Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: Counting on Compassion in ‘one in two’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Donja R. Love’s powerful play balances tenderness and fury to explore how H.I.V. has become a ”hidden emergency” in the black community.

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Marionettes at Play by Nolwen Cifuentes and Margy Rochlin

A Los Angeles institution has a new home. Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour.

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Review: In ‘42 FT,’ a Circus Shrunk to Fit by Alexis Soloski

At the new Cirque Mechanics show, the revolving ring, rotating ladders and spinning swings might not thrill, but the performers do.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Review: In ‘Greater Clements,’ the Tragedy of a Town that Closed by Jesse Green

Samuel D. Hunter’s creaky play about the downsizing of the American West features terrific performances by Judith Ivey and Edmund Donovan.

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‘Halfway Bitches’ Review: A Play as Unruly as Life Itself by Ben Brantley

Stephen Adly Guirgis’s bumpy, vibrant and expansive comic drama about a women’s homeless shelter features a cast of 18 (or 19, counting the goat).

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Despite Turnaround, ‘Beetlejuice’ Being Forced Out of Theater by Michael Paulson

The $21 million musical will be hoping for a new home after the Shubert Organization made way for Hugh Jackman and ‘The Music Man.’

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

‘Keep’ Review: Daniel Kitson Takes Inventory by Alexis Soloski

An excursion into the Theater of Lists at St. Ann’s Warehouse proves to be both original and exasperating.

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René Auberjonois, a ‘Deep Space Nine’ Star, Dies at 79 by Neil Genzlinger

The busy character actor was also known for “Benson,” “Boston Legal” and several Broadway roles.

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‘Sleeping Car Porters’ Review: Billy the Kid Meets the Zodiac Killer by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This cryptic play at the Brick Theater examining a certain kind of mythological American noir is wonderfully flabbergasting, and often genuinely creepy.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Ron Leibman, Tony Winner for ‘Angels,’ Is Dead at 82 by Neil Genzlinger

In addition to his acclaimed turn as Roy Cohn on Broadway, he was known for his work in “Norma Rae,” “Slaughterhouse-Five” and other films.

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Holiday Magic: Fooled and Fooled and Fooled Again by Alexis Soloski

In its sixth year on Broadway, “The Illusionists” serves up familiar routines, but two smaller shows deliver egghead charm and brainy sleight-of-hand.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Review: With ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ They Finally Fixed the Jukebox by Jesse Green

Alanis Morissette’s “ironic” fury finds a perfect Broadway musical setting in Diablo Cody’s fiery indictment of, well, everything.

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How to Spend the Holidays in New York City by Joshua Barone

A roundup of events in every borough, from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Manhattan to the annual Holiday Train Show in the Bronx.

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The Cage Cunningham Fellowship Puts a Spotlight on Light by Peter Libbey

Jennifer Tipton, a lighting designer who works in dance, theater and opera, is this year’s recipient of the award from the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

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For Entertaining Musicals, Look No Further Than … Paris by Laura Cappelle

The genre has long been seen as minor in the French capital, but a string of English-language productions is creating a pleasingly upbeat dynamic.

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Review: Facing Life’s Final Stretch in ‘Harry Townsend’s Last Stand’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

George Eastman’s Off Broadway play is lifted by its direction and performances, but often feels like a cornball sitcom.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Review: ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ Offers an Exhilarating Sanctuary by Ben Brantley

Inua Ellams’s energizing, globe-traveling play considers the barber’s chair as the black man’s confessional.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Theater Olympics Bring a World of Drama Together by Roslyn Sulcas

More than 20 countries have sent over 100 productions, including large-scale works by some of the hottest directors. So why have so few heard of the event?

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The African Sculpture One Playwright Looks at Every Day by Emily Spivack

Lynn Nottage describes her first trip to West Africa, and her search for the perfect keepsake.

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Best Theater of 2019 by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Shows that defied categorization offered a stark choice: Escape an angry world, or face up to its travails. Beyond Broadway, writers explored race, inequality and addiction.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

‘Measure for Measure’ Review: No One Is Innocent on Mardi Gras by Jose Solís

Morals are especially relative in a new production of Shakespeare’s play, set in New Orleans amid the anarchy of Fat Tuesday, 1979.

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‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ Gives Black Men Control of Their Story by Laura Collins-Hughes

Inua Ellams discusses his surprise hit play, which has its New York premiere at the Next Wave Festival this week.

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‘Forbidden Broadway’ to Move to the York Theater Company by Lauren Messman

Expect “some new spoofs on the current theater season” following the departure from the Triad, the show’s creator, Gerard Alessandrini, said.

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Visiting Broadway After Dark by Kathleen Massara, Jolie Ruben and Amanda Webster

We sent four photographers to capture scenes beyond the stage in the theater district. Here’s what they saw.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Marion McClinton, Interpreter of August Wilson, Dies at 65 by Neil Genzlinger

He directed numerous productions of Wilson plays, including two on Broadway, but some of his best work was done in regional theaters.

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Diablo Cody’s Week: ‘I’m a Phone Addict’ by Kathryn Shattuck

The Oscar-winning screenwriter and first-time Broadway librettist shares what she watched, read and listened to in a week.

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Muhammad Ali in a Broadway Musical? It Happened. by Adam Langer

Fifty years ago this week, “Buck White” opened, and very quickly closed. What does this footnote to theater history still have to tell us?

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Musicals of Various Shapes and Sizes Arrive on London Stages by Matt Wolf

“Dear Evan Hansen” is the latest Broadway musical to open in the West End, along with the pop bonanza “& Juliet” and nearby, the quietly powerful “Ghost Quartet.”

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

When Department Stores Were Theater by Alexandra Jacobs

Barneys is closing. Nordstrom is streamlining. And the hometown holiday window may be entering its final act.

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Samuel D. Hunter’s Own Private Idaho by Alexis Soloski

The playwright left his home state 20 years ago. While rehearsing his new play, “Greater Clements,” he drove through the lonesome landscapes that still inspire his work.

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Jonathan Miller, Acclaimed Theater Director and Writer, Dies at 85 by Benedict Nightingale

Known for his radical restagings of classic works, Mr. Miller was also a doctor who periodically left the stage to practice medicine.

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