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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

WHAT A DRAG by Joe Dziemianowicz

The film’s sweeter charms and magic have gone missing in this transfer to the stage.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

‘Gary’ review: Nathan Lane’s ‘Titus’ sequel is a stinker by Joe Dziemianowicz

It’s got fart gags galore, but “Gary” isn’t a gas — it’s more like hot air. Subtitled “A Sequel to Titus Andronicus,” the labored comedy that opened Sunday night picks up whe…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

‘Hillary and Clinton’ review: Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow lose this race by Joe Dziemianowicz

Not even two of the brightest stage stars — Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow — can make “Hillary and Clinton” more than a wispy exercise. The barbed comedy that opened Thursday night …

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

‘Burn This’ review: Adam Driver, Keri Russell sizzle in love dance by Joe Dziemianowicz

If you come to “Burn This” expecting fireworks from Adam Driver and Keri Russell, be patient: The play that opened on Broadway Tuesday night takes a while to combust. Fresh from “The A…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

RADICAL REBOOT by Joe Dziemianowicz

While not every choice lands, you can be sure that this revival is swinging for the fences.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Temptations’ music elevates by-the-numbers ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ by Joe Dziemianowicz

Get ready — here they come! “Ain’t Too Proud” arrived on Broadway Thursday night buoyed by a surge of nostalgia and a slew of Motown hits. But anyone who’s seen the earlier jukebox…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

WHALE OF A TALE by Joe Dziemianowicz

John Guare’s befuddling new memory play chases a lot of themes without really catching any of them.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Raunchy, gutsy ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ showcases glorious Kelli O’Hara by Joe Dziemianowicz

Whether she’s hitting high notes or swatting her male co-star, Kelli O’Hara — funny and fierce — is reason enough to see “Kiss Me, Kate.” This 70-year-old hodgepodge of showbiz s…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

INSTANT COOL by Joe Dziemianowicz

Adding another high school musical to the mix, this one is loud and lively but lacking in surprises.

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

UNGODLY BUSINESS by Joe Dziemianowicz

This modest yet engaging revival boasts period detail and a tightknit ensemble.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Martha Plimpton on Why Tales of Presidential Strife Pair Well With Aimee Mann’s Music by Joe Dziemianowicz

Martha Plimpton delivers covers of Aimee Mann's songs alongside stories of troubled American commanders-in-chief (so many choices!) for the latest American Songbook Series.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

WEIGHTY THEMES by Joe Dziemianowicz

These two solo shows offer meditations on big topics but don t make much of an impact.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

BOUNCY TUNES by Joe Dziemianowicz

This take on Irving Berlin’s 1950 musical comedy is a smooth but unremarkable ride.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

New York Theater Is About to Get F**ked Up by Joe Dziemianowicz

The playwrights of three new Off-Broadway works on why they chose unprintable titles.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

INTEGRITY TO THE END by Joe Dziemianowicz

Robert Bolt s production dramatizes the life of Sir Thomas More, who was willing to put his principles on the line.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

EVERY WOMAN by Joe Dziemianowicz

Fine performances can t make up for the lackluster script by Stephen Belber.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Paul Dano fails to rival Ethan Hawke in soft ‘True West’ revival by Joe Dziemianowicz

When Ethan Hawke relieving himself onto a houseplant becomes one of the most noteworthy moments in a Broadway show, it’s safe to say it’s been a soggy night of theater. That’s what awa…

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET by Joe Dziemianowicz

Jack Neary has written an intriguing play, but the second act has a few too many twists for its own good.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

From ‘Harry Potter’ to ‘King Kong’: Theater’s hits and misses of 2018 by Joe Dziemianowicz

Tina Fey, King Kong and Harry Potter all made their marks in New York theater in 2018, with varying degrees of success. There were no perfect musicals. On Broadway, Fey’s sly humor made …

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Friday, December 14, 2018

‘Mockingbird’ is still relevant 60 years later on Broadway by Joe Dziemianowicz

Not long into this new “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a young girl considers what she’s just heard in a courtroom. “All rise,” says Scout, marveling at the weight of the words while imag…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Bryan Cranston’s brilliance can’t save gimmicky ‘Network’ by Joe Dziemianowicz

In Broadway’s “Network,” Bryan Cranston does the impossible: Playing Howard Beale, the so-called mad prophet of the airwaves, he makes Peter Finch’s Oscar-winning turn feel like yest…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

‘The Cher Show’ will leave you feeling moonstruck by Joe Dziemianowicz

If I could turn back time, I’d rewind to my night at “The Cher Show” for another happy high. Think I’m kidding? Snap out of it! Granted, the jukebox musical that opened on Broadway M…

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MOMENTARY PEACE by Joe Dziemianowicz

This a capella musical celebrates when British and German troops observed an informal ceasefire in WWI.

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ANSWER THE CALL by Joe Dziemianowicz

Bilingual American women worked as telephone operators in World War I, and their story is turned into a stirring musical here.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

CRACKING THE CODE by Joe Dziemianowicz

A smart script and fine performances drive this drama about human consciousness.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA by Joe Dziemianowicz

Though the story isn t perfect, this new Broadway musical is a bit of breezy fun with a peppy score.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

RELUCTANT DAD by Joe Dziemianowicz

Mike Birbiglia puts his self-deprecating wit to work in his solo Broadway show about becoming a father.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Broadway’s ‘King Kong’ is a gorilla-sized mess by Joe Dziemianowicz

Show me the monkey! That gargantuan gorilla in “King Kong” is the top banana of the $35 million musical that opened Thursday night on Broadway. Too bad that most everything else wrapped …

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

PAGEANTRY SPOOF by Joe Dziemianowicz

Larissa FastHorse takes on hot-button issues with a deliciously funny approach.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Elaine May leads a strong ensemble in heart-wrenching ‘Waverly Gallery’ by Joe Dziemianowicz

Old age isn’t for sissies. And as painful as that reality is, Kenneth Lonergan faces it head-on in “The Waverly Gallery,” his affecting, funny-sad memory play about the wrenching and r…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Daniel Radcliffe gets his facts straight in ‘Lifespan’ by Joe Dziemianowicz

They’re Broadway’s new odd couple: an eager-beaver fact-checker and an arrogant author who treats the truth like Silly Putty. That’s the setup for “The Lifespan of a Fact,” the so-…

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