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Monday, July 8, 2019

Encores! Off-Center – the musical revival factory venturing off the beaten track by Nicole Serratore

Encores!, a concert series reviving Broadway hits, has brought back the likes of Chicago. Nicole Serratore meets Anne Kauffman, the artistic director

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Friday, June 14, 2019

The Secret Life of Bees review at Linda Gross Theater, New York – ‘delicate and powerful’ by Nicole Serratore

Adapted from Sue Monk Kidd’s novel, The Secret Life of Bees is a coming-of-age story that portrays African-American faith and community with

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Clubbed Thumb: The East Village theatre company giving writers a launchpad to Broadway by Nicole Serratore

The Off-Off-Broadway theatre has provided a testing ground for a string of plays that have hit the Great White Way. Artistic director

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Happy Talk review at Pershing Square Signature Center, New York – ‘an awkward mixture of comedy and sincerity’ by Nicole Serratore

When Susan Sarandon finally ceases her persistent upbeat chatter in Jesse Eisenberg’s new play Happy Talk, the resulting awkward silence does not

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The pick of the supporting ‘scene stealers’ vying for Tony award glory by Nicole Serratore

With Tony nominations out this week, there’s an abundance of talent to celebrate. But this year, rather than the attention being drawn

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Beetlejuice review at the Winter Garden, New York – ‘uneasy mixture of the mournful and macabre’ by Nicole Serratore

This new screen-to-stage musical adaptation of Tim Burton’s ghoulish 1988 film feels like two different musicals have been fused together. On one

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Tootsie review at Marquis Theatre, New York – ‘superb performances, ho-hum score’ by Nicole Serratore

Despite a rather flavourless score by David Yazbek, the screen-to-stage adaptation of Tootsie, the film that scored Dustin Hoffman an Oscar nomination

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus review at Booth Theatre – ‘Taylor Mac’s laborious comedy’ by Nicole Serratore

Taylor Mac, the radically subversive theatre artist, and Nathan Lane, America’s stage comedy sweetheart, make an unlikely pairing. Lane is the star

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Burn This review at Hudson Theatre, New York – ‘a sublime performance from Adam Driver’ by Nicole Serratore

Adam Driver gives a sublimely physical performance in this Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s 1987 play. As a piece of writing Burn

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

King Lear starring Glenda Jackson review at Cort Theatre, New York – ‘a performance of quiet fury’ by Nicole Serratore

In 2016, Glenda Jackson made a triumphant return to the stage in King Lear at London’s Old Vic. Now, she plays the

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Monday, April 1, 2019

What the Constitution Means to Me review at Helen Hayes Theater, New York – ‘personal, political, powerful’ by Nicole Serratore

Should the US constitution be abolished? Playwright and star Heidi Schreck debates this issue in her improbably funny and deeply felt play,

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Kiss Me, Kate starring Kelli O’Hara – review at Studio 54, New York – ‘the leads sparkle’ by Nicole Serratore

Scott Ellis’ revival of the Cole Porter musical unites the effervescent Kelli O’Hara with the rakish Will Chase for a production that

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Off-Broadway’s National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene: bringing Yiddish theatre to the rest of the world by Nicole Serratore

Off-Broadway’s National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene began a century ago by bringing international theatre to the Yiddish-speaking population. Today it brings Yiddish theatre

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Fleabag review at Soho Playhouse, New York – ‘belly laughs and agonising wounds’ by Nicole Serratore

Nothing has dulled Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s sharp-edged, caustic, comedic solo show, Fleabag, since it premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013. What has

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Playwright Leah Nanako Winkler: ‘We need more Asian-American women on stage’ by Nicole Serratore

Leah Nanako Winkler knew she wanted to be a writer when she was about seven. The playwright had been underestimated in her

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Rent: Live review on Fox – ‘mixed performances and technical issues’ by Nicole Serratore

