Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Review: ‘A Walk With Mr. Heifetz’ Stumbles Through History by Laura Collins-Hughes

The play, inspired by real people and events in the decades leading up to the foundation of Israel, cuts to the role of music in creating a nation.

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Review: In ‘Kings,’ Washington Is Where Idealism Goes to Die by Jesse Green

A political neophyte discovers the ethical nightmare of governance — lobbyists and donors and super PACs, oh my! — in Sarah Burgess’s new play.

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Review: Deirdre O’Connell Loses Her Grip on Reality in ‘Terminus’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Ms. O’Connell delivers a heartbreaking performance as an older woman struggling with dementia in this drama infused with Southern Gothic horror.

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22 Musicals, Plays, Concerts and Festivals You Can’t Miss This Spring by The New York Times

Highlights from the worlds of theater, pop music, dance and classical, recommended by Times critics.

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3 Young People to Watch in Theater This Spring by Laura Collins-Hughes, Sopan Deb and Matt Trueman

Get to know the playwright Hammaad Chaudry, the 13-year-old actress Rileigh McDonald and the actor Andrew Burnap.

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‘Torch Song’ Set to Return to Its Original Broadway Home by Peter Libbey

The revival of Harvey Fierstein’s multipart play about the life of a drag performer will open at the Helen Hayes Theater in November.

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Glenda Jackson on Quitting Parliament, Playing Lear and Returning to Broadway by Ben Brantley

After winning two Oscars, she stopped acting for decades to fight Thatcherism. Now, at 81, she’s tackling an Edward Albee classic. But she insists, “I lead a very dull life.”

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Review: Lee Krasner Gets the Upper Hand in ‘Pollock’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

This bio-play about the married artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner is a surreal sparring match, steeped in alcohol and dripping with paint.

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Review: In ‘Athena,’ Two Teenage Fencers Parry Ordinary Life by Alexis Soloski

Girls train, talk and bond in Gracie Gardner’s play, another entry into recent works telling the important stories of young women growing up.

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A Director’s Apology Adds Momentum to South Korea’s #MeToo Movement by Choe Sang-Hun

“I am ready to take all punishment, including legal responsibilities for my crimes,” said Lee Youn-taek, a prominent theater director accused of sexual harassing an actress.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Time’s Up Descends on Baftas as ‘Three Billboards’ Wins 5 Awards by Anna Codrea-Rado

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was celebrated at the ceremony, the British equivalent of the Oscars, as sexual harassment was roundly protested.

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Review: ‘Is God Is’ Reinvents the Good, the Bad and the Ugly by Ben Brantley

Aleshea Harris’s sensational new play, at Soho Rep, sends twin sisters into a wild, wild West on a bloody mission of vengeance.

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We Have Streaming Revenue, Too, Says NBC. And We Can Prove It. by John Koblin

The network’s entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt says NBC has learned how to generate more cash from digital views, and keep track of it.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Jake Shears, of Scissor Sisters, Stages His Own Comeback by Michael Schulman

After years of self-imposed exile, the glam rocker returns to the limelight on Broadway, and with a new memoir chronicling a saucy slice of downtown New York.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

‘Unmasked,’ a Musical Celebrating Andrew Lloyd Webber, to Open at Playhouse in N.J. by Peter Libbey

The production, created by Richard Curtis and John Doyle, will feature new songs by the composer and some of his most well-known.

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Review: ‘A Small Oak Tree Runs Red’ Unties a Century-Old Noose by Alexis Soloski

This flawed and devastating play argues that in remaining ignorant of our history, we risk remaining mired in its violence.

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Review: ‘Riot’ and the Art of Kitsch as Protest by Ben Brantley

A rowdy Irish revue from the Dubin-based troupe Thisispopbaby asks the world to make love, not war, and dance, dance, dance.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Next Lion of New York by John Leland

The unifying voice of the Obama years digs in for a fractious new era and a second child.

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Encounters: A Melania Trump Impersonator’s Downtime With Her Daughter by Alexis Soloski

Laura Benanti, the cabaret performer and Broadway star, keeps a low profile in her Harlem neighborhood.

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Critic’s Notebook: These Actors Are Off Book. Way Off. by Alexis Soloski

Words on the page are only a start when improvisers and actors collaborate at a monthly show at Upright Citizens Brigade called “Gravid Water.” And that’s just fine with a theater crit…

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A Word With: Gillian Jacobs Is Ready to Let Go of Her Fears by Kathryn Shattuck

Ms. Jacobs, of “Community” fame, talks about the adrenaline rush of “Kings” at the Public, the gift of empathy and her own #MeToo moments.

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World Trade Center Arts Space Gets a Lease, and a Leader by Michael Cooper

The new artistic director of the Perelman Center will be Bill Rauch, the theater director who currently leads the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

13 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend by Alexis Soloski

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Kenneth Haigh, 86, ‘Angry Young Man’ of British Stage, Dies by Sam Roberts

A coal miner’s son, he had a long theater, film and TV career, but he was best known as the rebellious antihero in John Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger.”

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So You Know Nothing About ‘Harry Potter’? Let’s Catch You Up by Laura Collins-Hughes

A primer of the books and films to get you ready for the Broadway opening of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two.”

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Off Broadway Theater Cuts Ties With Neil LaBute by Michael Paulson

MCC Theater, where Mr. LaBute was playwright-in-residence, did not immediately offer an explanation for terminating the relationship and canceling his next play.

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It’s Cold and Gray in Scandinavian Plays by Laura Cappelle

The mood is downbeat in two plays by the Swedish playwright Lars Noren currently on stage in Paris.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Audible Will Bring Back ‘Harry Clarke’ Off Broadway by Alexis Soloski

The production of “Harry Clarke,” a one-man show starring Billy Crudup, is the latest step in the audiobook maker’s investment in contemporary theater.

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You Explain What’s Truly Great About ‘The Greatest Showman’ by Stephanie Goodman

We get it now! From the music to the film’s messages and the experience of watching it with loved ones, fans see what critics can’t.

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A Barrier Breaks: An Actress With Down Syndrome Plays the Lead by Sopan Deb

Jamie Brewer stars in “Amy and the Orphans,” about three siblings who reunite after their father’s death, and the road trip that follows.

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Topicality and Risk in Next Playwrights Horizons Season by Peter Libbey

The Off Broadway theater will present works by Craig Lucas and Halley Feiffer, as well as the first major New York showings for Larissa FastHorse and Tori Sampson.

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