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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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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

‘Hamilton,’ ‘The Simpsons’ and the Problem With Colorblind Casting by Maya Phillips

Animated shows are finally moving away from letting white actors play characters of color. But even well-intentioned efforts at increasing diversity create complications.

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This Is Theater in 2020. Will It Last? Should It? by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green and Maya Phillips

Our critics discuss the last four months, which thanks to Zoom (and Meryl Streep) have been full of experimentation and playfulness.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Review: A Bracing Trial by Zoom in ‘State vs. Natasha Banina’ by Maya Phillips

Anchored by a charismatically off-kilter performance, this one-woman show asks viewers to judge a young Russian accused of a crime of passion.

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Friday, June 12, 2020

12 Streamable Plays That Depict Black Lives Pierced by Racism by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green and Maya Phillips

From the documentary works of Anna Deavere Smith to brief monologues written in this moment of unrest, dramatists are sounding an alarm.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

‘About Love’ Review: Turgenev With Songs and Heartbreak by Maya Phillips

Despite charming performances, a Culture Project production works too hard bringing a delicate novella to the stage.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

‘Incantata’ Review: An Elegy in Words, Video and Potatoes by Maya Phillips

A solo stage adaptation of Paul Muldoon’s poem considers whether making art can offer solace in the wake of grief.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Review: Name-dropping Harlem in ‘Blues for an Alabama Sky’ by Maya Phillips

The neighborhood is referrred to constantly, insistently, but doesn’t come to life in Pearl Cleage’s play about a nightclub singer from the 1930s.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

‘Where We Stand’ Review: Gifts are Given, but at What Cost? by Maya Phillips

Donnetta Lavinia Grays is winningly uninhibited in her fable-like solo show about a community seduced by a mysterious benefactor.

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Review: Blood Runs Too Thick in ‘Doctors Jane and Alexander’ by Maya Phillips

Edward Einhorn’s playful play takes on a lot: his scientist grandfather, his aging mother and his own doubts about putting their lives onstage.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Review: A ‘Crucible’ for the Modern Mob by Maya Phillips

Eric Tucker updates the allegorical play about the Salem witch trials, directly implicating the audience in its examination of mass hysteria.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

‘Black History Museum’ Review: Learn. Laugh. Suffer. Move Along. by Maya Phillips

An immersive play crossed with an art installation offers sharp angles on race and white supremacy, but is dampened by didactism.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

‘When It Happens to You’ Review: A Daughter’s Rape, a Mother’s Anguish by Maya Phillips

Tawni O’Dell set herself a bracing challenge: Writing and reliving her family’s trauma onstage. But it’s more than the novelist can pull off.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Review: Stuck in Maine in ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’ by Maya Phillips

Friends and family about to be left behind when a young man goes to college reckon with a world of narrow choices in Chad Beckim’s play.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Review: ‘Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo’ Offers Stand-Up Comedy Without the Standing by Maya Phillips

Mr. Sunshine is one of the rare Westerners to become a master of the centuries-old Japanese comic storytelling form.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

‘Mothers’ Review: Mommy and Me and the Apocalypse by Maya Phillips

A barbed comedy takes a grim turn when friends find themselves tested over how far they’ll go to defend their choices and protect their children.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Review: Scripture With the Lunch Lady in ‘Surely Goodness’ by Maya Phillips

Chisa Hutchinson’s earnest morality play spends time with a Newark schoolboy and the brusque cafeteria worker he befriends.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Review: A Beatboxer Climbs Up and Out in ‘The Unwritten Law’ by Maya Phillips

In this stage memoir, Chesney Show struggles to balance a powerful personal story with historical heft.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Review: In ‘ms. estrada,’ Campus Feminists Say No to Sex, Yes to Hip-Hop by Maya Phillips

This “Lysistrata” update at the Flea Theater is consistently lively, but its comic aims are scattershot.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Review: A Bad Romance with Operatic Overtones in ‘Dido of Idaho’ by Maya Phillips

This retelling of the ancient Greek queen’s plight, set in the modern Midwest, is hilarious until it takes a grisly turn.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Review: A Runaway Slave Rides West in ‘Cross That River’ by Maya Phillips

The show features jazz, blues and country music from Allan Harris, who also plays the title character.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Review: Celebrating a ‘Golden Land’ With a Lot of Song and a Little Mugging by Maya Phillips

The National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene show is at once a rapid-fire revue and a textbook chronology of Jewish history in New York.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Review: A Father Consumed by Grief in ‘My Eyes Went Dark’ by Maya Phillips

A man who lost his family in a plane crash funnels his grief and despair into a quest for revenge.

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