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Don't expect Funny Girl's twin sister, but more of a distant cousin who's so cute and enthused that one don't want to rain on her parade.
Hilary Bettis's new play, 72 Miles to Go..., kind of sneaks up on you. It begins in a Tucson church in 2016, where the pastor, Billy (Triney Sandoval), is giving what evidently is his farewe…
... you'll be thinking about Song's ocean-diving women long after you've stopped worrying about whether her integrity's intact.
[Friedman's] writing in many styles, from pastiche to operatic to sorta-Sondheim, and he melds them well to tell an affecting story.
... a perplexing amalgam of thin-as-a-reed storytelling and powerhouse performances of reimagined tunes from the vast songbook of America's Nobel Prize-winning troubadour, Bob Dylan.
While Will Pomerantz and Nancy Harrow's adaptation may not necessarily raise Turgenev's literary stature, it makes for a lovely and bittersweet night at the theater.
These debonair individuals aren't easy for us schlubs to identify with, and their problems are neither that acute nor that compelling.
Coal Country, then, is the forum through which their voices are finally allowed to be heard. And we are there to listen in fellowship to their disquieting recollections.
... one of the most exhilarating, reassuring, and life-affirming performances you may experience this year.
... a theatrical tour-de-force...
,,, an inventive mix of gradually darkening humor, family drama, and the vicissitudes of memory,
In the end, though, the play, overstuffed with ideas and theatricality, does not pack the emotional wallop one might expect.
,,, a raw, blistering play that's as hopeful as it is devastating.
The poem, a dark, dense rant at the death of a loved one, is a harrowing journey into the mind of a grieving artist.
... t for anyone willing to separate the wheat from the chaff, there is a great deal of enjoyment to be found by focusing on the performances on the stage.
... Encores! at New York City Center is back on top, doing what it does best with a beautifully rendered Mack & Mabel...
... ultimately, Lady G: Plays and Whisperings of Lady Gregory shines a warm glow on an overlooked playwright, producer, and nurturer of the greatest writers of the Irish Renaissance.
... this Frankenstein is a tedious and uninvolving slog. Directed with lackluster inspiration by Timothy Douglas and running 80 minutes without an intermission, Shelley's story about man's i…
This is a slip-shod, bargain-basement production devoid of any serious stagecraft that squanders its cast's talent and its audience's time.
Pulling off Animal Farm with four actors is just the kind of dare Seeing Place would gravitate towards.
... a partial success for the Mint. If nothing else, Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories offers the opportunity to view these rarely seen works based on stories by two giants of Russian literatur…
... an ambitious musical, but sadly, its appeal is as lasting as a one-night stand.
The play is often quite funny in the way that a well-written sitcom can be, but a thick layer of jokes and punchlines cannot cover up the fact that there is little of credible substance here.
A deeply moving testament to the power of emotional resilience, The Scourge is a captivating tribute to the human spirit, and Mahon is an international treasure.
Romeo and Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn, does not nearly reach the very high bar that Amas has set in its first half century.
... the play raises complex questions about the desire to assign blame in the wake of a senseless and tragic massacre.
Directed with unfussy simplicity by Knud Adams on a terrific multi-layered set courtesy of David Zinn, the cast of Paris is wonderful in this quiet play that is an indictment against poverty…
A rock solid cast and a spit-shine production make for a gripping and altogether outstanding revival of Charles Fuller's 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning A Soldier's Play...
A New York with a Forbidden Broadway in it is always a happier place. And the franchise's latest incarnation, Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation, currently occupying the York, is a pip.
... as it stands, the production seems like a staged book-on-tape.
... what emerges is a quirky yet moving story about the vulnerability of the human heart and the universal need for connection.