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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.
The first Broadway revival of Mark Medoff’s 1980 play shows that it was ahead of its time about deafness, but not about gender.
A new musical at the Public Theater reinvents the family road trip narrative as a mother-daughter tale of immigration policy gone astray.
Years after committing a senseless murder, a young man returns to his Nebraska hometown. That’s when the real trial begins.
A new electro-folk singspiel by the authors of “100 Days” finds horror under the skin of a seemingly idyllic childhood.
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.
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.”
Arin Arbus’s new production at Theater for a New Audience makes a powerful case for one of Shakespeare’s strangest works.
The neurotic stage musical adaptation of the animated blockbuster raises questions about how Disney transforms its biggest hits.
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…
The Jimmy Buffett jukebox musical is so laid back it collapses.
In Joshua Harmon’s new comedy, all it takes to turn a liberal into a martyr is a deferment from Yale.
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.
The characters in Martyna Majok’s new play come from Poland, Afghanistan, Honduras and elsewhere. Illegal or not, they’re New Yorkers now.
As Taylor Trensch takes over the title role in the Tony-winning musical, the show’s meaning and impact change too.
In Jordan Harrison’s wily comedy, a medieval theater troupe tries to outrun the Black Death — and the critics.
Hammaad Chaudry’s first play is an ambitious look at the traumas of dislocation among the assimilated children of Pakistani immigrants in London.
Playwrights this season are focused on many kinds of unsentimental education.
Bernadette Peters, sadder but wiser, makes a very different Mrs. Levi from her predecessors in the hit revival.
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.
A political neophyte discovers the ethical nightmare of governance — lobbyists and donors and super PACs, oh my! — in Sarah Burgess’s new play.
The Encores! series pulls some oddities out of the American musical trunk and comes up with … an oddity.
In a new one-woman show, the author of “The Vagina Monologues” connects global violence and her own life-threatening illness.
In Terrence McNally’s new play, Diaghilev invents Nijinsky, modern ballet and the 20th century. And that’s just in the first act.
Politicians, talk-show hosts, feminists, actors and executioners are featured in intriguing productions opening off Broadway.
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.
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.
Ngozi Anyanwu’s comedy wrings all the pleasure possible out of its familiar tropes even as it revamps their meaning entirely.
Dael Orlandersmith’s new play explores the lives — both black and white — left behind in the wake of the 2014 police shooting in Ferguson.
A new comedy at the Bushwick Starr satirizes 20-somethings, gentrifiers, landlords and activists. In other words, Bushwick.
In a touching tribute to his father and the tradition of reading aloud, Mr. Lithgow recites two classic tales of deception and comeuppance.