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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Review: Sifting the Evidence for ‘Proof of Love,’ She Has Lots to Say by Jesse Green

At the center of Chisa Hutchinson’s one-woman play, written for Audible, is a love triangle with just one side in view.

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Heavenly or Hellish? Our Critics Debate the Broadway Season by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Adventurous directors and galvanizing performances made for unexpected — and very welcome — departures on what once felt like the Staid White Way.

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Tony Awards 2019: Who Will Win (and Who Should) by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

The chief theater critics for The Times choose who they think should win and who should have been nominated.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘BLKS,’ Meet the Real Roommates of Bed-Stuy by Jesse Green

Merciless comedy shades to delicate tragedy in a terrific playwriting debut from the poet and performer Aziza Barnes.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Review: In ‘Cadillac Crew,’ a Road Trip Through Racism and Erasure by Jesse Green

Women on the front lines of danger in 1963 were often pushed to the backbench of the civil rights movement. A new play gives them their due.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Review: ‘Paul Swan Is Dead and Gone,’ but First, He’s Dévastaté by Jesse Green

A flamboyant artiste who danced nearly naked into his 80s gives one last performance in a new play from the Civilians.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Critics’ Notebook: When It Came to the Tony Nominations, the News Is the New by Jesse Green and Ben Brantley

New York Times theater critics on a Tonys roster that highlighted originality, if not diversity, and made room for some welcome surprises.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘Tootsie,’ a Musical Comedy That Fills Some Mighty Big Heels by Jesse Green

The Broadway adaptation of the 1982 movie is the rare reimagining that actually keeps you laughing.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Review: Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons,’ With All Its Seams Showing by Jesse Green

An old-fashioned, overliteral revival of the 1947 play stars Tracy Letts and Annette Bening.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Taylor Mac’s ‘Gary’ Finds Hope and Humor on a Pile of Corpses by Jesse Green

This comedic sequel to “Titus Andronicus” finds Nathan Lane and Kristine Nielsen cleaning up after a Shakespearean blood bath.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: The Metamorphosis of ‘Hadestown,’ From Cool to Gorgeous by Jesse Green

After a downtown stop, a concept album based on Greek myths has become a full-scale Broadway entertainment.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Puppets and Power Make for a Marvelous ‘Menagerie’ by Jesse Green

The latest play from the Mad Ones finds the seeds of momentous social change in a 1979 focus group about a kids’ television show.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Review: ‘Sincerely, Oscar’ Is Some Embarrassing Evening by Jesse Green

If the nuance-free singing doesn’t turn you against this revue of songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, perhaps his holographic ghost will do the trick.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Review: In ‘The Cradle Will Rock,’ Labor Gets Belabored by Jesse Green

A revival of the Marc Blitzstein “play in music” about unions and kleptocrats is too wan to make much of the material’s contradictions.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Can a Play Make the Constitution Great Again? by Jesse Green

“What the Constitution Means to Me,” the best new play of the Broadway season so far, rivetingly combines personal history and civic engagement.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: African-American Flight 1619 Now Boarding in ‘Ain’t No Mo’ by Jesse Green

What if black people, sick of injustice, picked up and left the United States? An outrageous satire by Jordan E. Cooper imagines the possibility, and the loss.

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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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