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Saturday, September 22, 2018

I Was Most Alive For You — Accessible For The Deaf…And Complicated by New York Theater

As the family gathers for a Thanksgiving right before everything starts to fall apart, Knox (Russell Harvard) gives thanks for “three things I used to think weren’t gifts at all: Deafnes…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Top 10 Most Produced Plays and 20 Most Produced Playwrights of the 2018-2019 Season by New York Theater

“Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2” tops the list of what will be the most produced plays nationwide among the 531 non-profit theaters that are part of the Theatr…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

The True with Edie Falco: Photographs and Review by New York Theater

As Polly Noonan, Edie Falco, late of The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie, can make almost any show more engaging than it would otherwise be, even a relatively sedate one like “The True,”……

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d Review: A Black Kid Missing, and Who Cares? by New York Theater

Karma, a “dirty little hood rat” of 17, is looking for her missing former foster brother Terrell, though she didn’t know him long and he didn’t like her much. He was, however, all sh…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

2018 Theater Hall of Famers. RIP Marin Mazzie. Lear and Mockingbird Casts Complete. The Week in NY Theater by New York Theater

2018 Theatre Hall of Fame inductees: Actors Rene Auberjonois, Christine Baranski, Cicely Tyson Playwrights Maria Irene Fornes, David Henry Hwang, Adrienne Kennedy Director Joe Mantello Produ…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Stars in the Night Review: A Vague “Immersive” Show in Dazzling DUMBO by New York Theater

Although billed as “an intimate immersive production,” what “Stars in the Night” actually offers, at its best, is the exact opposite — a spectacular public setting. An audience…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Lulu The Broadway Mouse: Backstage Book for Kids by New York Theater

When Jenna Gavigan made her Broadway debut at age 16 as a member of the ensemble in the 2003 revival of Gypsy, she shared the stage at the Shubert Theater not just with stars Bernadette Pete…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Trump Fatigue? These 3 Shows Hope Not by New York Theater

“I think there has been a growth in Trump fatigue,” says Tony Stinkmetal, who admits that he himself shares it — which is why it’s surprising that he has created a show c…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Collective Rage A Play in Five Betties Review by New York Theater

The full title of “Collective Rage,” Jen Silverman’s playful, bawdy, and episodic genderqueer/feminist/lesbian comedy about five women named Betty, is 47 words long. Only once does it …

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Nathan Lane in Taylor Mac Broadway debut; Andrew Lloyd Webber makes EGOT. RIP Burt Reynolds, theater visionary. The Week in NY Theater by New York Theater

Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin will star on Broadway in “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus,” a new comedy marking the Broadway debut of acclaimed theater artist Taylor Mac.  D…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Heartbreak House Review: Shaw’s Dark Comedy of British Boobs Set in A WWII Bomb Shelter by New York Theater

Sandbags and British flags abound in the air raid shelter where we have gathered, in the basement of London’s Ambassador Hotel in 1940, in the midst of the Blitz of London. This is a fine …

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

THE AЯTS: The beautiful, bold and Constitutional case for public funding by New York Theater

The Culture Wars in America began, according to a new show running from September 13-30 at La MaMa called “THE AЯTS,”  on May 18, 1989, when Senator Al D’Amato of New York ripped up …

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Gospel at Colonus Review: Sophocles as Rousing Black Church Service by New York Theater

Lee Breuer and Bob Telson’s glorious gospel musical, an inspired retelling of Sophocles’ “Oedipus at Colonus” as if it’s an African-American Pentecostal church service, de…

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Private Peaceful Review: War Horse Author on WWI Horrors for Humans by New York Theater

Seven years after “War Horse” appeared on Broadway, New Yorkers are getting another British stage adaptation of another young adult novel by Michael Morpurgo about the horrors of World W…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin Review by New York Theater

Before Hershey Felder says or sings or plays the piano as Irving Berlin, there are signs that, in this one-man show about arguably the greatest of American songwriters, we’re in for an eve…

