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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hillary and Clinton: Peering Inside the Private Lives of a Power Couple by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow superbly depict a dynamic duo The post Hillary and Clinton: Peering Inside the Private Lives of a Power Couple appeared first on New York Stage R…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Hadestown: Red, Hot, and Bluesy Score Fuels a Trip to Hell and Back by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Songwriter Anaïs Mitchell makes an impressive Broadway bow with an infernal musical The post Hadestown: Red, Hot, and Bluesy Score Fuels a Trip to Hell and Back appeared first …

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy: The Shed Opens With a Mythical Misfire by Michael Sommers

★ Ben Whishaw and Renee Fleming valiantly appear in a gloomy chamber opera The post Norma Jeane Baker of Troy: The Shed Opens With a Mythical Misfire appeared first on New York Stage Revie…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie: Focusing Upon a Slice of Late ’70s Life by Michael Sommers

★★★ The Mad Ones offers an awfully ultra-real look at a focus group The post Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie: Focusing Upon a Slice of Late ’70s Life appeared first on New York Stage Revie…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Cradle Will Rock: A Proletarian Musical Looks Kind of Labored by Michael Sommers

★★ Director John Doyle scarcely does justice by Marc Blitzstein's legendary 1937 musical The post The Cradle Will Rock: A Proletarian Musical Looks Kind of Labored appeared first on New …

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Do You Feel Anger?: A Mildly Absurd Look at Misogyny on the Job by Michael Sommers

★★★ A comedy about un-woke office jerks and the women who put up with them The post Do You Feel Anger?: A Mildly Absurd Look at Misogyny on the Job appeared first on New York Stage Rev…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

The White Devil: Stylishly Wicked Fun for Everyone by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Red Bull Theater restores a circa 1612 thriller to lusty life in modern dress The post The White Devil: Stylishly Wicked Fun for Everyone appeared first on New York Stage Revie…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Ain’t No Mo’: A Sharply Satirical Study in Black Manners and Matters by Michael Sommers

★★★★ The Public Theater unleashes a wildly serio-comical show about race The post Ain’t No Mo’: A Sharply Satirical Study in Black Manners and Matters appeared first on New York …

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The Nature of Forgetting: A Memorable Show for Kids of All Ages by Michael Sommers

★★★★ London's Theatre Re presents an uncommonly poignant and tender study in dementia The post The Nature of Forgetting: A Memorable Show for Kids of All Ages appeared first on New …

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

I Married an Angel: Not Quite as Heavenly a Show as Hoped by Michael Sommers

★★★ A legendary Rodgers & Hart musical demands a higher '30s style to get airborne The post I Married an Angel: Not Quite as Heavenly a Show as Hoped appeared first on New York Sta…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Anything That Gives Off Light: A Hazy Study in Oppressive Economics by Michael Sommers

★★ A metaphysical study in social significance suffers from a sea-change The post Anything That Gives Off Light: A Hazy Study in Oppressive Economics appeared first on New York Stage Rev…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Nantucket Sleigh Ride: A Wild Trip To John Guare’s Magic (Realism) Kingdom by Michael Sommers

★★★ Jorge Luis Borges, Walt Disney, and a very large lobster pop up on a pointless journey The post Nantucket Sleigh Ride: A Wild Trip To John Guare’s Magic (Realism) Kingdom appeare…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Kiss Me, Kate: True to Cole Porter (and Shakespeare) in Their Fashion by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Cole Porter and Kelli O'Hara make beautiful music together in a snappy revival The post Kiss Me, Kate: True to Cole Porter (and Shakespeare) in Their Fashion appeared first on N…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Skinnamarink: Going on an Experimental Journey by Michael Sommers

★★★ Little Lord's latest work playfully digs at the roots of indoctrination The post Skinnamarink: Going on an Experimental Journey appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Be More Chill: Desperately (and Delightfully) Striving to Be Cool at School by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A new cartoon musical delivers a story as timeless as "Faust" and twice as funny The post Be More Chill: Desperately (and Delightfully) Striving to Be Cool at School appeared fi…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

