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Monday, November 18, 2019

#Stageworthy News of the Week: Angela Lansbury 77 years later. Impeachment as Theater? Stritch The Bitch? Drama Bookshop Finds a Home! by New York Theater

          So many people (and journalists!) complained that the public impeachment hearings made for dull theater that others angrily denounced the “theater critic school of journali…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Elaine Stritch As Boss and Bitch in Rick Borutta’s Solo Show “Nobody’s Bitch” by New York Theater

Elaine Stritch kicked Rick Borutta in the stomach every day. That, anyway, is how he says it felt at the beginning. “Other than that, she was rather likable,” says Borutta, who worked as…

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Fires in the Mirror. Revisiting the Crown Heights Riots and the birth of Anna Deavere Smith’s new theatrical genre by New York Theater

It would be hard to overstate the city-wide trauma that occurred in Crown Heights, Brooklyn in August, 1991, nor the power of “Fires in the Mirror,” the groundbreaking documentary play a…

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Tina The Tina Turner Musical Review. Not What’s Love Got To Do With It, But A Star is Born by New York Theater

  The thrilling final minutes of “Tina” are all that a rock concert should be, and the main reason to see this jukebox biomusical about one of the world’s most electric performers, po…

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Slava’s Snowshow Broadway Review: Clowning, Wordless and Wet by New York Theater

In the 26 years since the Russian clown Slava Polunin began touring, “Slava’s Snowshow” has been performed “thousands of times to millions of people in hundreds of cities,” accordi…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

User Not Found Review: Touched By Life and Death in the Digital World by New York Theater

Keep those cell phones on; that’s where “User Not Found” largely unfolds.   Yes, this terrific site-specific play takes place in a café near BAM in Fort Greene, where Terry O’Dono…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

BrandoCapote Review: Famous Marlon Brando interview becomes Japanese-inflected dance theater film hybrid by New York Theater

BrandoCapote is a play with a script by Sara Farrington inspired by a fascinating interview Truman Capote conducted with Marlon Brando at the peak of his popularity in 1957, while the movie …

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Veterans and Theater. Slings and Arrows returns for real!? Van Hove’s West Side Story Not Feeling Pretty. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

On Veterans Day, a reminder from Adam Driver, Broadway veteran  and military veteran, and the founder of Arts in the Armed Forces, a nonprofit that brings theater to the military: “The …

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Broadbend, Arkansas Review: Three Generations of Racial Injustice, Sort Of by New York Theater

“Broadbend, Arkansas” is billed as a musical about three generations of an African-American family in the South grappling with injustice.  While technically accurate, that’s a mislead…

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The Black History Museum Theater Review: From Slave Ships to Barber Shops, Satirical Scenes to Illuminating Installations by New York Theater

“Whoo, that was some heavy shit,” our guide says after leading us through 400 years of African-American history. It was hard to disagree. Every inch of HERE Arts Center has been transfor…

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

The 2020 Book Report Review: 10 Campaign Memoirs Analyzed On Stage by New York Theater

David Lawson made a personal sacrifice as a public service: He read 10 campaign books, all but one by current candidates for President of the United States. From his reading, he has fashione…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

The Michaels Review. A family of dancers at yet another Richard Nelson Rhinebeck play by New York Theater

If Richard Nelson, the writer and director of “The Michaels,” were hired to direct the next Marvel movie, would Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk sit around the kitchen table in Rhinebeck, New…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Cyrano, Starring Peter Dinklage by New York Theater

Peter Dinklage’s singing voice would not normally qualify him for a role in a musical, unless in a Disney animated movie as a singing rhinoceros. But Rex Harrison couldn’t really sing ei…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Bella Bella Review: Harvey Fierstein as Rep. Bella Abzug by New York Theater

Bella Abzug spoke at my junior high school graduation, until Donna Florio’s mother told her to shut up. “This is my daughter’s graduation, not a political rally.”  Abzug paused, apo…

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Dr. Ride’s American Beach House Review: Lesbian Desire Launches in 1983 by New York Theater

The two ladies hanging out on the roof are lesbians; they just don’t know it yet. The title of Liza Birkenmeier’s play, which marks her Off-Broadway playwriting debut, may seem to promis…

