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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Jack Doroshow, 78, Drag Pageant Impresario, Dies by Neil Genzlinger

Mr. Doroshow organized pageants in the 1960s, before the gay- and transgender-rights movements had gotten rolling. He hosted them as Flawless Sabrina.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Frank Corsaro, Director Who Shook Up Opera World, Dies at 92 by Neil Genzlinger

In dozens of productions, many for New York City Opera, Mr. Corsaro sought to energize the form, refusing to let his singers just stand and deliver.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: ‘The Honeymooners,’ Still Striving, but Now Tunefully by Neil Genzlinger

A new musical at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey based on the classic CBS sitcom does a good job playing to the fans

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Albert Innaurato, Playwright Who Lit Up Broadway in ’70s, Dies at 70 by Neil Genzlinger

Mr. Innaurato had a long stretch of success with “Gemini” and “The Transfiguration of Benno Blimpie” and made a comeback in 2014.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Myrna Lamb, Feminist Playwright in an Unwelcoming Era, Dies at 87 by Neil Genzlinger

Ms. Lamb’s works, staged at the Public Theater and elsewhere, often came under attack from male critics.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bernard Pomerance, Who Wrote ‘The Elephant Man,’ Dies at 76 by Neil Genzlinger

Mr. Pomerance won a Tony Award in 1979 for his play about a deformed man who became a celebrity in Victorian England.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Thomas Meehan, Who Wrote the Books for Broadway Hits, Dies at 88 by Neil Genzlinger

“Annie,” “Hairspray” and “The Producers” were among Mr. Meehan’s Tony Award-winning credits.

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Janusz Glowacki, Polish Playwright and Novelist, Dies at 78 by Neil Genzlinger

Mr. Glowacki, whose plays were produced at the Public and other New York theaters, used dark humor to comment on turbulent times.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

7 Shows for President Trump to Watch on His Vacation by Neil Genzlinger, Mike Hale, Margaret Lyons and Ben Brantley

The president is spending 17 days in New Jersey and New York. A few of our critics weigh in with recommendations of shows to watch (besides the news).

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Review: ‘Hi, Hitler’ and Other Tales From a Lively Household by Neil Genzlinger

In her one-woman show, Lucie Pohl incarnates a wide range of characters as she tells of her lifelong search for identity.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Review: ‘Will’ Serves Up a Very 21st-Century Shakespeare by Neil Genzlinger

TNT’s new drama about the formative years of this great playwright is full of excess, sometimes seeming a bit silly.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: In ‘The Man in the Ceiling,’ Jules Feiffer Adapts Himself by Neil Genzlinger

Mr. Feiffer’s story about a boy who loves to draw makes for a busy musical at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Television Review: An Uneven Night for Kevin Spacey as Tonys Host by Neil Genzlinger

The broadcast seemed unsure of what to do with Mr. Spacey on a show more suited for Broadway insiders than for a general TV audience.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A Familiar TV Face, Pulling an Improvised Life Out of a Bowl by Neil Genzlinger

Jason Kravits has plenty of television and stage work, but he can also be found doing a wacky improvised cabaret show at the Duplex.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: Before Pooh Bear, There Was Milne’s ‘The Lucky One’ by Neil Genzlinger

The Mint Theater has revived this 1922 drama about two brothers: one who could do no wrong, one who could never measure up.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Review: 3 Teenagers Seek a Voice in ‘Speech & Debate’ by Neil Genzlinger

Stephen Karam’s film adaptation of his own play is a comedy about students who don’t quite fit in but insist, in their clumsy way, on being heard.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Critic's Notebook: A Wheelchair on Broadway Isn’t Exploitation. It’s Progress. by Neil Genzlinger

Some people are calling Sam Gold’s “The Glass Menagerie” manipulative. I call it vital theater.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: A Scalding Take on Race in ‘White Guy on the Bus’ by Neil Genzlinger

Robert Cuccioli and Danielle Leneé star in Bruce Graham’s play that provides an unflinching look at the black-white dynamic.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: In ‘Fish Men,’ Speed Chess and Weighty Exchanges by Neil Genzlinger

A drama by Cándido Tirado set in Washington Square Park has characters talking genocide and justice while the speed-chess clock ticks.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Review: In ‘Superior Donuts,’ Wisecracks Galore but Little Substance by Neil Genzlinger

This CBS comedy, set in Chicago and based on the Tracy Letts play, stars Judd Hirsch as a shop owner and Jermaine Fowler as his new hire.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Critic's Notebook: Seven TV Musicals. Five Lessons Learned. by Neil Genzlinger

“Hairspray Live!” and its musical predecessors have shown us what works in these TV productions. And what doesn’t.

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Review: ‘Hairspray Live!’ Had Power Voices but Still Lacked Power by Neil Genzlinger

The latest live musical from NBC sabotaged itself with distracting side business.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Review: ‘Not That Jewish,’ but Funny Just the Same by Neil Genzlinger

The comic and writer Monica Piper tells stories about her life and her casual relationship with her religion in a one-woman show at New World Stages.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Review: Cooking Their Way Out of the ’50s, Singing by Neil Genzlinger

In “A Taste of Things to Come,” a breezy musical at York Theater Company, four friends navigate the 1950s, the 1960s and the inevitability of change.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

On PBS, the Story of ‘Hamilton’ and Hamilton by Neil Genzlinger

The Broadway musical and the man it’s about are the subject of a “Great Performances” documentary.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Review: The Golden Girls, Back Again as Wisecracking Puppets by Neil Genzlinger

Jonathan Rockefeller’s puppet play at DR2, ‘That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody,’ features the familiar sitcom characters, doing what they always did.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Review: In ‘A Day by the Sea,’ Words Unsaid or Said Quite Bluntly by Neil Genzlinger

The overall portrait in this 1953 play by N.C. Hunter is of an economically comfortable English family in coastal Dorset in the anxious postwar years.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Review: Daniel Radcliffe Battles Homegrown Extremists in ‘Imperium’ by Neil Genzlinger

Inspired by the career of a former F.B.I. agent who infiltrated white supremacist groups, the film may get moviegoers’ blood boiling.

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A Week of Mel Brooks in Brooklyn by Neil Genzlinger

“History of the World, Part I” is one of seven Brooks movies being served with food and drinks at the theater-restaurant Syndicated.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Review: If You Want to Find Your Way Out of ‘Paradiso,’ Think Fast by Neil Genzlinger

Michael Counts’s newest adventure mixes theatrical flourishes with the escape-room fad.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Review: A ‘Macbeth’ at Ease in the Dark and Noisy City by Neil Genzlinger

Outdoors at Marcus Garvey Park, a Shakespeare classic plays out in a free production that’s enhanced by its urban surroundings.

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