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Thursday, May 30, 2019

‘Something Clean’ Takes on Painful Topics With a Blend of Awareness and Sensitivity by Rex Reed

As for the author, Fillinger is a brave, commanding new presence—a young American dramatist worth keeping an eye on in the future, and deserving of praise already.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘Lockdown’ Takes on America’s Unjust, Overcrowded Prison System by Rex Reed

Cori Thomas' 'Lockdown' cries out for change in the penal system. It's a good premise, but not a very good play.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

‘Beetlejuice’ Will Leave You With a Headache No Amount of Excedrin Can Cure by Rex Reed

Everyone in the cast has been hired according to how loud they can scream, which they do in an eardrum-shattering collection of what some people call music.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

‘Tootsie’ Is the Same Kind of Tasteless, Cartoonish Broadway Musical It Sets Out to Satirize by Rex Reed

Its rhyming of 'real good' with 'Gielgud' is a prime example of why 'Tootsie' is dead on arrival.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019

Laurie Metcalf Devours Her Role Like a Room Service Sirloin in ‘Hillary and Clinton’ by Rex Reed

Laurie Metcalf looks and sounds nothing like Hillary Clinton, yet in her role in Broadway's 'Hillary and Clinton' she is, as always, nothing less than mesmerizing.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Adam Driver’s Alpha-Male Histrionics Nearly Extinguish the Passion in ‘Burn This’ by Rex Reed

Even if 'Burn This' offers more ashes than flames, it's a fine chance to experience how bracing it is to hear real people saying real things.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Broadway’s Latest ‘Oklahoma!’ Revival Is a Gimmicky Travesty with Corn Bread by Rex Reed

The landmark 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein production that marked the beginning of a new era in American musicals has now been cheapened and vulgarized at New York's Circle in the Square Thea…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

‘Smart Blonde’ Celebrates Judy Holliday’s Sad Life and Dazzling Career by Rex Reed

'Smart Blonde' is a sluggish, uneven work in progress, but still worth seeing if you want to discover a dynamic talent on her way to stardom.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Isabelle Huppert Is a Shrieking, Toxic Pillhead in the Off-Broadway Psychodrama ‘The Mother’ by Rex Reed

Isabelle Huppert's theatrics are quite a display, but you'll go away from 'The Mother' baffled and exhausted.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

‘The Cake’ Is a Tasty-Looking Tale of Acceptance, but It Never Quite Rises to the Occasion by Rex Reed

'The Cake' is easy on the eyes and charming to the ears, but it doesn't provide much nutrition to take home.

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

In Memoriam: Rex Reed Says Goodbye to the Biggest Stars of 2018 by Rex Reed

Looking back at a catastrophic year, 2019 has got to be better.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Aaron’s Sorkin’s Talky ‘Mockingbird’ Has a Fresh Tune, Even if Jeff Daniels Mumbles Most of It by Rex Reed

This is the first time I have not been moved to tears by 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' but that's my can and I'll carry it.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Bryan Cranston Is an Excellent Lunatic, but ‘Network’ Feels as Dated as a Payphone by Rex Reed

Much of the antiseptic dilution is the fault of Ivo van Hove, a dour Belgian director.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

‘Downstairs’ Is a Somber and Riveting Reflection on Family Dysfunction by Rex Reed

'Downstairs' doesn't add up to much, but what's there is suspenseful.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Broadway’s Disastrous ‘King Kong’ is a $35 Million Crime Against Puppets by Rex Reed

Strip away the ropes, cables, wires and pulleys, and what you've got is a brain-damaged story about a boy, a girl, and a monkey. The monkey is the only thing you'll remember.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Kerry Washington’s Fiery Performance in the Racially Charged ‘American Son’ Will Leave You Dazed by Rex Reed

'American Son' turns over the rocks in the political climate to reveal Democracy-challenging toxins you might not have even considered before.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

‘The Waverly Gallery’ Tugs at the Heart but Never Really Shatters It by Rex Reed

'The Waverly Gallery' lacks force because as Gladys' mental state disintegrates, her exchanges grow from amusing to confusing.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Stockard Channing Dominates ‘Apologia’ by Rex Reed

The play is ultimately about a woman who established her independence before it was fashionable.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

A.R. Gurney Listened to Critics, Wrote This Triptych of Stupidity by Rex Reed

I've never seen anything from A.R. Gurney as superficial and unfocused as 'Final Follies'

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Bryan Adams Is One of Many Reasons ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Is Awful by Rex Reed

There's no song lyric so bad it can't be improved by screaming it into cacophonous incoherence.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’ Revival Proves It’s a Musical Worth Revisiting by Rex Reed

It opened in 1965 as a disappointment, had a movie that flopped and has not aged well, but even so 'On a Clear Day You Can See Forever' is worth revisiting.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Playwright Joshua Harmon Makes the Same Big Mistake With ‘Skintight’ by Rex Reed

His problem (and my one caveat) is that he doesn't know when to stop writing.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

There Is Nothing Good to Say About Off-Broadway’s ‘First Love’ by Rex Reed

It's embarrassing to watch two distinguished artists playing meatheads beyond their prime, stripping down to their underwear and dancing in semi-nude pulchritude around a barbecue grill.

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Jessica Walker Dominates as Suzy Solidor in ‘All I Want is One Night’ by Rex Reed

'The most famous woman you've never heard of.'

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Friday, June 1, 2018

‘The Boys in the Band’ Is Sad, Hilarious, and Gratifying by Rex Reed

Nothing shocks anyone anymore, but 'The Boys in the Band' still resonates with a sound of fury Faulkner never dreamed of.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

‘Peace for Mary Frances’ Is So Good It Will Shatter You by Rex Reed

'Peace for Mary Frances' is so beautifully written that it is impossible to believe it's the playwright's first play.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

A New Revival of ‘My Fair Lady’ Dazzles…Until It Doesn’t by Rex Reed

A new production of 'My Fair Lady' delivers a different ending that is not exactly disastrous, but decidedly disappointing.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

The New Revival of ‘Carousel’ Is So Good It Should Run Forever by Rex Reed

Overlook this musical at your own peril.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

‘Mean Girls’ Musical Is Every Bit as Vapid and Tasteless as You’d Expect by Rex Reed

Tina Fey proves she is not above trashing her talent to make money.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

‘Three Tall Women’ Sets the Benchmark for Broadway in 2018 by Rex Reed

Glenda Jackson returns to Broadway—alongside Alison Pill and Laurie Metcalf—to star in Edward Albee's 'Three Tall Women,' the writer's vengeful depiction of the woman who raised him.

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