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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Review: Close Quarters and Distant Love in ‘The Last Five Years’ by Maya Phillips

Casting Black actors and filming in a claustrophobic New York apartment revitalizes Jason Robert Brown’s popular two-character musical.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Jeremy O. Harris's Grad School Reunion by Maya Phillips

At the Yale School of Drama, the playwright Jeremy O. Harris found the kind of classmates that you can trust with your first drafts.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

‘Only Child’ Review: A Magnetic Performer Without a Story to Match by Maya Phillips

The autobiographical solo show from Daniel J. Watts shows off his skill with spoken word and dance, but doesn’t add up to more than the sum of its parts.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

‘Blindness’ Review: Listening to the Sound of Theater Again by Maya Phillips

Stimulating and immersive — yet actor-free — this audio adaptation of the Saramago novel brings the terror of an epidemic into your ears.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

When Tragedy Strikes, What Does Criticism Have to Offer? by Maya Phillips

It’s easier to find meaning in fiction than in the senseless mass killings of our reality, which seem to render the critical perspective pointless, even silly, at times.

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Review: In ‘Crowns, Kinks and Curls,’ Getting to the Roots of Black Hair by Maya Phillips

Keli Goff’s series of vignettes feature Black women recounting how their hair affected their school lives, relationships or careers.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Review: A Selfie’s in the Picture for This ‘Dorian Gray’ by Maya Phillips

Oscar Wilde meets Instagram in a slick, shrewd and screen-filled update, the filmed collaboration by five British theaters.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Review: Still Square by Maya Phillips

This new franchise installment, “Sponge on the Run,” wants to be clever in nodding toward genre conventions. But its execution is poor.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

A ‘Rent’ Reunion Measures 25 Years of Love and Loss by Maya Phillips

A fund-raiser, a tribute, a documentary — and a reminder that Jonathan Larson’s musical remains especially inspiring in hard times.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

‘Live From Mount Olympus’ Review: Oh My Godsss, Who Am I? by Maya Phillips

This audio series translates the Greek myth of Perseus for teens, making its hero a young man still figuring out his destiny.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Review: Shakespeare’s Baddies Convene in ‘All the Devils Are Here’ by Maya Phillips

Patrick Page writes and stars in a meditation on the Bard’s villains, moving swiftly through a catalog of characters as if he were a chameleon.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

‘The Poltergeist’ Review: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Madman by Maya Phillips

A breakneck performance by Joseph Potter as an embittered former prodigy carries this unnerving monologue from Philip Ridley.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Review: Road Tripping with Frankenstein’s Monster in ‘Maery S.’ by Maya Phillips

Sibyl Kempson’s unruly audio play takes Mary Shelley and her famed creation from old England to contemporary America. Bigfoot shows up, too.

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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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All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre