Friday, March 24, 2017

Weaving Politics and Passion in ‘Love in Idleness’ and ‘Limehouse’ by Matt Wolf

Trevor Nunn presents an uneasy hybrid of the Terence Rattigan work, while a new play about the origins of the S.D.P. is punchy and vibrantly directed by Polly Findlay.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review: Return of the Little Copter That Wowed in ‘Miss Saigon’ by Ben Brantley

The singing scenery of “Miss Saigon” is back on Broadway, with political corrections and a newly proportioned cast.

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Review: Encores! Serves a Bathtub Martini in ‘The New Yorkers’ by Ben Brantley

Cole Porter’s lost musical from 1930 raises a glass to the giddy heyday of Prohibition and high (really high) society.

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In ‘The Play That Goes Wrong,’ It’s Murder, Strictly for Laughs by Michael Paulson

The three British actors behind this farcical mystery discuss the comedy and the thrill of possible injury in a performance.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Well, Hello, Dollys! by Eric Grode

Carol Channing originated the musical role of Dolly Levi and was considered irreplaceable. Now Bette Midler steps into a long line of her successors.

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Manhattan Theater Club Announces Two New Plays by Women by Christopher D. Shea

‘In the Body of the World’ and ‘Actually’ will be part of this theater’s 2017-18 season and part of the discussion about gender imbalance on Broadway.

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His Idea for Fighting Terrorism? Funny Plays by Rachel Donadio

The Belgian playwright Ismaël Saidi writes comic plays that tour France and Belgium, and offer a message of multicultural tolerance.

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Travel Ban Threatens a Lincoln Center Festival Play by Michael Cooper

The center is seeking visas for several artists with Syrian passports for Mohammad al-Attar’s “While I Was Waiting.”

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‘The Little Foxes’: A Reconsideration by Jason Zinoman

Does Lillian Hellman rank alongside Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller?

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Two Female Playwrights Arrive on Broadway. What Took So Long? by Michael Paulson

Lynn Nottage and Paula Vogel, both Pulitzer winners, will finally make their Broadway debuts this spring. What does that say about the plight of women writing for the stage?

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: In ‘Spill,’ an Oil Disaster Seems Too Big for the Stage by Alexis Soloski

An impassioned and overloaded documentary drama by Leigh Fondakowski explores the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010.

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Review: Shakespeare Meets Black Power in ‘Caesar/X’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“Julius Caesar“ and “X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation” illuminate each other as they run in rep.

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Review: Instead of a ‘War Horse,’ This Time a Lost Cat Opens a Child’s Eyes by Laura Collins-Hughes

In “946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips,” Emma Rice directs a fanciful adaptation of another novel by Michael Morpurgo, the author of “War Horse.”

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John Leguizamo: The First Time I Faced a Hostile Audience (Kids) by John Leguizamo

The actor and writer talks about his early days, working with Off Center Theater, where he encountered young audiences eager to see characters like themselves.

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‘The Fantasticks’ Is Set to Close Off Broadway in June by Christopher D. Shea

The show is to have its final performance at the Jerry Orbach Theater on June 4; “The Crusade of Connor Stephens” will start previews there June 17.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: Plunging Into Polyamory With ‘How to Transcend a Happy Marriage’ by Ben Brantley

Two long-married couples take a walk on the wild side in Sarah Ruhl’s comedy of lust, friendship and animal sacrifice.

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Review: In ‘Pool Play 2.0,’ the Audience Is Welcome to Make a Splash by Laura Collins-Hughes

Featuring dance numbers, This Is Not a Theater Company’s buoyant daydream of a show is set in a pool on the East Side of Manhattan. Acoustics are a challenge.

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A Word With: Robert Lepage Discusses His Origins and the ‘Autofiction’ of ‘887’ by Alexis Soloski

Looking backward and working on a smaller scale have helped the Canadian impresario find his place in the world.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Review: ‘The Terrifying’ Has Paranoia and the Feeling Something’s Wrong by Ben Brantley

A monster devours your sense of security in this scream-filled Julia Jarcho evisceration of classic horror movies at Abrons Arts Center.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Season Includes a Same-Sex ‘Oklahoma!’ by Ryan Burleson

Among the festival’s 2018 offerings are a record five plays by women and a version of ‘Oklahoma!’ with same-sex couples in leading roles.

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Gender-Bending Debate Play ‘Her Opponent’ to Open Off Broadway by Sara Aridi

What if Trump and Clinton’s genders were swapped? Previews of the re-enactment of the 2016 debates will come to the Theater Center on Wednesday.

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: Robert Lepage Goes Home Again in ‘887’ by Alexis Soloski

In his one-man show at the BAM Harvey Theater, Mr. Lepage reconstructs his childhood in 1960s Quebec City.

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Review: A Scalding Take on Race in ‘White Guy on the Bus’ by Neil Genzlinger

Robert Cuccioli and Danielle Leneé star in Bruce Graham’s play that provides an unflinching look at the black-white dynamic.

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A Word With: Dave Chappelle on Trump, Cosby and His Netflix Deal by Dan Hyman

The comedian also says that he turned to Louis C.K. for advice after he grew concerned that his postelection “S.N.L.” appearance would fall flat.

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The Battle of ‘Miss Saigon’: Yellowface, Art and Opportunity by Michael Paulson

The musical — a love story set during the Vietnam War — ignited a fierce debate over the casting of a white actor in a Eurasian role. Now, it’s back on Broadway.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review: Brothers Joined by Fate and Furniture in ‘The Price’ by Alexis Soloski

This ardently acted revival shows Arthur Miller’s 1968 play as a smaller, more stolid work than it wants to be — still just a little out of style.

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A Broadway Musical Brings Out Canadian Soft Power by Michael Paulson

“Come From Away,” set in Newfoundland, has attracted many displays of national pride, including from the lead Canadian, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Can Superheroes Sing? The Flash and Supergirl Give It a Whirl by Alexis Soloski

In “Duet,” the March 21 episode of “The Flash,” the two superheroes fall under the sway of a villain, the Music Meister, and fight back with songs.

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford

The actors joined us on Facebook Live to talk about their collaboration on the Broadway revival of the musical "Sunday in the Park With George."

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments by Sopan Deb

It was the first time a president has called for ending the endowments, which were created in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Justin Trudeau Brings Ivanka Trump to Broadway Show on Welcoming Outsiders by Michael Paulson

The Canadian prime minister, who has emphasized welcoming refugees, attended “Come From Away” with the president’s daughter in a pairing that was rich with symbolism.

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