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Monday, November 12, 2018

Review: Going From Schlub to Slick in ‘The Other Josh Cohen’ by Jesse Green

After eight years of development, a peppy musical about the value of persistence proves its own point.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Review: ‘King Kong’ Is the Mess That Roared by Jesse Green and Ben Brantley

The one-ton, 20-foot marionette is impressive, but the $35 million musical he stars in doesn’t even succeed as camp.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Review: In ‘The Thanksgiving Play,’ Who Gets Roasted? by Jesse Green

Larissa FastHorse’s theatrical debunking of the Pilgrims and Natives narrative is really a satire of theatricality itself.

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘American Son’ Puts Kerry Washington in a Maternal Nightmare by Jesse Green

As a black mother with a son in danger, Ms. Washington is up against a situation she may not be able to fix.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Review: In ‘Days of Rage,’ the Revolution Will Be Trivialized by Jesse Green

Steven Levenson’s new play about young ’60s radicals has the unintentional effect of making all protest seem childish.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Review: In ‘Thunderbodies,’ War, Sheeple and Psychedelic Muumuus by Jesse Green

Soho Rep continues its laudable tradition of sure-to-be-divisive plays with Kate Tarker’s word-drunk new satire of … well, something.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘Lewiston/Clarkston,’ America at a Crossroads (Plus Dinner) by Jesse Green

Samuel D. Hunter’s golden diptych, set in twin cities in Idaho and Washington, gets a riveting production, with barbecue, at the reconfigured Rattlestick.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Review: Tracing ‘Plot Points in Our Sexual Development’ Without the Usual Map by Jesse Green

Miranda Rose Hall’s new play about the relationship between a lesbian and a male-identified trans person grows as it goes along.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Review: ‘Gloria: A Life,’ Starring Ms. Steinem and Her Audience by Jesse Green

Emily Mann’s stage biography of the feminist trailblazer is more of a historical pageant than a play, but what happens at the end is riveting drama.

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Review: A Three-Way Smackdown Over ‘The Lifespan of a Fact’ by Jesse Green

When a gassy essayist and a pesky researcher are forced together by a crusading editor you get a topical comedy with a lot to prove.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Review: In ‘Fireflies,’ the Preacher’s Wife Gets Her Say by Jesse Green

Donja R. Love’s fantasia on the married life of a great civil rights orator suggests the price paid by the woman who gives him his voice.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: How Chicago Is Changing Theater, One Storefront at a Time by Jesse Green

Can tiny companies thrive in the shadow of major institutions? In this theater-mad city, the question may actually run the other way.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Review: There’s a Dark, Golden Haze in This Reclaimed ‘Oklahoma!’ by Jesse Green and Ben Brantley

A stripped-down, communal version of the 1943 musical reveals a great complex work of theater, with chili and cornbread included.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Review: In Scathing ‘Downstate,’ Sympathy for the Devils by Jesse Green

Bruce Norris’s new play at the Steppenwolf Theater Company applies his usual cynicism to questions of justice and vengeance for sex offenders.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

5 Shows to See in New York: With Glenn Close, Michael Cera and More by Jesse Green

Revivals, transfers and new plays that look to the past make for an unusually reflective October theater scene.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Review: What’s a Woman’s Role? All of ’Em, ‘Bernhardt/Hamlet’ Argues by Jesse Green

Janet McTeer plays Sarah Bernhardt as the Prince of Denmark in Theresa Rebeck’s muscular new play about gender limitation and possibility.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Review: Speaking (and Signing) of Job, in ‘I Was Most Alive With You’ by Jesse Green

Craig Lucas’s play — about deafness, gayness, addiction, disease, faith and philosophy — puts a modern family to the test.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Review: In ‘The True,’ Edie Falco Stars as the Soul of an Old Machine by Jesse Green

Albany politics in 1977 may not seem very scintillating. But Ms. Falco brings out the buried drama of an ambitious woman in a man’s political world.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Review: In ‘The Revolving Cycles,’ What Happened to Terrell? by Jesse Green

A woman hunts for her former foster brother. Was he, like so many young black men, a victim of drugs or police or violence? Or did he just disappear?

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Review: In ‘The Emperor,’ Apologizing for a Corrupt Regime by Jesse Green

The shape-shifting Kathryn Hunter plays 11 members of the court of Haile Selassie in Ethiopia, witnessing and regretting the revolution.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

The Shows I’m Afraid to Look Forward To by Jesse Green

Sometimes what you think you won’t like is what you love most.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Review: ‘Collective Rage’ is ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Times 5 by Jesse Green

Jen Silverman’s play takes a spirited look at the emergence of women’s solidarity with the help of Sephora, Shakespeare and a well-aimed hand mirror.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Review: Puttin’ on the Pathos in a Tribute to Irving Berlin by Jesse Green

Hershey Felder plays the composer of “White Christmas” (and dozens of other American song classics) in a relentlessly minor key.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Can Critics Learn to Love the Jukebox Musical? by Jesse Green, Ben Brantley, Elisabeth Vincentelli and Scott Heller

They are often Broadway sensations, but jukebox musicals rarely get good reviews. We invited our critics to stop snarking and tell us what they want.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

An Appraisal: Neil Simon Drew Big Laughs, Then Came a Cultural Shift by Jesse Green

Though he remains the greatest American comic playwright, Mr. Simon was standing over a fault line in the culture that eventually pulled him down.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: In the Berkshires, a Powerful Play and a Classic Musical About Prejudice by Jesse Green

Jen Silverman’s harrowing “Dangerous House” and a revival of “West Side Story” join a conversation about racial and sexual violence.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Review: Familiar Rock Dreams in ‘Gettin’ the Band Back Together’ by Jesse Green

A new “original” musical is usually something to welcome, but when it’s a Frankenstein monster created from spare parts, maybe stay out of its way.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Deep Dives Into Justice From Shakespeare, Wilde and Atticus Finch by Jesse Green

With “The Tempest,” “An Ideal Husband” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the Stratford Festival carries on a conversation about purity and forgiveness.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

5 Shows to See in New York: ‘Pretty Woman,’ ‘Be More Chill’ and More by Jesse Green

August turns out to be a month for musicals, with science fiction, a Hollywood rom-com and dueling garage bands on the agenda.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review: With Only Song and Dance, ‘Don’t Bother Me’ Tells a Huge Story by Jesse Green

The 1972 Broadway musical, closing the Encores! Off-Center season, sketches the history of the resilience of black Americans in song and dance.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Which Show Is Good, Clean Fun: ‘Rocky Horror’ or ‘The Music Man’? by Jesse Green

Playing in repertory at the Stratford Festival in Canada, these mirror-image musicals turn out to be part of the same conversation.

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