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Sunday, July 15, 2018

A Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish Review: As directed by Joel Grey, A shtik naches by New York Theater

Those who doubted that a Yiddish-language production of “A Fiddler on the Roof,” directed by Joel Grey,  would turn out to be a great joy (“a shtik naches”) might react to Jackie Ho…

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NYMF Review Interstate: Trans Man and Lesbian Asian Musical Duo in a Road Trip Musical by New York Theater

“Interstate,” an entry at the New York Musical Festival, is about two New Yorkers who form a band called Queer Malady and tour the country: Dash is a Chinese-born trans man and spoken wo…

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Broadway Photographs from the Museum of the City of New York by New York Theater

The Theater Collection at the Museum of the City of New York contains over 190,000 objects that document theatrical performance in New York City from 1785 on. These include more than 30,000 …

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Friday, July 13, 2018

NYMF Review Pedro Pan: A Cuban Refugee Child Adjusts to NYC by New York Theater

The title of this musical, a selection of the 2018 New York Musical Festival, comes from Operacion Pedro Pan (Operation Peter Pan),  which between 1960 and 1962 brought more than 14,000 chi…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Saintliness of Margery Kempe Review: Revisiting A 15th Century Feminist Con Artist by New York Theater

In her actual medieval memoir, which was rediscovered in the 1930s, Margery Kempe seems almost as extreme in her devotion as her 15thcentury contemporary, Joan of Arc. The English woman tell…

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Mary Page Marlowe by Tracy Letts: How Six Actresses Portray One Ordinary Woman by New York Theater

Six actresses — from Tatiany Maslany of “Orphan Black” making her New York stage debut, to Tony winner Blair Brown — play the title character in “Mary Page Marl…

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Gone Missing Review: Exploring Loss, Musically, Comically, and in Tribute to Michael Friedman by New York Theater

One of the real people that The Civilians theater troupe interviewed to put together “Gone Missing” resists the assignment, which is to tell them stories about objects she has lost, such…

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Broadway Poll: Favorite Fall 2018 Show by New York Theater

Choose the show that you are most looking forward to. The list below is for shows that have opening dates on Broadway between now and the end of December 2018, as of this writing, and they a…

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda Bests a Snob at My Fair Lady: A Mini-Play About Theater Etiquette by New York Theater

“I had one of the all time best conversations with a Condescending Theatergoer Who Sat In Front Of Me at intermission of My Fair Lady,” Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote in the first of a…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

SpongeBob Closing. Broadway Bullying Investigation. Summer Escapes From Netflix in NYC! Week in NY Theater by New York Theater

There’s more to life than online binging, and plenty to do in New York now that summer is here in full force: Free outdoor movies every day of the week Free Broadway concerts New theat…

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Laura Bush Killed A Guy Review: How Good She Looks Now by New York Theater

The title alone would lead you to expect a stiletto-sharp political satire; why else would a theater in Tribeca present a solo play about the wife of George W. Bush, routinely ranked  as am…

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Free Outdoor Movies in NYC Summer 2018: A Schedule by New York Theater

You can watch a free movie outdoors in New York City every night this summer from now on — and whole movie series every weeknight except Tuesdays. The movies vary widely: current block…

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Friday, July 6, 2018

New Theater Books for Summer Reading by New York Theater

Below are a dozen new or forthcoming books about theater, plus a bonus of two books likely to be of interest to theatergoers, which I list under the category Theater Adjacent. Not all these …

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Borders Review: The Refugee Crisis and Western Indifference by New York Theater

“Borders,” we’re told in the program, was the most “decorated play” at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and will have been performed on five continents by the end of 2018. The pl…

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Protest is Patriotic: Words of Protest for the Fourth of July by New York Theater

The United States of America was founded in protest and resistance; most of the text of the Declaration of Independence is a protest against the actions of the British Crown. It is Americans…

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

4th of July Poll: Favorite American History Musical by New York Theater

On the Eve of the Fourth of July, my biannual poll: What is your favorite Broadway musical that takes actual American history as its subject.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Broadway Gender Benders: Glenda Jackson as King Lear; Santino Fontana as Tootsie. The Week in NY Theater by New York Theater

  Summer’s here, it’s time for theatergoers to take stock of the 2018-2019 Broadway season line-up taking shape; to attend NYC summer theater festivals or to plan theatric…

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

July 2018 New York Theater Openings by New York Theater

Two shows are opening on Broadway in July — Young Jean Lee’s “Straight White Men,” which marks the Broadway debuts of Armie Hammer and Josh Charles, among others; and …

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Review: Songs For A New World and Lucky That Way. How Jason Robert Brown Owes His Career to Yoko Ono by New York Theater

Jason Robert Brown was in his twenties when he composed his first musical, “Songs For A New World,” its first production in New York lasting just 12 performances and changing people’s …

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Skintight Review: Idina Menzel in Comedy Inspired by Calvin Klein by New York Theater

In a country whose president marries younger models and reportedly hires government officials based on their looks, we could certainly benefit from some insights into Americans’ obsession …

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

New York Theater Quiz June 2018 by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to New York theater news in June, including the 72nd annual Tony Awards? Answer these 11 questions and find out.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Carmen Jones: Pics and Review by New York Theater

When Carmen Jones opened on Broadway in 1943, one critic hailed it as “something more than a major theatrical event.” Seventy-five years later, the Classic Stage Company is presenting wh…

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Cyprus Avenue Review: Stephen Rea as a Funny, Insane Bigot by New York Theater

  In “Cyprus Avenue,” Stephen Rea portrays Eric Miller, a proud, profane bigot from Belfast, Northern Ireland who considers himself “exclusively and non-negotiably British.” He …

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Watch The 10th Annual Jimmy Awards Live by New York Theater

Watch the 10th annual Jimmy Awards, in 80 high school students from across America are competing for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress as well as other honors and scholarships.

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Log Cabin: Pics and Review by New York Theater

Near the beginning of Log Cabin, four old LGBT friends are so struck by their sudden societal acceptance that one of them jokes “It’s here, the gay takeover we’ve been plotting all thi…

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Visions of Pride. Michael Jackson on Broadway. The Week in NY Theater by New York Theater

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” C.G. Jung Repping, supporting, & marching with grand marshal @LambdaLegal today! Happy #Pride ❤🧡💛💚💙💜 pi…

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Immersive Theater Pioneer En Garde Arts Re-Emerges by New York Theater

The latest show presented by En Garde Arts, “Red Hills,” a play about the Rwandan genocide, takes place on the entire empty ninth floor of an office building in the Financial District, a…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

New Broadway Biographies: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rodgers and Hammerstein by New York Theater

The Broadway composer Richard Rodgers found four things invariably gratifying: “eating, a warm bath, making love and having a successful show.” But how gratifying is it to read about su…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

LGBT Plays during June Pride NYC by New York Theater

To judge only from Broadway, New York theater is experiencing a Renaissance of old gay plays, with starry revivals of three landmark dramas that are now period pieces: The Boys in the Band f…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tony Award Winner La MaMa ETC 2018-2019 Season: Zombie Asian Moms, Stonewall at 50, Asylum Seekers, the NEA, Puppets! by New York Theater

La Mama ETC, Off-Off Broadway’s only Tony-winning theater, has announced a 57th season that features more than 50 premieres, dizzyingly eclectic as usual, including a 50th anniversary …

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Free Broadway in Bryant Park Concerts Summer 2018 Schedule by New York Theater

For the 18th year in a row, Bryant Park is the site of free lunchtime concerts by cast members of current Broadway (and some Off-Broadway) shows  on Thursdays in July and August between 12:…

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