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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review: Surviving War With a Sense of Humor in ‘Pity in History’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Howard Barker’s BBC teleplay is being professionally staged for the first time, thanks to Potomac Theater Project, which has regularly mounted his work.

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Tina Howe Copes With Caregiving and Other Late-in-Life Storms by Laura Collins-Hughes

Looking after her ailing husband, and the perils of climate change, are inspirations for her new play, “Singing Beach.”

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review: ‘A Pink Chair’ Explores a Polish Playwright, but Finds Little by Laura Collins-Hughes

This Wooster Group production, inspired by Tadeusz Kantor and his play “I Shall Never Return,” is an esoteric project that fails to connect with its audience.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Critic's Notebook: When Women Won’t Accept Theatrical Manspreading by Laura Collins-Hughes

Gender inequality remains a problem, but it’s heartening to see playwrights and performers argue for more opportunities.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Review: In ‘True Right,’ George W. and Jeb Bush Meet Sam Shepard by Laura Collins-Hughes

Actresses play the brother-rivals in a lampoon of “True West” that works better on the page than on the stage.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

‘A Parallelogram,’ Bruce Norris’s Time-Shifting Play at Second Stage by Laura Collins-Hughes

Mr. Norris’s play, which had its premiere in 2010, is just now arriving in New York with its jaundiced view of human relations.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer Is the Time for Stretching by Dave Itzkoff, Erik Piepenburg, Laura Collins-Hughes and Sophie Haigney

These writers and performers are using the warmer months to take some risks, test themselves and expand their talents onstage.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Review: Chasing ‘The Rivals’ on a Summer Evening by Laura Collins-Hughes

Mrs. Malaprop misspeaks outdoors when New York Classical Theater brings a lighthearted comedy of manners to Central Park.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Here’s One Canadian Theater Company That Isn’t Afraid to Show Off by Laura Collins-Hughes

For Soulpepper Theater Company, putting on 30 productions at home won’t do this year. The Toronto troupe is also programming a New York theater center for July.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Need to Fake an Orgasm? There’s an ‘Intimacy Choreographer’ for That by Laura Collins-Hughes

For an adaptation of “The Bacchae,” the Stratford Festival hired Tonia Sina, who teaches a codified method of approaching onstage intimacy.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sam Gold Brings His Touch to ‘Hamlet’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

After a bracing revival of “The Glass Menagerie” this spring, and last year’s “Othello,” Mr. Gold takes on another Shakespeare drama.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Review: Kafka With Puppets, Ghost Light and Shadows by Laura Collins-Hughes

One actor and an illuminated toy theater bring ‘A Hunger Artist’ to bitterly comic life.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

How Do You Make a Play About Water? Drop by Drop by Laura Collins-Hughes

The immersive new eco-play “(Not) Water” has been in the making since Hurricane Katrina.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Review: Reanimating an Autistic Artist With ‘Soot and Spit’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

An evocative production of Charles Mee’s play features disabled actors on a set that seems reassembled from the drawings of James Castle.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

‘Marvin’s Room’ Makes Its Broadway Debut with Janeane Garofalo and Lili Taylor by Laura Collins-Hughes

Scott McPherson’s play, a deathbed comedy that premiered Off Broadway in 1991, is inextricable from his struggle with AIDS.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Show Us Your Wall: Dave Malloy Wrote ‘The Great Comet,’ but He’s Not Much of a Painter by Laura Collins-Hughes

Mr. Malloy’s “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” is up for 12 Tonys. His studio whiteboard suggests how that came to be.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review: Small Mistakes With Big Consequences in ‘The World My Mama Raised’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Ariel Stess’s cockeyed social-justice comedy opens Clubbed Thumb’s summer festival of new plays.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review: One-Act Highlights Find the Laughs in Political Anxiety by Laura Collins-Hughes

The 36th Marathon of One-Act Plays: Series A, produced at Ensemble Studio Theater with the Radio Drama Network, is off to a rousing start.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Eugene O’Neill, Brought to Life in Bright Colors by Laura Collins-Hughes

Three productions this spring matched the playwright’s audaciousness with exhilarating visions.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Martyna Majok’s ‘Cost of Living’: Scrambling to Survive, Together by Laura Collins-Hughes

Ms. Majok, who grew up in working-class New Jersey, has fleshed out her short work “John, Who’s Here From Cambridge” into a larger piece.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Review: Step Right Up! ‘3/Fifths’ Takes You on an Ugly Ride by Laura Collins-Hughes

Half immersive spectacle, half cabaret, this satire is a provocative and unnerving exploration of American racism.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: ‘Mourning Becomes Electra,’ Up Close and Powerful by Laura Collins-Hughes

O’Neill’s Civil War-era Greek tragedy is infused with new relevance in a production directed by David Herskovits.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Review: Forced Merriment in a ‘Twelfth Night’ for the Masses by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit winds up its five-borough tour of Shakespeare’s comedy about mistaken identity.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: To Be or Not to Be? Oh, Who Cares? A Different ‘Hamlet’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Boris Akunin’s take on Shakespeare’s broody prince is full of intrigue, but it often feels like a “Hamlet” highlight reel.

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Theater: ‘Happy Days’ for Dianne Wiest by Laura Collins-Hughes

Ms. Wiest plays the beleaguered but unbowed heroine of this Beckett comedy.

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The Pen and the Trigger Finger: Examining Gun Violence Onstage by Laura Collins-Hughes

Live performance is a most direct way to make the fear and heartbreak palpable.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Then What Happened? The Checkered History of Stage Sequels by Laura Collins-Hughes

It takes nerve to follow up on Ibsen. But “A Doll’s House, Part 2” is hardly the first Broadway show to check in with beloved characters.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

With ‘Indecent,’ Paula Vogel Makes Her Broadway Debut by Laura Collins-Hughes

This Pulitzer-winning playwright finally gets her due, with a retelling of a controversial 1923 play that featured Broadway’s first stage kiss between two women.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Review: Zayd Dohrn Plumbs Muslim-American Rifts in ‘The Profane’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

A young couple’s engagement brings cultural tensions to the surface between secular and fundamentalist families. Yet not all is as it seems.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

From Lost Soul in London to Glory Off Broadway by Laura Collins-Hughes

After a lonely upbringing, Obi Abili made his way to acting. Now he’s winning raves off Broadway in the title role of “The Emperor Jones.”

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Week Ahead: Harvey Fierstein in ‘Gently Down the Stream’ at the Public Theater by Laura Collins-Hughes

The new play by Martin Sherman concerns an intergenerational romance between men played by Harvey Fierstein and Gabriel Ebert.

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