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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'Hair' anniversary reflects play's continued relevance

Like many people on that Saturday after the presidential inauguration, I saw a woman walking to a demonstration carrying a peace sign.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Jevon McFerrin, a 'Hamilton' standby on Broadway, gets his big chance

He's not worried. He is happy. Jevon McFerrin has grown up listening to the upbeat lyrics of his father's Grammy-winning song, "Don't Worry, Be Happy," but the irresistible earworm tune coul…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Off-Broadway beckons with a new season of enticing shows

We now know that Broadway promises the biggest season in recent memory -- 23 openings -- as well as one of the most interesting. But look at this highly selective list of Off-Broadway offeri…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

'Jitney' review: Broadway masters gritty August Wilson play

In the beginning, there was "Jitney." It was 1979, years before August Wilson became justifiably revered for his great 10-play Century Cycle, and decades before "Fences," which, thanks to De…

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Friday, January 13, 2017

BroadwayCon 2017 celebrates theater with actors, panels, more

No matter how anxious you might be about the weekend weather forecast -- flights south, ski trips, seasonal affective disorder -- Melissa Anelli probably has you beat.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

'The Present' review: A Chekhovian gift from Cate Blanchett

It would be possible -- and extremely pleasurable -- to spend most of the three hours at "The Present" just watching Cate Blanchett. Here she is playing the seemingly confident widow Anna on…

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Broadway gets busy with openings for winter-spring season

Broadway's news between Christmas and the New Year was, as the old-time trade publications still like to say, boffo. It was the highest-grossing week in history -- $49.7 million. And there w…

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Oh, what a run for this 'Jersey Boy' veteran

It is a time for farewells on Broadway -- big time. From New Year's Eve until the end of January, the casts and crews of 13 productions have been packing up the greasepaint and wondering wha…

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Friday, December 30, 2016

New books spotlight Samuel Beckett-Barney Rosset friendship

Samuel Beckett did not seem to be a man who needed protection. With his towering bird-of-prey presence and his dead-on gaze into life's inevitable abyss, surely the Nobel Prize winning autho…

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Win 'Hamilton' ticket trifecta with Planned Parenthood donation

The money goes to the nonprofit Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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Win 'Hamilton' ticket trifecta with Planned Parenthood donation

Lin-Manuel Miranda has set up a Prizeo sweepstakes to win a pair of tickets to all three "Hamilton" productions in New York, Chicago and San Francisco while contributing to Planned Parenthoo…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Denzel Washington's 'Fences' brings August Wilson play to non-theater audience

Imagine the scene. You are having a quiet day in your rundown but tidy bungalow in the depressed Hill District in Pittsburgh when the doorbell rings. There stands Denzel Washington, who shak…

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Monday, December 12, 2016

'Othello' review: Oyelowo, Craig deliver in updated retelling

The biggest little event of the fall season is no star-driven gimmick. The "Othello" that stars David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig at the 199-seat New York Theatre Workshop is inspired, blazingl…

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

'In Transit' review: Sanitized subway musical in a capella

"In Transit," the last new Broadway musical of the fall season, is supposed to be set underground in the New York subway system. But the place is so sanitized, so sparkly clean that the equa…

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

'The Band's Visit' review: Egyptians, Israelis surprise, with charm

What a moody, strange enchantment is "The Band's Visit." This achingly wonderful new chamber musical, based on the 2007 film of the same name, transports us to a tiny Israeli town where an E…

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'Tiny Beautiful Things' review: Nia Vardalos plays Sugar columnist

Have you ever wondered what kind of people write letters to advice columnists and who those anonymous would-be therapists might be?

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Late playwright Edward Albee praised at Broadway memorial

Edward Albee -- the ferocious playwright and complicated, tender man -- was celebrated Tuesday by writers, actors, directors, producers and friends at a moving memorial at the August Wilson …

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Monday, December 5, 2016

'The Babylon Line' review: Josh Radnor stars in satisfying play

Richard Greenberg's rich, intentionally untidy new play, "The Babylon Line," begins with the words "the end." But then, of course, it cannot just end there.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

'Dear Evan Hansen' review: Endearingly original

"Dear Evan Hansen" arrives on Broadway with "the next big thing" written all over it -- and deservedly so.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Kate Burton, Boyd Gaines help dish out a James Joyce staging

The unexpected attraction of tiny audiences continues in odd and interesting ways.

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