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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Fat Ham: A Nontragic Take on Shakespeare’s Most Popular Tragedy by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ Newly minted Pulitzer Prize winner James Ijames turns the revenge play on its proverbial ear The post Fat Ham: A Nontragic Take on Shakespeare’s Most Popular Tragedy appear…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:00PM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Which Way to the Stage: A Witty Love Letter to the Theater by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Diva worship, drag queens, and Sondheim duets collide in Ana Nogueira’s stagestruck comedy The post Which Way to the Stage: A Witty Love Letter to the Theater appeared firs…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Monday, May 9, 2022

Oh God, A Show About Abortion: Alison Leiby Brings the Funny (Yes, Really!) by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Lila Neugebauer directs a one-woman show on the hottest of the hot-button issues of the moment The post Oh God, A Show About Abortion: Alison Leiby Brings the Funny (Yes, Rea…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Friday, April 29, 2022

Macbeth: Have You Heard the One About the Scottish Play? by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★☆☆☆ Sam Gold’s star-studded production of Shakespeare’s witchiest play is beset by toil and trouble The post Macbeth: Have You Heard the One About the Scottish Play? appeared…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 03:55PM
Monday, April 25, 2022

The Skin of Our Teeth: It’s So Extra by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Thornton Wilder’s epic receives a suitably over-the-top production at Lincoln Center Theater The post The Skin of Our Teeth: It’s So Extra appeared first on New York Stag…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:53PM
Thursday, April 21, 2022

Hangmen: Martin McDonagh’s Slick Comedy Finally Arrives on Broadway by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ A new staging of the dark comedy from a playwright once dubbed theater’s Quentin Tarantino goes for laughs over gore   The post Hangmen: Martin McDonagh’s Slick Comedy F…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:24PM
Sunday, April 17, 2022

The Minutes: So Much Promise, So Little Payoff by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★☆☆☆ Tracy Letts’ new play is part satire, part black comedy, and all head-scratcher The post The Minutes: So Much Promise, So Little Payoff appeared first on New York Stage Rev…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:54PM
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Cyrano de Bergerac: James McAvoy As a Swoon-Worthy Swashbuckling Poet by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ The Jamie Lloyd Company reinvents Rostand’s nosey Frenchman for the 21st century The post Cyrano de Bergerac: James McAvoy As a Swoon-Worthy Swashbuckling Poet appeared fir…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Sunday, April 10, 2022

Birthday Candles: A Quirky Time-Hopping Rom-Com by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Debra Messing ages 90 years—playing a daughter, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother—in a 90-minute play The post Birthday Candles: A Quirky Time-Hopping Rom-Com ap…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:56PM
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The Chinese Lady: For Your Education, Entertainment, and Discomfort by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Playwright Lloyd Suh draws on real-life 19th-century events with 21st-century ramifications in this Ma-Yi Theater, Barrington Stage, and Public Theater production The post Th…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:59PM
Thursday, March 3, 2022

On Sugarland: An Ambitious, Epic Wartime Drama by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Aleshea Harris explores the aftermath of war and the shades of grief in a shattering new play The post On Sugarland: An Ambitious, Epic Wartime Drama appeared first on New Yo…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:01PM
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Merchant of Venice: A Too-Timely Production of Shakespeare’s Problem Play by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★✩ John Douglas Thompson brings a steadfast gaze and spine of steel to the much-maligned Shylock The post The Merchant of Venice: A Too-Timely Production of Shakespeare’s Prob…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 10:00PM
Sunday, February 13, 2022

Space Dogs: Singing the Praises of Man’s Best Friend by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★✩✩ A two-man metamusical about the space race pays tribute to the power of the dog The post Space Dogs: Singing the Praises of Man’s Best Friend appeared first on New York Sta…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:07PM
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Skeleton Crew: Dominique Morisseau’s Ode to a Shrinking Industry by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ A Great Recession–era Detroit-set play puts its stamp on Broadway The post Skeleton Crew: Dominique Morisseau’s Ode to a Shrinking Industry appeared first on New York Sta…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:52PM
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe: One Woman Speaks Volumes by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Cecily Strong headlines Jane Wagner’s multicharacter meditation on humanity, interconnectedness, soup, and art The post The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Univ…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:28PM
Thursday, December 9, 2021

