All stories by Jesse Green on BroadwayStars

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Review: ‘Mary Page Marlowe’ Lives an Ordinary, Extraordinary Life by Jesse Green

In Tracy Letts’s gripping play, it takes six actors (and a doll) to embody one steely, difficult woman, from infancy to the age of 69.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Onstage, the New Gay Agenda Involves Cake and Not Getting Fired by Jesse Green

In the Berkshires, plays by Bekah Brunstetter and Douglas Carter Beane consider equality in the bakery and the rise of the “wonder homo.”

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Review: ‘The Royal Family of Broadway,’ This Time in Song by Jesse Green

A long aborning musical adaptation of the classic backstage comedy demotes a clan of highbrow actors to tacky vaudevillians.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Review: Mary-Louise Parker, Resounding in ‘The Sound Inside’ by Jesse Green

Adam Rapp’s new play, about a Yale professor and a freshman writing student, gets a stunning premiere at the Williamstown Theater Festival.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Review: ‘On a Clear Day,’ Eternally Odd, Gets Yet Another Life by Jesse Green

The 1965 Lerner and Lane musical has been rewritten every which way to tell its tale of reincarnation. It never works, but oh, those songs!

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Review: In ‘Log Cabin,’ It’s Gay vs. Trans as the Rainbow Crumbles by Jesse Green

A quippy Jesse Tyler Ferguson stars in Jordan Harrison’s shapeless look at what happens when the L.G.B.T. alliance starts to turn on itself.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Review: With ‘Skintight,’ Idina Menzel Takes On a Straight Play. Sort Of. by Jesse Green

Her father’s in love with a 20-year-old boy toy. Her son is a queer studies major. In Joshua Harmon’s new comedy, it’s the middle-aged woman who feels left behind.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Review: In a Teenage Take on ‘Richard III,’ Now Is the Prom of Our Discontent by Jesse Green

A new play transposes Shakespeare’s tragedy to a modern high school, where a student with cerebral palsy has his eye on the senior-class presidency.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Review: Waiting for Po-Po in a Searing ‘Pass Over’ by Jesse Green

A new play by Antoinette Nwandu puts the epidemic of violence against young black men in a theatrical and historical context.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

The Best and Worst of the Tony Awards 2018 by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Scott Heller and Joshua Barone

A look at the most memorable moments from this year’s ceremony celebrating Broadway.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Review: In ‘Wilder Gone,’ the Pull of Soil, Soul and Preacher Sex by Jesse Green

Delightfully comic juxtapositions (with a serious undertow) make a new play by Angela Hanks perfect for the warming season.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Review: ‘Dan Cody’s Yacht’ Sells Upward Mobility for Dummies by Jesse Green

A private-equity manager gives a local schoolteacher and her finances a yuppie makeover in Anthony Giardina’s new play.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Review: Putting Arthur Miller on Trial in ‘Fall’ by Jesse Green

The great playwright’s treatment of his son Daniel, born with Down syndrome, is the subject of a new and troubling play.

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5 Shows to See in New York: ‘Othello,’ ‘Carmen Jones’ and More by Jesse Green

A classic tragedy, a curious musical and three new of-the-moment plays open Off Broadway this month

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the 25 best american plays: The Ones We Left Behind by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Majority rule (mostly). One play per playwright. How we put together the 25 Plays list, and a bid to remember notable writers and favorite works that missed the cut.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Review: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Breaks the Jukebox Musical Mold by Jesse Green

An intermittently thrilling new musical built around 22 Alanis Morissette songs seems to have 22 different themes, all worthy.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Review: Alpha Male Romantic Problems in ‘Devil of Choice’ by Jesse Green

An English professor may have chosen the wrong role model for his love life in “Faust.” Just ask his wife. And his mistress.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Review: Will Death Never Come in ‘Peace for Mary Frances’? by Jesse Green

Upstairs, the matriarch is ready to die. Downstairs, her adult children might kill each other first.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Review: A Raucous Wake for ‘Our Lady of 121st Street’ by Jesse Green

Twelve angry men and women await the return of a missing corpse in a revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s dark comedy.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Review: Downtown Renewal Means Trouble in ‘Paradise Blue’ by Jesse Green

In Dominique Morisseau’s new play, Detroit’s mayor wants to clear “urban blight,” but some black jazzmen say, “We the blight he talkin’ about.”

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Review: A Multiple-Exposure ‘Me and My Girl’ at Encores! by Jesse Green

A 2018 look at the 1986 Broadway version of a 1937 musical leaves some things blurry and others all too clear.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Tony Awards 2018: Who Will Win (and Who Should) by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Passionate agreement on best musical, but after that all bets are off.

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Loving and Hating the Broadway Season: Our Critics Could Have Argued All Night by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green and Scott Heller

Disagreeing on classic musicals, agreeing on “The Band’s Visit,” and worried about a season when revivals outshone new plays.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Review: When the ‘Light Shining’ on Revolution Falters by Jesse Green

Caryl Churchill’s play about a moment of hope after the English Civil War gets a very dark revival at New York Theater Workshop.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Review: A Secret History of Gay Life Uncovered in ‘217 Boxes’ by Jesse Green

Ain Gordon’s new play tells a powerful story of gay life in America from the unusual point of view of a psychiatrist most famous for wearing a mask.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Review: Marin Ireland, on Fire in ‘Summer and Smoke’ by Jesse Green

Even a riveting central performance isn’t enough to release the potential of Tennessee Williams’s follow-up to “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

In a Slim Season, the Tonys Show Love to Brits, Classics and Sponges by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Our chief critics offer reaction to the nominations, which were hard on jukebox musicals and “Frozen” but good to “My Fair Lady” and “Carousel.”

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Review: In Shaw’s ‘Saint Joan,’ a Sane and Sensible Martyr by Jesse Green

Condola Rashad stars in a thoughtful if mostly becalmed Manhattan Theater Club revival of the 1923 play on Broadway.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Review: Hot Stuff Turns Cold in ‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’ by Jesse Green

The late Queen of Disco and pioneer of electronic dance music gets the Broadway jukebox treatment.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Review: Rhyme Gone Wild in ‘The Metromaniacs’ by Jesse Green

A French verse craze inspired a 1738 farce and now a comedy in couplets by David Ives.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Review: Whose ‘Fair Lady’? This Time, Eliza’s in Charge by Jesse Green

Lauren Ambrose stars as a newly empowered flower girl in a gorgeous revival that transforms the classic musical into an ur-text for our #MeToo moment.

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