Maya Phillips

From the documentary works of Anna Deavere Smith to brief monologues written in this moment of unrest, dramatists are sounding an alarm.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

No Tony Awards Show? Make Your Own With These Great Moments. by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Michael Paulson, Alexis Soloski, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller and Eric Grode

Miranda’s rap. Rylance’s poems. Jackman’s pelvis. And a brassy reunion for Bea Arthur and Angela Lansbury. Now set your clock for “Turkey Lurkey Time.”

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