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Sunday, November 17, 2019

The Inheritance: Gay Times in America, Then and Now by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Some fine acting and a sterling staging lend credence to a classy gay soap opera by Matthew Lopez The post The Inheritance: Gay Times in America, Then and Now appeared first on …

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular: A Perennial That Lives Up to Its Name by Michael Sommers

★★★★ The Rockettes dance through the 87th annual edition of a New York City classic The post The Radio City Christmas Spectacular: A Perennial That Lives Up to Its Name appeared firs…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Cyrano: A New Musical Based on an 1897 Classic Comes Up Short by Michael Sommers

★★★ Peter Dinklage plays the title role in The New Group's world premiere The post Cyrano: A New Musical Based on an 1897 Classic Comes Up Short appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Dr. Ride’s American Beach House: Unsaid Feelings Vibrate Up on the Roof by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Liza Birkenmeier's sensitive new drama studies lesbian mindsets of yesteryear The post Dr. Ride’s American Beach House: Unsaid Feelings Vibrate Up on the Roof appeared first o…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Big Apple Circus: A No-Frills Edition Still Packs a Few Thrills by Michael Sommers

★★★ A Wheel of Death, a pack of cats, and a hand-balancing duo are the top acts The post The Big Apple Circus: A No-Frills Edition Still Packs a Few Thrills appeared first on New York …

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Seared: Raúl Esparza Gets All Fired Up As a Deranged Master Chef by Michael Sommers

★★★ MCC Theater makes a tasty dish of Theresa Rebeck's lite comedy The post Seared: Raúl Esparza Gets All Fired Up As a Deranged Master Chef appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Scotland, PA: A Mostly Fair-to-Middling Musical Dishes Out Murders Most Foul by Michael Sommers

★★★ Smart staging and good performers make the most of a so-so new musical The post Scotland, PA: A Mostly Fair-to-Middling Musical Dishes Out Murders Most Foul appeared first on New Y…

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Is This A Room: Real Life Whistleblower Gets Busted, in Real Time by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A word-for-word FBI transcript is starkly staged as a documentary drama The post Is This A Room: Real Life Whistleblower Gets Busted, in Real Time appeared first on New York Sta…

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

American Utopia: David Byrne Headlines an Extremely Stylish Concert by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A charismatic star and an expert troupe deliver a classy event The post American Utopia: David Byrne Headlines an Extremely Stylish Concert appeared first on New York Stage Revi…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Lightning Thief: Scarcely a Striking Attraction for the Whole Darn Family by Michael Sommers

★★ Rick Riordan's modern mythological yarn is a yawn as a musical The post The Lightning Thief: Scarcely a Striking Attraction for the Whole Darn Family appeared first on New York Stage…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Soft Power: Shall We Dance and Sing Through Our Cultural Differences? by Michael Sommers

★★★ Hillary Clinton enjoys a Fred & Ginger romance in a satirical show at the Public Theater The post Soft Power: Shall We Dance and Sing Through Our Cultural Differences? appeared…

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Monday, October 14, 2019

The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter: Too Much Winking by Michael Sommers

★★ Vintage songs curdle in coy performances The post The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter: Too Much Winking appeared first on New York Stage R…

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

The White Chip: A Blithe Spirit Spins Into Chronic Alcohol Abuse by Michael Sommers

★★★ Three actors make a cautionary saga of excessive drinking go down easily The post The White Chip: A Blithe Spirit Spins Into Chronic Alcohol Abuse appeared first on New York Stage …

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Heroes of the Fourth Turning: Millennials Argue About Our Civil Wars by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Younger conservatives drunkenly debate fundamental issues at Playwrights Horizons The post Heroes of the Fourth Turning: Millennials Argue About Our Civil Wars appeared first on…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

(A)loft Modulation: Obsessive Behavior and All That Jazz by Michael Sommers

★★ A bluesy atmosphere and musical performances enhance an awfully talky new drama The post (A)loft Modulation: Obsessive Behavior and All That Jazz appeared first on New York Stage Revi…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Great Society: A Not So Great Play About LBJ by Michael Sommers