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Bye Village Voice. Hello Fall Off-Broadway Season, Broadway Week. Week in NY Theater by New York Theater

  The Village Voice shut down on Friday after 63 years. The Obie Awards, honoring Off & Off-Off Broadway, which the Voice launched in 1955 and still co-sponsored, will continue, acc…

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Plays for Labor Day. In praise of theater about unions, workers and workplaces. by New York Theater

It was while attending the current revival of Lillian Hellman’s 1936 play “Days to Come,” which is set during a strike at a brush factory in Ohio,  that I suddenly wondered: Where are…

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Off Broadway Fall 2018 Preview Guide by New York Theater

Off-Broadway in the Fall promises a new musical with book by Conor McPherson and music by Bob Dylan (“Girl from the North Country”); Glenn Close  as Joan of Arc’s mother (…

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

September 2018 New York Theater Openings: Women Center Stage, plus snooker by New York Theater

Sarah Bernhardt returns to Broadway, in the person of Janet McTeer, in a new play by Teresa Rebeck about the actress’s pursuit in 1899 of the role of Hamlet. ‘Bernhardt/Hamlet”…

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Friday, August 31, 2018

New York Theater Quiz August 2018 by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to New York theater news and reviews in August? Answer these 11 questions and find out.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Scraps Review: Black Pain After A Police Killing by New York Theater

Police in the United States shot and killed 36 unarmed black men in 2015; 18 in 2016; 19 in 2017, and 12 so far in 2018, according to the Washington Post. In “Scraps,” Geraldine Inoa, m…

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Fall 2018 Movie Preview by New York Theater

Below is a list of movies opening from September to December, organized chronologically by release date. Among the movies featuring theater veterans: Oscar Isaac  in “Operation Finale…

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Remnant Review: Theater Mitu’s Inventive Tech Take on War, Loss and Death by New York Theater

“Remnant,” according to Theater Mitu’s director Ruben Polendo, is a meditation on war, death and loss. It is Mitu’s first piece in the first building that the 20-year-old company can…

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1969 The Second Man Review: Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, A Life in Song by New York Theater

Buzz Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon (nine minutes after the first, Neil Armstrong), 50 years ago next summer. “No one will think of them as ‘the first men on the moon.’N…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

RIP Playwright Neil Simon et al. The Week in NY Theater by New York Theater

Playwright Neil Simon, who dominated Broadway with his many comedies for more than two decades, died on Sunday at the age of 91. His is the latest death of a theater artist in a week full of…

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Days to Come Review: Lillian Hellman’s Flop about Labor Strife and Failed Love by New York Theater

Lillian Hellman herself described “Days to Come,” her 1936 play about labor strife and family conflict, as “an absolute horror of a failure.” She wrote it two years after her first B…

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Celebrating Leonard Bernstein At 100 by New York Theater

Leonard Bernstein, who was born on August 25, 1918, was “the greatest pianist among the conductors, the greatest conductor among composers, the greatest composer among pianists,”…

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Friday, August 24, 2018

A Broadway Fixer, Keeping Theatergoers Safe and Comfortable by New York Theater

Charlie Copeland is a Broadway fixer, who’s worked on everything from “The Phantom of the Opera” to “Frozen,” tangibly changing the experience for a generation of theatergoers. Cop…

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

The End of the World Bar and Bathtub, an amusing apocalyptic play coming to a bathtub near you by New York Theater

Philip Santos Schaffer pulls back the curtain and introduces himself as “your server and savior” to me and the only other member of the audience. After chatting idly for a while,…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Henry VI Review: A rare staging of Shakespeare’s first three plays by New York Theater

The National Asian American Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy is unlike any you’ve seen in New York before. This is true largely because you are unlikely e…

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Monday, August 20, 2018

The Week in NY Theater: Fringe 2018. Broadway Remembers Aretha. Critics Are Not The Enemy. by New York Theater

For 20 years, August was the month when New Yorkers who hated the beach and couldn’t afford to travel could have a “staycation” sampling some 200 shows at the New York International Fr…

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