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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Review: In ‘KPOP,’ Korean Pop and Broadway Meet (Too) Cute by Jesse Green

The worldwide sensation and American-style musical theater form an awkward alliance onstage.

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Review: On Broadway, ‘& Juliet’ (& Britney & Katy & Pink) by Jesse Green

Shakespeare’s tragedy becomes a girl-power romp in a cotton candy jukebox musical, featuring songs by the Swedish hitmaker Max Martin.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Review: At ‘Camp Siegfried,’ a Nazi Summer of Love on Long Island by Jesse Green

The lure of fascism comes disguised as adolescent romance in Bess Wohl’s disturbing new play.

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Thursday, November 10, 2022

Review: ‘Kimberly Akimbo,’ Both Great and Small, Seizes the Day by Jesse Green

The season’s most moving new musical earns its place among the behemoths of Broadway.

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Monday, November 7, 2022

Review: In ‘Only Gold,’ Each Move Is Worth 1,000 Words by Jesse Green

The new Kate Nash dance musical, choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, is spectacular as long as you pay no attention to what it’s saying.

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Sunday, November 6, 2022

Review: ‘You Will Get Sick’ Tells the Untellable, for a Price by Jesse Green

In a new Off Broadway play, Linda Lavin shines as a woman paid to say what an ailing young man cannot.

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Review: In ‘Almost Famous,’ the Heart of Rock ’n’ Roll Flatlines by Jesse Green

Cameron Crowe’s 2000 film, set in the world of bands and groupies, does not survive its Broadway musical transplant.

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Sunday, October 30, 2022

Review: Off Broadway, Jim Parsons Meets the Small Bang Theory by Jesse Green

In a revival of the 2002 musical “A Man of No Importance,” the star of “The Big Bang Theory” achieves something more delicate.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

‘Straight Line Crazy’ Review: The Road Rage of Robert Moses by Jesse Green

Off Broadway at the Shed, Ralph Fiennes is glorious in David Hare’s sputtering portrait of the man who paved New York.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Review: This Time, ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Really Does Explode by Jesse Green

Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 classic ends on a note of cautious optimism. Its latest incarnation, at the Public Theater, does not.

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

Review: In ‘Topdog/Underdog,’ Staying Alive Is the Ultimate Hustle by Jesse Green

A latter-day Lincoln and Booth try to survive the American dream in a hilarious, harrowing and superbly acted Broadway revival of the Suzan-Lori Parks play.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Angela Lansbury, Broadway’s Beloved Everywoman by Jesse Green

She performed without sentimentality or histrionics, embodying the full range of human joy and depravity while remaining professional and approachable.

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Sunday, October 9, 2022

Review: In a New ‘Salesman,’ Making the Lomans New Again by Jesse Green

Wendell Pierce and Sharon D Clarke star in a powerful revival of Arthur Miller’s drama, led by a Black cast.

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Thursday, October 6, 2022

Review: ‘1776,’ When All Men, and Only Men, Were Created Equal by Jesse Green

A revival of the musical about the Declaration of Independence underlines the gender imbalance among the Founding Fathers — and everything else.

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Sunday, October 2, 2022

Review: In Stoppard’s ‘Leopoldstadt,’ a Memorial to a Lost World by Jesse Green

The Viennese Jewish family at the heart of this new Broadway production thinks it is too assimilated to be in danger when the Nazis arrive. They are wrong.

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Friday, September 30, 2022

Review: In ‘Textplay,’ Stoppard and Beckett Get Snarky, FWIW by Jesse Green

An imaginary electronic conversation between the two playwrights falls somewhere between a ❤️ and a 🤷.

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Review: In Lea Michele, ‘Funny Girl’ Has Finally Found Its Fanny by Jesse Green

The “Glee” star is stupendous in the role Barbra Streisand made famous, turning the 1964 musical into something better than we know it to be.

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Monday, September 5, 2022

7 New Musicals Are Headed to Broadway This Fall by Jesse Green

Behind every new New York season are a lot of wannabes, also-rans and hopeless cases to keep track of.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

After a Long, Starring Run, Will Racism at Last Get the Hook? by Jesse Green

We can no longer ignore the theater’s systemic inequities. But leaving them behind may remake the industry in unexpected ways.

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Friday, August 12, 2022

‘A Little Night Music’ Review: A Rueful Take at Barrington Stage by Jesse Green

Barrington Stage Company offers a take on the Sondheim-Wheeler classic highlighted by performances in shades of regret.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

‘Shy’ Excerpt: Mary Rodgers on Creating ’Once Upon a Mattress’ by Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green

In this excerpt from “Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers,” a Broadway musical is born at a summer camp.

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Canada’s Stratford and Shaw Festivals Revive Four Classic Works by Jesse Green

At the Stratford and the Shaw theater festivals, four heated classics get cool new productions for summer.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

In the Theater, Workers Are Demanding Better Conditions by Jesse Green

The requirements of the theater, and the constant physical and emotional risks facing performers, have many demanding their basic needs as humans.

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Saturday, July 23, 2022

The Times’s Theater Critic Reviews Stratford’s New Theater by Jesse Green

The Stratford Festival in Ontario opened a glamorous new theater last month that prioritizes the theater itself, not just what surrounds it.

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Monday, July 11, 2022

Review: Danai Gurira Makes a Sleek Supervillain of Richard III by Jesse Green

At Shakespeare in the Park, athletic stamina and action-hero charisma muddy the meaning of a play about disability.

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Review: Danai Gurira Makes a Sleek Supervillain of Richard III by Jesse Green

At Shakespeare in the Park, athletic stamina and Marvel charisma muddy the meaning of a play about disability.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

When Paying Dues Doesn’t Pay the Rent, How Does the Theater Survive? by Jesse Green

Frank talk about salaries and the end of unpaid internships are positive steps, but the cost may be fewer opportunities to learn the ropes.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

‘Corsicana’ Review: Four Lost Hearts in the Heart of Texas by Jesse Green

In a strange and beautiful new play by Will Arbery, finding happiness is a process of failing upward.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Review: ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’,’ Saving Its Love (and Pain) for You by Jesse Green

A revival of the Fats Waller musical revue emphasizes the blues in its blueprints.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Is It Finally Twilight for the Theater’s Sacred Monsters? by Jesse Green

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.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Review: Sarah Silverman’s ‘Bedwetter’ Musical Has Sprung a Leak by Jesse Green

The comedian’s memoir was funny. But when the new show based on it tries for something deeper, it sinks into bathos.

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