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Sunday, February 16, 2020

‘TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever’ Review: It’s No Valentine by Laura Collins-Hughes

James Ijames’s satire reconsiders a story that reaches back to our shared past, with an eye toward demolishing it in favor of a better future.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

‘Unmasked’ Review: Andrew Lloyd Webber Reveals and Remembers by Laura Collins-Hughes

This multimedia concert and career retrospective forgets that the best way to honor the composer is to have a good time with his music.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

‘House Plant’ Review: A Bizarro Breakup and What Comes After by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Sarah Einspanier’s fever-dream play, one half of a couple heads to Hollywood. The other gets an odd, and oddly familiar, new roommate.

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Lip-Syncing Her Abduction, Matter-of-Factly by Laura Collins-Hughes

Deirdre O’Connell has a peculiar challenge performing the recollections of Lucas Hnath's mother in his play “Dana H.” Give credit to earbuds and Epsom salts.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

‘Darling Grenadine’ Review: A Retro Cocktail With Little Kick by Laura Collins-Hughes

Roundabout Underground presents a flawed but tuneful musical about a young Manhattan couple challenged by addiction.

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

‘Thunder Rock’ Review: A Beacon That Fails to Light the Way by Laura Collins-Hughes

It’s no surprise that this play about disillusionment, with its message of hope wrapped in warnings about nationalism and isolationism, was a choice for this season.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Hires a Resident Intimacy Director by Laura Collins-Hughes

Sarah Lozoff is joining one of the nation’s leading regional theaters for all 11 of its productions in its 2020 season.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

For 13 Years, He Has Humanized the Villain of ‘Oklahoma!’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Patrick Vaill took his final Broadway bow as Jud Fry, after performing in Daniel Fish’s production of the musical since college.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

‘Emojiland’ Review: There’s a Rom-Com in Your Phone. With Music. by Laura Collins-Hughes

Everybody’s on hand, from a variety of Smileys to Nerd Face, and from Princess to Pile of Poo.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

At Under the Radar, Avant-Garde Shows Leap Outside Reality by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green and Laura Collins-Hughes

The Public Theater’s festival has included 12 featured offerings, four cabaret acts and six pieces of developmental work. Here’s what our critics saw.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

‘Distances’ Review: Fumblingly Picking at the Knot of Race by Laura Collins-Hughes

In this experimental play, a white talk-show host and a black science fiction writer have a challenging conversation. Plus dancing.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

‘Maz and Bricks’ Review: Marching for Rights, With Signs of Romance by Laura Collins-Hughes

Set in Dublin during the run-up to Ireland’s vote to repeal its abortion ban, this play by Eva O’Connor too easily pairs up two damaged souls.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

A Show Reminds Young Audiences: We All Got Here From Somewhere by Laura Collins-Hughes

“Cartography,” a multimedia work inspired by migrants’ stories, presents their journeys as universal and heroic, not merely tales of suffering.

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A Director Making His Mark in More Ways Than One by Laura Collins-Hughes

With powerfully contemporary stagings of “Betrayal” and “Cyrano,” Jamie Lloyd has had an attention-grabbing year. That’s not what makes him hard to miss.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

The Role of a Career in ‘Fiddler,’ and He Might Even Keep the Beard by Laura Collins-Hughes

Steven Skybell was finally the right age for Tevye. Little did he know that when the time came, the show would be in Yiddish, and for a surprisingly long run that ended Sunday.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Review: Cirque du Soleil Chases the Holiday Spirit by Laura Collins-Hughes

The acrobatics in “’Twas the Night Before…” at Madison Square Garden are perfectly diverting, despite an illegible plot.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

200 Years of Experience, and Still Learning Onstage by Laura Collins-Hughes

Lois Smith, Estelle Parsons and Vinie Burrows on age, agility, perseverance and steering clear of “self-pitying old” roles.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

‘The Straights’ Review: On the Road With No Sense of Direction by Laura Collins-Hughes

Amusing monologues and oddball encounters enliven T. Adamson’s overstuffed play that follows two friends on a very long car ride.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: Counting on Compassion in ‘one in two’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Donja R. Love’s powerful play balances tenderness and fury to explore how H.I.V. has become a ”hidden emergency” in the black community.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Best Theater of 2019 by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Shows that defied categorization offered a stark choice: Escape an angry world, or face up to its travails. Beyond Broadway, writers explored race, inequality and addiction.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ Gives Black Men Control of Their Story by Laura Collins-Hughes

Inua Ellams discusses his surprise hit play, which has its New York premiere at the Next Wave Festival this week.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Review: ‘Einstein’s Dreams,’ Adapted and Muddled in a New Musical by Laura Collins-Hughes

Alan Lightman’s novel loses its charm in Joanne Sydney Lessner and Joshua Rosenblum’s show, which lacks a sense of a sure artistic voice.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Review: ‘Slava’s Snowshow’ Delivers Flurries of Joy by Laura Collins-Hughes

A critic who once resisted the charms of this holiday clownfest found herself floating on happiness this time around.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Review: ‘Broadbend, Arkansas,’ Tangled in Its Own Tale by Laura Collins-Hughes

This meandering jazz-infused drama, told across generations of a black family, strains to pull its focus from white women.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

My First Produced Play? Ah, I Remember It Well. by Laura Collins-Hughes

The return of Tony Kushner’s “A Bright Room Called Day” prompted us to ask leading writers: How did it go for you? And what did you learn?

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Review: Coffee With a Side of Isolation in ‘User Not Found’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Next Wave festival’s latest digital dive: A tale of grief staged in a Brooklyn cafe that the audience only pieces together by smartphone.

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

‘One Discordant Violin’ Review: In Search of Soul-Stirring Art by Laura Collins-Hughes

Anthony Black’s play is about the life-sustaining power of creating art. But it never overcomes the dull short story from which it’s adapted.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Review: In ‘Hamnet,’ Shakespeare’s Son Takes the Stage by Laura Collins-Hughes

In this Irish production, an 11-year-old actor plays the child who died too soon to get to know his immortal father.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

‘Bars and Measures’ Review: Notes From Jail by Laura Collins-Hughes

Jazz unites two brothers, one accused of plotting terrorism, in Idris Goodwin’s play.

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

‘Macbeth’ Review: A Decent Man Turns Murderous Tyrant by Laura Collins-Hughes

A bracingly lucid Corey Stoll embodies Shakespeare’s thane who, step by step, cedes his soul to his own darkest impulses.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Review: In ‘Power Strip,’ a Syrian Story Both Bleak and Striking by Laura Collins-Hughes

Sylvia Khoury’s insidiously sharp new play arrives as the eight-year-old conflict is making fresh headlines in the United States.

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