Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review: ‘If I Forget,’ Clashing Currents in Jewish Identity by Alexis Soloski

Steven Levenson’s comedy-drama explores multiple and contradictory dimensions of self-perception through its portrait of a family, the Fischers.

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Review: In ‘Kid Victory,’ Rescued but Not Free by Ben Brantley

This dark musical by Greg Pierce and John Kander examines the ordeals of a teenager trying to recover from a drugged captivity.

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Up Next: The 8-Year-Old Theater Critic Who Stars in HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’ by Alina Cohen

Meet Iain Armitage, who rose to fame with a YouTube channel where he offers reviews of “Othello” and “Cats.”

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Taylor Mac Wins Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History by Jennifer Schuessler

Mr. Mac’s marathon “24-Decade History of Popular Music” was praised as “a vast, immersive, subversive, audacious and outrageous experience.”

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: In ‘Fish Men,’ Speed Chess and Weighty Exchanges by Neil Genzlinger

A drama by Cándido Tirado set in Washington Square Park has characters talking genocide and justice while the speed-chess clock ticks.

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Review: In ‘Everybody,’ Mortality Loves Company by Ben Brantley

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s take on a stark 15th-century morality play includes characters like Stuff, Death and Love.

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When They Met: Before ‘Moonlight’ and ‘The Walking Dead,’ a Friendship Born in the Classroom by Patrick Healy

André Holland first saw Danai Gurira at New York University, performing a monologue she wrote. Since then, they have acted and written together.

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When They Met: André Holland and Danai Gurira’s Creative Bond Grew in a Classroom by Patrick Healy

Mr. Holland first saw Ms. Gurira at New York University, performing a monologue she wrote. Since then, they have acted and written together.

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Review: ‘Leah, the Forsaken’ is an 1862 Drama With Modern Resonance by Ken Jaworowski

In 1700s Austria, a man loves a traveler who can’t stay in his village because she is Jewish. This play’s parallels with current concerns ring clear.

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In Open Letter, 65 Writers and Artists Urge Trump to Reconsider Visa Ban by Rachel Donadio

The letter, written by PEN America, reads in part: “Vibrant, open intercultural dialogue is indispensable in the fight against terror and oppression.”

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Hillary Clinton’s in the House by Michael Paulson

Tweetstorms arise when she takes her seat in the theater, and everyone wants a selfie.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Review: ‘On the Exhale’ Addresses Grief and the Attraction of an Assault Rifle by Ben Brantley

Martín Zimmerman’s play, starring Marin Ireland, approaches the subject of American gun violence from a startlingly original perspective.

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Arts Groups Draft Battle Plans as Trump Funding Cuts Loom by Michael Cooper, Michael Paulson, Graham Bowley, Robin Pogrebin and Randy Kennedy

Across the country, orchestras, theaters and operas reacted with alarm that public funding for the arts could be cut under President Trump.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Inside the Brutal World of Comedy Open Mikes by Sopan Deb

Basements. Back rooms. Awkward silences and occasionally, a laugh. The lengths to which stand-up comedians must go to test material in New York City.

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The Carpetbagger: Lin-Manuel Miranda Was Talking to Meryl Streep the Other Day by Cara Buckley

As he moves into film, the “Hamilton” star gets tips from Hollywood royalty and eyes EGOT status, something he says he never set his sights on.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Review: ‘Evening at the Talk House’ Is Just the Dystopia Next Door by Ben Brantley

Wallace Shawn excavates moral cowardice in an authoritarian age, with Matthew Broderick as our guide.

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Review: In ‘Escaped Alone’ Fears Small (Cats) and Large (Apocalypse) by Ben Brantley

Fear festers, burrows and blooms in Caryl Churchill’s short and wondrous play that plumbs the depths of 21st-century terrors.

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Review: In ‘A Man of Good Hope,’ a Boy Wonders if America Is His Refuge by Alexis Soloski

Asad is a refugee whose refuge keeps receding, in this music drama, directed by Mark Dornford-May, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Why Thornton Wilder Matters in the Trump Era by Laura Collins-Hughes

Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” made its Broadway premiere in 1942. It’s back, again, with fresh resonance.

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Sara Bareilles Will Star in ‘Waitress,’ Her Broadway Acting Debut by Michael Paulson

Ms. Bareilles, who composed the music and wrote the lyrics to the hit show, will succeed Jessie Mueller in the lead role on March 31.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Review: In ‘Good Samaritans,’ They Sing and Dance, but This Isn’t ‘La La Land’ by Ben Brantley

This Richard Maxwell production at the Abrons Arts Center could be described as a sugar-free version of the new Hollywood musical.

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Review: ‘Man From Nebraska’ Delivers a Midlife Crisis of Faith by Ben Brantley

In this Tracy Letts play, an Everyman suddenly realizes he doesn’t believe in God and goes about re-examining all aspects of his life.

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Children’s Books: From Children’s Books to Live Theater: Mo Willems and Oliver Jeffers Have New Tales to Tell by Maria Russo

Mo Willems and Oliver Jeffers talk about turning their children’s books into plays.

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The Carpetbagger: Denzel Washington, the Oscars and Race by Cara Buckley

The actor, nominated for “Fences,” discusses bringing more of August Wilson’s work to the screen. And he finds a path to social progress.

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Encounters: Sinister Siblings From ‘The Great Comet’ Go to Fashion Week by Jacob Bernstein

At the Tory Burch show, the Broadway actors Amber Gray and Lucas Steele meet a fan in Anna Wintour.

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‘Grease’ in a Nairobi High School: Saheem Ali on His First Time Directing by Saheem Ali

The director recalls putting together a version of “Grease” when he was a teenager in Kenya.

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A ‘Hamilton’ Star Is to Replace Josh Groban in ‘Great Comet’ by Michael Paulson

Okieriete Onaodowan was Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in “Hamilton.” Next, he’ll play Pierre in “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.”

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In ‘Everybody,’ a New Angle on Race by Ben Brantley

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s new play is part of the Signature Theater Company’s Residency Five program.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Max Ferrá, a Trailblazer for Latino Theater, Dies at 79 by Richard Sandomir

The Cuban-born Mr. Ferrá was the first artistic director of the Intar Hispanic American Arts Center, an Off Broadway theater company that nurtures Latino playwrights.

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9 Artists Honor the Man Who Put Brooklyn on the Map by John Rockwell

Philip Glass, Mark Morris, Laurie Anderson and others remember Harvey Lichtenstein, who revived the Brooklyn Academy of Music and died on Feb. 11.

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Behind the Poster: Tears or Laughter? For This Play’s Poster, It’s Your Call by Erik Piepenburg

How a photo shoot for a theater poster promoting the drama “Baby Screams Miracle” became an emotionally raw experience.

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