“Daddy”: More Splash Than Significance in Substance by Michael Sommers

★★ Alan Cumming plays a sugar daddy in a play that nearly drowns in talk The post “Daddy”: More Splash Than Significance in Substance appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Dying in Boulder: Karma, Conflict, and Cultural Appropriation by Michael Sommers

★★ A new play set in Colorado turns into a Rocky Mountain downer The post Dying in Boulder: Karma, Conflict, and Cultural Appropriation appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Superhero: A Capably Crafted New Musical That Resolutely Refuses to Fly by Michael Sommers

★★ Holy guacamole, Batman, how can these ace guys deliver such a dull show? The post Superhero: A Capably Crafted New Musical That Resolutely Refuses to Fly appeared first on New York St…

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Marys Seacole: Studying Maternal Cares Then and Now by Michael Sommers

★★★ Jackie Sibblies Drury centers her latest ambitious drama around caregivers of color The post Marys Seacole: Studying Maternal Cares Then and Now appeared first on New York Stage Re…

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Hurricane Diane: A Seductive Deity Materializes in Suburban New Jersey by Michael Sommers

★★★ Madeleine George delivers a divine (in more ways than one) comedy about climate change The post Hurricane Diane: A Seductive Deity Materializes in Suburban New Jersey appeared firs…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Bonnie’s Last Flight: A Misguided Journey to Nowhere by Michael Sommers

★ A cool concept for a comedy about a plane trip proves to be a tedious time The post Bonnie’s Last Flight: A Misguided Journey to Nowhere appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Shadow of a Gunman: Sean O’Casey’s Seriocomic Saga of Dublin at War by Michael Sommers

★★★★ The Irish Rep kicks off its three-show cycle of the playwright's works with a winning revival The post The Shadow of a Gunman: Sean O’Casey’s Seriocomic Saga of Dubl…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Light: Black #MeToo Arguments Blaze Away In a Timely New Drama by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Playwright Loy A. Webb, director Logan Vaughn, and two fine actors deliver a hot he said/she said story The post The Light: Black #MeToo Arguments Blaze Away In a Timely New Dr…

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Mies Julie and The Dance of Death: The First Is Hot, the Second Is Not by Michael Sommers

Classic Stage offers two Strindberg plays in separate productions, one more august than the other The post Mies Julie and The Dance of Death: The First Is Hot, the Second Is Not appeared fir…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

God Said This: A Kentucky Family Being Unhappy in Its Own Way by Michael Sommers

★★★ A gentle new comedy-drama explores mother-daughter-sister relationships The post God Said This: A Kentucky Family Being Unhappy in Its Own Way appeared first on New York Stage Revi…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Joan: Dealing Out a Disorderly Deck of Triste and Trite Snapshots by Michael Sommers

★★ Stephen Belber's latest drama shuffles through a tiresome heap of cliches The post Joan: Dealing Out a Disorderly Deck of Triste and Trite Snapshots appeared first on New York Stage R…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

The Convent: Modern-Day Women Go Soul Searching in a Medieval Milieu by Michael Sommers

★★ Jessica Dickey's latest play scarcely achieves its intriguing possibilities The post The Convent: Modern-Day Women Go Soul Searching in a Medieval Milieu appeared first on New York St…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Colin Quinn Red State Blue State: Snarking Over America’s States of Disunion by Michael Sommers

★★★ A curmudgeonly humorist stands up to gripe about various aspects of our polarized society The post Colin Quinn Red State Blue State: Snarking Over America’s States of Disunio…

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

About Alice: Calvin Trillin’s Fond Portrait of the Woman He Loved by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A writer provides a tender account of his wife, who did more than merely face up to cancer The post About Alice: Calvin Trillin’s Fond Portrait of the Woman He Loved appea…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

LaBute New Theater Festival: A Sharp Playwright Assumes a Gentler Style by Michael Sommers

★★★ A trio of new plays presents a Hitler apologist, a bad date, and one self-absorbed heart-breaker The post LaBute New Theater Festival: A Sharp Playwright Assumes a Gentler Style ap…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Blue Ridge: A Tedious Journey Through Underdeveloped Territory by Michael Sommers

★★ Even the typically combustible Marin Ireland can't strike many sparks from a sparsely dramatized story The post Blue Ridge: A Tedious Journey Through Underdeveloped Territory appeared…

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