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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

More Than the Girl Next Door: 8 Actors on Emily in ‘Our Town’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

With a history of the Thornton Wilder classic coming soon, we talk with performers who found personal inspiration in the play’s beating heart.

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Lee Breuer, Adventurous Theater Director, Dies at 83 by Laura Collins-Hughes

One of the founders of Mabou Mines, he reveled in being an outsider even when his celebrated “The Gospel at Colonus” reached Broadway.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

In Four Audio Plays, No Stages but Lots of New Voices by Maya Phillips, Jesse Green and Laura Collins-Hughes

A big-box store, a hotel for transgender women and a dinner party gone awry are some of the places your ears will take you to.

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Review: In ‘Making Friends,’ a Bitter Grab Bag of Grievances by Laura Collins-Hughes

Tom DeTrinis’s solo show is full of rage, but in a way that’s bizarrely out of touch with this overwhelmingly disastrous year.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Advocating and Agitating, Connecting and Inventing by Michael Paulson, Jesse Green, Scott Heller, Laura Collins-Hughes and Elisabeth Vincentelli

With their field rocked by unprecedented challenges in 2020, these people and groups — some notable, some new — stepped into the breach.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

‘This Is Who I Am’ Review: Cooking With Dad, Remotely by Laura Collins-Hughes

A son in New York and a father in the West Bank prepare a favorite family recipe. Longing and resentment are in the mix, too.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Holiday Cheer, Spiked or Straight by Laura Collins-Hughes

How do you like your celebration? Taylor Mac gives it to you dazzling and arch, while “Meet Me in St. Louis” is a nostalgic comfort.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Scrooge on a Screen Just Can’t Be the Same by Laura Collins-Hughes

The joy of “A Christmas Carol” isn’t merely the story; it’s the ritual of communion and reflection with family and fans. This year that’s not possible.

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Monday, December 7, 2020

Review: Chagall Comes to Life in Enchanting ‘Flying Lovers’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Charming performers, elegant design and a smart video capture bring a bittersweet chamber play about the artist and his wife to the screen.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Best Theater of 2020 by Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller, Maya Phillips, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

It wasn’t the year for celebration. But watching innovation flourish inspired our chief critic, while other writers found the joys of the stage in other media.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Review ‘Emilia’: An Elizabethan Poet Takes Her Rightful Place Onstage by Laura Collins-Hughes

The life of Emilia Bassano Lanier is interwoven with Shakespeare’s in a boisterous British comedy.

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

When the Critic Is Also the Star. And the Audience. by Laura Collins-Hughes and Alexis Soloski

Connection or isolation? Intensity or escape? This spate of shows that put the watcher to work are rewarding, but often in contrasting ways.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Strangers on a Phone, Theatrically Speaking by Laura Collins-Hughes

Social distance has left us rusty when it comes to connecting with strangers. The latest piece by 600 Highwaymen aims to help us practice — starting with a call.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Patti LuPone Was a Constant. The Other Ingredients Never Cooked. by Laura Collins-Hughes

With a marquee creative team, this romantic musical should have been a sure bet. One great song survived the out-of-town turmoil.

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From Stage to Screen: 5 Shows That Got It Right (And 5 That Didn’t) by Jesse Green, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes and Scott Heller

Our theater experts provide a guide to some of the successful (and failed) cinematic adaptations of plays and musicals — all for your streaming pleasure.

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Don’t Eat the Breakfast Cereal. It’s Made of Plastic. by Laura Collins-Hughes

Robin Frohardt has turned a vacant space in Times Square into a colorful installation that slyly doubles as an eco-warning. Puppets have their moment, too.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

‘It Can’t Happen Here’ Review: A Not-So-Subtle Slide Into Autocracy by Laura Collins-Hughes

Sinclair Lewis’s 1930s novel-turned-stage play about the rise of fascism in America returns as an audio drama from Berkeley Rep.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

‘Carolyn Bryant’ Review: Reliving a Lie That Never Goes Away by Laura Collins-Hughes

This stylized, two-character play finds the woman whose false accusation led to the lynching of Emmett Till bound to him, and to racist myths, forever.

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Socially Distant, Except for the Dogs, Sheep and Chickens by Laura Collins-Hughes

On the farm with Isabella Rossellini, as she readies a streaming theater piece with cameos from her animal friends.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

10 Monologues That Make Solo Music by Ben Brantley, Laura Collins-Hughes, Jesse Green and Alexis Soloski

In a few minutes or a full show, these performers capture heartbreak, fury and laughs. For the words of Samuel Beckett, a disembodied mouth did the trick.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

‘Zoo Motel’ Review: Got the Key. Where’s the Minibar? by Laura Collins-Hughes

The setting is stylish, and some tricks are nifty. But this Zoom show, which encourages audience involvement, is more scattershot than inspired.

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

‘Zero Cost House’ Review: Could Thoreau Save Us Now? by Laura Collins-Hughes

In the dreamscape of Toshiki Okada’s play, the American philosopher is a 21st-century presence, and an author meets his younger self.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Let’s See: Outdoor Theater Is Welcome, but Sightlines Are Vital by Laura Collins-Hughes

It might seem churlish to criticize productions improvising through a pandemic. But for audiences taking the chance, design makes a difference.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

‘Twelve Angry Men …and Women’ Review: Tales of Brutality by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Billie Holiday Theater’s brilliantly designed performance, staged for a live audience in Brooklyn and filmed for YouTube, is an urgent response to police misconduct.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

How to Birth a New American Theater by Jesse Green, Maya Phillips, Laura Collins-Hughes, Elisabeth Vincentelli and Alexis Soloski

Six months dark. Thousands of artists out of work. Could this disaster have a surprise ending? Five critics on what must change, onstage and off.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

When the Wrong Singer for the Song Is Just So Right by Laura Collins-Hughes

Thrice-delayed and now virtual, this year’s scrambled show-tune revue “Miscast” has to entertain while recognizing that casting is political.

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5 ‘Miscast’ Numbers That Will Play With Your Preconceptions by Laura Collins-Hughes

Jonathan Groff tapping a tribute to Sutton Foster? Lin-Manuel Miranda singing Anita’s part in “West Side Story”? Watch these videos and see what’s possible.

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Outdoor Medicine for the Play-Starved Soul by Laura Collins-Hughes

Pairing Molière and Millay for a socially distanced audience, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey offers light entertainment just when we need it.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Provincetown: Go for the Mask Compliance, Stay for a Show by Laura Collins-Hughes

In this gay haven known for its nightlife, the crowds are smaller this summer. And the nightclubs are closed. But by the pool, the show goes on.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Review: Listening in the Dark to a Cruel Tale of ‘True History’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Shaun Prendergast’s play, written to be performed in darkness, asks audiences to imagine what the “ugliest woman in the world” looks like.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Missing Theater Under the Stars (Even the Bugs and the Rain) by Nancy Coleman, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller and Alexis Soloski

Shakespeare in the Park and other outdoor venues are shut. But for performers and directors, open-air memories are as sharp as the bite of a mosquito.

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