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Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: Staging a True Family Nightmare in ‘Accidentally Brave’ by Jesse Green

What happens when the husband you thought you knew is discovered harboring a terrible secret? Maddie Corman learned the hard way.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Review: In ‘I Married an Angel,’ a 1930s Musical Falls to Earth by Jesse Green

How should we look at an old show with objectionable gender politics? As a historical curio, or as the next item on the cancel culture agenda?

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Review: Bullies and Victims Face Off in ‘After.’ But Who’s Who? by Jesse Green

A threatening text message with a homophobic epithet leads to catastrophe for two families in a new play by Michael McKeever.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Review: A ‘Nantucket Sleigh Ride’ with Frozen Disney and Hot Lobster by Jesse Green

In John Guare’s Möbius strip of a play, John Larroquette is a playwright who finds himself trapped in a surreal mystery called “Nantucket Sleigh Ride.”

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: A Fair Fight Makes ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ Lovable Again by Jesse Green

With a few changes of emphasis and one major lyric rewrite, the 1948 musical comedy comes through detox as a bawdy, heady pleasure.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Beauty, Blackness and Beyoncé, in ‘If Pretty Hurts’ by Jesse Green

Tori Sampson’s play blends elements of mean-girl comedy and African folk tale to create a fable for our time about women and their bodies.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘Five Easy Pieces,’ an Unnerving Alliance of Children and Art by Jesse Green

Milo Rau, called “the world’s most controversial director,” asks a cast of young people to relate the story of a notorious Belgian pedophile.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Review: ‘The Cake’ Is Well-Baked but Not Quite Filling by Jesse Green

Bekah Brunstetter’s timely comedy about a Christian baker looks with sympathy (if not approval) at the other side of the public accommodation debate.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Review: ‘Superhero,’ a Comic-Book Musical Too Flimsy to Fly by Jesse Green

Look! Up on the stage! It’s a show with good intentions (and a “Dear Evan Hansen”-like setup) that can’t rise above its cartoonish plot.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: After Apartheid, Who Are ‘Boesman and Lena’? by Jesse Green

The fine Signature Theater revival of Athol Fugard’s 1969 play shows how a classic seemingly fixed in one era nevertheless keeps evolving.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘Hurricane Diane,’ the Perfect Storm Hits Suburbia by Jesse Green

Madeleine George’s new play brings back the god Dionysus to convince the women of Monmouth County, N.J., that the ecological end is near.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Why ‘Tootsie,’ ‘Beetlejuice’ and the Temptations Hit the Road by Jesse Green

The path to opening night in New York used to pass through several cities. Now it rarely does — but are shows better off for it?

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge Face Death Onstage by Jesse Green

In “Sea Wall/A Life,” at the Public Theater, a pair of monologues gives the two stars ample opportunity to shine and mourn.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: At ‘Freestyle Love Supreme,’ Attention Must Be Paid. Really. by Jesse Green

Since you provide the content for this group’s delightful hip-hop musical improvisation, you really have to lend them your ears (and phones).

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Review: Without Ethel Merman, a Limp ‘Call Me Madam’ at Encores! by Jesse Green

This 1950 musical has some charming numbers, but without a monster personality at its center it seems like less of a comedy than a requiem.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Review: In ‘God Said This,’ a Hot Mess of a Daughter Heads Home by Jesse Green

A prizewinning play by Leah Nanako Winkler puts the traditional “crazy family” dramedy in a new social and racial setting.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘My Fair Lady,’ Illuminated With New Stars by Jesse Green

Laura Benanti and three other recently arrived principals adjust the focus of the hit revival from the political to the personal.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Review: Finding Their Inner Goddesses in ‘The Convent’ by Jesse Green

With the help of fresh air, a Mother Abbess and a mild hallucinogen, six women spend a week in search of a female spirituality.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Review: ‘About Alice’ Brings a Husband’s Eulogy to Life by Jesse Green

Calvin Trillin has turned his heartbroken memoir into a stage play that reincarnates his beloved wife and muse.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Review: In ‘Maestro,’ a Downbeat Look at the Great Toscanini by Jesse Green

The Italian conductor (and philanderer and anti-Fascist) gets the Great Man treatment from Ensemble for the Romantic Century.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Raising a Joyful New Voice in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s ‘Choir Boy’ by Jesse Green

Something groundbreaking on Broadway: The story of “an effeminate young man of color” who finds his strength through singing.

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Obsession, Mourning and Migration at Under the Radar by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Offerings at the festival include a riff on “Uncle Vanya”; a “Frankenstein” adaptation highlighting a mother’s grief; and an intimate tale of displacement.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Theater Reviews: Hate, Hope and Healing at Under the Radar by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

An eclectic opening weekend included sketches and songs by Nigerian women, two unsettling monologues and a punk-rock reminiscence (with mixtape to follow).

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: A Broadway ‘Mockingbird,’ Elegiac and Effective by Jesse Green

Glossy and bristling with fine performances, this adaptation of the 1960 Harper Lee classic gets the Aaron Sorkin treatment.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Review: Downward Mobility Is Upward Morality in ‘Fabulation’ by Jesse Green

A revival of Lynn Nottage’s 2004 satire puts an unexpected spin on the religion of American reinvention.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Review: In ‘Noura,’ an Iraqi Refugee Leaves More Than Home Behind by Jesse Green

In her new play, loosely inspired by “A Doll’s House,” Heather Raffo is radiant as a New York architect caught between cultures.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: Race and Sex in Plantation America in ‘Slave Play’ by Jesse Green

In a staggering professional New York debut, the playwright Jeremy O. Harris unpacks interracial relationships both antebellum and postmodern.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Review: Look! It’s ‘The Making of King Kong’! (No, Not That One.) by Jesse Green

A new play mocks the gender and racial ickiness of the 1933 movie — on a one-paw budget.

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The Best Theater of 2018 by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

It was a year when classics were reincarnated in deceptively modest interpretations, conventional story forms were tossed aside and strong voices roared.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Review: In ‘The Cher Show,’ I Got You, Babe. And You. And You. by Jesse Green

The three faces of Cherilyn Sarkisian Bono Allman are the subject of a new Broadway jukebox musical that’s big on sequins, low on insight.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

5 Shows to See in New York: Not Just Cher but Cher Horowitz by Jesse Green

Off Broadway productions in December consider migrants from Africa, the Middle East and Manhattan, plus one well dressed emissary from Beverly Hills.

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