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Monday, January 18, 2021

Paging Through Broadway While the Stages Are Dark by Maya Phillips

As she packs her things to make a move, a critic lingers over her memories, many slickly packaged, some not.

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

A Trip Into the Otherworldly With Adrienne Kennedy as Guide by Maya Phillips

A digital four-play retrospective, capped by a world premiere, illuminates this writer’s fascination with doubling, violence and Black identity.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

My Ears Have Been Opened by the Audio Play Explosion by Maya Phillips

Short, sharp and often funny, the work featured in the “Playing on Air” series can even make vacuuming a pleasure.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

In Four Audio Plays, No Stages but Lots of New Voices by Maya Phillips, Jesse Green and Laura Collins-Hughes

A big-box store, a hotel for transgender women and a dinner party gone awry are some of the places your ears will take you to.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Lost in 2020: Epic Shakespeare, and the Theater That Planned It by Maya Phillips

Brave Spirits Theater expected to mount an ambitious cycle of eight history plays. Instead it became yet another victim of the pandemic.

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Friday, December 18, 2020

‘Christmas Carol’ Review: Brooding Scrooge Gets Ghosted by Maya Phillips

An elaborate production streamed live from London makes a miser out of Andrew Lincoln and the rest of us rich with holiday cheer.

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

Finding More Than Humbug in Scrooge and Company by Maya Phillips

“A Christmas Carol” is a favorite of Maya Phillips, but this year, she writes, she found in it “a timely study of what it truly means to be a decent person in a community.”

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

August Wilson, American Bard by Maya Phillips

Perhaps no playwright has asserted the richness and complexity of everyday Black lives and language so deeply. Now, two screen projects affirm his legacy for new audiences.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Best Theater of 2020 by Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller, Maya Phillips, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

It wasn’t the year for celebration. But watching innovation flourish inspired our chief critic, while other writers found the joys of the stage in other media.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Eat Up! Drama is Served at These Family Dinners by Maya Phillips

With fewer guests at the table this Thanksgiving, theatrical reminders that food, drink and reminiscence can unsettle as well as comfort.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

‘Remnant’ Review: A Digital Fog of War, and Its Aftermath by Maya Phillips

Drawing on interviews with soldiers and classical texts, Theater Mitu’s experimental collage is visually absorbing but thematically fuzzy.

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Review: A Poet’s Urgent Questions Fuel ‘November’ by Maya Phillips

Five Black women narrate a filmed rendition of Claudia Rankine’s heady play, which was rethought after an initial version was shut down by the pandemic.

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Friday, October 30, 2020

Review: ‘Touch of the Poet’ is a Powerful Study in Toxic Pride by Maya Phillips

Irish Repertory Theater’s ambitious virtual rendition of the O’Neill drama finds a family trapped by a father’s grandiose illusions.

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

‘School for Wives’ Review: The Enchantment Is Visual by Maya Phillips

Grooming a naïve maiden to be an obedient bride is bound to fail, or at least be sorely tested, when Molière spins the love story.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Two New York Neighborhoods Set the Stage for Decadence and Loss by Maya Phillips

Performers share fragmented reveries in “Electric Feeling Maybe,” while “Voyeur” brings a touch of Paris to the West Village.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Review: ‘Miranda’ Poses a Musical Mystery in Virtual Reality by Maya Phillips

Airships float by, avatars sing and the audience is the jury in this visually enticing but overstuffed steampunk experiment.

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Panic! at the Disco’s Flourishes Weren’t Just Dramatic. They Were Theater. by Maya Phillips

A look back at the band’s 15-year-old debut, “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out,” a commercial success that simultaneously satirized and celebrated staged spectacles.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

How ‘Sophocles in Staten Island’ Gains in Translation by Maya Phillips

This comic short about an actor and his kids staging Greek tragedies under lockdown slyly comments on links between the politics of the family and the state.

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Friday, September 18, 2020

‘Static Apnea’ Review: Breathing Together, Remaining Apart by Maya Phillips

In this brief but eerie installation, one viewer and one performer, separated by glass, share the feeling of being trapped underwater.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Review: ‘In Love and Warcraft’ Serves Romance for Noobs by Maya Phillips

A naïve young woman struggles with the pitfalls of intimacy in the digital age, on and off the battlefield of a multiplayer online game.

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Review: Four Intimate Screen Encounters (One From Far Away) by Maya Phillips

The second grouping of these excellent “Here We Are” monologues includes a raucous report from outer space and a small gem from Lynn Nottage.

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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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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Why ‘Rent,’ the Movie, Was My Gateway Musical by Maya Phillips

It was a flop, but the film adaptation of the Broadway smash turned me on to theater. And those starving artists made me want to make art too.

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Review: Bringing Borges to Life in ‘Footnote for the End of Time’ by Maya Phillips

Theater in Quarantine’s latest small-scale, digitally savvy production is an adaptation of a Borges story about a man stopping time to stare down death.

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Outdoors in Bushwick, Gardens of Theatrical Discovery by Maya Phillips

Replete with music, masks and vibrant costumes, “Quince” and “Beast Visit” turn urban green spaces into stages for festivity.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Designing Doesn’t Stop, Even When Stage Shows Do by Maya Phillips

Staying creative in lockdown means setting the scene for a cat, a baby and a garden. Plus an Instagram account that makes Mom and Dad into art stars.

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Monday, August 17, 2020

From a Wrestling Ring to Tiny Boxes: How ‘Chad Deity’ Went Zoom by Maya Phillips and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Two critics square off to determine how well this body slam of a comedy, about stereotypes and storytelling, made it to the very small screen.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

In Two Renditions, ‘Dutchman’ Speaks to the Moment by Maya Phillips

A Seeing Place Theater production and a Play-PerView reunion reading by the 2007 Cherry Lane Theater cast bring out different aspects of Amiri Baraka’s famous play.

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

‘In These Uncertain Times’ Review: Love, Loss and Zoom by Maya Phillips

Source Material presents a postmodern approach to talking about grief and isolation in quarantine.

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Friday, July 17, 2020

‘Richard II’ Review: A Radio King With a Tottering Crown by Maya Phillips

Electric performances, led by André Holland, transcend didacticism in an audio rendition that replaced a Shakespeare in the Park production.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

A Plague on Your Houses: Reading Covid-19 Into Disease Onstage by Maya Phillips

Efforts like ‘The Oedipus Project’ are worthy, but in an attempt to draw contemporary parallels, they can misread drama and mislead about the present.

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