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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fighting for Native Americans, in Court and Onstage by Laura Collins-Hughes

In her new play “Sovereignty,” Mary Kathryn Nagle brings together her legal activism and her family history.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: ‘Undesirable Elements,’ Documentary Theater for Uncivil Times by Laura Collins-Hughes

In this gentle, humane show by Ping Chong + Company, young New Yorkers share their real-life victories and fears.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Review: Without Singing, the Moth Hits the High Notes in ‘The Echo Drift’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Stark, intricate and often exciting, the two-character chamber opera finds a prisoner tormented by the insect in her cell.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Toronto Theater Company Leader Steps Aside Amid Harassment Suits by Laura Collins-Hughes

Four women have sued the company and its artistic director, Albert Schultz, accusing him of sexual misconduct and creating a “culture of fear.”

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Review: In ‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,’ a Monster to Love by Laura Collins-Hughes

The dancer Robert Fairchild’s creature has a delicate, disarming beauty in Ensemble for the Romantic Century’s ambitious but awkward production.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

6 More Shows to See if You Still Need Holiday Spirit by Laura Collins-Hughes

If you missed the preholiday rush, fret not. There is still time for festive theater.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Don’t Despair, Protest: Playwright Lucy Kirkwood Sees No Other Choice by Laura Collins-Hughes

In acclaimed works like “The Children,” now on Broadway, the British writer argues for collective responsibility in the face of environmental and other challenges.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Critic’s Notebook: When Disenfranchised Lives and American Ideals Collide Onstage by Laura Collins-Hughes

Three small, powerful pieces of political theater consider those wounded by racism and xenophobia.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Review: ‘Bulldozer,’ a Robert Moses Musical With a Rickety Foundation by Laura Collins-Hughes

The sprawling life of a New York titan is given superficial treatment — and set to rock music — in this show.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

He Was a Snob About Musicals. Then He Tried Out to Play Hamilton. by Laura Collins-Hughes

Twenty-five-year-old Londoner Jamael Westman has definitely come around, now that he’s starring in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop smash.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Review: ‘Counting Sheep’ Has Great Songs. But They’re in Ukrainian. by Laura Collins-Hughes

This multimedia show, featuring the Lemon Bucket Orkestra and set during the Maidan revolution, doesn’t translate its protest anthems, which the audience is asked to join.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

A Theater Visionary ‘Nourished by the World’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Cultural appropriation isn’t a worry for the director Ariane Mnouchkine, who, at 78, isn’t slowing down, but knows she won’t be here forever.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: Good Art, Bad Men and Samuel Pepys in ‘17c’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Big Dance Theater’s animated investigation of Samuel Pepys reads like a refraction of our recent monster parade.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Review: ‘What We’re Up Against,’ a Sexism Story More Timely Than Ever by Laura Collins-Hughes

Theresa Rebeck’s furious play looks at what happens when a young architect fights back against colleagues who don’t take her seriously.

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Review: Distant Storytelling Leaves ‘Man to Man’ Cold by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Wales Millennium Center’s take on this dark, dreamy 1982 play, part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival, seems to prize atmospherics over narrative.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

The World Really Is a Stage, Scripts and All, to Actor With Autism by Laura Collins-Hughes

Mickey Rowe is thought to be the first openly autistic actor to play Christopher, a 15-year-old with autism, in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Review: ‘Shadowlands,’ a Tale of C.S. Lewis’s Romance, Tackles a Different Tragedy by Laura Collins-Hughes

William Nicholson’s biodrama, is directed by Christa Scott-Reed for the Fellowship for Performing Arts.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Review: In ‘Squeamish,’ It’s the Therapist Who’s Troubled by Laura Collins-Hughes

As a Manhattan therapist, Alison Fraser may seem composed. But when she tells her story, Aaron Mark’s ghoulish monologue earns its title.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Review: 1 Actor, in 8 Roles, Wrestles Nuance From Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Strange Interlude’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

David Greenspan’s performance in the 6-hour melodrama is masterful in its clarity and endurance.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New Flight for a New ‘Butterfly’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

David Henry Hwang has reworked his gender-blurring, career-launching Tony-winning play to assure that it feels “resonant with the culture today.”

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Review: ‘{my lingerie play},’ a Glitter-Dusted, Song-Filled Call for Liberation by Laura Collins-Hughes

Diana Oh’s rambunctious show is more a concert with storytelling than a play, but that doesn’t make it any less heartfelt, joyous or necessary

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Review: A ‘Show-Off’ Who Doesn’t Know When to Shut Up by Laura Collins-Hughes

Annette O’Toole plays a mother whose daughter inexplicably falls for a boasting buffoon in this classic George Kelly comedy.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Ghostly Father Sets Off a Cascade of Memories by Laura Collins-Hughes

Seeing Sarah Ruhl’s “For Peter Pan” reminds a critic of her own father and why she turns to theater to “confront the hard stuff,” like grieving his death.

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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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