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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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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Review: Sound, or Silence? A Passionate Debate in ‘Children of a Lesser God’ by Jesse Green

The first Broadway revival of Mark Medoff’s 1980 play shows that it was ahead of its time about deafness, but not about gender.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Review: On the Road With Mom in ‘Miss You Like Hell’ by Jesse Green

A new musical at the Public Theater reinvents the family road trip narrative as a mother-daughter tale of immigration policy gone astray.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Review: In ‘Bobbie Clearly,’ It’s Crime, Punishment and Then What? by Jesse Green

Years after committing a senseless murder, a young man returns to his Nebraska hometown. That’s when the real trial begins.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Review: The Chaos Beneath the Chorale in ‘The Lucky Ones’ by Jesse Green

A new electro-folk singspiel by the authors of “100 Days” finds horror under the skin of a seemingly idyllic childhood.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Review: Glenda Jackson Gets Her Queen Lear Moment in ‘Three Tall Women’ by Jesse Green

After 23 years in politics, the English star of “Elizabeth R” returns to the American stage in a torrential revival of Edward Albee’s play.

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5 Shows to See in New York: ‘Children of a Lesser God,’ ‘Mlima’s Tale’ and More by Jesse Green

Beyond the blockbuster musicals (and Harry Potter) this month, there are a handful of potential gems like “Saint Joan,” “Miss You Like Hell” and “Iceman Cometh.”

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Review: A Moving ‘Winter’s Tale,’ With Women in Charge by Jesse Green

Arin Arbus’s new production at Theater for a New Audience makes a powerful case for one of Shakespeare’s strangest works.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review: ‘Frozen’ Hits Broadway With a Little Magic and Some Icy Patches by Jesse Green

The neurotic stage musical adaptation of the animated blockbuster raises questions about how Disney transforms its biggest hits.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Agony and Ecstasy of Writing Negative Reviews by Jesse Green

The Parrotheads were after me. Parrotheads are fans of the singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett and I am the co-chief theater critic for The New York Times. Normally our flight paths would not…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Review: ‘Escape to Margaritaville,’ Where Work Is a Dirty Word by Jesse Green

The Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical is so laid back it collapses.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Review: Skewering White Pieties About Diversity in ‘Admissions’ by Jesse Green

In Joshua Harmon’s new comedy, all it takes to turn a liberal into a martyr is a deferment from Yale.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Review: In ‘Good for Otto,’ a Case of Psychiatrist, Shrink Thyself by Jesse Green

David Rabe’s dramedy is set in the emotional war zone of a mental health center, where the patients are colorful and the therapists are troubled.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Review: In ‘queens,’ 11 Immigrant Women and What They Left Behind by Jesse Green

The characters in Martyna Majok’s new play come from Poland, Afghanistan, Honduras and elsewhere. Illegal or not, they’re New Yorkers now.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Review: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Has a New Evan, and a New Balance by Jesse Green

As Taylor Trensch takes over the title role in the Tony-winning musical, the show’s meaning and impact change too.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Review: ‘The Amateurs’ Takes On God, Noah’s Ark and the Plague. For Laughs. by Jesse Green

In Jordan Harrison’s wily comedy, a medieval theater troupe tries to outrun the Black Death — and the critics.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Review: ‘An Ordinary Muslim’ Gets Caught Between Cultures and Genres by Jesse Green

Hammaad Chaudry’s first play is an ambitious look at the traumas of dislocation among the assimilated children of Pakistani immigrants in London.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Off Broadway’s Spring Semester: Five New Plays About School by Jesse Green

Playwrights this season are focused on many kinds of unsentimental education.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: The ‘Dolly’ Parade Marches On, Now With a New Star by Jesse Green

Bernadette Peters, sadder but wiser, makes a very different Mrs. Levi from her predecessors in the hit revival.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review: Is Edward Albee ‘At Home at the Zoo’? You Bet He Is. by Jesse Green

A terrific revival of this master playwright’s double bill of “Homelife” and “The Zoo Story” proves that there was nowhere he would not go.

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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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