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Monday, June 18, 2018

Falling for the Lure of the Stage. The Backstage. by Laura Collins-Hughes

Natalie Soto and her brother, Christian, joined a training program at Roundabout Theater Company that aims to diversify the ranks of theater workers.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Review: ‘Fruit Trilogy,’ Eve Ensler’s New Show, Brims With Outrage by Laura Collins-Hughes

Certain moments are politically and artistically potent, but most of “Fruit Trilogy,” a program of three short plays, is pervaded by a curious flatness.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Broadway Marathon Survival Guide by Laura Collins-Hughes

In the middle of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and “Angels in America” are late-afternoon gaps to fill. We offer some ideas to pass the time.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Play Caught in the Crossfire by Laura Collins-Hughes

Antoinette Nwandu’s “Pass Over” considers the fate of young black men in a gun-torn city. Its first production caused a stir — and won a fan in Spike Lee.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Review: ‘Exquisite Agony,’ a Heart-to-Heart With a Dead Man by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Nilo Cruz’s poetic tangle of a play, an opera star finds the recipient of her husband’s heart after he dies in a car accident.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Review: Pulled Apart by ‘Love and Intrigue’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Maly Drama Theater’s spare, subdued — and slow — adaptation finds dreamy lovers split apart by political schemers.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

the 25 best american plays: The Ones We Left Behind by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Majority rule (mostly). One play per playwright. How we put together the 25 Plays list, and a bid to remember notable writers and favorite works that missed the cut.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Review: A Bus Crash, a Breakup and More Reverberations in ‘Tremor’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Brad Birch’s psychological thriller finds former lovers warily circling each other in Wales.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Review: In ‘Woman and Scarecrow,’ Female Fury Doesn’t Get Its Due by Laura Collins-Hughes

Marina Carr’s blistering play seems ideal for this cathartic cultural moment. Its Irish Repertory Theater production is a missed opportunity.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Review: After the Earthquake, a ‘Room’ Haunted by Memories by Laura Collins-Hughes

The aftermath of the Fukushima disaster infiltrates the lives of a young couple in Toshiki Okada’s spare, affecting play

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Review: In ‘The Gentleman Caller,’ a Talky Tennessee Williams by Laura Collins-Hughes

Philip Dawkins’s play blends realism and campy melodrama as it envisions the fumbling beginnings of an affair between Williams and William Inge

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Joshua Henry Does Whatever It Takes, in ‘Carousel’ and as a Father by Laura Collins-Hughes

As the first black actor to play Billy Bigelow on Broadway, Mr. Henry is changing theater, while a newborn son is changing him.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Review: ‘Unexpected Joy’ Is a ‘Me’ Generation Musical by Laura Collins-Hughes

The show had its premiere on Cape Cod two summers ago. It has been revised, but it retains its primary strengths and its fatal weaknesses.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Review: In ‘Assembled Identity,’ They Laugh Alike, They Walk Alike, but They’re Not Twins by Laura Collins-Hughes

Twins who discover they’re far more than sisters are at the center of a high-tech sci-fi drama at Here.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Review: Toxic Masculinity, Vonnegut Style, in ‘Happy Birthday, Wanda June’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

A conquering hero comes home in a ferociously funny, and surprisingly timely, revival of the novelist’s 1970 play.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Review: In ‘One Thousand Nights and One Day,’ New Tales of Old Persia by Laura Collins-Hughes

Jason Grote and Marisa Michelson‘s new musical, set in modern-day New York, deconstructs the Middle Eastern folk tales of “One Thousand and One Nights.”

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Review: A Girlhood Interrupted in ‘The Edge of Our Bodies’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

First produced in 2011, this coming-of-age story about a pregnant teenager lands uncomfortably in the wake of #MeToo.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Review: ‘Aloha, Aloha, or When I Was Queen’ Takes On the Cringeworthy by Laura Collins-Hughes

A solo show by Eliza Bent and directed by Knud Adams explores cultural appropriation — and how we can call it out when we see it.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

A Childhood Eden Seared by Violence. Set to Music? by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Bengsons are a folk-rock duo adapting their personal stories for the stage. But their new show, “The Lucky Ones,” posed a painful challenge: “Is it possible to tell the truth kindl…

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Review: A Fairy-Tale Life Above the Library in ‘Feeding the Dragon’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

In this Primary Stages production, Sharon Washington recalls how an enchanting period in her family’s history was also tinged with pain.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Review: Betting on a Rooster in ‘No One Writes to the Colonel’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Repertorio Español delivers an intimate, transporting adaptation of the Gabriel García Márquez novella.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Review: A Salon With Strangers in a Freewheeling ‘War and Peace’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Familiarity with Tolstoy’s novel is no prerequisite for enjoying this antic show by the Berlin-based troupe Gob Squad.

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Finding New Meaning in ‘Mean Girls’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

The movie is beloved. But it also pits girls against girls. How, then, do you make a stage musical that satisfies fans and meets our cultural moment?

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Review: ‘Distant Observer’ Shifts Shape as Authors Take Turns by Laura Collins-Hughes

Reality and identity are mutable things in “Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence,” by Takeshi Kawamura and John Jesurun, at La MaMa.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Review: In ‘The Wholehearted,’ Old Wounds Feel Angry and New by Laura Collins-Hughes

A boxing champ who survived an attempt on her life prepares to seek revenge in this multimedia play at Abrons Arts Center.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Review: ‘Breitwisch Farm’ Brings Chekhov to Wisconsin by Laura Collins-Hughes

Jeremy J. Kamps’s play — a smart but overloaded riff on “The Cherry Orchard” set on a family farm — doesn’t quite hit the right accent.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Review: ‘Folk Wandering,’ a Wistful Musical Full of Story and Searching by Laura Collins-Hughes

Jaclyn Backhaus and Andrew Neisler’s new play wants to be a collection of stories about fierce women. But it’s so packed with plot lines, it only partly succeeds.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Review: ‘A Walk With Mr. Heifetz’ Stumbles Through History by Laura Collins-Hughes

The play, inspired by real people and events in the decades leading up to the foundation of Israel, cuts to the role of music in creating a nation.

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3 Young People to Watch in Theater This Spring by Laura Collins-Hughes, Sopan Deb and Matt Trueman

Get to know the playwright Hammaad Chaudry, the 13-year-old actress Rileigh McDonald and the actor Andrew Burnap.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Review: Lee Krasner Gets the Upper Hand in ‘Pollock’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

This bio-play about the married artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner is a surreal sparring match, steeped in alcohol and dripping with paint.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

So You Know Nothing About ‘Harry Potter’? Let’s Catch You Up by Laura Collins-Hughes

A primer of the books and films to get you ready for the Broadway opening of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two.”

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