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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

‘Carolyn Bryant’ Review: Reliving a Lie That Never Goes Away by Laura Collins-Hughes

This stylized, two-character play finds the woman whose false accusation led to the lynching of Emmett Till bound to him, and to racist myths, forever.

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Socially Distant, Except for the Dogs, Sheep and Chickens by Laura Collins-Hughes

On the farm with Isabella Rossellini, as she readies a streaming theater piece with cameos from her animal friends.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

10 Monologues That Make Solo Music by Ben Brantley, Laura Collins-Hughes, Jesse Green and Alexis Soloski

In a few minutes or a full show, these performers capture heartbreak, fury and laughs. For the words of Samuel Beckett, a disembodied mouth did the trick.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

‘Zoo Motel’ Review: Got the Key. Where’s the Minibar? by Laura Collins-Hughes

The setting is stylish, and some tricks are nifty. But this Zoom show, which encourages audience involvement, is more scattershot than inspired.

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

‘Zero Cost House’ Review: Could Thoreau Save Us Now? by Laura Collins-Hughes

In the dreamscape of Toshiki Okada’s play, the American philosopher is a 21st-century presence, and an author meets his younger self.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Let’s See: Outdoor Theater Is Welcome, but Sightlines Are Vital by Laura Collins-Hughes

It might seem churlish to criticize productions improvising through a pandemic. But for audiences taking the chance, design makes a difference.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

‘Twelve Angry Men …and Women’ Review: Tales of Brutality by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Billie Holiday Theater’s brilliantly designed performance, staged for a live audience in Brooklyn and filmed for YouTube, is an urgent response to police misconduct.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

How to Birth a New American Theater by Jesse Green, Maya Phillips, Laura Collins-Hughes, Elisabeth Vincentelli and Alexis Soloski

Six months dark. Thousands of artists out of work. Could this disaster have a surprise ending? Five critics on what must change, onstage and off.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

When the Wrong Singer for the Song Is Just So Right by Laura Collins-Hughes

Thrice-delayed and now virtual, this year’s scrambled show-tune revue “Miscast” has to entertain while recognizing that casting is political.

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5 ‘Miscast’ Numbers That Will Play With Your Preconceptions by Laura Collins-Hughes

Jonathan Groff tapping a tribute to Sutton Foster? Lin-Manuel Miranda singing Anita’s part in “West Side Story”? Watch these videos and see what’s possible.

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Outdoor Medicine for the Play-Starved Soul by Laura Collins-Hughes

Pairing Molière and Millay for a socially distanced audience, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey offers light entertainment just when we need it.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Provincetown: Go for the Mask Compliance, Stay for a Show by Laura Collins-Hughes

In this gay haven known for its nightlife, the crowds are smaller this summer. And the nightclubs are closed. But by the pool, the show goes on.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Review: Listening in the Dark to a Cruel Tale of ‘True History’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Shaun Prendergast’s play, written to be performed in darkness, asks audiences to imagine what the “ugliest woman in the world” looks like.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Missing Theater Under the Stars (Even the Bugs and the Rain) by Nancy Coleman, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller and Alexis Soloski

Shakespeare in the Park and other outdoor venues are shut. But for performers and directors, open-air memories are as sharp as the bite of a mosquito.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

‘Gotham Refuses to Get Scared’: In 1918, Theaters Stayed Open by Laura Collins-Hughes

With an influenza pandemic and a war on, New York’s health commissioner took an unorthodox stand, declining to shutter public entertainment.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Digital Theater Isn’t Theater. It’s a Way to Mourn Its Absence. by Laura Collins-Hughes

The industry’s show-must-go-on smile masks a harder truth: that there is no substitute for the live interaction between performer and audience.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A 1978 Play Plucked From the Slush Pile Gets a Timely New Reading by Laura Collins-Hughes

With its themes of white privilege and black rage, Kermit Frazier’s “Kernel of Sanity” resonates powerfully today. That’s why Paula Vogel is giving it a boost.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Theater Kids Trade a Big Stage for Highlight Tapes and Heartache by Laura Collins-Hughes

Thousands of students should have been gathering to cheer on the year’s best shows. But this isn’t a typical year.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Four Black Artists on How Racism Corrodes the Theater World by Laura Collins-Hughes, Michael Paulson and Salamishah Tillet

A playwright, a director, an artistic director and an actor share their experiences — and prescriptions for change.

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Monday, June 8, 2020

‘Anno Domino’ Review: Long Married, but Open to Adjustment by Laura Collins-Hughes

In his new audio comedy, Alan Ayckbourn does more than write: He and his wife, Heather Stoney, portray several couples in disarray.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

No Tony Awards Show? Make Your Own With These Great Moments. by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Michael Paulson, Alexis Soloski, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller and Eric Grode

Miranda’s rap. Rylance’s poems. Jackman’s pelvis. And a brassy reunion for Bea Arthur and Angela Lansbury. Now set your clock for “Turkey Lurkey Time.”

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

On Second Viewing, First Impressions Don’t Always Hold by Laura Collins-Hughes

Watching familiar plays online can be a comfort — and sometimes a revelation.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Can Physical Comedy Work on Zoom? Bill Irwin Wants to Find Out. by Laura Collins-Hughes

His 10-minute, two-character play will test the possibilities of a new form that puts faces, more than bodies, at the center of the action.

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

A Thousand Goodbyes for McCarter Theater’s Emily Mann by Laura Collins-Hughes

A virtual send-off for the artistic director and playwright drew more attendees than could have fit under a tent. “I liked this better,” she said.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

10 Playwrights Script a Web Series. Is It Theater? by Laura Collins-Hughes

“Homebound” is one company’s attempt to give structure and meaning to the worries and what-ifs of the strange new present. But these aren’t plays, the artistic director says.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A Cast Album I Love: ‘Twelfth Night’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

We continue our cast album series with more recommendations for wonderful musicals to listen to at home

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

‘The Addams Family’ Musical Was Panned. Then It Became a Hit. by Laura Collins-Hughes

A rare show that retooled and flourished after its New York debut, the musical, a decade later, has endured in schools and through international productions.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Missing the Theater? Trade Playbills for These Novels by Alexis Soloski and Laura Collins-Hughes

Two theater critics suggest some of their favorite books about the theater, giving us portals to a world that is now forbidden.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

As Theaters Stare Down Uncertainty, Ars Nova Buys Itself Time by Laura Collins-Hughes

In committing to paying its people during a three-month shutdown, the theater gives itself breathing room to prepare for when it can open again.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Fourth Wall Is My Laptop Screen by Laura Collins-Hughes

When theaters closed by the pandemic stream their shuttered plays online, watching sharpens the longing for the real thing.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Where to Celebrate Sondheim in New York by Laura Collins-Hughes

What’s a birthday celebration without tribute concerts, new commissions and revivals of three classics? Here’s how to join the party, live.

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