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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Critic’s Notebook: Trump, Trauma and a War That Won’t Go Away by Laura Collins-Hughes

Performers revisit their own fraught memories in recent productions, including one inspired by women who have accused the president of misconduct.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Review: ‘Weightless’ Finds Lovely Moments in a Grim Greek Myth by Laura Collins-Hughes

The bloody story of Procne and Philomela is retold as a tale of sisterly devotion in this indie-rock opera by the Kilbanes at BRIC House in Brooklyn.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘Chambre Noire,’ Puppets Make Poetry Painfully Real by Laura Collins-Hughes

This stunning Under the Radar festival show tells the story of Valerie Solanas, the feminist agitator who shot Andy Warhol.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

It’s a Sex-Positive Party, Not a Play by Laura Collins-Hughes

At Bushwick Starr, Diana Oh and her team of “super queero heart questers” welcome guests to a night of dance-filled revelry. (Yes, there’s a sleepover option.)

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Why ‘The Cher Show’ Gets Me, Babe by Laura Collins-Hughes

Of the three jukebox bio-musicals about female pop stars now on Broadway, it’s the latest that best understands its audience.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Review: ‘The Truth About Santa’ Is Out. Mrs. Claus Is Mad as Hell by Laura Collins-Hughes

This clever, messy comedy opens with a charming pair of singing elves, yet it’s an ill-advised choice for Santa believers.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

‘Strange Window: The Turn of the Screw’ Review: Henry James for the Gig Economy by Laura Collins-Hughes

This multimedia adaptation for the era of TED Talks and smartphones is visually and aurally striking, but it lacks the spookiness of the original novella.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Review: ‘Selkie’ Makes a Splash of Bad Romance by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Krista Knight’s muddled dramedy, an abusive husband and his fearful wife are joined by a mythological sea creature.

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Review: ‘The Hello Girls’ Answered the Call in World War I by Laura Collins-Hughes

A new musical illuminates the obscure history of American women who were recruited to the Signal Corps in Europe. It’s rather thrilling, until Act 2.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Review: In ‘A Christmas Carol in Harlem,’ Scrooge Wants to Make You Laugh by Laura Collins-Hughes

Classical Theater of Harlem reimagines the Charles Dickens tale with the holiday curmudgeon as a real estate predator in need of reclamation.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Review: In ‘The Brutes,’ the Actor Who Would Be an Assassin by Laura Collins-Hughes

Sara Fellini’s play follows John Wilkes Booth, months before he kills President Lincoln, while he spars with his brothers on and off stage.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Review: Tim and Tyne Daly Are Dysfunctional Siblings in ‘Downstairs’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Theresa Rebeck wrote her chilling new domestic thriller with the brother and sister in mind.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Socializing With: Patricia Ione Lloyd, a Playwright With a Taste for Glamour by Laura Collins-Hughes

The writer of “Eve’s Song” looks back (at an awkward childhood) and ahead (at her inspirations) while scrolling through her Instagram feed.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: A ‘Chinese Lady’ on Heart-Rending Display by Laura Collins-Hughes

Lloyd Suh’s rich play follows an immigrant and her translator over decades.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Review: In ‘Natural Shocks,’ a Storm Is Coming by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Lauren Gunderson’s issue play, Pascale Armand plays an insurance agent in a risky scenario.

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No Waiting to Play This ‘Godot’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

The highly physical Irish actor Aaron Monaghan came late to Beckett, and is young to portray Estragon. But the role fits (even if the shoes don’t).

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Kurt Vonnegut’s Vietnam-Era Play Lands With a Gasp by Laura Collins-Hughes

The novelist’s first play, “Happy Birthday, Wanda June,” is proving its resonance — and some nights, too much so — in a timely new revival.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: Brutal Intimacy and Exuberance Defines ‘Usual Girls’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Ming Peiffer’s new play shares the same youthful female-centric world of Sarah DeLappe’s soccer play, “The Wolves.”

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Seven Flames Kindled by the Focused Fire of Ntozake Shange by Laura Collins-Hughes

Theater artists who carry on the tradition of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf” honor their inspiration.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Ntozake Shange, Who Wrote ‘For Colored Girls,’ Is Dead at 70 by Laura Collins-Hughes

Ms. Shange’s play featured seven black female characters named for the colors of the rainbow and inspired generations of playwrights.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Review: In ‘Ordinary Days,’ a Sweet Escape to the Recent Past by Laura Collins-Hughes

Adam Gwon’s chamber musical about four New Yorkers is being revived Off Broadway in a production by Keen Company.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Review: At This Professor’s Office Hour, No Time for ‘The Niceties’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

A white liberal historian and a frustrated African-American student make a combustible combination in Eleanor Burgess’s play.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: A Song of Eternity in ‘Midnight at the Never Get’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

It’s 1963 again, and this chamber musical packs all the heartbreak and bliss of love in a Village gay bar of the era.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Review: A Song of Eternity in ‘Midnight at the Never Get’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

It’s 1963 again, and this chamber musical packs all the heartbreak and bliss of love in a Village gay bar of the era.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Review: Sex, Lies and Vindication in a Most Timely ‘Measure for Measure’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

The heroine’s impossible position could hardly be more sympathetic or central than in this Pushkin Theater Moscow/Cheek by Jowl staging.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

‘The Ferryman’ Shows a Dark Irish Chapter Through a Personal Lens by Laura Collins-Hughes

It took persuading, but Jez Butterworth wrote his new play for his partner, Laura Donnelly, both to honor her history and give her a great part.

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Critic’s Notebook: Enraged by Their Times, Women of Ambition Seize the Stage by Laura Collins-Hughes

Three eras, three plays drawn from real life. But the same old double standard.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Review: ‘Make Believe’ Has a Cast of Children, but No Fairy Tales by Laura Collins-Hughes

Bess Wohl’s new play is a regret-tinged examination of sibling connections that maybe, back in those formative years, were not forged solidly enough.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Review: ‘The Arts’ Makes a Wonky Case for the N.E.A. by Laura Collins-Hughes

This experimental docudrama at La MaMa charts the history of the National Endowment for the Arts and argues for its continued importance.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Review: In ‘Agnes,’ Familial Ties Bound So Tightly They Fray by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Catya McMullen’s tender and funny play, a brother with Asperger’s syndrome seeks connection as his overprotective sister’s relationship flounders.

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Gloria Steinem, Watching Herself Onstage, Knows She’s in Good Hands by Laura Collins-Hughes

In “Gloria: A Life,” Ms. Steinem will be portrayed by Christine Lahti, who isn’t shy about making suggestions about moments that belong in the script.

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