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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Joe Pintauro, Playwright Who Had Been a Priest, Dies at 87 by Neil Genzlinger

His works on topical subjects like the AIDS crisis and suburban sprawl were widely staged, including by Circle Repertory Company and the Bay Street Theater.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Allyn Ann McLerie, Veteran of Broadway, TV and Film, Dies at 91 by Neil Genzlinger

She starred in the Broadway hit “Where’s Charley?” in 1948 and went on to TV fame on “The Tony Randall Show” and “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.”

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Lucian Pintilie, Authority-Defying Romanian Director, Dies at 84 by Neil Genzlinger

Both his films and his stage work angered Communist officials, but he was embraced abroad and was an inspirational figure for the Romanian New Wave.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Tom Murphy, Acclaimed Irish Playwright, Is Dead at 83 by Neil Genzlinger

His dark works avoided the stereotype of a rural Irish utopia, instead exploring subjects like the county’s famine and its history of emigration.

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Leah Napolin, Whose ‘Yentl’ Adaptation Made Broadway, Dies at 83 by Neil Genzlinger

The play, based on an Isaac Bashevis Singer story, was a tale of empowerment in the midst of feminism’s second wave.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Soon-Tek Oh, Actor Who Chafed at Asian Stereotypes, Dies at 85 by Neil Genzlinger

He was among the founders of East West Players, a theater troupe that sought better roles for Asian-American actors and more representative stories.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Oleg Tabakov, Revered Russian Actor and Teacher, Is Dead at 82 by Neil Genzlinger

Mr. Tabakov was well known for scores of films, but his biggest impact was in the theater, as an actor, director and mentor of future stars.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Louis Zorich, Familiar Actor on TV and Stage, Dies at 93 by Neil Genzlinger

He was known for “Mad About You” and other shows. But his first love was the theater, where he often appeared alongside his wife, Olympia Dukakis.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

John Barton, Revelatory Shakespeare Director, Is Dead at 89 by Neil Genzlinger

Mr. Barton was there at the founding of the Royal Shakespeare Company and directed numerous productions for it across 40 years.

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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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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: In Disney’s ‘Descendants 2,’ the Kids Are on Their Own by Neil Genzlinger

A sequel to the 2015 TV movie about the children of Disney villains has music, colorful costumes and a lot of talk about hair.

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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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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New York Jewish Film Festival: Sisters, Hummus and Bette Midler by Neil Genzlinger

Dorit Hakim’s first feature, “Moon in the 12th House,” is among 29 movies in this annual festival.

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