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Non-Profit Pays! Letts’ Turn to Politics. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

André Bishop, head of Lincoln Center Theater: $1 million Todd Haimes, Roundabout: $922,000. Oskar Eustis the Public Theater: $659,000 Lynne Meadows, MTC: $565,000 Carole Rothman, Second Sta…

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Monsoon Season Review: Divorce as a bloody black comedy by New York Theater

Lizzie Vieh’s black comedy about a divorced couple permanently underwater in Phoenix Arizona, is clever and merciless, but it is also oddly compassionate. Exhibit A is the bit with the her…

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

New York Theater Quiz for October 2019 by New York Theater

How much were you paying attention to New York theater in October? Take this quiz and find out.  

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Friday, November 1, 2019

November 2019 New York Theater Openings by New York Theater

  Below is a selection of New York theater opening in November, organized chronologically by opening date, including five on Broadway –  a much anticipated epic gay play, a blockbuster m…

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The Sound Inside Review: Mary-Louise Parker in Adam Rapp’s suspenseful yarn and reading list by New York Theater

“The Sound Inside” is a dark drama by Adam Rapp that keeps us in the dark, literally and figuratively, which works better while watching it on stage than thinking about it afterwards. Ma…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Hamnet Review: Shakespeare’s Forgotten Son at BAM. Also: He Did What? by New York Theater

William Shakespeare’s only son, named Hamnet, died when he was 11 years old; a few years later, the playwright wrote “Hamlet.”  The Irish theater troupe Dead Centre conjures up the Ba…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Fear Review: Fighting Evil…or Causing It? by New York Theater

  “How do we fight evil without becoming evil?” asks Ethan, one of the two adult characters in “Fear,” a play by Matt Williams.  “Isn’t that the central question of the age, th…

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Freestyle Love Supreme on Broadway by New York Theater

“Freestyle Love Supreme” is not so much Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway follow-up to “Hamilton” as it is a subsidiary of Lin-Manuel Inc.  The hip-hop improv group that Miranda co-fo…

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Seared Review: Raúl Esparza is Cooking, in Theresa Rebeck’s Restaurant Comedy by New York Theater

Theresa Rebeck’s slight but savory comedy  about  running a restaurant stars Raúl Esparza as Harry, a hilariously mercurial chef-owner of a hole-in-the-wall eatery  that’s become the…

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Refugees on Stage. Critics’ Death and Rebirth (Review for the Times!) #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Refugees are in the news these days, and their stories have suddenly come to New York stages. “I think it is important to ask an audience to recognize lives that we have literally fenced o…

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Forbidden Broadway The Next Generation Review. Broadway Barbs Both Lethal and Loving by New York Theater

Three years after he spoofed “Hamilton” in “Spamilton” (with “I am not throwing away my shot” becoming “I am not gonna let Broadway rot,”) Gerard Alessandrini paints Lin-Manu…

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

The Lightning Thief Review: On Broadway Battling Beasts and Bloat by New York Theater

I think if I were eight years old I might have loved “The Lightning Thief” on Broadway, but that’s mostly because I would then have been too young to have seen it at the Lucille Lortel…

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Scotland, PA Review: Macbeth as a 1970s fast food musical comedy by New York Theater

There is one spectacularly funny moment in this musical comedy version of “Macbeth,” which is based on Billy Morrissette’s 2001 movie, and is set in a fast-food restaurant in the “po…

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf, Back at the Public Theater by New York Theater

Forty-one years after Broadway said goodbye after 742 thrilling performances to its first (and last) choreopoem, and a year after its author and original performer died at the age of 70, sev…

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Is This a Room Review. FBI Interrogation of Reality Winner by New York Theater

“Is This A Room” stages the verbatim transcript of the FBI interrogation of a 25-year-old former Air Force linguist with the improbable name of Reality Winner, who was eventually sente…

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Soft Power Review: David Henry Hwang’s Sly Reverse Chinese Musical about America by New York Theater

David Henry Hwang was attacked by an unknown assailant with a knife and nearly died. That experience, along with the playwright’s shock at the results of the 2016 Presidential election and…

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