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Monday, April 22, 2019

The Pain of My Belligerence: When Good Discomfort Turns Bad by Jesse Oxfeld

★★ Halley Feiffer's latest explores toxic masculinity, and then gets overrun by it The post The Pain of My Belligerence: When Good Discomfort Turns Bad appeared first on New York Stage R…

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Gary, A Sequel to Titus Andronicus: Cleaning Up and Moving On, After Disaster by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★ Nathan Lane, Kristine Nielsen, and Julie White make art from horror, with help from Taylor Mac The post Gary, A Sequel to Titus Andronicus: Cleaning Up and Moving On, After Disa…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hillary and Clinton: Couples Therapy, for the Audience by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★ Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow, and what we'd like to think the power pair say behind closed doors The post Hillary and Clinton: Couples Therapy, for the Audience appeared first o…

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Monday, April 1, 2019

From London: Company, Upended and Presumably New York-Bound by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★★ A new take on Sondheim's 1970 single-man classic is wonderfully different, if not necessarily in the most obvious way The post From London: Company, Upended and Presumably Ne…

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From London: Follies, Back at the National for an Encore Performance by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★ Revived anew, the 2017 production of Sondheim’s aged-showgirls musical retains its power, mostly The post From London: Follies, Back at the National for an Encore Performance …

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Chick Flick the Musical: Watching Women Bond Over Watching Women Bond by Jesse Oxfeld

★★ This cliched celebration of cliched movies is exactly what you think it, which might make it perfect for its venue The post Chick Flick the Musical: Watching Women Bond Over Watching …

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The Cake: When the Antigay Baker Meets a Same-Sex Couple by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★ Debra Jo Rupp is the key ingredient in Bekah Brunstetter's sympathetic portrait of cultures colliding The post The Cake: When the Antigay Baker Meets a Same-Sex Couple appeared …

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Alice By Heart: Lost Down a Hole by Jesse Oxfeld

★ MCC Theater opens its new home with an indecipherable take on Alice in Wonderland The post Alice By Heart: Lost Down a Hole appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Fiddler on the Roof: A Tradition Goes Back to the Future by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★ This old-fashioned reinvention of the shtetl classic takes on new relevance in the mother tongue The post Fiddler on the Roof: A Tradition Goes Back to the Future appeared first…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sea Wall / A Life: Personal Storytelling, Carefully and Impersonally Constructed by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★ Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal offer two monologues of love and death, immaculately performed if not quite honest The post Sea Wall / A Life: Personal Storytelling, Carefully…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

True West: Sam Shepard’s Brotherhood of Man by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★ Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano are excellent in a revival that's still shadowed by its previous staging The post True West: Sam Shepard’s Brotherhood of Man appeared first on N…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Clueless, the Musical: Cher Horowitz Takes Manhattan, Awkwardly by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★ Writer-director Amy Heckerling tries turning her classic movie about a '90 Beverly Hills 'Emma' into a musical The post Clueless, the Musical: Cher Horowitz Takes Manhattan, Awkwar…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Jungle: As the World Burns, These Refugees Still Have Hope by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★★ This dynamic, extraordinary British import confronts our global crisis and offers insight but no answers The post The Jungle: As the World Burns, These Refugees Still Have Ho…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wild Goose Dreams: Broken Relationships, and the Internet by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★ A moving story about the perils of separation gets distracted by the bells and whistles of social media The post Wild Goose Dreams: Broken Relationships, and the Internet appeared …

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

The New One: Public Radio Onstage, Exactly as Exciting as It Sounds by Jesse Oxfeld

★★ The actor, comedian, and This American Life contributor Mike Birbiglia tells a wry story, for some reason onstage The post The New One: Public Radio Onstage, Exactly as Exciting as It…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

The Thanksgiving Play: Maybe It Wasn’t All Fun and Maize by Jesse Oxfeld

★★ This Playwrights Horizons satire amusingly skewers already well-skewered American patriotic pieties The post The Thanksgiving Play: Maybe It Wasn’t All Fun and Maize appeared fi…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Waverly Gallery: Lonergan’s Memory Play, Slim But Heartbreaking by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★ Elaine May is the perfect center of this very New York-y revival about aging and family The post The Waverly Gallery: Lonergan’s Memory Play, Slim But Heartbreaking appear…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Plot Points in Our Sexual Development: In a Queer Relationship, Universality by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★ A careful, wry look inside a very specific relationship—and at how everyone grows up and figures themselves out The post Plot Points in Our Sexual Development: In a Queer Rela…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Lifespan of a Fact: Seeking Accuracy, With Dramatic License by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★ Daniel Radcliffe and Bobby Cannavale bring their best to a true-ish script about a battle over truth The post The Lifespan of a Fact: Seeking Accuracy, With Dramatic License appear…

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

What the Constitution Means to Me: Trying to Figure That Out, Wonderfully by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★ Heidi Schreck's entertaining, earnest exploration of our fundamental rights is a tonic for our challenging times The post What the Constitution Means to Me: Trying to Figure Tha…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Nap: No Farce Please, We’re British by Jesse Oxfeld

The latest from 'One Man, Two Guvnors' playwright Richard Bean doesn't quite make the jump from northern England The post The Nap: No Farce Please, We’re British appeared first on New …

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Monday, September 17, 2018

The Lion King: Another Ride on the Circle of Life by Jesse Oxfeld

Long-Run Lookback: ★★★ The Disney warhorse still looks spectacular, even if it's not entirely engaging The post The Lion King: Another Ride on the Circle of Life appeared first on New …

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Phantom of the Opera: The Music of the Night Plays On (and On) by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★ Long-Run Lookback: The Andrew Lloyd Webber classic keeps dropping chandeliers, three decades later The post The Phantom of the Opera: The Music of the Night Plays On (and On) ap…

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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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