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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Betty Corwin, Who Preserved Theater’s Legacy, Dies at 98 by Laura Collins-Hughes

By definition, live theater vanishes in the moment; Ms. Corwin pushed to have shows videotaped and deposited in a library collection, which she ran for decades.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Review: Isabelle Adjani, Raging and Aging in ‘Opening Night’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

A French stage adaptation of the John Cassavetes film misses the #MeToo moment.

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‘For Colored Girls’ Returns, as a Celebration and as a Weapon by Laura Collins-Hughes

Ntozake Shange’s play, with its unflinching depiction of black women’s experience, is coming back to the Public Theater more than 40 years after opening there.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Review: Mac Wellman’s ‘Bad Penny’ Promises a Boat Ride to Hell by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Flea Theater has revived this brief play, in which a flat tire is the least of the problems you might encounter in Central Park.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Cell, the Spell and the Mystery of ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Was it a one-time telephone interruption, or was it written into the show? And why was it so crucial to find out?

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

‘#DateMe’ Review: Not Feeling a Love Connection by Laura Collins-Hughes

A frenzy of strained joke-making and audience participation overwhelms a promising exploration of romance in the internet age.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tom Hiddleston on ‘Betrayal’ and the Art of Self-Protection by Laura Collins-Hughes

The screen and stage star is making his Broadway debut as the bottled-up husband wearing a “mask of control” in Harold Pinter’s romantic triangle.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

‘Sea Wall/A Life’ Review: Quiet Tragicomedies of Love and Loss by Laura Collins-Hughes

In a tender pair of monologues, Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal portray young fathers shaken out of complacency.

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Their Shows Flopped. Here’s What These 7 Actors Did Next. by Laura Collins-Hughes

With plays and musicals folding left and right, Broadway stars impart wisdom they gained when it happened to them.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Review: Home Is No Haven in ‘Rinse, Repeat’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Domenica Feraud’s potent drama, hard-driving parents don’t recognize the examples they set for a daughter with anorexia.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

‘Two’s a Crowd’ Review: Rita Rudner in a Sitcom With Songs by Laura Collins-Hughes

This new “comedy musical” is lesser material than she deserves, but Ms. Rudner delivers an innocuously pleasant evening.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Review: At This Theater Festival, Death Crouches in the Wings by Laura Collins-Hughes

Bereavement and self-destruction stalk the plays in Series A of this year’s Summer Shorts Festival in New York.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

‘Till’ Brings a Tragedy to Life by Laura Collins-Hughes

The New York Music Festival production tells the story of the summer when Emmett Till was murdered.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Review: ‘the way she spoke’ Is a Trip to Ciudad Juárez by Laura Collins-Hughes

Isaac Gomez’s one-woman play follows the trail violence in a city on the Mexican border.

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An Apollo 11 ‘Oratorio,’ Told by Those Who Were There by Laura Collins-Hughes

The “Oslo” playwright J.T. Rogers found himself moved stitching a story he thought he knew well: “It is a piece about hope and wonder.”

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Review: A Meticulous Artist, Numb to the Touch, in ‘Reborning’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

This play by Zayd Dohrn, about a victim of a horrific crime who grows up to be a dollmaker, is a dark comedy — with a touch of horror.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

‘Promenade’ Review: A ’60s Musical That Offers Zany Delights by Laura Collins-Hughes

The City Center revival of this satire on the haves and have-nots features book and lyrics by María Irene Fornés and a score by Al Carmines.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Review: Molly Bloom Leaps From ‘Ulysses’ to Shout ‘Yes!’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Aedín Moloney and Colum McCann lift the character from James Joyce’s novel to create a celebration of womanhood for the stage.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

When Theater is a Religious Experience by Laura Collins-Hughes

Faith has had a powerful role in shaping some recent dramas. But plays can bring spiritual solace to the nonbeliever, too.

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Review: Hugh Jackman Isn’t Quite the Greatest Showman in an Arena by Laura Collins-Hughes

His world tour “The Man. The Music. The Show.” stopped at Madison Square Garden. But it would have been better on Broadway.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

How Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon Got Intimate by Laura Collins-Hughes

To make the actors comfortable, the director of “Frankie and Johnny” brought in an expert in staging sex scenes — Broadway’s first, and certainly not its last.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Review: In ‘The Mountains Look Different,’ Sin, Shame and Self-Determination by Laura Collins-Hughes

A forgotten 1948 drama by Micheál Mac Liammóir has been polished to a becoming shimmer at Theater Row.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Review: Behind the ‘Veil,’ Facts Are Negotiable by Laura Collins-Hughes

Hollywood filmmakers tell a period story set in China in Gordon Dahlquist’s layered look at truth, lies and the power of narrative.

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Review: ‘Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson,’ Aiming for His Head by Laura Collins-Hughes

Based on an anecdote from the set of an infamous commercial, the play focuses on the behind-the-scenes people who work to realize an artist’s vision.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Review: In ‘Public Servant,’ a Changed Daughter Returns From College by Laura Collins-Hughes

Bekah Brunstetter’s civic-minded new play is about parenthood, paternalism and what it means to work for the people.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Review: In ‘Little Women,’ a Girl Dreams of a Man’s World by Laura Collins-Hughes

The stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel places the ambitious, thwarted Jo March at its center.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Review: ‘Enter Laughing’ Delights. (Except if You’re Greta Garbo.) by Laura Collins-Hughes

Set in the 1930s, this musical comedy about a young man striving for stardom lands most of its jokes in song.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Does Anything Awful Happen to the Cat in the Play? by Laura Collins-Hughes

On the dread, and the glory, of watching animals onstage.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Critic’s pick: Review: Girls Just Wanna Play ‘Mac Beth’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Erica Schmidt’s raucously exuberant adaptation finds common cause between rebellious teenagers and bloody-minded Shakespeare.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

the Tony Awards: 30 Minutes Before Curtain: Hugs, Prayers, Laughter and Noise by Laura Collins-Hughes and Darryn King

Things are tense and tingly enough before the curtain rises at any time of the year. What’s it like during prize season?

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

He Takes Us to the Underworld in ‘Hadestown.’ And We’re Glad to Go. by Laura Collins-Hughes

Fifty years into his stage career, André De Shields cherishes the ability to change what is to come.

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