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Friday, November 9, 2018

Review: In ‘Natural Shocks,’ a Storm Is Coming by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Lauren Gunderson’s issue play, Pascale Armand plays an insurance agent in a risky scenario.

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No Waiting to Play This ‘Godot’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

The highly physical Irish actor Aaron Monaghan came late to Beckett, and is young to portray Estragon. But the role fits (even if the shoes don’t).

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Kurt Vonnegut’s Vietnam-Era Play Lands With a Gasp by Laura Collins-Hughes

The novelist’s first play, “Happy Birthday, Wanda June,” is proving its resonance — and some nights, too much so — in a timely new revival.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: Brutal Intimacy and Exuberance Defines ‘Usual Girls’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Ming Peiffer’s new play shares the same youthful female-centric world of Sarah DeLappe’s soccer play, “The Wolves.”

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Seven Flames Kindled by the Focused Fire of Ntozake Shange by Laura Collins-Hughes

Theater artists who carry on the tradition of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf” honor their inspiration.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Ntozake Shange, Who Wrote ‘For Colored Girls,’ Is Dead at 70 by Laura Collins-Hughes

Ms. Shange’s play featured seven black female characters named for the colors of the rainbow and inspired generations of playwrights.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Review: In ‘Ordinary Days,’ a Sweet Escape to the Recent Past by Laura Collins-Hughes

Adam Gwon’s chamber musical about four New Yorkers is being revived Off Broadway in a production by Keen Company.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Review: At This Professor’s Office Hour, No Time for ‘The Niceties’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

A white liberal historian and a frustrated African-American student make a combustible combination in Eleanor Burgess’s play.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: A Song of Eternity in ‘Midnight at the Never Get’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

It’s 1963 again, and this chamber musical packs all the heartbreak and bliss of love in a Village gay bar of the era.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Review: A Song of Eternity in ‘Midnight at the Never Get’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

It’s 1963 again, and this chamber musical packs all the heartbreak and bliss of love in a Village gay bar of the era.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Review: Sex, Lies and Vindication in a Most Timely ‘Measure for Measure’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

The heroine’s impossible position could hardly be more sympathetic or central than in this Pushkin Theater Moscow/Cheek by Jowl staging.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

‘The Ferryman’ Shows a Dark Irish Chapter Through a Personal Lens by Laura Collins-Hughes

It took persuading, but Jez Butterworth wrote his new play for his partner, Laura Donnelly, both to honor her history and give her a great part.

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Critic’s Notebook: Enraged by Their Times, Women of Ambition Seize the Stage by Laura Collins-Hughes

Three eras, three plays drawn from real life. But the same old double standard.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Review: ‘Make Believe’ Has a Cast of Children, but No Fairy Tales by Laura Collins-Hughes

Bess Wohl’s new play is a regret-tinged examination of sibling connections that maybe, back in those formative years, were not forged solidly enough.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Review: ‘The Arts’ Makes a Wonky Case for the N.E.A. by Laura Collins-Hughes

This experimental docudrama at La MaMa charts the history of the National Endowment for the Arts and argues for its continued importance.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Review: In ‘Agnes,’ Familial Ties Bound So Tightly They Fray by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Catya McMullen’s tender and funny play, a brother with Asperger’s syndrome seeks connection as his overprotective sister’s relationship flounders.

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Gloria Steinem, Watching Herself Onstage, Knows She’s in Good Hands by Laura Collins-Hughes

In “Gloria: A Life,” Ms. Steinem will be portrayed by Christine Lahti, who isn’t shy about making suggestions about moments that belong in the script.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Review: The Bard as Bedtime Story in ‘Table Top Shakespeare’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Yes, household objects stand in for famous characters. But in the hands of master storytellers, these condensed versions can cast a spell.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

7 Roles. 14 Actors. 2 Languages. 1 Stage. by Laura Collins-Hughes

Ensuring that “I Was Most Alive With You” was accessible to both hearing and deaf audiences made rehearsal dauntingly complex — and a little confusing.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Review: A Disjointed Revival of Shaw’s Satirical ‘Heartbreak House’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

The play, set in 1914, is staged as if in a London air-raid shelter in 1940. It’s an ungainly frame for this crisp comedy.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Review: Living, and Dying, While Black in ‘Scraps’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

A community reels after a young father is killed by police in Geraldine Inoa’s unsettling play.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Review: Death, Betrayal and Greed in a Gripping ‘Henry VI’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

The National Asian American Theater Company puts on a fast-paced and unusually lucid staging of the bloody history play.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Review: In ‘1969: The Second Man’ Buzz Aldrin Is an Unhappy Runner-Up by Laura Collins-Hughes

The creators of this folk-rock musical about the second man on the moon want us to sympathize with his emotional wound.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Review: ‘Sehnsucht’ Navigates the Inexact Science of Nostalgia by Laura Collins-Hughes

This dementedly daffy piece of fun, from the theater company TV, will give you a warm glow in the fleeting moment it’s here for a brief run.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Review: A Sprawling ‘Days to Come’ Has Everything Except Central Figures by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Mint Theater Company’s revival of Lillian Hellman’s 1936 play is a mishmash of acting styles, tonally uneven and frustratingly unfocused.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

In This ‘Oklahoma!,’ She Loves Her and He Loves Him by Laura Collins-Hughes

A production with same-sex leads is one of many signs that directors are approaching the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic with new eyes.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Review: ‘Pushkin’ Squanders a Russian Poet’s Real-Life Drama by Laura Collins-Hughes

Jonathan Leaf sticks close to historical fact in his ambitious new verse play, but the action in this production always feels removed, like a diorama.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Review: In ‘The Saintliness of Margery Kempe,’ a Comically Restless Mystic by Laura Collins-Hughes

A play based on a confessional, self-obsessed woman’s memoir — from the 15th century — is back, at the Duke.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: After the Play, a Supreme Encore from Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Laura Collins-Hughes

Following “The Originalist,” the judge talked fondly about its subject: her frequent legal sparring partner Antonin Scalia.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Review: ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’ Is a Feast of Pop Nostalgia by Laura Collins-Hughes

But, racing through 40 classic Leiber and Stoller songs in 90 intermission-less minutes, the show only occasionally slows down enough to breathe.

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Critic’s Notebook: Review: ‘Emojiland’ and a Graceful Elegy at New York Musical Festival by Laura Collins-Hughes

A show set inside a smartphone is silly, yet surprisingly resonant with contemporary politics.

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