★★★ Troubled 1960s events overwhelm a President and dishearten a drama The post The Great Society: A Not So Great Play About LBJ appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Antigone: Greek Tragedy Is Reflected Through Traditional Japanese Modes by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A Japanese company delivers an unusually immersive staging of a classical play The post Antigone: Greek Tragedy Is Reflected Through Traditional Japanese Modes appeared first on…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Our Dear Dead Drug Lord: A Schoolgirl Crush Goes Tragically Wrong by Michael Sommers

★★★ Teens idolize Pablo Escobar in newcomer writer Alexis Scheer's offbeat dramedy The post Our Dear Dead Drug Lord: A Schoolgirl Crush Goes Tragically Wrong appeared first on New York…

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Sunday: Spending a Desultory Evening with Generation Z by Michael Sommers

★★ Meet some "wry and ironic and dull" characters at Atlantic Theater, or perhaps not The post Sunday: Spending a Desultory Evening with Generation Z appeared first on New York Stage Rev…

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runboyrun & In Old Age: Ghosts Haunt a Nigerian-American Family Saga by Michael Sommers

★★★ New York Theatre Workshop stages two installments of Mfoniso Udofia's epic nine-play cycle The post runboyrun & In Old Age: Ghosts Haunt a Nigerian-American Family Saga appeare…

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Wives: Life With Papa and Three Other Feminist Truths by Michael Sommers

★★★ An episode involving Ernest Hemingway's several widows is a highlight of a new satirical comedy The post Wives: Life With Papa and Three Other Feminist Truths appeared first on New…

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Felix Starro: Not Entirely a Magical New Musical by Michael Sommers

★★★ A sorrowful story about a faith healer does not entirely satisfy The post Felix Starro: Not Entirely a Magical New Musical appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Eureka Day: A Comical Clash from the Current Culture Wars by Michael Sommers

★★★★★ A smart new comedy takes a satirical shot at the antivax issue The post Eureka Day: A Comical Clash from the Current Culture Wars appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Make Believe: The Games That Kids Play by Michael Sommers

★★★ Fine acting brings Bess Wohl's tender new drama to realistic life at Second Stage Theater The post Make Believe: The Games That Kids Play appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Bat Out of Hell—The Musical: Driving Through the Jim Steinman Songbook by Michael Sommers

★★ Too bad the show looks cheesier than the state of Wisconsin The post Bat Out of Hell—The Musical: Driving Through the Jim Steinman Songbook appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Coriolanus: Private Feelings Versus Public Perceptions in a Raggedy Rome by Michael Sommers

★★★ Jonathan Cake has a sneer for every occasion as Shakespeare's most prideful Roman of them all The post Coriolanus: Private Feelings Versus Public Perceptions in a Raggedy Rome appe…

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Manilow Broadway: He Writes the Songs That Makes the Audience Sing Right Along With Him by Michael Sommers

★★★★ The ever-exuberant entertainer delivers a dandy Broadway concert The post Manilow Broadway: He Writes the Songs That Makes the Audience Sing Right Along With Him appeared first …

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Summer Shorts Series B: Neil LaBute Delivers a Typically Toxic Comedy by Michael Sommers

★★★ A smart topical comedy outshines lesser works in an annual off-Broadway festival The post Summer Shorts Series B: Neil LaBute Delivers a Typically Toxic Comedy appeared first on Ne…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Rinse, Repeat: Regarding a Family’s Cycle of Eating Disorders by Michael Sommers

★★★ A new play about dangerous eating habits scarcely satisfies as a family drama The post Rinse, Repeat: Regarding a Family’s Cycle of Eating Disorders appeared first on New York St…

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Friday, July 26, 2019

The Black Clown: Black Existence in a White World by Michael Sommers

★★★★★ An obscure Langston Hughes poem is brilliantly transfigured into epic musical theater The post The Black Clown: Black Existence in a White World appeared first on New York …

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Little Gem: Mothers and Daughters Tell Their Stories at Irish Rep by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Marsha Mason anchors an intimate Irish drama that lives up to its title The post Little Gem: Mothers and Daughters Tell Their Stories at Irish Rep appeared first on New York Sta…

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