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Friday, November 17, 2017

What to See on Broadway Thanksgiving Week 2017 by New York Theater

Scroll below for the Broadway schedule for Thanksgiving week. On Thanksgiving Day this year, theater lovers will be able to see “SpongeBob SquarePants”  twice — both as a …

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

School Girls Or The African Mean Girls Play Review: Beauty As Deep as White Skin by New York Theater

Paulina is the most popular, the most ambitious and by far the meanest girl in the Aburi Girls Boarding School at the outset of Jocelyn Bioh’s often unsubtle but ultimately stimulating new…

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Hot Mess Review: Bisexual Meets Standup In Slight Romantic Comedy by New York Theater

For some theatergoers wondering whether to see the hour-long romantic comedy bravely entitled “Hot Mess,” it might be enough to know that Max calls his girlfriend “Poopy Pants.” Or t…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons on Broadway: Review, Pics, Video by New York Theater

The ushers are wearing “Ghetto Scholar” sweatshirts in Studio 54, where for his sixth solo show John Leguizamo stands in front of a blackboard and lectures on the history, politics, cult…

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Migration Review: The African-American Exodus In Painting and Dance by New York Theater

Millions of African-Americans moved from the rural South to industrial cities in the North in the decades after World War I, one of the largest migrations in the history of humanity, ignored…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

The Lion King Turns 20 on Broadway by New York Theater

Today is the 20th anniversary of the opening of “The Lion King.” Now the third-longest running show in the history of Broadway, the musical is worth celebrating.   Based on …

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda Back in Hamilton. King Kong Meets Harry Potter. Week in New York Theater by New York Theater

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s efforts to aid Puerto Rico in recovering from Hurricane Maria took the logical next step during his visit there this past week, when he announced his return to his sta…

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day: GIs and the Arts by New York Theater

Today is Veterans Day, a day that’s always been special to me because my father was not only a U.S. military veteran; he was born on Veterans Day,  which was originally called Armisti…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

“Broadway 2017” on Jeopardy: Test Your Knowledge by New York Theater

Jeopardy had the following answers in a “Broadway 2017” category during the Double Jeopardy Round of the Tournament of Champions earlier this week. Guess the questions: $400 R…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Band’s Visit on Broadway: Review, Pics and Videos by New York Theater

What happens when a lovely, low-key musical based on an offbeat Israeli film moves from Off-Broadway to a Broadway theater five times its size? You get the same widely acclaimed show – wit…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Office Hour Review: A Mass Killer in the Making…or Misunderstood? by New York Theater

Dennis, the sullen and unsettling student at the center of Julia Cho’s play “Office Hour” is strongly reminiscent of the real-life student Cho Seung-Hui, an English major at Virginia P…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Sondheim Originators on His Advice to Them by New York Theater

Len Cariou, one of the five performers who recently reminisced about having originated roles in musicals by Stephen Sondheim, recalls getting the script for “Sweeney Todd” and thinking …

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Junk Review: 1980s Wall Street Greed by Ayad Akhtar by New York Theater

“When did money become the thing – the only thing?” a character asks at the beginning of “Junk,” a play by Ayad Akhtar, who seems to answer: In the 1980s. Akhtar, the playwrigh…

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Theater Quiz: Scoundrels and Heroes Edition by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to the New York theater news in September and October, some of which was pleasing, much of which was disheartening or worse? Answer these 11 questions and …

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Surviving the Bad News. Week in New York Theater by New York Theater

The bad news hits relentlessly, from the horrific — on Halloween, New York endures the worst terrorist attack since 9/11  — to the ugly — accusations of sexual harassment …

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Oedipus El Rey Review: Brutal Murder, Sensuous Incest in El Barrio by New York Theater

That Oedipus will kill his father and marry his mother is fated and – 2,500 years after Sophocles wrote Oedipus Rex – familiar. But Luis Alfaro’s modern adaptation of Sophocles’ trag…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

M Butterfly Review: Clive Owen Impressively Unimpressive In Updated Odd Timely True Tale by New York Theater

