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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

White Noise Review, Pics: Daveed Diggs as Slave by New York Theater

Leo (Daveed Diggs) makes an outrageous request of his best friend Ralph (Thomas Sadoski) in Suzan-Lori Parks’ bizarre, disturbing and in some ways brilliant new play, “White Noise,” at…

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Raja Feather Kelly, Off Broadway’s Busiest Choreographer by New York Theater

Raja Feather Kelly is one of the busiest choreographers Off-Broadway, with a half dozen shows currently or soon to be on stage. All but one of them are straight plays. As I detail in my prof…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

The Final 12 Broadway Shows of the Season, and How To Get Them Cheap(er). #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

A dozen shows will be opening on Broadway over the next six weeks, ending the 2018-2019 season. Two-thirds of them have already announced their policies for official discounted tickets — r…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Mother Review: Isabelle Huppert As a Depressed Woman in a Disorienting Play by New York Theater

Near the end of “The Mother,” her son strangles the title character to death. But not really. The mother (Isabelle Huppert) is imagining it, or dreaming it. There is a change of lighting…

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Holy Day Review: A Repellent Gothic Tale of Australia by New York Theater

By the end of “Holy Day,” two hours without intermission or let-up of gothic horror set in 19th century Australia, the audience has been made witness to a missing child, an abduction, bo…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Beware the Ides of March through the Ages by New York Theater

On the Ides of March, exactly 2,063 years ago, Julius Caesar was smug, at least according to Shakespeare. “The ides of March are come,” he tells a soothsayer in Act III. “Ay, Caesar,…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Actually, We’re F**ked Review: A Pretend Issue Play by Roseanne, Cosby Show Creator/Writer by New York Theater

Playwright Matt Williams, who is credited with creating, producing and/or writing such once-popular TV series as Home Improvement, The Cosby Show, and Roseanne (tells us in the program that …

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hugh Jackman to star in 4th Music Man on Broadway. (Watch the 1st, Robert Preston!) by New York Theater

Hugh Jackman will star as Harold Hill in “The Music Man.” Directed by Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Warren Carlyle, the fourth Broadway production of Meredith Wilson’s musical about…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Fleabag on Stage Review: Oversexed and Grieving, plus the Perils of Binge-Watching by New York Theater

“I’m not obsessed with sex; I just can’t stop thinking about it,” says Phoebe Waller-Bridge in “Fleabag” — both the “Fleabag” that’s a funny and sad BBC TV series, curren…

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Teens Take Over Broadway (but is it real?). A Britney Spears Broadway musical? Hamilton Reconsidered. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

“I’m not a girl, not yet a woman…I’m in between,” Britney Spears sang some two decades ago, and it could almost be the new anthem (gender-adjusted) for Broadway. The opening of Be …

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Be More Chill on Broadway: Review, Pics, Videos by New York Theater

Somebody wrote “NYC Loves BMC” in chalk on the sidewalk outside Broadway’s Lyceum Theater, the new home of Be More Chill, the high energy, high decibel pop-rock musical that stars Will…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

The Cake Review: “This is Us” writer on Christian baker’s Lesbian wedding dilemma by New York Theater

In “The Cake,” Debra Jo Rupp (the mother on “That 70s Show”) portrays Della, a Christian baker in North Carolina who refuses to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. If the story is ins…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Hamilton on Broadway 2019: New Cast, New Clarity by New York Theater

I recently saw Hamilton again on Broadway, during a rare open captioned performance, and it was a revelation in several ways.   When I had last seen Hamilton, about two years ago, the last …

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

THE B-SIDE: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons,” A Record Album Interpretation by New York Theater

In “The B-Side,” three men sing along with an album on a record-player —  or, as people prefer to say these days, a vinyl on the turntable. But there’s a reason why the Wooster Grou…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Women on the March in March. Killing Mockingbird. Keeping Michael Jackson. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

March is designated Women’s History Month and there is no better example of a theater woman on the march this March than Dominique Morisseau, who is 1. curating “50 in 50: Letters to Ou…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Daddy Review: An Interracial Love/Hate Triangle Starring Alan Cumming, Charlayne Woodard by New York Theater

