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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: In ‘While I Was Waiting,’ a Man and a Country in Limbo by Jesse Green

In Mohammad Al Attar’s new play, a 20-something Syrian is beaten nearly to death. Will his family and friends (and his country) ever recover?

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Review: ‘Assassins’ Offers a National Anthem for Killers by Jesse Green

In the Encores Off-Center revival of the 1991 Sondheim-Weidman musical, men and women who have shot American presidents get to sing. Will anyone listen?

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

When You Switch Up on a (Broadway) Star by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

One night a week, Donna Murphy takes over the title role in “Hello, Dolly!” from Bette Midler. Alternates, like her, and replacements can help make or break a hit show.

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Listening to the Best (and Worst) of Broadway by Jesse Green

All 13 of last season’s new Broadway shows, plus two revivals, produced cast recordings. Here’s our critic’s take on what to play and what to skip.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Review: ‘Kim’s Convenience’ Shares Family Ties, for Better and Worse by Jesse Green

Ins Choi’s story of a Toronto store and the Korean immigrant family that runs it is at Pershing Square Signature Center.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Critic's Notebook: In a Summer Theater Weekend, Odd Couples and Immigrants on the Make by Jesse Green

Two outstanding performances in a “Children of a Lesser God” revival are a Berkshires highlight.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

5 Must-See Shows if You’re in New York This Month by Jesse Green

It’s politics as unusual on stages across the city in July.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: In ‘Marvin’s Room,’ Who Will Care for the Caregiver? by Jesse Green

Scott McPherson’s 1991 Off Broadway hit about duty to self and to others makes its Broadway debut in a very different world.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: Sisters Plot Their Escapes From ‘Napoli, Brooklyn’ by Jesse Green

In Meghan Kennedy’s kitchen-table drama at the Roundabout, an immigrant Italian family in 1960 seems ready to explode. Then it does.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Review: In ‘Measure for Measure,’ Desperately Seeking Solutions in a Problem Play by Jesse Green

Thrilling argument and a strong American debut make a sometime-strange play soar despite some silliness at Theater for a New Audience.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: In ‘The Traveling Lady,’ Hope and Regret Run Neck and Neck by Jesse Green

Horton Foote’s 1954 drama of repression is given an affectionate if muddy revival.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review: An Immersive ‘Seeing You’ Sends Its Audience to War by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Our chief theater critics went to see the interactive performance piece on the same night, expecting to have vastly different experiences. They didn’t.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: Kevin Spacey as Clarence Darrow, Stadium Size by Jesse Green

At Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, a one-man show about the crusading liberal lawyer defies all of Mr. Spacey’s efforts to bring it to engaging life.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Review: Can Trump Survive in Caesar’s Palace? by Jesse Green

The assassination of a Trumplike figure in the Public Theater’s production of “Julius Caesar” is already revving up outrage.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Review: In ‘Master,’ the Flip Side of a Masterpiece by Jesse Green

What if Mark Twain’s fictional slave Jim wasn’t fictional? What if his descendants included a righteously angry Afro-Futurist artist?

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: In ‘Cost of Living,’ a Familiar Alienation by Jesse Green

John and Ani have disabilities. Jess and Eddie do not. But in Martyna Majok’s gripping new play, all four are constrained by circumstances.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Review: In Matthew Perry’s First Play, a Chandler Gone to Seed by Jesse Green

Mr. Perry has written “The End of Longing,” in which he also stars, and he’ll be there for you when the drinks start to pour.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Review: Shaw’s ‘Heartbreak House’ Gets an Unexpected Visitor by Jesse Green

The bohemians and aristocrats are gathered in the Sussex countryside in 1914. Guess who’s crashing the party?

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: Tackling a Major Taboo in ‘The Boy Who Danced on Air’ by Jesse Green

A new musical explores the ancient (and continuing) Afghan practice of bacha bazi, the sale of boys to wealthy men.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review: In ‘Building the Wall,’ a Post-Trump Vision, Circa 2019 by Jesse Green

Martial law, then impeachment. Robert Schenkkan’s new future-history play is red meat for blue states.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: Money-Hungry Women Scheme for a Better Life in ‘Can You Forgive Her?’ by Jesse Green

In Gina Gionfriddo’s new play, a college graduate working off a catastrophic debt and a working-class single mother both aim to become upwardly mobile.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Review: For Africans in America, a Temporary Stay Becomes a New Life by Jesse Green

Two plays by Mfoniso Udofia, part of a cycle about the members of a Nigerian family, track their migration to the United States.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Review: Love, Genius and ‘The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein’ by Jesse Green

What makes the insight fresh in Edward Einhorn’s play is the absurdist language (and Dada style) in which it’s told.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Review: A Game Effort at Polishing Up ‘The Golden Apple’ by Jesse Green

Encores! makes a marvelous if last-ditch case for the cult musical based on “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey.”

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Just How Great Was That ‘Comet’? Our Critics Debate the Broadway Season by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Our critics debate a varied, and divisive, Broadway season.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: Too Much Blame to Go Around in ‘Seven Spots on the Sun’ by Jesse Green

In numerous subplots set against a vicious civil war, Martín Zimmerman’s play explores the contagion of culpability.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Review: Dianne Wiest, Half-Buried and Heartbreaking, in ‘Happy Days’ by Jesse Green

Our new co-chief theater critic, Jesse Green, offers his take on Ms. Wiest’s work in this Beckett revival. Follow him on Twitter (@JesseKGreen) and Facebook (jesse.green.critic).

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Review: ‘Pacific Overtures’ Revival Is Bare Yet Flowering by Jesse Green

Our new co-chief theater critic, Jesse Green, makes his reviewing debut with this Sondheim musical. Follow him on Twitter (@JesseKGreen) and Facebook (jesse.green.critic).

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2017 Tony Awards: Our Theater Critics Discuss the Nominations by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

The co-chief theater critics Ben Brantley and Jesse Green, on the nominated plays, musicals and actors.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

5 Must-See Shows if You’re in New York This Month by Jesse Green

Offerings include a revival of Suzan-Lori Parks’s “Venus,” at the Signature Theater, and Robert Schenkkan’s “Building the Wall,” at New World Stages.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Theater Review: Can Troilus and Cressida Be Saved? by Jesse Green

There are some things that the Public Theater — founded as the Shakespeare Workshop in 1954 and known for most of its life as the New York Shakespeare Festival — can’t avoid. The occas…

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