“M Butterfly” has returned to Broadway after 30 years, not so much revived as revised. It was risky for playwright David Henry Hwang to tweak his career-making, Tony-winning play…

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November 2017 New York Theater Openings by New York Theater

In the five Broadway shows opening in November, Amy Schumer and Uma Thurman are making their Broadway debuts; playwrights Ayad Akhtar and Steve Martin are delivering new plays; and two shows…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Stuffed Review: Lisa Lampanelli Riffs on Food by New York Theater

At one moment in “Stuffed,” a scattershot play about our disordered relationship with food, Lisa Lampanelli talks with disdain about a skinny friend of hers who turned down dessert, sayi…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Illyrica Review and Pics: Scrappy Joe Papp by New York Theater

Before Hamilton, A Chorus Line, Hair; before Joseph Papp built the Public Theater into an institution, he was faced with a fight for survival of his newfound free Shakespeare in Central Park…

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Portuguese Kid Review: Jason Alexander in Shanley Cheesy Comedy by New York Theater

Jason Alexander plays a Mama’s boy who recently married a “Puerto Rican firecracker” half his age; Sherie Rene Scott, a twice-widowed Greek bombshell, is shacking up with a dumb, moon-…

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Last Match Review: Awkward Tennis, Appealing Love by New York Theater

This is a tennis match? There’s no net, no ball, no racquet, and no final score, although the set at Roundabout’s Off-Broadway theater does include a scoreboard. There is only the whoosh…

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Theater Pier Revived! Another Audra Award. The Lion King for Free. Barbra Online. The Week in NY Theater by New York Theater

Diller Island is back! Plans for Pier 55, Barry Diller’s arts complex on the pier off 14th Street — with theatrical productions organized by such experienced hands as playwright Geor…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

People, Places & Things Review: An Alcoholic Actress Steps Up in Rehab by New York Theater

“Drugs and alcohol have never let me down. They have always loved me,” Emma (Denise Gough) tells the doctor at the rehab clinic, not quite halfway through Duncan Macmillan’s play. Her …

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Jesus Hopped The A Train Review and Pics: Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Spiritual Killers by New York Theater

Two killers in adjoining prison cages face off about God in this killer revival of one of the earliest plays by Stephen Adly Guirgis, the streetwise New York playwright of such acclaimed rec…

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Ferguson Review: Michael Brown’s Killing, Via Grand Jury Transcript by New York Theater

“Ferguson,” a play by Phelim McAleer, presents verbatim testimony from the Grand Jury that declined to indict white Police Officer Darrell Wilson for the August 9, 2014 shooting death of…

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Stephen Adly Guirgis’ 2011 Broadway Hit: The MotherF..ker With The Hat by New York Theater

In honor of the opening tonight of the revival of Jesus Hopped the A Train, and the launch of the 2017-2018 Signature residency of Stephen Adly Guirgis, below is my April, 2011 review of Gui…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Torch Song Review and Pics by New York Theater

It’s crazy, says Michael Urie as Arnold, that “after all these years I’m still trying to justify my life.” Arnold means his life as a gay man, and though he is talking specifically t…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hair Hits 50. Lin-Manuel Asks Sondheim. The Boss Extends. Week in NY Theater by New York Theater

Fifty years ago, Hair was the very first show to play in the old Astor mansion, which was transformed into Joseph Papp’s first year-round Public Theater. (even though it feels like the…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Café Play Review: At the Cornelia Street Café, Overhearing Fellow Diners and Inanimate Objects by New York Theater

Café Play is a site-specific work of theater that’s being held at four different times of day in the back dining room at the Cornelia Street Café, with different food choices depending o…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Burning Doors Review: Belarus Free Theatre and Pussy Riot Unite to Fight For Human Rights by New York Theater

In “Burning Doors,” Belarus Free Theatre’s latest arresting, arousing, athletic and anarchic play about state-sponsored injustice, one of the eight cast members strips naked as he tell…

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