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Monday, July 30, 2018

The House That Will Not Stand: Southern Women Rattle Their Chains by Michael Sommers

★★★ A thoughtful new drama is drawn from little known social practices of circa 1813 New Orleans The post The House That Will Not Stand: Southern Women Rattle Their Chains appeared f…

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

This Ain’t No Disco: Rough Times at Studio 54 by Michael Sommers

★ Glitter ball melodramatics are rolled up into an unworkable musical The post This Ain’t No Disco: Rough Times at Studio 54 appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Straight White Men: Nice Guys Get Framed in a Dramatic Diorama by Michael Sommers

★★★ Armie Hammer and others act nicely in an enigmatic Christmas story about privilege The post Straight White Men: Nice Guys Get Framed in a Dramatic Diorama appeared first on New Yor…

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Smokey Joe’s Cafe: That Leiber & Stoller Jukebox Lights Up Once More by Michael Sommers

★★★★ An expert, energetic company makes the musical most of several dozen old-school rock 'n' roll tunes The post Smokey Joe’s Cafe: That Leiber & Stoller Jukebox Lights U…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Saintliness of Margery Kemp: Holy Rolling Amid Medieval Times by Michael Sommers

★★ A so-what comedy about a would-be saint is buoyed up by some enjoyable performances The post The Saintliness of Margery Kemp: Holy Rolling Amid Medieval Times appeared first on New Yo…

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Gone Missing: Songs and Stories From the Lost & Found Department by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A whimsical little musical about wayward items is expertly rediscovered as a concert The post Gone Missing: Songs and Stories From the Lost & Found Department appeared firs…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Carmen Jones: An Irresistible Musical Charmer Returns to New York by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Forget Rodgers, Kern and Romberg—let's hear it for the team of Bizet and Hammerstein! The post Carmen Jones: An Irresistible Musical Charmer Returns to New York appeared first…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Cyprus Avenue: Stephen Rea Meets a Dead Ringer for Gerry Adams by Michael Sommers

★★★ A harrowing dark comedy regards a Belfast man driven mad by a lifetime spent amid violent social conflict The post Cyprus Avenue: Stephen Rea Meets a Dead Ringer for Gerry Adams ap…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Conflict: A Passionate Clash Amid the Politics of 1920s England by Michael Sommers

★★★ Mint Theater Company discovers a worthy 1925 drama from England about the haves and have-nots The post Conflict: A Passionate Clash Amid the Politics of 1920s England appeared firs…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Teenage Dick: Duplicitous Doings at Roseland High School by Michael Sommers

★★★ Shakespeare's Richard III gets reshaped mostly for laughs The post Teenage Dick: Duplicitous Doings at Roseland High School appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Fairview: Reality and Metatheatricality with an African-American Family by Michael Sommers

★★★ Jackie Sibblies Drury unleashes a daring play about race, identity and expectations that gets awkward The post Fairview: Reality and Metatheatricality with an African-American Fami…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

All I Want Is One Night: And That’s One Night Too Many by Michael Sommers

★ A British performer digs up Suzy Solidor, a bisexual, cross-dressing French cabaret legend who deserves better The post All I Want Is One Night: And That’s One Night Too Many appea…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Desperate Measures: A Fiddle-Dee-Dee Wild West Shakespeare Spoof by Michael Sommers

★★★ An old-fashioned, cowboy-country musical-comedy farce is neatly cultivated from Measure for Measure's plot The post Desperate Measures: A Fiddle-Dee-Dee Wild West Shakespeare Spoof…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Fruit Trilogy: Eve Ensler dishes out a talkative triptych by Michael Sommers

★★★ The maker of "The Vagina Monologues" goes experimental with body and soul issues The post Fruit Trilogy: Eve Ensler dishes out a talkative triptych appeared first on New York Stag…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Dan Cody’s Yacht: A Smart Vessel, Running Short of Its Destination by Michael Sommers

★★★ Anthony Giardina's ambitious new play studies money, privilege, and higher education The post Dan Cody’s Yacht: A Smart Vessel, Running Short of Its Destination appeared fir…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Boys in the Band: 50 Shades of Gay by Michael Sommers

