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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Mojada: Medea Remade as a Sorrowful Stranger in a Strange Land by Michael Sommers

★★ A modern variation on the Medea legend sadly depicts the enchantress as an undocumented immigrant The post Mojada: Medea Remade as a Sorrowful Stranger in a Strange Land appeared firs…

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Monday, July 15, 2019

The Rolling Stone: Fear and Loathing in Uganda by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A worthy drama imported from England tersely relates hateful happenings in Uganda The post The Rolling Stone: Fear and Loathing in Uganda appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

The Bacchae: Women Go Powerfully Wild in a Refreshed Classic by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Classical Theatre of Harlem offers an exuberant staging of an ancient Greek drama The post The Bacchae: Women Go Powerfully Wild in a Refreshed Classic appeared first on New Yo…

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise: Kung Phooey Doings at The Shed by Michael Sommers

★ The latest commissioned endeavor in the Hudson Yards arts space is an incredible mishmash of martial arts, pop songs, and a silly story The post Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise: Kung Phooey D…

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

In the Green: Forging a Medieval Saint by Michael Sommers

★★★ A cool though cryptic musical considers Hildegard von Bingen The post In the Green: Forging a Medieval Saint appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Mountains Look Different: No, They Really Look Rather Flat by Michael Sommers

★★ A rural Irish melodrama of 1948 vintage needs some magic to thrive The post The Mountains Look Different: No, They Really Look Rather Flat appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Fairview: A Shape-Shifting Study In Black and White Perceptions by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Jackie Sibblies Drury's 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama reopens in a larger theater The post Fairview: A Shape-Shifting Study In Black and White Perceptions appeared first on …

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Handbagged: Unpacking British History by Michael Sommers

★★★ Tea and scant sympathy are shared by Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher The post Handbagged: Unpacking British History appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Long Lost: Blah Blah Black Sheep by Michael Sommers

★★ The eminent Donald Margulies delivers a tedious effort at Manhattan Theatre Club The post Long Lost: Blah Blah Black Sheep appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Little Women: Time Marches On for Louisa May Alcott’s Characters by Michael Sommers

★★★ Kate Hamill's modern take on a Victorian classic is not as radical as it seems The post Little Women: Time Marches On for Louisa May Alcott’s Characters appeared first on New Yor…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Dying City: Puzzling Out a Significant Mystery About Love and War by Michael Sommers

★★★ Christopher Shinn directs the Second Stage revival of his Pulitzer-nominated drama The post Dying City: Puzzling Out a Significant Mystery About Love and War appeared first on New …

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Underground Railroad Game: Unorthodox and Provocative Classroom Studies by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Race and sex are smartly studied in a delightfully adventurous play The post Underground Railroad Game: Unorthodox and Provocative Classroom Studies appeared first on New York S…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Something Clean: A Woman Wounded By a Crime She Did Not Commit by Michael Sommers

★★★ Kathryn Erbe anchors Selina Fillinger's earnest new drama about a sex crime The post Something Clean: A Woman Wounded By a Crime She Did Not Commit appeared first on New York Stage…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Continuity: A Lighter Look at Making a Movie Changes into Darker Realities by Michael Sommers

★★★ Rachel Chavkin of Hadestown fame directs a slight yet thoughtful comedy by Bess Wohl The post Continuity: A Lighter Look at Making a Movie Changes into Darker Realities appeared fi…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Octet: How Modern Technology Makes Us Mad, In Exuberant Song by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Dave Malloy delivers a powerful new musical that's too thoughtful for Broadway The post Octet: How Modern Technology Makes Us Mad, In Exuberant Song appeared first on New York S…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Happy Talk: A Misleading Lady Enjoys Her Role of a Lifetime by Michael Sommers

★★★ Susan Sarandon depicts a matchmaker whose intentions may not be so pure The post Happy Talk: A Misleading Lady Enjoys Her Role of a Lifetime appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Proof of Love: A Classy Lady Speaks to Classism in African-American Life by Michael Sommers

★★★ Brenda Pressley coolly portrays a woman of quality in a life or death quandary The post Proof of Love: A Classy Lady Speaks to Classism in African-American Life appeared first on N…

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Around the World in 80 Days: Whirlwind Entertainment and Laughter for All by Michael Sommers

★★★★★ An inventive version of Jules Verne's classic visits the New Victory Theater The post Around the World in 80 Days: Whirlwind Entertainment and Laughter for All appeared first…

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Friday, May 10, 2019

BLKS: A Madly Expressive Night Out With Some Messy Millennials by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Newcomer playwright Aziza Barnes delivers an audacious comedy at MCC Theater The post BLKS: A Madly Expressive Night Out With Some Messy Millennials appeared first on New York S…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Luzia: Cirque du Soleil Sweeps Viewers on a Glowing Journey Through Mexico by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Superb circus artists swing, spin, and soar amid surreal visuals and sonorous music The post Luzia: Cirque du Soleil Sweeps Viewers on a Glowing Journey Through Mexico appeared …

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Passage: A Cool Experiment in the ABCs of Xenophobic Behavior by Michael Sommers

★★★ Soho Rep's typically top-notch production fills in the blanks of an experimental endeavor The post Passage: A Cool Experiment in the ABCs of Xenophobic Behavior appeared first on …

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Paul Swan is Dead and Gone: Portrait of an Unusual Artist as an Old Man by Michael Sommers

★★ A new bio-drama is performed as a bizarre dance recital in a Chelsea townhouse The post Paul Swan is Dead and Gone: Portrait of an Unusual Artist as an Old Man appeared first on New Y…

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Caroline’s Kitchen: Neatly Dishing Out a British Menu of Rueful Humor by Michael Sommers

★★★ Playgoers with a taste for British humor may well enjoy what's being served at 59E59 Theaters The post Caroline’s Kitchen: Neatly Dishing Out a British Menu of Rueful Humor appea…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Plough and the Stars: Dubliners Come to Vivid Life in Irish Rep’s Revival by Michael Sommers

★★★★★ A superb company performs Sean O'Casey's tragicomedy about the 1916 Easter Rising The post The Plough and the Stars: Dubliners Come to Vivid Life in Irish Rep’s Revival app…

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Grief is the Thing with Feathers: A Mad, Murky, Melancholy Journey by Michael Sommers

★★★ Cillian Murphy delivers a remarkable performance as a man possessed The post Grief is the Thing with Feathers: A Mad, Murky, Melancholy Journey appeared first on New York Stage Rev…

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Lady in the Dark: MasterVoices Lovingly Revives a Masterpiece Musical by Michael Sommers

★★★★★ Victoria Clark is the glowing central figure of a legendary musical The post Lady in the Dark: MasterVoices Lovingly Revives a Masterpiece Musical appeared first on New York …

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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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