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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Blue Wave on Broadway. #Stageworthy News by New York Theater

In celebration of the Blue Wave – which has grown steadily in the week since Election Day — a silly observation: There have been 51 Broadway shows with “Blue” in the title. I’m…

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Old Reviews of New Transfers: Mike Birbiglia’s New One, Daniel’s Husband, School Girls or the African Mean Girls Play by New York Theater

“The New One “isn’t literally new. Mike Birbiglia’s solo show debuted Off-Broadway three months ago – where it sold out quickly. It’s now on Broadway – same cast (i.e. …

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Female Role Model Project Review: Exploring Female Identity Scientifically, Playfully, Pompously by New York Theater

“The Female Role Model Project” is a pioneering work of theater by a new company called Transforma, in which artists and scientists collaborate to explore attitudes about women, and ques…

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Chinese Lady Review: Immigrant as Freak by New York Theater

Afong Moy was the first Chinese woman in the United States. Brought to New York in 1834, she was put on display in a museum. Out of this true story, playwright Lloyd Suh has fashioned “Th…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Broadway Poll: Your Favorite Play With Puppets by New York Theater

My favorite character in Frozen on Broadway by far is Sven the reindeer. I’ve been a fan of Avenue Q  before it opened Off-Broadway the first time. Does anybody doubt The Lion King o…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

American Son: Pics and Review by New York Theater

While anxiously waiting in a Miami police station for word of what happened to her son Jamal, an educated African-American woman named Kendra (Kerry Washington) talks with her estranged whit…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Broadway Sings: Vote! #Stageworthy News. by New York Theater

Today is Election Day! If you live in NYC, find your polling site here. If you live anywhere in America, you can go to for some cool info — like, for example, what’s on …

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Torch Song on Broadway: Review and Pics by New York Theater

The 1982 Broadway production of Torch Song Trilogy, starring Harvey Fierstein as Arnold Beckoff, a sometime drag queen and gay Jewish romantic searching for love and acceptance, could be cre…

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Lewiston/Clarkston Review: Smooching and Despairing In A Small Space by New York Theater

“It’s a terrible time to be alive. There’s just nothing left to discover,” says Jake (Noah Robbins) in the second half of Lewiston/Clarkston, two powerfully affecting plays by Samuel…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

La MaMa Puppet Festival Is Not The Lion King by New York Theater

Food for the Gods is about the killing of black men; Exodus addresses the current refugee crisis; Blind is a solo work about disability. These may not sound like typical subjects for puppet …

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

November 2018 New York Theater Openings by New York Theater

Six shows are opening on Broadway in November.  And yes, one of them features a giant ape feeling unwelcome in New York City, and another marks the annual holiday stopover for a perennially…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

New York Theater Quiz October 2018 by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to the theater, and theater news, in October? Answer these 10 questions to find out.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

#Stageworthy News: A Wonderful Week On Broadway. A Hate-Filled Week Off Stage. by New York Theater

This has been a wonderful week for theater – with openings for terrific Broadway shows The Ferryman, The Waverly Gallery, The Lifespan of a Fact. And not just on Broadway: The 21st New Yor…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

India Pale Ale Review: A Killing In A House of God by New York Theater

“India Pale Ale,” a play by Jaclyn Backhaus running Off-Broadway, suddenly becomes shockingly timely with the killing of 11 Jews in a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Halfway through the play, a…

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Ferryman Review: A Breathtaking Feast of Stories and Character by New York Theater

By the time “The Ferryman” has ended, we have been treated to a breathtaking mix of revenge action thriller, romance, melodrama, family saga, and a feast of storytelling – ghos…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

The Waverly Gallery with Elaine May, Lucas Hedges: Pics, Review by New York Theater

Elaine May is back on a Broadway stage after more than 50 years, and making the most of it in The Waverly Gallery, Kenneth Lonergan’s meticulously observed, funny and sad play about a woma…

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Fringe Review James Franco and Me. The show Franco’s lawyers didn’t want. by New York Theater

