Monday, March 27, 2017

'Latin History for Morons' review: Leguizamo as eager teacher

John Leguizamo is out to teach us something in "Latin History for Morons," but don't run for the door. He's wearing a professorial tweedy sport jacket and a tie, and is surrounded by books, …

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

'Sweat' review: Lynn Nottage gives intimate glimpse of lost factory life

For a brief moment before the November election, the news was filled with stories about disenfranchised blue-collar voters in the Rust Belt. At the same time, smack in the eye of the news cy…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

'The New Yorkers' review: Spirited revival of racy Cole Porter musical

Cole Porter wrote a lark of a racy musical called "The New Yorkers" to cheer people up during the financial panic of 1930. Three days later, the Bank of the United States failed. Twenty week…

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

'Miss Saigon' review: Helicopter lands, passion soars

Well, the helicopter has landed again and it's still very big. The mercenary Eurasian pimp known as The Engineer is bumping and grinding again on the hood of another Cadillac while singing a…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

'The Fantasticks,' off-Broadway's longest-running show, set to close

Off-Broadway's longest-running show closes at the Jerry Orbach Theater in Times Square.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

'How to Transcend a Happy Marriage' review: Play questions monogamy

What looks alarmingly like a dead, skinned goat hangs upside down from a hook at the start of Sarah Ruhl's "How to Transcend a Happy Marriage." A willowy woman enters, seems to whisper somet…

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Paula Vogel's 'Indecent' path to Broadway

It has been 94 years since an internationally celebrated Yiddish drama called "The God of Vengeance" opened on Broadway and was instantly shut down by the vice squad as obscene.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

'The Price' review: Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo make Arthur Miller revival shine

"With used furniture, you can't be emotional," says Solomon, the shrewd 89-year-old appraiser who has come to assess the beautifully made, sturdy tables and other physical remains of a once-…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

'Joan of Arc' review: David Byrne's musical is a trial

Four years ago, rock icon David Byrne and director Alex Timbers collaborated on "Here Lies Love," a smashing, immersive disco extravaganza about the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos, of all un…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

'Miss Saigon' Broadway revival also revives questions on employment for Asian-American actors

To most passers-by, the sounds around "Miss Saigon" at the Broadway Theatre today are just the same as the old noise. Ears flinch from the usual Times Square din. Traffic honks, barkers hawk…

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

'Come From Away' review: Finding a bit of good in 9/11

Word from away about "Come From Away" has seemed almost too good to be true. Reports from productions at the La Jolla Playhouse, the Seattle Rep, Washington, D.C., Toronto and, oh yes, Gande…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

'Glass Menagerie' review: A masterwork brilliantly sharpened

"The Glass Menagerie" again? Why? Why does Broadway need another revival of Tennessee Williams' familiar masterwork, the seventh since this achingly moving drama ignited his career in 1945 a…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

'Significant Other' review: A lovely, finely tuned party-play

"Significant Other" is a slick, well-made, funny-sad new Broadway comedy, the kind that doesn't often get a first-rate commercial production these days. At its soft heart, however, the play …

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The 'La La Land' effect -- Are movie musicals hot again?

Now that "La La Land" has won the Oscar -- oops, I mean almost won best picture, though it did win lots of others -- the appetite for movie musicals has once again been established. Maybe. A…

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Andrew Lloyd Webber breaks record with four Broadway shows

Andrew Lloyd Webber has broken his share of records in the 47 years since "Jesus Christ Superstar" introduced him to the world. When "Sunset Boulevard" opened last month at the Palace Theatr…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

'Sweeney Todd' review: Bloody-good Sondheim, with pie if you dare

Of all Stephen Sondheim's glorious, groundbreaking masterworks, "Sweeney Todd" may be the most user-friendly. It has worked wonderfully as grand opera and as Brechtian nightmare and as the o…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

'The Penitent' review: David Mamet play is simple, unexciting

There was a time, not so long ago, when David Mamet wrote trenchant, crackling satires -- hilarious morality/amorality plays that, deep down, pushed the buttons of serious issues. Less famou…

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Just say no to Tony -- is 'Sunday in the Park' setting a trend?

Ridiculous, I suppose, to feel protective of the Tony Awards. Despite my ongoing mixed emotions about competition in the arts, however, I can't ignore a little sting of concern.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

'Sunday in the Park With George' review: Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford are transcendant

Every once in a rare while, the theater rewards us with a kind of transcendent experience, a feeling that this, surely, will never happen again -- at least not remotely in the same way.

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Jevon McFerrin temporarily replacing Javier Muñoz in 'Hamilton'

Javier Muñoz, who succeeded Lin-Manuel Miranda in "Hamilton" last July, has a back injury and is on temporary medical leave. Filling in for him as the world's hippest Founding Father is s…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

'Kid Victory' review: Chamber musical tackles stolen innocence

Leave it to John Kander, 89 and definitely still counting, to dare to write a musical that evokes ambiguous feelings about a pedophile kidnapper.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Anna Deavere Smith wins George Polk Award in Journalism

Anna Deavere Smith, better known as a playwright and performer than as a journalist, was recognized by the 68th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism, it was announced Monday by Long Islan…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Remembering Harvey Lichtenstein, culture giant who built BAM

The past is very much with us, as this theatrical grab bag can attest:

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

'Evening at the Talk House' review: A grim theater party indeed

Wallace Shawn is best known as a master Hollywood character actor -- you know, that balding, squat, pink man with the querulous voice and the mysterious smile.

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'Man From Nebraska' review: Never lose faith in Reed Birney

If any actor can make you believe a character who says "I'm spending time with my thoughts on the advice of my pastor" while staring at a half-naked woman on a bed, that actor is Reed Birney.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Stephen Sondheim shows popping up in small NYC venues

New York is having a little Stephen Sondheim festival -- emphasis on the little. Although all three spring productions are revivals of glorious groundbreaking works, none is opening as a gra…

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'Big River' review: A boring trip, but the music helps

Many people have special affection for "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." This was the first (and only) musical score by the late country singer-songwriter Roger Miller, who wo…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

'Sunset Boulevard' review: Glenn Close ready for a less grandiose close-up

She is big. It's the production that got small.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Playwrights, both living and dead, make the jump to Hollywood

If you didn't know that Emma Stone could sing and dance before "La La Land," you clearly had not seen her knockout turn as Sally Bowles in "Cabaret," her Broadway debut in 2014.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

'Yen' review: Lucas Hedges among gifted young cast

We have heard a lot lately about Lucas Hedges, the 20-year-old Oscar nominee who plays the fatherless teen in "Manchester by the Sea." But we also need to know, right now, about his smolderi…

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Monday, January 30, 2017

'The Liar' review: 17th century facts and their alternates

David Ives, Stephen Sondheim's collaborator on a new musical and author of the seductively manipulative "Venus in Fur," also has a singular fascination with classic French plays. He is back …

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