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Monday, March 27, 2017

LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

It's rarely fun to have your intelligence demeaned, but you may not mind the way John Leguizamo does it.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

SWEAT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

When Lynn Nottage's new play Sweat opened at The Public Theater last year right before election day (November 3, to be exact) it made one kind of political statement.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

MISS SAIGON - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

At least the helicopter is better. . . .

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Monday, March 20, 2017

HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Sarah Ruhl is a playwright who usually needs an editor, and for the first act of How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, her new play at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center, she seems…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

ARTHUR MILLER'S THE PRICE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Subtlety is no great hallmark of Arthur Miller's plays.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

For their first musical together at The Public Theater in 2013, Here Lies Love, David Byrne and Alex Timbers (working with Fatboy Slim) chose Imelda Marcos to anchor a disco-fueled swirl thr…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

THE LIGHT YEARS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Of all the irresistible forces in the universe, progress may be the toughest to slow down.

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THE EMPEROR JONES - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Has devolution ever appeared more terrifying - or more vital - onstage than it does in The Emperor Jones?

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

COME FROM AWAY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

For many Americans - and undoubtedly for many New Yorkers - memories of September 11, 2001, still sting.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

THE GLASS MENAGERIE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Few next-generation directors have proven their understanding of understatement better than Sam Gold.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

THE OUTER SPACE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The Outer Space, the new concert-musical by Ethan Lipton that just opened at Joe's Pub, turns on a familiar axiom: "Things are the same all over."

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

SIGNIFICANT OTHER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Can someone who's truly deprived of joy give it abundantly to others?

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ALL THE FINE BOYS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Love and sex are complicated at any age, but they're especially so for adolescents who lack the experience, wisdom, and good judgment needed to properly wrangle their simmering feelings.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

BULL IN A CHINA SHOP - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Is it written somewhere that we can only learn from the past by filtering it through the present?

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SWEENEY TODD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

If you're familiar with Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the 1979 musical by Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim, you're probably inclined (with good reason) to not be in the mo…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

THE VIEW UPSTAIRS - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

You've undoubtedly heard that those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.

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LINDA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Invisibility? I can't see it. Not that I'm contesting it's an issue for women "of a certain age" - in this case, over 50 - but that Janie Dee is a woman who demands, even needs, to be seen w…

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THE PENITENT - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The Penitent, the new play by David Mamet at the Atlantic Theater Company, is a stylish and sharp-looking stab at issues that rarely arise in New York theatre today.

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WAKEY, WAKEY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

I'd love to tell you what Wakey, Wakey, which just opened at the Pershing Square Signature Center, is about, but it ain't easy.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

An artist whose brilliance goes unheralded because of other people's inability to put him into any of their conventional boxes?

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

KID VICTORY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

From the Nazi occupation of Germany (Cabaret) and the toxic relationship between murder and celebrity (Chicago) to tortured sexuality amid just plain torture (Kiss of the Spider Woman) and e…

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IF I FORGET - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Some things are just too terrible to say, invoking horrifying ghosts and suggesting blood-curdling motives even if the underlying intentions are pure (or something close it, at any rate).

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EVERYBODY - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Should Death really be so appealing?

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

ON THE EXHALE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Enemies are not hard to come by, if only you know where to look.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Theatre is a notoriously chatty medium, and those who create it - and, let's face it, those who watch it - are usually unable to keep their mouths shut.

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MAN FROM NEBRASKA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

A man desperately searching for answers but encountering only silence in response to his pleas is the central issue of Tracy Letts's play Man From Nebraska, which just opened at Second Stage…

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

RING TWICE FOR MIRANDA - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

A politically and economically ravaged dystopia, divided into "districts" that are presided over by lord-like dictators who luxuriate in comfort and wealth while everyone below them is barel…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

BIG RIVER - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The scenic backdrop for the City Center Encores! concert of Big River, which is playing through this weekend, is a black-and-white photo of the Mississippi River that's about as expansive an…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

THE OBJECT LESSON - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

The old axiom that one person's trash is another person's treasure is beautifully illustrated by most of The Object Lesson, a kind of theatrical art installation by Geoff Sobelle that just o…

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SUNSET BOULEVARD - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

Silent film star Norma Desmond learns the hard way that remaining a legend isn't easy,

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

FADE - Talkin' Broadway's Review by Matthew Murray

For her play Fade, which just opened at the Cherry Lane Theatre in a Primary Stages production, Tanya Saracho has constructed a fascinating foundation: When social identity and racial identi…

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