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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Candescent Glenn Close Returns to 'Sunset Boulevard' by Robert Kahn

The stage and screen star is ready for another close-up as faded film goddess Norma Desmond. A bare bones London transfer focuses all eyes and ears on Close, with marvelous results.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Review: Groban's Broadway Debut in Illuminating 'Comet' by Robert Kahn

Audiences are just inches away from actors in composer Dave Malloy's adaptation of a small slice of "War and Peace." Innovative eye-candy.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Have a Drink with Amy Ryan in Acidic 'Love, Love, Love' by Robert Kahn

Mike Bartlett's clever dark comedy introduces us to a pair of boomers who have babies of their own. An easy-to-appreciate rumination on selfishness, responsibility and luck.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

"Heisenberg" Review: Two Electrons, In Need of Shaking Up by Robert Kahn

Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt star in MTC's spot-on rumination about joy and sadness, and how either can seep into proceedings where neither may have been anticipated.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Headphones Required for Broadway 'Encounter' by Robert Kahn

U.K. actor Simon McBurney stars in a non-linear performance piece about an explorer's quest to find the source of the Amazon. A multi-sensory technological achievement crammed into a story t…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Judith Light Goes Solo in Somber LaBute Drama by Robert Kahn

The exacting "Transparent" actress is a schoolteacher living with the consequences of a long-ago affair in "All the Ways to Say I Love You."

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Gospel, Guitar Collide in Swaggering 'Marie and Rosetta' by Robert Kahn

George Brant's world premiere shines a light on Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the queen of "race records" who influenced Elvis Presley, but ended life in an unmarked grave.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Review: Turbulent Thriller "The Layover" at Second Stage by Robert Kahn

World premiere from playwright Leslye Headland explores the fallout from a one-night stand. Taut, twisting and full of surprises.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Review: 'Cats' Revival Has Us Feline Groovy by Robert Kahn

British pop star Leona Lewis, as Grizabella, has the showiest singing role in the second coming of the the polarizing Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Peppy, kinetic and sometimes monotonous.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Review: Daniel Radcliffe Confronts 'Privacy' Issues by Robert Kahn

An actor forced to draw personal boundaries from an early age is cast as an anonymous writer wondering how much of his life belongs online. An entertaining and ultimately disquieting comic-t…

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Review: Smart Political Thriller "Oslo," from Lincoln Center by Robert Kahn

Playwright J.T. Rogers explores Norway's behind-the-scenes role in the 1993 Middle East peace accords. A thoughtful drama arguing that the treaty set us on a better course, even if it didn't…

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Review: Janet McTeer, Cush Jumbo Lead "Shrew" in Central Park by Robert Kahn

The first production of The Public's summer Shakespeare season, directed by a veteran of all-female stagings, throws into relief the silly ways men behave.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Review: Sean Hayes, in Divine Comedy 'An Act of God' by Robert Kahn

The lord our creator is back for a second summer, this time with the "Will & Grace" co-star overseeing the universe. Hayes, alternatingly wicked and charming, is a God with some gravitas.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tony Nominee Geneva Carr, 'Daredevil' Star Charlie Cox Go 'Incognito' by Robert Kahn

Even with a cameo by Albert Einstein's pickled hippocampus, the writer's latest American premiere, a drama about memory and identity, is missing a sense of wonder.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Review: Tim Daly Explores 'The Ruins of Civilization" by Robert Kahn

Penelope Skinner's meaty dystopian drama asks: What responsibility do we have to solve a problem that is under our control, when we know we can’t solve the larger problem it’s a part of?

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Review: 'Dear Evan Hansen' Hits Letter-Perfect Notes by Robert Kahn

A teen seizes upon the suicide of a classmate as a means of feeling connected to the world. Still-keen teen observer Michael Greif draws a textured performance from sympathetic lead Ben Plat…

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Review: "Streetcar" Arrives in Brooklyn by Robert Kahn

Modernized Tennessee Williams drama, on a turntable set, immerses audiences in the action. Gillian Anderson as we've never seen her before.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Review: Lange, Byrne in First-Rate 'Journey' by Robert Kahn

The Tyrone family excels at denial, but hard truths loom like incoming fog in an elegant and traditional staging of O'Neill's classic.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Strays off the Reservation in "Fully Committed" by Robert Kahn

The "Modern Family" star returns to Broadway, playing some 40 characters in a delectable one-man comedy.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Review: Jessie Mueller in Sweet as Pie "Waitress" by Robert Kahn

It’s easy as pie to fall for “Waitress,” a sweet comic musical returning the Tony Award winner (“Beautiful”) to Broadway.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Review: 'American Psycho' Loses Something in the Execution by Robert Kahn

Benjamin Walker has rage and soullessness as the maybe-murderous banker created by Bret Easton Ellis. But Duncan Sheik's techno score and a workaday story adaptation have extracted most of t…

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Review: This 'Crucible' Has an Otherworldly Edge by Robert Kahn

Belgian director Ivo Van Hove continues his busy season with a surprisingly pliant interpretation of Arthur Miller's 1953 tale of the Salem witch trials. Outstanding performances, but withou…

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Review: Stars Chase the Easy Money in 'Dry Powder' by Robert Kahn

Hank Azaria is the founder of a private equity firm under fire for its own excesses. Claire Danes and John Krasinski are his warring partners in an engaging world premiere that treads ever-r…

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Review: Sweet 'She Loves Me,' at Studio 54 by Robert Kahn

Two parfurmerie clerks bump heads on the job, unaware that they're anonymous romantic pen pals. A vibrant and transporting revival of the 1963 Bock-Harnick rom-com.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Review: Roundabout's Kinetic "Robber" Revival by Robert Kahn

"Bridges" Star Steven Pasquale is a handsome backwoods rogue in an always-in-motion Off-Broadway take on the 1975 musical. Pleasing slapstick with roots in a short story by Eudora Welty.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Review: Michelle Williams, Jeff Daniels in Unsettling "Blackbird" by Robert Kahn

The past catches up with a middle-aged businessman in the first Broadway staging of David Harrower’s “Blackbird.” Williams and Daniels are intense, and the play is a small gem.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Review: Lupita Nyong'o Stars in Passionate, Political 'Eclipsed' by Robert Kahn

The "12 Years a Slave" Oscar winner is fragile, funny and conflicted in Danai Gurira's first-rate war drama set at the end of the Liberian civil war.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Review: "Familiar," by Zombie Slayer Danai Gurira by Robert Kahn

An African family transplanted to Minnesota prepares for their daughter's wedding. The "Walking Dead" star has written a well-told drama that pitches tradition against assimilation, without …

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Review: Zachary Quinto Finds His Inner Child in MCC's "Smokefall" by Robert Kahn

Noah Haidle's unusual, ultimately hopeful play combines elements of magical realism and manic vaudeville.

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Review: Mark Rylance in "Nice Fish" at St. Ann's Warehouse by Robert Kahn

Two men contemplate life's big questions on a frozen Minnesota lake. Along the way, they meet a state wildlife official, a spear fisherman and his granddaughter, who isn't dressed for the we…

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Review: Eloquent "The Humans" Transfers to Broadway by Robert Kahn

With time, the characters in Stephen Karam's relatable drama seem even more vulnerable. Jayne Houdyshell shines brightly in a cast of superior talents.

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