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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

John Lithgow’s ‘Stories by Heart’ Breathes New Life Into the One-Man Show by Rex Reed

You'll marvel at the tsunami of words John Lithgow has managed to memorize, wondering how he masters the feat off making them sound fresh eight times a week.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Obituaries by Rex Reed: Everyone (Who’s Anyone) Who Died in 2017 by Rex Reed

Thank you for making so many other people's movies better than they deserved.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Steve Martin’s Moronic ‘Meteor Shower’ Shows Off Amy Schumer’s Incompetent Acting by Rex Reed

Written by Steve Martin, 'Meteor Shower' has no point or plot, yet the audience roars with laughter at Amy Schumer's every burp and scream.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

‘Harry Clarke’ Is an Odd, Exhilarating Triumph of Theater by Rex Reed

In this one-man show by David Cale, Billy Crudup plays a man named Philip, his alter-ego Harry Clarke, and the many other characters the con-artist deceives.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

John Leguizamo’s ‘Latin History for Morons’ Is a One-Man Comedy Riot by Rex Reed

John Leguizamo sets the record straight on Latin culture, swearing, swooping and swaggering around the Studio 54 stage in his one-man show, 'Latin History for Morons.'

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Broadway’s ‘The Band’s Visit’ Is a Work of Perfection by Rex Reed

Now on Broadway, David Yazbek and Itamar Moses' tale of Egyptian musicians lost on a trip to Israel is a triumph of musical comedy.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Michael Urie Stars in Vibrant Revival of Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Torch Song’ by Rex Reed

A new revival reveals that this cornerstone of gay theater has lost none of its wit, heart, wisdom or purpose in the years since its last production.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New Production Can’t Conceal ‘Time and the Conways’ Is Dated by Rex Reed

Act One is rendered unconscious by American actors screeching phony British accents in chirping decibels only a bird can decipher

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Friday, August 25, 2017

‘Prince of Broadway’ Is as Good as Theater Gets by Rex Reed

"Call him Hal, everyone at Sardi’s does."

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Michael Moore Adds Razzle-Dazzle to Political Provocation in One-Man Broadway Show by Rex Reed

I expected to be challenged, embarrassed, provoked and possibly enraged. I did not expect to have such a good time.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

‘Curvy Widow’ Is Witty but Uneven by Rex Reed

Not a totally original concept, it still provides an enjoyable riff on a vital subject: dating after the death of a spouse.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole Thrill, Charge and Fascinate in ‘War Paint’ by Rex Reed

'War Paint' is one of those rare break-speed-records-to-get-there shows to save money for.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sam Gold Goes Gross With ‘The Glass Menagerie’ by Rex Reed

No, they are not blasting for a new subway under the Belasco Theater. The noise you hear is the sound of a mortified Tennessee Williams, turning over in his grave over what pretentious hack …

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

‘Significant Other’ Brings a Dreary Theater Season to Vibrant Life by Rex Reed

In Joshua Harmon’s exuberant comedy, expertly directed by Trip Cullman, Gideon Glick does a career-defining turn as Jordan Berman.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

At the Roundabout, the Remarkable ‘On the Exhale’ and Awkward ‘Orion’ by Rex Reed

One of five showcases in New York devoted to “new and experimental works” produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company in its “underground” program, the tiny Black Box Theatre, Sixth A…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

22 Years Later, Glenn Close Still Shines in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ by Rex Reed

The demented Norma remains pretty much the sole ownership of Glenn Close. People just can’t get enough of her, or 'Sunset Boulevard.'

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Lucas Hedges Turns Disappointing ‘Yen’ Into a Must-See Experience Off Broadway by Rex Reed

Lucas Hedges, Oscar-nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Manchester by the Sea, makes his New York stage debut a must-see experience.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

‘The Present,’ Despite Cate Blanchett, Might Be the Worst Play to Ever Hit Broadway by Rex Reed

'The Present' is a relentless three-hour pile of noisy, pointless and pretentious junk starring Cate Blanchett.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

‘The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey’ Is an Interactive Look at a Macabre Icon by Rex Reed

'The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey' Off Broadway is an intriguing lure into the unhinged world of an erratic queer potato.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Brilliant Ben Platt Elevates the Mediocre ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ by Rex Reed

It's Ben Platt who earns the affectionate audience responses, not the Evan Hansen created in the one-note, one-dimensional pop tunes.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

‘A Bronx Tale’ Is a Surprising Delight, Guaranteed to Entertain by Rex Reed

'A Bronx Tale' on Broadway, with take-home tunes, a first-rate cast and lively choreography, clicks like a new Rolex.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

‘Dead Poets Society’ Finds New Life Off Broadway by Rex Reed

The latest in a long line of dust-offs is the current production of 'Dead Poets Society' off Broadway.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

With ‘Sweat’, Pulitzer Prize-Winner Lynn Nottage Hits Another Nerve by Rex Reed

Lynn Nottage's 'Sweat' is an evening of sobering, well-crafted food for thought.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ With Liev Schrieber Is Too Tame to Titillate by Rex Reed

I’ve seen excellent productions of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, including five movies. This is not one of them.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Stop the Presses: Old, Tired ‘The Front Page’ Limps Back to Broadway by Rex Reed

Broadway's 'The Front Page', with John Goodman and Nathan Lane, is directed with forced energy that makes it feel phony as a wooden nickel.

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Not Much of ‘A Life:’ Adam Bock’s Off-Broadway Bore is Dead on Arrival by Rex Reed

'A Life' makes not one lick of sense. It’s only 85 minutes long with no intermission but seems like a week at hard labor.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Irving Berlin Jukebox Musical ‘Holiday Inn’ is as Sweet as a Sugar Plum by Rex Reed

'Holiday Inn' is a nice, entertaining, totally derivative but heartfelt musical eggnog without much originality but plenty of energy.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

All the Ways to Love ‘All the Ways to Say I Love You’ by Rex Reed

It’s always thrilling to watch veteran actress Judith Light wear one of the many masks of comedy and tragedy in the trunk of theatrical disguises she uses to enchant, mesmerize and grip he…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

‘Five Nights in Maine’ Is Inconsequential, Despite the Superb Dianne Wiest by Rex Reed

A pair of superb central performances by Dianne Wiest and David Oyelowo bookmark 'Five Nights in Maine', a slight but poignant drama.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

‘Equals’ Is a Sci-Fi Hat Tip to ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Rex Reed

Drake Doremus’ new film Equals is a futuristic Romeo and Juliet knockoff set in a cold, dystopian society called The Collective.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

‘The Rose Tattoo’ Opens Williamstown Theatre Festival by Rex Reed

Rex Reed reviews the theater.

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