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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Review: A Cast of 87 Sounds a Climate Change Alarm by Laura Collins-Hughes

Bringing together wrestlers, a food cart, a cellist and a bandstand, Pig Iron Theater Company takes on catastrophe in “A Period of Animate Existence.”

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Critic's Notebook: A Silent ‘Macbeth’ in Manhattan, a Vodka-Charged One in Brooklyn by Laura Collins-Hughes

“Macbeth Muet” is a frolic through tragedy with puppetry, while “Makbet” is a darkly gregarious production (shots included).

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: ‘The Peculiar Patriot’ Puts Iron Bars Between Best Friends by Laura Collins-Hughes

The National Black Theater production of Liza Jessie Peterson’s monologue explores the personal and societal costs of mass incarceration.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Review: In ‘Charolais,’ Competing With His Mother and His Cow by Laura Collins-Hughes

Noni Stapleton wrote and stars in a solo show about an Irishwoman unsettled by life on the farm.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Critic's Notebook: Fringe Festival? Not This Summer. Fringe Spirit? Definitely. by Laura Collins-Hughes

A plantation-set adaptation of “The Cherry Orchard” and a scatological monologue are visceral reminders of theater’s power to unsettle.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Review: ‘If Only’ Links Lincoln to an Unlikely Match by Laura Collins-Hughes

Thomas Klingenstein’s new play about an unrequited interracial love is like watching a sepia-tinged tableau.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Star-Spangled Revue Kicks Up Its Heels in the Badlands by Laura Collins-Hughes

Medora, N.D., population 132 — except in summer when 100,000 tourists pour into town to see a musical celebration of Old West values.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

For Stephen Adly Guirgis, the Long Road Back to a First Love: Acting by Laura Collins-Hughes

The playwright is preparing to return to the stage as an actor in “American Buffalo” at the Dorset Theater Festival.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

‘For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday’ Takes One Last Trip to Neverland by Laura Collins-Hughes

Sarah Ruhl’s play, which she wrote for her mother, is about five adult siblings confronting mortality.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Review: ‘Park Plays’ Draw Inspiration From the Queens Landscape by Laura Collins-Hughes

A program of 10 short pieces, set in and around Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, touches on tennis, dragon boats and the 1939 World’s Fair.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Critic's Notebook: The Cold War Meets ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at a Festival for Musicals by Laura Collins-Hughes

At the New York Musical Festival, a love story plays out in a divided Berlin, and women entangled in suburban soccer-mom life become the center of another drama.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Review: ‘Lessons in Temperament,’ a Memoir of Mental Illness by Laura Collins-Hughes

James Smith’s solo show, part of Soulpepper’s New York residency, examines his family’s history of disorders with a striking lack of bitterness.

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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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