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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Review: ‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ Preaches to the Choir by Maya Phillips

Keenan Scott II’s play, incorporating slam poetry, prose and songs, aspires to be a lyrical reckoning with Black life in America.

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Review: ‘By Heart’ Commits Community to Memory by Maya Phillips

In Tiago Rodrigues’s show, audience members learn a Shakespeare sonnet together — line by line, over and over.

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

‘Lackawanna Blues’ Review: A Soulful Master Class in Storytelling by Maya Phillips

Ruben Santiago-Hudson brings his tender and vibrant autobiographical show to Broadway, honoring the woman who not only raised him but also kept a cast of misfits in line.

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Review: In ‘Persuasion,’ How to Lose Lovers and Influence People by Maya Phillips

The Bedlam theater company returns with another adaptation of Jane Austen, but the production misses all of the source material’s subtle wit.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

A Black Theater Flourished in New York. 200 Years Ago. by Maya Phillips

The African Theater, which had its first performance on Sept. 17, 1821, is both an inspiration and a cautionary tale.

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

‘Small Engine Repair’ Review: Of Mechanics and Men by Maya Phillips

John Pollono directs and stars in an adaptation of his play that adds depth to the original text but also struggles in its translation from stage to screen.

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Princess Diana and Michael Jackson Anchor New Biographical Musicals by Maya Phillips

In new musicals about Princess Diana, Cary Grant and Michael Jackson actors get a chance to embody icons while spotlighting their individual talents.

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

When Theater Installations Aim to Make Room for Drama by Maya Phillips

These worthy and adventurous lockdown experiments too often give short shrift to the relationship between a script and how an audience takes it in.

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‘On Broadway’ Review: History and Celebrity, Stages and Lights by Maya Phillips

The neon lights are bright, and so is the spirit of this brief but loving history of Broadway.

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Williamstown Theater Festival Tries to Weather the Storms by Maya Phillips

The annual summer festival in Massachusetts has tried to adapt amid the pandemic and calls for more diversity onstage.

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Friday, July 9, 2021

Review: Serving Murder in ‘The Dumb Waiter’ by Maya Phillips

Harold Pinter’s one-act play, starring Daniel Mays and David Thewlis as hit men, is available to stream live via the Old Vic Theater.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

In ‘What to Send Up,’ I See You, Black American Theater by Maya Phillips

Our critic reflects on the significance of Aleshea Harris’s play, at BAM Fisher, for Black audiences.

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Friday, July 2, 2021

Review: ‘The Watering Hole’ Can’t Quite Quench a Thirst by Maya Phillips

The collaborative project conceived by Lynn Nottage is too heterogeneous and muddled to rally around one clear theme or concept.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

‘Seven Deadly Sins’ Review: Pride and Pole Dancing Behind Glass by Maya Phillips

This array of short plays has viewers in headphones wandering the meatpacking district for stylish, but shallow, theatrical thrills.

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Monday, June 28, 2021

Review: Martha Washington, Hilariously Haunted by Her Slaves by Maya Phillips

James Ijames’s amusingly cynical and eclectic new play, “The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington,” is at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival through July 30.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

‘In the Heights’ y el colorismo: lo que se pierde cuando se borra a los afrolatinos by Maira Garcia, Sandra E. Garcia, Isabelia Herrera, Concepción De León, Maya Phillips and A.o. Scott

La película, ambientada en un barrio neoyorquino conocido como la Pequeña República Dominicana, no incluyó a latinos de piel oscura en los papeles principales. Críticos y reporteros del…

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Monday, June 21, 2021

‘In the Heights’ and Colorism: What Is Lost When Afro-Latinos Are Erased by Maira Garcia, Sandra E. Garcia, Isabelia Herrera, Concepción De León, Maya Phillips and A.O. Scott

The film, set in a New York neighborhood known as the Little Dominican Republic, didn’t cast dark-skinned Latinos in lead roles. Our writers discuss how that absence reverberates.

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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Raja Feather Kelly and 'The Kill One Race': TV and Theater by Maya Phillips

Raja Feather Kelly’s “The Kill One Race” and “This American Wife” exist in a realm between, changing our relationship with what we witness.

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Friday, June 18, 2021

‘Liminality’ Is Theater of the Mind That Explores the In-Between by Maya Phillips

A new virtual reality experience in Williamsburg marries wondrous production values with banal narratives.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

‘Revolution Rent’ Review: Taking the Show South by Maya Phillips

This HBO documentary follows Andy Señor Jr. as he directs a production of “Rent” in Cuba.

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

‘This American Wife’ Review: Wives Out, Knives Out by Maya Phillips

The play is a wild genre-bending parody of, and homage to, “The Real Housewives” franchise.

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

‘A Dozen Dreams’ Review: Eerie Memories Bring Magic to the Mall by Maya Phillips

Twelve exquisitely designed installations capture the fears, hopes and reveries shared on audio by 12 women playwrights.

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Monday, May 17, 2021

‘Lilies’ Review: A Queer Romantic Drama That Wilts Quickly by Maya Phillips

Michel Marc Bouchard’s melodrama, about an illicit gay love affair in 1912, displays a lot of kookiness and little self-awareness.

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Sunday, May 9, 2021

‘Mary Stuart’ Review: A Battle Royal in a Brooklyn Apartment by Maya Phillips

With four actors and a contemporary setting, Bedlam offers an audacious, if half-baked, take on the Schiller play about the fate of Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

‘Zoetrope’ Review: And You Thought Your Apartment Was Small? by Maya Phillips

Exquisite Corpse Company’s clever choose-your-own-adventure play has a handful of viewers peek in on a Brooklyn couple in really close quarters.

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Friday, April 30, 2021

‘Black Feminist Video Game’ Review: Pixels and Polemics by Maya Phillips

Live performances via Zoom mix with actual game footage in this well-intentioned but preachy play by the poet Darrel Alejandro Holnes.

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ Meets the Hot Vax Summer by Maya Phillips

A lusty new production is both an enticement and a warning as we tentatively explore intimacy after a year of forced solitude.

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

‘Block Association’ Review: Yes, in Your Backyard by Maya Phillips

In this clever show, audience members join a “neighborhood” and lobby for how its discordant residents should to spend a chunk of community money.

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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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All that Chat

REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre