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Monday, February 24, 2020

In ‘Anatomy of a Suicide,’ 3 Generations of Women Face a Painful Legacy by Matthew Wexler

While expertly executed, playwright Alice Birch's unconventional structure dissipates the play's impact, casting a haze around material that deserves to be more visceral. The post In ‘Anat…

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

In ‘Plano,’ an Absurdist Plague Descends Upon 3 Sisters by Matthew Wexler

Will Arbery's absurdist play "Plano" can't find its footing in First Floor Theater's Chicago premiere. Directed by Audrey Francis. The post In ‘Plano,’ an Absurdist Plague Descends Upon …

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Interview: Beth Malone Talks Molly Brown, Politics and Beer by Matthew Wexler

Beth Malone stars in Transport Group's reimagining of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," directed and choreographed by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall. The post Interview: Beth Malone Talks Molly B…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Could Be, Who Knows? Ivo van Hove’s ‘West Side Story’ Captivates and Confuses by Matthew Wexler

Ivo van Hove's reimagining of "West Side Story" arrives on Broadway but does his perspective shine a new light on the iconic musical? The post Could Be, Who Knows? Ivo van Hove’s ‘West S…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

At The New York Pops Carnegie Call Concert, Divas Rule by Matthew Wexler

Mandy Gonzalez, Carrie Manolakos and Alex Newell brought down the house at The New York Pops' latest Carnegie Hall concert. The post At The New York Pops Carnegie Call Concert, Divas Rule ap…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Take That Look Off Your Face: Paper Mill Playhouse’s ‘Unmasked’ by Matthew Wexler

Paper Mill Playhouse presents, "Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber," but the retrospective proves too much of the populist composer isn't a good thing. The post Take That Look Off Yo…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Heads to Japan by Matthew Wexler

Japanese production of the global sensation "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is scheduled to premiere in Tokyo in 2022. The post ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Heads to Japan app…

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In Raven Theatre’s ‘A Doll’s House,’ Nora is as Relevant as Ever by Matthew Wexler

Chicago's Raven Theatre presents a new adaptation of Ibsen's "A Doll's House," proving that the 19th-century play still packs plenty of punch for 21st-century audiences. The post In Raven Th…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Groove is in the Heart: ‘Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice’ by Matthew Wexler

The New Group presents "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," a new musical based on the 1969 Academy Award-nominated film by Paul Mazursky. The post Groove is in the Heart: ‘Bob & C…

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Monday, February 10, 2020

From Convent Girl to Convict: ‘The Confession of Lily Dare’ by Matthew Wexler

Playwright-actor Charles Busch stars in 'The Confession of Lily Dare," a satire of confession films from 1930s pre-code cinema. The post From Convent Girl to Convict: ‘The Confession of Li…

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

In ‘Grand Horizons,’ A Marriage Skids Off Course by Matthew Wexler

Jane Alexander and James Cromwell star in 'Grand Horizons,' a new Broadway play about the unraveling of a 50-year marriage. The post In ‘Grand Horizons,’ A Marriage Skids Off Course app…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

‘Molly Brown ‘ Challenges ‘Company’ to a Zero-Plastic Production by Matthew Wexler

Beth Malone and the company of Transport Group’s "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" have challenged the company of "Company" to a zero plastic production. The post ‘Molly Brown ‘ Challen…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Steppenwolf’s ‘Bug’: A Wild Ride in a Confined Space by Matthew Wexler

Tracy Letts' thrilling play, "Bug," receives its Steppenwolf premiere, featuring Carrie Coons and Namir Smallwood in a psychologically riveting production, directed by David Cromer. The post…

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

In ‘A Soldier’s Play,’ a Full-Throttle Revival Reveals the Complexities of Racism by Matthew Wexler

David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood co-star in a captivating revival of Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning 'A Soldier's Play.' The post In ‘A Soldier’s Play,’ a Full-Throttle Rev…

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

First Look: Transport Group’s ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’ by Matthew Wexler

Beth Malone stars in Transport Group's reimagining of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," directed by Kathleen Marshal with a new book and lyrics by Dick Scanlan. The post First Look: Transport Gr…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Ashes! Ashes! They All Fall Down in Simon Stone’s ‘Medea’ by Matthew Wexler

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale co-star in Simon Stone's startling and stark reimagining of Euripides' "Medea," now playing at BAM through March 8. The post Ashes! Ashes! They All Fall Down i…