Company: Everybody Rise for This Smashing Sondheim Revival by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ Marianne Elliott directs a modern-day, gender-swapped version of the Sondheim-Furth show starring Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone The post Company: Everybody Rise for This Smas…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:51PM
Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Is There Still Sex in the City?: Candace Bushnell Tells All by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ The OG Carrie Bradshaw dishes on her life, career, and the real Mr. Big The post Is There Still Sex in the City?: Candace Bushnell Tells All appeared first on New York Stage …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:00PM
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Clyde’s: Lynn Nottage Cooks Up A Sharp Kitchen-Set Comedy by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ The fast-paced, intermission-free new play from Lynn Nottage fires off one-liners in a Midwest sandwich shop The post Clyde’s: Lynn Nottage Cooks Up A Sharp Kitchen-Set Com…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:50PM
Monday, November 22, 2021

Approval Junkie: Faith Salie Tells All by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ The journalist, comedian, and serial comma supporter seeks validation in an autobiographical one-woman show The post Approval Junkie: Faith Salie Tells All appeared first on …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:44PM
Sunday, November 14, 2021

Baby: Nearly 40 Years Later, the Story Goes On by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ The 1983 musical gets a 2021 makeover courtesy of Out of the Box Theatrics The post Baby: Nearly 40 Years Later, the Story Goes On appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:51PM

Assassins: Taking Aim but Missing the Mark by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ John Doyle’s revival of the Sondheim-Weidman musical is well performed but brutally heavy-handed The post Assassins: Taking Aim but Missing the Mark appeared first on New Y…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 06:34PM
Thursday, November 4, 2021

The Visitor: A Screen-to-Stage Show That Never Rises Above Mediocre by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ The musical version of Tom McCarthy’s 2007 film expands its view but loses its heart The post The Visitor: A Screen-to-Stage Show That Never Rises Above Mediocre appeared f…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:55PM
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Morning Sun: Simon Stephens Salutes Three Generations of Strong New York Women   by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Blair Brown, Edie Falco, and Marin Ireland play mother, daughter, granddaughter, and many more in an affecting new drama The post Morning Sun: Simon Stephens Salutes Three Ge…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:56PM
Sunday, October 24, 2021

Fairycakes: Undercooked Shakespeare-Meets-Disney Concoction by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★☆☆☆ The new play from fairytale-loving Douglas Carter Beane lacks the magic touch The post Fairycakes: Undercooked Shakespeare-Meets-Disney Concoction appeared first on New York …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 07:28PM
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Autumn Royal: An Earthbound Play About Homebound Siblings by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Irish siblings bicker and banter in an amusing but unremarkable black comedy The post Autumn Royal: An Earthbound Play About Homebound Siblings appeared first on New York Sta…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 01:47PM
Sunday, October 17, 2021

Dana H.: Deirdre O’Connell Triumphs in a Survivor Story by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Lucas Hnath’s 75-minute docudrama uses his mother’s experience—and her voice—to tell her terrifying story The post Dana H.: Deirdre O’Connell Triumphs in a Survivor…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:00PM
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Letters of Suresh: An Ode to an All-But-Forgotten Art Form by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Rajiv Joseph’s new play explores the confessional power of the pen and paper The post Letters of Suresh: An Ode to an All-But-Forgotten Art Form appeared first on New York …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:51PM
Monday, October 11, 2021

Is This A Room: Reality Winner Speaks Her Truth by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ The FBI interrogation of an unlikely whistleblower yields a powerful docudrama The post Is This A Room: Reality Winner Speaks Her Truth appeared first on New York Stage Revie…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:50PM
Sunday, October 3, 2021

Six: Long Live the Queens by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ Henry VIII’s wives get the royal treatment in this 80-minute musical celebration of girl power The post Six: Long Live the Queens appeared first on New York Stage Review.

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:45PM
Monday, September 27, 2021

A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet: Looking for “One Hit Song” by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★☆☆ Bryonha Marie Parham shines as a pop star searching for a comeback in this showbiz-centered musical The post A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet: Looking for “One Hit Song…

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 08:31PM
Monday, August 9, 2021

Merry Wives: A Giddy Modern-Day Take on a Lesser Shakespeare by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★☆ Jocelyn Bioh’s smart Harlem-set spin on Shakespeare is the joyous kick we all need right now The post Merry Wives: A Giddy Modern-Day Take on a Lesser Shakespeare appeared …

SOURCE: New York Stage Review at 09:50PM