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In a strange and beautiful new play by Will Arbery, finding happiness is a process of failing upward.
A revival of the Fats Waller musical revue emphasizes the blues in its blueprints.
Many of the “great men” who helped America create its classics, its institutions and its own acting style were tyrants. We need to cut them loose.
The comedian’s memoir was funny. But when the new show based on it tries for something deeper, it sinks into bathos.
Édouard Louis grew up scorned by his family for being gay. Now he sees homophobia as part of the portfolio of “humiliation by the ruling class.”
Decoding the Tony nominations, our critics review a season of bold productions that met audiences often craving the familiar.
A critic’s picks in a hard-to-predict Broadway year, plus nods to shows from Off Broadway and other, odder corners.
The Tony nominations spread the wealth among many worthy (and a few unworthy) productions, as if to salute them for arriving at all.
Alice Childress’s 1962 play about interracial love and hate gets its first major New York revival in 50 years.
Samuel D. Hunter’s heartbreaking new play argues for hope even in the face of extreme disappointment.
Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga star in Sam Gold’s oddly uneasy take on the Scottish play.
Seven female farceurs bring Selina Fillinger’s new Broadway comedy about the president’s protectors to life.
Beanie Feldstein stars as the comic Fanny Brice in the show’s return after almost 60 years.
Martin McDonagh’s rollicking comedy about capital punishment, now on Broadway, feels like a perfect fit for our unjust times.
In Tracy Letts’s new play, a tedious City Council meeting cracks open to reveal the secret record of what happened in Big Cherry.
Sam Rockwell, Laurence Fishburne and Darren Criss star in an electric revival of the David Mamet play about capitalism in a junk shop.
James McAvoy gives a ravishing performance, without benefit of prosthetics or props, in a new adaptation alive with the love of language.
Put three gay frenemies in a Palm Springs Airbnb and what happens? In JC Lee’s new comedy, not enough.
Richard Greenberg’s 2002 play about baseball and homophobia gets a fine revival starring Jesse Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
In a new musical starring Joaquina Kalukango, the love between Black and Irish New Yorkers in a Manhattan bar is threatened by Civil War riots.
The Builders Association explores the world of turkers, workers performing thousands of weird, low-paying tasks for an online giant.
Heather Christian’s rapturous new music-theater work turns a tiny amphitheater into a vast cathedral of sound.
Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker star in a Neil Simon comedy that no longer feels very funny.
A trenchant new comedy by Bryna Turner features Mary Wiseman in a comic tour-de-force as the guest most likely to make a scene.
When their body parts start falling off, two women go on a spiritual journey with an Oprah-esque guru in Charly Evon Simpson’s new play.
In a rich new play by Sanaz Toossi, four Iranians and their language teacher find second selves in a second tongue.
New productions of American plays that debuted between 1942 and 2002 offer glimpses into the world in which they first emerged — and into ours.
A new musical imagines the invention of a decolorizing process. Will it save Black Americans from hatred or destroy them?
Sutton Foster also stars in this neat, perky, overly cautious Broadway revival of a musical that needs to be more of a con.
The Encores! series returns with a 1983 musical that, despite its pleasures, wasn’t quite right then and isn’t quite right now.
A new jukebox musical tells the story of Michael Jackson. Except for the big story.