★★★★★ Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, and a charismatic ensemble leap out of a queer time capsule from 1968 The post The Boys in the Band: 50 Shades of Gay appeared first on New York …

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Dance Nation: A Seriocomic Fandango Celebrates Girl Power by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Clare Barron's unusual new play wildly reflects the mindsets of young teen girls The post Dance Nation: A Seriocomic Fandango Celebrates Girl Power appeared first on New York St…

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire: Lessons on How to Lose a Revolution by Michael Sommers

★★★ Writer Caryl Churchill and director Rachel Chavkin deliver a time-melding history lesson at New York Theatre Workshop The post Light Shining in Buckinghamshire: Lessons on How to L…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Summer and Smoke: Sparks Fly High in a Soulful Romance by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Passionate performances by Marin Ireland and Nathan Darrow ignite Tennessee Williams' rarely-staged romantic drama The post Summer and Smoke: Sparks Fly High in a Soulful Roman…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Iceman Cometh: Denzel Washington Swims Above O’Neill’s Lower Depths by Michael Sommers

★★★ Living portraits of riffraff gleam amid an arty Broadway revival of a classic The post The Iceman Cometh: Denzel Washington Swims Above O’Neill’s Lower Depths appeared …

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Saint Joan: Manhattan Theatre Club’s Revival Doesn’t Ring the Bell by Michael Sommers

★★ A cheerful Condola Rashad confidently portrays Shaw's saintly warrior as a pleasant peasant The post Saint Joan: Manhattan Theatre Club’s Revival Doesn’t Ring the Bell app…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Transfers: Two Bronx Guys Level Their Eyes On a Prize by Michael Sommers

★★★ Lucy Thurber's latest drama contrasts a couple of disadvantaged students who aim for a better life The post Transfers: Two Bronx Guys Level Their Eyes On a Prize appeared first on…

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Metromaniacs: David Ives’ Latest Shows It’s All in the Rhyming by Michael Sommers

★★★ A French antique is smartly refinished by David Ives, but gets tarnished by its express delivery The post The Metromaniacs: David Ives’ Latest Shows It’s All in the Rhy…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Seafarer: Matthew Broderick Plays a Wicked Game of Cards by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A diabolical visitor encounters amazing grace in Conor McPherson's supernatural Irish drama The post The Seafarer: Matthew Broderick Plays a Wicked Game of Cards appeared first…

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Mlima’s Tale: Lynn Nottage Incarnates the Ivory Trade with Cruel Irony by Michael Sommers

★★★★ An imaginative quasi-documentary sees an elephant's precious tusks pass through a chain of ivory traffickers The post Mlima’s Tale: Lynn Nottage Incarnates the Ivory Trade…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Carousel: A Real Nice Clambake That’s Nicer to Hear Than See by Michael Sommers

★★★★ The bittersweet Rodgers & Hammerstein classic sounds far lovelier than it looks The post Carousel: A Real Nice Clambake That’s Nicer to Hear Than See appeared first o…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Miss You Like Hell: Can a Latina Mom Fight Deportation? by Michael Sommers

★★★ An incandescent Daphne Rubin-Vega blazes through a topical new musical at The Public The post Miss You Like Hell: Can a Latina Mom Fight Deportation? appeared first on New York Sta…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

This Flat Earth: A School Shooting Raises Sad Questions by Michael Sommers

★★ A sorrowful teen survivor wonders: "So why don't the grown-ups just fix it?" The post This Flat Earth: A School Shooting Raises Sad Questions appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Lobby Hero: Longeran’s Law and Disorder Looks Timely by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Chris Evans and Michael Cera face off in a provocative study of shady behavior at the newly redone Hayes Theater

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Stone Witch: Dan Lauria Depicts a Grumpy Genius by Michael Sommers

★ Dan Lauria depicts an arrogant artist in a tedious mix of shallow dramatics and fanciful visuals.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Harry Clarke: Billy Crudup Charms as a Misleading Man by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Billy Crudup smoothly portrays a seductive rogue and his many admirers in a new solo play.

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