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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Review: Camp and Compassion in ‘The Confession of Lily Dare’ by Jesse Green

Charles Busch’s mash-up of mother-love weepies finds both pathos and hilarity in the tough talk of Hollywood divas.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Review: In ‘Grand Horizons,’ Marriage Is a Long-Running Farce by Jesse Green

Bess Wohl’s new play puts a Neil Simonesque spin on the story of a couple considering divorce after 50 years.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Review: In ‘A Soldier’s Play,’ an Endless War Against Black Men by Jesse Green

The Broadway premiere of Charles Fuller’s 1981 drama finds premonitions of today in the story of a 1944 murder.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Review: Shakespeare’s ‘Timon’ Gets an Occupy Athens Makeover by Jesse Green

Kathryn Hunter stars as the fabulously rich Greek who understands the corrupting value of money only after she loses it.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

At Under the Radar, Avant-Garde Shows Leap Outside Reality by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green and Laura Collins-Hughes

The Public Theater’s festival has included 12 featured offerings, four cabaret acts and six pieces of developmental work. Here’s what our critics saw.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Review: Staging a Movie Melodrama in ‘The Conversationalists’ by Jesse Green

Music (and eventually emotion) cuts through the alienating layers of abstraction in this new work by the musician-storytellers James & Jerome.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

When Disability Isn’t a Special Need but a Special Skill by Jesse Green

Two productions at the Under the Radar Festival ask if the theater is ready to embrace the artistry of autism and other once disqualifying conditions.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Drawing on the Past, Living in the Present, Dreaming of the Future by Jesse Green and Ben Brantley

A jazz memoirist, a Palestinian rocketeer and Mexican myths set to music kick off the Public Theater’s annual festival of adventurous work from across the globe.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Is Theater Ridiculous? Movies, TV and Books Seem to Think So by Jesse Green

Four recent works put plays and the people who make them in a weird spotlight.

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Friday, December 27, 2019

How a Jerry Herman Song Landed a Triple Punch by Jesse Green

A comedy number from the flop “Mack & Mabel” found the unexpected sweet spot between Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Review: Death Is a Two-Way Door in ‘The Thin Place’ by Jesse Green

Lucas Hnath’s cunning new ghost story, about a psychic and her client, is a twisty yarn that won’t unravel.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Review: ‘Judgment Day,’ an Allegory of Blame, Goes Big by Jesse Green

At the Park Avenue Armory, Odon von Horvath’s 1937 drama gets a rare and physically overwhelming staging.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Review: In ‘Greater Clements,’ the Tragedy of a Town that Closed by Jesse Green

Samuel D. Hunter’s creaky play about the downsizing of the American West features terrific performances by Judith Ivey and Edmund Donovan.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Review: With ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ They Finally Fixed the Jukebox by Jesse Green

Alanis Morissette’s “ironic” fury finds a perfect Broadway musical setting in Diablo Cody’s fiery indictment of, well, everything.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Best Theater of 2019 by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Shows that defied categorization offered a stark choice: Escape an angry world, or face up to its travails. Beyond Broadway, writers explored race, inequality and addiction.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Review: The Many Unusual Stages of ‘Fefu and Her Friends’ by Jesse Green

Read and studied for decades, a key work of the American avant-garde finally returns in a major New York revival.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Review: In ‘The Underlying Chris,’ You Are Who You Were by Jesse Green

Will Eno’s new play about the many people each person contains is glib at first, but grows, like life, from trick to tragicomedy.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Fleeing Home, but Not Homophobia by Jesse Green

Two plays based on the autobiographical novels of Édouard Louis put the problem of violence against gay men in a larger social context.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Review: An ‘Evita’ Newly Tailored for Our Time by Jesse Green

City Center’s gala production of the 1979 Broadway musical gives our favorite fascist enabler a feminist makeover.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Review: Playwright Exposes Himself in ‘Black Exhibition’ by Jesse Green

In a new work far from Broadway, Jeremy O. Harris, the author of “Slave Play,” puts his body and soul on the line.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Review: The ‘Tina’ Musical Is One Inch Deep, Mountain High by Jesse Green

Tina Turner gets the bio-jukebox treatment, with all its lows (emaciated storytelling) and one of its peaks (a star-making performance from Adrienne Warren).

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Review: Getting Intimate at ‘Dr. Ride’s American Beach House’ by Jesse Green

In a witty new play by Liza Birkenmeier, restless friends find themselves challenged by the first American woman in space.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Review: Double, Double, Burger and Trouble in ‘Scotland, PA’ by Jesse Green

When “Macbeth” meets McDonald’s, a meaty new musical is born.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Review: Abzug and Fierstein, on the Same Ticket in ‘Bella Bella’ by Jesse Green

When the former Edna Turnblad plays the feminist firebrand of the 1970s, there’s no dress but it’s still a drag.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Review: ‘Forbidden Broadway’ Sticks It to the Great Woke Way by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Gerard Alessandrini’s franchise was looking as long in the tooth as the shows it aimed to skewer. A new edition brings it back to hilarious life.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Review: Mary-Louise Parker in the Subliminal, Sublime ‘Sound Inside’ by Jesse Green

Adam Rapp’s play transfers to Broadway in a rivetingly dark and detailed production by David Cromer.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Review: ‘The Lightning Thief,’ a Far Cry From Olympus by Jesse Green

A musical adaptation of the popular fantasy novel comes to Broadway and goes to Hades.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Review: In the Musical ‘Soft Power,’ China Whistles the Tune by Jesse Green

A complex look at democracy from an Asian perspective turns “The King and I” inside out.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Review: In ‘Terra Firma,’ a Wee Wet Country on the Brink by Jesse Green

This inaugural offering from the Coop squeezes whimsy, character comedy and ecological allegory into one crowded play.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Review: In ‘Heroes of the Fourth Turning,’ a Red-State Unicorn by Jesse Green

An astonishing new play by Will Arbery risks a rare stage subject: Christian conservatism.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Review: ‘Slave Play,’ Four Times as Big and Just as Searing by Jesse Green

Jeremy O. Harris’s Off Broadway hit about race and sex in America shakes things up on Broadway.

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