Fox’s broadcast of Jonathan Larson’s cult 1990s musical Rent: Live ended up being Rent: Pre-Taped due to the injury of Brennin Hunt,

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

True West review at American Airlines Theatre, New York – ‘a bold performance from Ethan Hawke’ by Nicole Serratore

Sam Shepard’s play about brotherly animosity and the mythical American West returns to Broadway in a kinetic production by James Macdonald featuring

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Choir Boy review at Samuel J Friedman Theatre, New York – ‘Tarell Alvin McCraney’s superb Broadway debut’ by Nicole Serratore

The new play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, winner of the best adapted screenplay Oscar for Moonlight, is set in the Charles R

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Top 10 of 2018 by Nicole Serratore

This tends to be the place where I've kept track of my yearly theater stats. And this year felt like a lot of work so I counted out what I did.203 shows seen (not counting duplicate visits)2…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Clueless the Musical review at Pershing Square Signature Center, New York – ‘contrived and heavy-handed’ by Nicole Serratore

Though the familiar characters and central romance remain in Amy Heckerling’s musical adaptation of her hit 1995 film, Clueless, the nostalgia factor

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Monday, December 10, 2018

New York’s Lark theatre laboratory: ‘We ask writers for raw, personal work. We don’t care if it’s good’ by Nicole Serratore

It’s all about the work for New York’s Lark theatre laboratory, which has helped develop Pulitzer Prize-winning plays and the careers of

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Monday, December 3, 2018

The Cher Show review at Neil Simon Theatre, New York – ‘fun, if clumsy, jukebox musical’ by Nicole Serratore

With nostalgic tunes, kitsch design, and oodles of Bob Mackie sequins, The Cher Show is a suitably dazzling new jukebox musical based

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater: The Off-Broadway new-writing venue transforming itself by Nicole Serratore

For its current shows, the West Village’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has radically redesigned its auditorium and ditched half the seats. Its artistic

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

King Kong review at Broadway Theatre, New York – ‘spectacular puppetry, jumbled production’ by Nicole Serratore

This new musical version of King Kong, roaring its way onto Broadway, features some spectacular puppetry. But though the ape is great

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Lifespan of a Fact starring Daniel Radcliffe review at Studio 54, New York – ‘punchy performances’ by Nicole Serratore

This new play about a fact-checking dispute at a magazine feels incredibly timely. Exploring the relationship between fact and fiction, journalism and the

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Oklahoma! review at St Ann’s Warehouse, New York – ‘a startling reimagining of a classic musical’ by Nicole Serratore

In his startling, minimalist reimagining of Oklahoma!, director Daniel Fish foregrounds the carnality and violence that has always formed part of this

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Friday, September 28, 2018

The Nap review at Samuel J Friedman Theatre, New York – ‘wacky snooker comedy’ by Nicole Serratore

Richard Bean’s broad, and at times crude, comedy, The Nap, premiered in Sheffield, the home of UK snooker, in 2016. The play’s plot

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Bernhardt/Hamlet review at American Airlines Theatre, New York – ‘a riveting performance from Janet McTeer’ by Nicole Serratore

It would be a real thrill to see Janet McTeer do Hamlet. In Theresa Rebeck’s new play Bernhardt/Hamlet we get glimpses, though

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Edinburgh fringe review: The Chore of Enchantment at Underbelly by Nicole Serratore

Sleight of hand: Vincent Gambini's magic show is an exploration of political deception. The post Edinburgh fringe review: The Chore of Enchantment at Underbelly appeared first on Exeunt Maga…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Extinguished Things review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘restrained exploration of the traces we leave behind’ by Nicole Serratore

Writer-performer Molly Taylor unpacks the lives of the couple she grew up down the street from. A jumble of memories, objects and

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Never Vera Blue review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘Intricately told story of domestic abuse’ by Nicole Serratore

Linking together several non-linear storytelling strands, Never Vera Blue by Alexandra Wood addresses the experience of domestic abuse and violence. From subtle

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