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Monday, August 13, 2018

Gettin’ the Band Back Together: Down the Shore, Everything’s All Right by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★ The stupid, feel-good Parkway-exit musical is Jersey in a nutshell: a messy good time The post Gettin’ the Band Back Together: Down the Shore, Everything’s All Right ap…

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Fire in Dreamland: A Coney Island Cyclone, With Thrills and Twists by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★ Rinne Groff's meditation on dreams and reality, devastation and redemption, packs a lot into a short ride The post Fire in Dreamland: A Coney Island Cyclone, With Thrills and Tw…

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Royal Family of Broadway: Aiming for Times Square, Stalled in Pittsfield by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★ William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin's take on the Ferber-Kaufman warhorse sharpens the 1920s satire, but not enough The post The Royal Family of Broadway: Aiming for Times Square, Sta…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Log Cabin: The ‘Gay Takeover’ Is Complete, So Now What? by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★ Jordan Harrison's latest, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson, considers just about every issue in modern gay life, with some success The post Log Cabin: The ‘Gay Takeover’ I…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Teenage Dick: Discontent, Made Glorious by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★ A Richard III update that takes on high school, disabilities, and lot of excellent wordplay The post Teenage Dick: Discontent, Made Glorious appeared first on New York Stage Rev…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf: A Feminist Avenger, Lost in Allusions by Jesse Oxfeld

★★ This Elevator Repair Service response to Edward Albee's classic purports to stand up for strong women but fails The post Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf: A Feminist Avenger,…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Boys in the Band: Turning, Turning, Turning by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★ Mart Crowley's 1968 classic, now in a starry revival that shows how far we've come, is as indelible as ever—and as confounding The post The Boys in the Band: Turning, Turning, Tu…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Beast in the Jungle: Lovely Poetry, Lousy Prose by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★ John Kander's score and Susan Stroman's choreography soar; the play does not The post The Beast in the Jungle: Lovely Poetry, Lousy Prose appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Travesties: A Good Great War, Over Art and Revolution by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★ Tom Stoppard's early masterwork is a shell-shocked delight in revival at the Roundabout The post Travesties: A Good Great War, Over Art and Revolution appeared first on New York…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Summer: She Works Hard for the Money, Less Hard for the Story by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★ Des McAnuff and Sergio Trujillo, with three Donnas and an all-woman chorus, put on an entertaining, confounding biomusical The post Summer: She Works Hard for the Money, Less Hard …

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Transfers: Who Gets In, and Who Belongs? by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★ In Lucy Thurber's look at college admissions and social class, the hard-working students don't get what they deserve The post Transfers: Who Gets In, and Who Belongs? appeared firs…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Children of a Lesser God: The Great White Nope by Jesse Oxfeld

★★ Lauren Ridloff is terrific in the role Marlee Matlin made famous, but that doesn't save this horribly dated play The post Children of a Lesser God: The Great White Nope appeared first…

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Mean Girls: Fey’s Film Is Very Fetch on Broadway by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★ Director-choreography Casey Nicholaw has fun playing with the Plastics — but why's it all so white and straight? The post Mean Girls: Fey’s Film Is Very Fetch on Broadwa…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Bobbie Clearly: A Portrait of a Crime, Not so Clearly by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★ Something terrible has happened in corn country, but the young author of this spiky play doesn't quite unpack it The post Bobbie Clearly: A Portrait of a Crime, Not so Clearly appe…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Frozen: That Old Disney Magic, This Time on Ice by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★ A solid Frozen delivers the key moments and some strong performances, but it never truly lets go.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Escape to Margaritaville: This Concoction Barely Hangs On by Jesse Oxfeld

★★ The Jimmy Buffett musical, a paean to chilling out, has good songs, a talented cast, and takes itself way too seriously.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

How Cats Set the Stage for the Modern Mega-Musical | Cats Broadway Review by Jesse Oxfeld

Cats just re-opened on Broadway. Does the feline fantasy have what it takes for another 18-year run?

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Paramour: EW Stage Review | EW.com by Jesse Oxfeld

About 45 minutes into Paramour, the Cirque du Soleil musical that opens at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre tonight, the twin aerialists Andrew and Kevin Atherton are suspended over a stage set of…

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Monday, December 7, 2015

School of Rock: EW stage review by Jesse Oxfeld

There is tremendous amount of talent, and a long list of credits, behind School of Rock, the Broadway musical of version of the 2003 Jack Black comedy. Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the score. D…

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Michael Riedel’s ‘Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway’ by Jesse Oxfeld

A rollicking, authoritative and valuable history of Broadway.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

'On Your Feet!': EW stage review | EW.com by Jesse Oxfeld

The bad (and frankly a little surprising) news about On Your Feet, the new musical by, about, and featuring the songs of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, is that at no point through its nearly two…

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

'Barbecue': Theater Review by Jesse Oxfeld

Playwright Robert O'Hara considers how family stereotypes and racial politics clash with reality during a raucous drug intervention in this Public Theater premiere.read more

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Monday, October 5, 2015

'Cloud Nine': Theater Review by Jesse Oxfeld

The Atlantic Theater Company stages the first major New York revival of Caryl Churchill's landmark 1979 comedy about gender politics and sexual identity.read more

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

'John': Theater Review by Jesse Oxfeld

Christopher Abbott, Georgia Engel and Lois Smith star in this contemplative new work by Annie Baker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright behind 'The Flick.'read more

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Monday, May 25, 2015
Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring Arts Preview: Top 10 Theater Plays & Musicals by Jesse Oxfeld

'If/Then' Mothers and SonsGolden TheatreOpens March 24Terrence McNally’s latest stars the indefatigable Tyne Daly as a mother who pays an unexpected visit to her dead son’s former partne…

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

And the Prize Goes to the Puppet: ‘All the Way’ Is Riveting, and the Directorial Vision Behind ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ Is Brilliant by Jesse Oxfeld

Bryan Cranston in 'All the Way.' (Photo by Joan Marcus) The curse, and the blessing, of an initials-based moniker is that those simple, monosyllabic sounds rhyme with so much. There’s “H…

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Friday, March 7, 2014

He Said, She Said: ‘The Open House’ Has a Bullying Dad, ‘Stage Kiss’ Follows a Quirky Couple, ‘Arlington’ Is a Musical Monologue by Jesse Oxfeld

Lauren Valez and Anthony Chisholm in 'The Happiest Song Plays Last.' In early 2012, Quiara Alegría Hudes won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. A year later, her prize-winning work, Water By the…

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