Last year, James Franco’s lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to a theater that was going to present Kevin Broccoli’s play “James Franco and Me,” insisting they stop marketing the…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Lifespan of a Fact with Daniel Radcliffe, Bobby Cannavale, Cherry Jones: Pics, Review by New York Theater

I take “The Lifespan of a Fact” personally. On the one hand, Cherry Jones, Bobby Cannavale and Daniel Radcliffe, are three of my favorite actors in the universe, performing in a …

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

#Stageworthy News: Divas and Feminists. Race and Gender of Broadway Audiences And Theater Authors. by New York Theater

Currently on New York stages are several shows starring beloved actresses that offer decidedly different takes on the role of women in society (see reviews below): Two reports released this …

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Could Good Poets Make Good Musicals? Edna St. Vincent Millay and Renascence by New York Theater

Carmel Dean had worked closely with celebrated musicians and theater artists ranging from Green Day to Chita Rivera, but she panicked when she met Stephen Sondheim, not because she revered h…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Gloria A Life, Pics and Review. Gloria Steinem and the Women’s Movement. by New York Theater

Gloria Steinem herself came out in the last twenty minutes of Gloria: A Lifeto lead the “talking circle,” an unscripted conversation with the audience. This was the officially designated…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Fireflies Review: Sorrow and Frustrated Desire during the Civil Rights Era by New York Theater

The Rev. Charles Emmanuel Grace, a hero of the Civil Rights Movement, and his pregnant wife Olivia, who writes his stirring sermons for him, seem to find great joy in one another when he lif…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Fringe Review: There Has Possibly Been An Incident. Heroes and Killers by New York Theater

A man stands in front of the army tanks during the Tiananmen Square protests. A woman helps topple a dictator, with surprising results. A man tries to rescue a child in a plane crash. Anoth…

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Who Goes to Broadway? Broadway League 2017–2018 Report: Still Female, Tourists, Rich, but also Younger, More Latino by New York Theater

During the 2017–2018 season, the average age of Broadway theatergoers was 40.6, the lowest since 2000, according to a newly released report by the Broadway League, the trade group for the …

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Mother of the Maid with Glenn Close: Review, pics by New York Theater

Genghis Khan had a mother; so did Amelia Earhart and Dwight Eisenhower. Perhaps Mother of the Maid, starring Glenn Close as the woman whom Joan of Arc called Ma, will start a trend of offeri…

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The Week in New York Theater: Danny Burstein, Corbin Bleu Back on Broadway. Fringe Unfolding. by New York Theater

Theater is often awesome, even when in need of repair, and this week is no different. Scenes from @FringeNYC Hub on a Tuesday in October — New York Theater (@New…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Apologia with Stockard Channing: Review and Pics by New York Theater

In this well-acted, finely directed Off-Broadway production of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s 2009 play,  Stockard Channing portrays Kristin Miller, a long-time activist,  American expatriate and…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Fringe Review Opening Night: Twin Divas Margo and Joan Feud On Stage by New York Theater

“Opening Night” begins with hilariously feuding twin sister Hollywood stars, who are brilliantly named Margo Nightingale and Joan de Tuileries, each presenting what they thought was a on…

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Emma and Max Review: Filmmaker Todd Solondz’s Jarring Theatrical Debut About Racism by New York Theater

Emma and Max are the toddlers in the care of a Barbadian nanny, Britney, who is fired by their parents in the awkward first scene of “Emma and Max,” a jarring play about racism written a…

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Fringe Review The Resistible Rise of JR Brinkley. A 1920’s Quack Tycoon Politician Not Unlike the 45th President by New York Theater

Edward Einhorn’s latest play is based on the jaw-dropping true story of a quack doctor who became rich and famous in the 1920s by implanting goat testicles as a cure for male impotence, an…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Lady Gaga Should Write A Broadway Musical; Crazy Rich Asians Should Be One. by New York Theater

Lady Gaga, Madonna, Kesha, U2 and Panic! At the Disco were among the answers to the question: What recording artist or band would you most like to see providing the score for a musical on Br…

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