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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Little Shop of Horrors: A Bloody Good Time by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ The beloved 1982 musical returns to its off-Broadway roots. Just don’t feed the plants! The post Little Shop of Horrors: A Bloody Good Time appeared first on New York Stage Re…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Rose Tattoo: Love Ain’t Sweeter the Second Time Around by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★ The new Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ ode to amore is a bottle of Asti Spumante that’s lost its fizz The post The Rose Tattoo: Love Ain’t Sweeter the Second Time Aroun…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Linda Vista: A View From the Bottom by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★ Tracy Letts pens a startlingly accurate, if tough to swallow, portrait of “middle-aged desperation” The post Linda Vista: A View From the Bottom appeared first on New York Stag…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Slave Play: Provocative, Poetic, and Disquieting by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ Jeremy O. Harris’ phenomenally daring, disruptive drama is the polar opposite of theatrical comfort food The post Slave Play: Provocative, Poetic, and Disquieting appeared fir…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Freestyle Love Supreme: Hip-Hop Don’t Stop by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale’s improv phenomenon conquers Broadway The post Freestyle Love Supreme: Hip-Hop Don’t Stop appeared first on New York S…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Dublin Carol: Whiskey on the Rocks by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★ Irish Rep stages a too-grim revival of one of Conor McPherson’s grimmest plays The post Dublin Carol: Whiskey on the Rocks appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Height of the Storm: Cloudy Skies Ahead by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★ Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins are entrancing as husband and wife in Florian Zeller’s going-gently-into-that-good-night drama The post The Height of the Storm: Cloudy Skies Ahe…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Fern Hill: Trouble Down on the Farm by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★ Come for actors John Glover and Mark Linn-Baker; leave with playwright Michael Tucker’s recipe for spaghetti with clam sauce The post Fern Hill: Trouble Down on the Farm appeared fi…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Betrayal: Less Is More in This London-Born Revival by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, and Charlie Cox make a beguiling love triangle in Harold Pinter’s backward-spinning drama The post Betrayal: Less Is More in This London-Born R…

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Hercules: A Heroic New Musical, and That’s the Gospel Truth! by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ A 200-person cast goes the distance with the Public Works adaptation of the beloved Disney movie The post Hercules: A Heroic New Musical, and That’s the Gospel Truth! appeared…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Make Believe: A Sentimental but Not Syrupy Nostalgia Trip by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ Children of the ’80s will especially enjoy Bess Wohl’s nostalgic new play, set in a memory-filled family attic The post Make Believe: A Sentimental but Not Syrupy Nostalgia …

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Coriolanus: A Poor Case for a Rarely Produced Play by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★ The second open-air Central Park offering of the summer is a rare miss from usually on-point Shakespearean director Daniel Sullivan The post Coriolanus: A Poor Case for a Rarely Produ…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Rinse, Repeat: The Vicious Circle of Eating Disorders by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★ Domenica Feraud’s ambitious drama ultimately crumbles under the weight of its good intentions The post Rinse, Repeat: The Vicious Circle of Eating Disorders appeared first on New…

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Moulin Rouge! The Musical!: A Dazzling Exercise in Excess by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★★ Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit belt out chart-topping hits in the lavish screen-to-stage salute to “truth, beauty, freedom, and love” The post Moulin Rouge! The Musical!: A …

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Broadway Bounty Hunter: Annie Golden Nails It by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ Annie Golden taps into her badass side in Joe Iconis’ 1970s-inspired musical The post Broadway Bounty Hunter: Annie Golden Nails It appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Two’s a Crowd: Rita Rudner’s Vegas-Themed Show Busts by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★ Rita Rudner’s innumerable comic gifts are squandered in this musical misfire The post Two’s a Crowd: Rita Rudner’s Vegas-Themed Show Busts appeared first on New York Stage Revie…

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow: Three Sisters, Halley Feiffer Style by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ Halley Feiffer writes a love letter to Chekhov’s classic The post Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow: Three Sisters, Halley Feiffer Style appeared first on New York Sta…

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Rock of Ages: I Hate Myself for Loving You by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★ A decade after its first air guitar riff, the hair-metal jukebox musical is back—and it’s still nothin’ but a good time The post Rock of Ages: I Hate Myself for Loving You ap…

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time: David Cale Digs Deep by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ The writer-performer flies solo in this musical memoir about his coming of age in Luton, England The post We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time: David Cale Digs Deep app…

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Working: A Labor of Love by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ The 1978 musical gets a City Center–centered update for the five-performance concert-style revival The post Working: A Labor of Love appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Toni Stone: The Woman in a League of Her Own by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ Lydia R. Diamond hits one right up the middle with her play about the first female Negro League ballplayer The post Toni Stone: The Woman in a League of Her Own appeared first o…

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Julie Madly Deeply: A Drop of Golden Sun by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ Sarah-Louise Young’s musical tribute to Julie Andrews is full of heart, enthusiasm, and a totally voluntary singalong The post Julie Madly Deeply: A Drop of Golden Sun appeare…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Much Ado About Nothing: A Mostly Giddy Thing by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★ We do spy some marks of love in this Shakespeare in the Park production starring Danielle Brooks The post Much Ado About Nothing: A Mostly Giddy Thing appeared first on New York St…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Mac Beth: Something Wicked Cool This Way Comes by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ Director Erica Schmidt and an all-female cast update Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy for the Instagram age The post Mac Beth: Something Wicked Cool This Way Comes appeared first …

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Enter Laughing The Musical: Let’s Hope You Like Corn by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★ The York revives its old-fashioned theater-themed hit in honor of the company’s 50th anniversary The post Enter Laughing The Musical: Let’s Hope You Like Corn appeared first on…

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Curse of the Starving Class: A Blessing of a Revival by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ Director Terry Kinney finds the perfect brooding poetic despair in Sam Shepard’s late-’70s drama The post Curse of the Starving Class: A Blessing of a Revival appeared first…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Tootsie: They’ve Got Big Heels to Fill by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ The Sydney Pollack–directed ’80s movie gets a Broadway makeover courtesy of screen-to-stage musical specialist David Yazbek The post Tootsie: They’ve Got Big Heels to Fill…

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Monday, April 22, 2019

The Pain of My Belligerence: Love Hurts by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★ Halley Feiffer stars in her own play about a writer battling Lyme disease and an obsessive codependent relationship The post The Pain of My Belligerence: Love Hurts appeared first …

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All My Sons: Arthur Miller’s Still-Shattering Backyard Tragedy by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ More than 70 years after its premiere, Arthur Miller’s breakthrough drama proves as powerful (and timely) as ever The post All My Sons: Arthur Miller’s Still-Shattering Back…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Burn This: Keri Russell and Adam Driver Lack Sizzle by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★ Keri Russell and Adam Driver play unlikely lovers in the first Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s play The post Burn This: Keri Russell and Adam Driver Lack Sizzle appeared fir…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

King Lear: Glenda Jackson Rants, Raves, and Rules by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★ Sam Gold’s production isn’t sharper than a serpent’s tooth, but Glenda Jackson wears the crown well The post King Lear: Glenda Jackson Rants, Raves, and Rules appeared first …

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