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In ‘Roe,’ The Battle for Reproductive Rights Takes All Sides by Matthew Wexler

Lisa Loomer's play, "Roe," depicts the various players behind Roe v. Wade, but in the telling, too many sides of the story dilute the magnitude of the groundbreaking case for reproductive ri…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Preston Whiteway to Depart Eugene O’Neill Theater Center by Matthew Wexler

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has announced that, after 16 years with the organization, CEO/Producer Preston Whiteway will depart in August 2020. The post Preston Whiteway to Depa…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Bud Light and Brünnhilde: ‘Das Barbecü”s Ring Cycle Reimagining by Matthew Wexler

On Site Opera presents 'Das Barbecü,' a reimagining of Wagner's Ring Cycle, at Hill Country Barbecue Market in New York City. The post Bud Light and Brünnhilde: ‘Das Barbecü”s Ring C…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Spooks and Song Throw-Downs at the McKittrick Hotel by Matthew Wexler

The McKittrick Hotel welcomes the London thriller, "The Woman in Black," while its Mandereley Bar hosts Murray Hill's lip-sync battle "Mic Drop." The post Spooks and Song Throw-Downs at the …

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Friday, January 24, 2020

‘It’s Not for Sissies, This New World’: Isaac Mizrahi at Café Carlyle by Matthew Wexler

Isaac Mizrahi returns to Café Carlyle for a three-week gig and a new set of jazz-flecked songs and celebrity and super model anecdotes. The post ‘It’s Not for Sissies, This New World’…

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Married to the Mob: ‘Romeo and Bernadette’ by Matthew Wexler

A musical retelling of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' with Italian mobsters circa 1960 is a tragedy for all the wrong reasons. The post Married to the Mob: ‘Romeo and Bernadette’ appea…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

In ‘Sheepdog,’ Police Violience, Race and Class Collide by Matthew Wexler

(l to r) Drew Schad and Leslie Ann Sheppard in ‘SHEEPDOG.’ (Photo: Lowell Thomas) By Becky Sarwate Shattered Globe Theatre’s 2019-2020 production season continues with… The post In …

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

‘Stop Kiss’ Still Resonates More Than 20 Years After its Premiere by Matthew Wexler

(l to r) Kylie Anderson and Flavia Pallozzi in ‘Stop Kiss.’ (Photo: Patrick McLean)  By Becky Sarwate First produced Off-Broadway in 1998 at New York… The post ‘Stop Kiss’ Still R…

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Review: Laura Linney in ‘My Name is Lucy Barton’ by Matthew Wexler

Laura Linney stars in a solo play about a woman's reconciliation with her mother during an extended hospital stay. Directed by Richard Eyre. The post Review: Laura Linney in ‘My Name is L…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

‘Emojiland’ Brings Characters to Life When Words Don’t Cut It by Matthew Wexler

"Emojiland," The New York Musical festival hit, transfers Off-Broadway with an all-star cast including Leslie Margherita, Josh Lamon and Ann Harada. The post ‘Emojiland’ Brings Character…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

‘The Gulf’ – An Intimate Story of Two Rural Lesbians by Matthew Wexler

About Face Theatre presents Audrey Cefaly's dramedy about a lesbian couple facing the pitfalls of their relationship when the motor fails on their boat. The post ‘The Gulf’ – An Intima…

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Stumbling, Bumbling and Fumbling with Beth Leavel by Matthew Wexler

Tony Award-winner Beth Leavel concludes her weeklong residency at Feinstein's/54 Below, performing songs from her nearly 40 years in the theater. The post Stumbling, Bumbling and Fumbling wi…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

In ‘Falling For Make Believe,’ Ryan J. Haddad Dreams the Impossible Dream by Matthew Wexler

Ryan J. Haddad brings his latest solo show, "Falling For Make Believe," to Joe's Pub as part of its annual Under the Radar Festival. The post In ‘Falling For Make Believe,’ Ryan J. Hadda…

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Don’t Miss: Isaac Mizrahi’s Return to Café Carlyle by Matthew Wexler

Isaac Mizrahi brings his latest collection of stories and songs to New York City's Café Carlyle for a three-week run, followed by tour dates. The post Don’t Miss: Isaac Mizrahi’s Return…

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Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge Seeks Submissions by Matthew Wexler

U.S. high school student can enter the musical theater songwriting challenge, with the chance to have their work recorded and published. The post Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge Seeks …

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