Friday, October 18, 2019

The Week in Arts: Alicia Keys, Mark Morris and an Expanded MoMA

The singer headlines Tidal’s benefit concert in Brooklyn; and the Museum of Modern Art debuts its larger, more diverse collection.

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Female Playwrights Are on Form (for the Most Part) by Matt Wolf

Whether it’s finishing what Jane Austen started, imagining the private conversations of first ladies or inserting the personal, on London stages female playwrights are mixing things up.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Review: Mary-Louise Parker in the Subliminal, Sublime ‘Sound Inside’ by Jesse Green

Adam Rapp’s play transfers to Broadway in a rivetingly dark and detailed production by David Cromer.

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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Review: Jonathan Groff Feeds the Beast by Ben Brantley

Michael Mayer’s revitalizing revival of this genially gruesome classic becomes a sly morality tale for the age of universal celebrity.

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Addiction Is the Stuff of High Drama. In These Plays, So Is Sobriety. by Jesse McKinley

With recovery no longer so secret, a new wave of plays dealing with its realities has started to emerge. Some of the playwrights have drawn from their own lives.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Review: ‘The Lightning Thief,’ a Far Cry From Olympus by Jesse Green

A musical adaptation of the popular fantasy novel comes to Broadway and goes to Hades.

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Review: A Startling ‘Swan Lake’ That’s Hard to Recognize by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In a work opening with a goat tethered to a cinder block, the closest we get to Tchaikovsky’s ballet is four dancers representing swans.

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Michael Friedman Died in 2017. Now 9 Albums of His Work Are Coming. by Michael Paulson

The first three are to be released Friday by Ghostlight Records and the Civilians theater company.

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After 35 Years at Playwrights Horizons, He’s Ready to Seek New Ones by Michael Paulson

Tim Sanford, the longtime artistic director at the prestigious Off Broadway theater, will turn over the reins to his deputy, Adam Greenfield.

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Why the Oscars, Emmys and Tonys Are Not Ready for They and Them by Cara Buckley

Asia Kate Dillon of “Billions” is calling on the Television Academy to scrap gendered categories. But the organization and others have no plans for change, for now.

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Love Elaine Stritch? Thank the Parts She Didn’t Get by Alexandra Jacobs

The legendary stage actress’s character was shaped as much by the roles she lost as those she won. These are some of the ones that got away.

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‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Musical Is Coming to Broadway by Nancy Coleman

The 1993 comedy has a Broadway-friendly family plot, but filling one of Robin Williams’s most memorable roles could be risky.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Review: In the Musical ‘Soft Power,’ China Whistles the Tune by Jesse Green

A complex look at democracy from an Asian perspective turns “The King and I” inside out.

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Review: Marisa Tomei Braves a Typhoon in ‘The Rose Tattoo’ by Ben Brantley

Trip Cullman’s unmoored production of this atypical comedy from Tennessee Williams presents sexual attraction as a raging force of nature.

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A ‘Swan Lake’ About Ireland, Where Myth Meets the Mundane by Roslyn Sulcas

In Michael Keegan-Dolan’s reimagining at the Next Wave Festival, there are no tutus, Tchaikovsky or castles.

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Kristin Chenoweth’s Private Stage by Joanne Kaufman

The Broadway and TV star’s decorating style? Art Deco meets Hollywood Regency, with a bit of the 1960s thrown in.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

For Sondheim, Raúl Esparza Protects His Voice. For ‘Seared,’ His Fingers. by Amelia Nierenberg

The actor, best known for “Company” and “Law & Order,” cooks, chops and sautés onstage as a finicky chef in Theresa Rebeck’s play.

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‘The Pout-Pout Fish’ Review: A Grouch Gets Back in the Swim by Laurel Graeber

TheaterWorksUSA has brought a best-selling children’s book series to the stage in a bubbly, puppet-filled musical.

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‘The White Chip’ Review: Day-Drunk and Careening Toward Rock Bottom by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Sean Daniels’s grim autobiographical comedy, a charming stage director tries, and tries again, to sober up.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Review: A Son Mourns in ‘Notes on My Mother’s Decline’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Intimate but distant by design, Andy Bragen’s play takes us on a journey many are likely to face with an aging parent.

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A Play ‘Meant to Trouble’ From a Writer Raised in Conservatism by Jennifer Schuessler

Will Arbery has brought the “secretive” world of Catholic intellectuals to the stage in “Heroes of the Fourth Turning.” He’s pleased to find that they appreciate being seen, not ju…

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Review: Partying to End the Patriarchy in a Dionysian ‘Girls’ by Ben Brantley

This head-tripping play from Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, inspired by Euripides’ “The Bacchae,” allows women past and present to find catharsis in one truly wild bash.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Anna Quayle, British Character Actress, Is Dead at 86 by Anita Gates

She bantered with John Lennon in “A Hard Day’s Night” and won a Tony for playing four women in “Stop the World — I Want to Get Off.”

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The Week in Arts: Glorious Nubian Art in Boston

The Nubians of ancient Sudan left behind artwork as fine as the Egyptians’. Now it’s on view at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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How a Prison Play Goes on Tour by Jack Healy and Trent Davis Bailey

Thirty Colorado inmates staged “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” for nearby prisons. For some, it was the first time in years they were outside 20-foot walls and razor fences.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Review: In ‘Georgia Mertching Is Dead,’ a Road Trip Takes Detours by Alexis Soloski

Catya McMullen’s work is a memory play, a friendship play, a delayed coming-of-age drama and briefly a romantic comedy.

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Review: In ‘Terra Firma,’ a Wee Wet Country on the Brink by Jesse Green

This inaugural offering from the Coop squeezes whimsy, character comedy and ecological allegory into one crowded play.

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‘Linda Vista’ Review: A Womanizer Who Devastates as He Charms by Ben Brantley

Tracy Letts, the author of “August: Osage County,” reinvents the midlife crisis play with a hilarity that scalds in this Steppenwolf production.

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Sarah Ruhl, the Celebrated Playwright, Will Publish a Memoir by Concepción De León

Ms. Ruhl, who learned she had Bell’s palsy in 2010, will explore her struggle with the condition in a book.

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Being Bella? Harvey Fierstein Doesn’t Need a Dress to Try by Katherine Rosman

Fierstein is no stranger to portraying women onstage. This time, he’s skipping the drag to play the outspoken politician Bella Abzug. Why him? He’s got an answer.

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Michael Jackson Musical Is to Open on Broadway Next Summer by Michael Paulson

The show, now called “MJ The Musical,” will begin previews July 6 at the Neil Simon Theater.

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