“Daddy,” a play by Jeremy O. Harris, who made his Off-Broadway debut a few months ago with his controversial “Slave Play,” could be accurately described as a porn melodrama about a l…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Superhero Review: With Great Powers Come Great Disappointments by New York Theater

Simon, 15 years old and an aspiring comic book creator, is disappointed. His neighbor Jim in Apartment 4-B can’t walk through walls, and has no secret cave; he doesn’t even drive a “su…

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Good Friday Review: Feminist Discourse Via Blood and Gunsy by New York Theater

Near the beginning of “Good Friday,” a play by Kristiana Rae Colon produced at The Flea with an all-female cast, crew and creative team, there’s something I’ve never seen on stage be…

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Boesman and Lena Review: After Apartheid, Fugard Turned Into Beckett by New York Theater

The actors portraying Boesman and Lena move slowly through the audience, carrying their life’s possession on their heads and shoulders, looking around in fear and fatigue, until they make …

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Friday, March 1, 2019

March 2019 New York Theater Openings by New York Theater

Four shows are opening on Broadway in March. Two of them are transfers from Off-Broadway that thrilled audiences in very different ways: “Be More Chill” and “What The Constitution Mean…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

New York Theater Quiz February 2019 by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to the New York theater news and reviews in February? How about Broadway’s presence at the Oscars? At the Grammys? Answer these 13 questions and find out.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Hurricane Diane Review: A Lesbian, Climate Catastrophe Comedy by New York Theater

In Madeleine George’s often  hilarious, ultimately pointed comedy, the Greek god of agricultural and theater has decided to save the planet, after retreating for several centuries from th…

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Alice By Heart Review: Lewis Carroll during the London Blitz, via Spring Awakening team. by New York Theater

  In this latest musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,”  Alice (Molly Gordon) is a British teenager in 1941 who takes shelter in the Underground wi…

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NYC’s Theater Building Boom. Broadway at the Oscars. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

The launching of The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, with the opening tonight of “Alice By Heart,”  is the latest “new, state-of-the-art complex” (as MCC is calling it) — with…

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Marys Seacole Review: A Creole Florence Nightingale by New York Theater

Mary Seacole, though little known in the United States, was almost as celebrated in her time as Florence Nightingale, and for much the same reason – for nursing the sick and wounded during…

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

2019 Oscar Winners: Green Book, director Alfonso Cuaron, Rami Malek, Olivia Colman by New York Theater

Green Book won best picture, Rami Malek of “Bohemian Rhapsody” lead actor and Olivia Colman of “The Favourite” lead actress at the 91st annual Academy Awards. Ruth E. Carter and Hann…

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My Fair Lady Review: How Laura Benanti as Eliza Changes The Musical by New York Theater

It takes Henry Higgins six months to transform Eliza Doolittle from a “draggle-tailed guttersnipe” in “My Fair Lady” to a lady who can pass as a duchess at the Embassy Ball. Now, ten…

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Bill Rauch on Leading World Trade Center Performing Arts Center and Leaving Ashland, Oregon. by New York Theater

Bill Rauch, who last February was appointed the first artistic director of the performing arts center at the World Trade Center in New York, was sitting in a theater near his home some 3,000…

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Merrily We Roll Along Review: A Sondheim Flop, Now Fiasco by New York Theater

With what’s billed as its re-imagined production of “Merrily We Roll Along,” Fiasco Theater Company has taken on their second Sondheim in four years. Fiasco, a ten-year-old ensemble th…

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish Off-Broadway Review: Different Context, Still Glorious by New York Theater

There’s one way that the Yiddish language “Fiddler On The Roof” directed by Joel Gray and starring Steven Skybell is strikingly different now that it’s moved uptown to the Shubert’…

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Price of Thomas Scott Review: 1913 Play about a Moral Dilemma and Fabulous Hats by New York Theater

“The Price of Thomas Scott,” Elizabeth Baker’s play about a small shop owner struggling with his conscience, marks the launching of the Mint Theater’s ambitious “Meet Miss Baker”…

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