Friday, July 1, 2022

‘53% Of’ Review: Zinging Pro-Trump Women, and Everyone Else by Alexis Soloski

A new comedy by Steph Del Rosso starts as a satire of conservatives, then takes aim at progressives. Too bad the jokes barely cut either side.

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H.T. Chen, Choreographer of the Asian Experience, Dies at 74 by Neil Genzlinger

He merged Eastern and Western influences in his modern dance works, and his dance center was a cultural anchor in New York’s Chinatown.

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Review: In ‘Corps,’ Running Aspirational Dance Drills by Siobhan Burke

The choreographer Milka Djordjevich’s work at New York Live Arts investigates regimented movement before opening up to something more joyous and loose.

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‘Long Live the Theater’: Mariupol’s Drama Company to Perform Again by Megan Specia

Thirteen members of the Mariupol Drama Theater have reconvened in western Ukraine where they are rehearsing a new play about a Ukrainian dissident who died in a Russian prison camp in the 19…

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A Chameleon Flies From ‘The Blacklist’ to ‘The Kite Runner’ by Laura Zornosa

After nine seasons on the NBC series, Amir Arison is making his Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s popular 2003 novel.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Review: In a Powerful ‘Hamlet,’ a Fragile Prince Faces His Foes by Maya Phillips

Alex Lawther makes for an especially riveting hero in Robert Icke’s chic if imperfect modern-dress production at the Park Avenue Armory.

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America, Prismatic and Distressed, Seen Through Dance by Brian Seibert

At Jacob’s Pillow, the Ted Shawn Theater has reopened with the inclusive “America(na) to Me” and a premiere by Ronald K. Brown/Evidence.

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On NBC’s ‘Dancing With Myself,’ TikTok-Like Dances Meet Network TV by Margaret Fuhrer

“Dancing With Myself,” on NBC, shows the deep influence of the dance challenge on popular culture, even as its hold on TikTok has loosened.

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In Munich, Young Directors Offer Horrors Both Real and Fantastical by A.J. Goldmann

The Radikal Jung festival transports theatergoers to Russia’s 2014 invasion of eastern Ukraine and an American high school in the Middle Ages.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Review: Remaking the Ballets Russes, With a Queer Spin by Gia Kourlas

Christopher Williams, a choreographer captivated by the otherworldly, presents the New York premieres of “Les Sylphides” and “Afternoon of a Faun.”

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She’ll Have You at Moo: Milky White and the Power of Puppetry by Laura Collins-Hughes

She breathes, coughs and mourns, and now the cow puppet that captured hearts in the Encores! “Into the Woods” revival is on Broadway.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

‘Titanique’ Review: A Musical Find Its Sea Legs by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The camp reimagining of the maritime blockbuster revs up into increasing absurdity and Celine Dion songs.

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Pam Tanowitz’s Next Act: ‘I Need to Make a Jewish Dance’ by Brian Schaefer

Tanowitz and the composer David Lang talk about how their new work is informed by biblical poetry, Israeli folk dance and their Jewish heritage.

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To Play Hamlet, Alex Lawther Became an ‘Expert on Grief’ by Juan A. Ramírez

The British actor shares what helped him transform into the doomed Danish prince: French poetry, “Pandemonium,” and postcard art (with breaks for lemon cake).

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Monday, June 27, 2022

‘Chains’ Review: Drab Lives, but Dreaming of More by Laura Collins-Hughes

A young boarder’s plan to make a new life in Australia unsettles a staid British family in Elizabeth Baker’s 1909 play, revived by the Mint Theater Company.

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When an Abortion Story Is Told as a Caper, Thriller or Farce by Amanda Hess

As Roe falls, new works including a documentary, a feature film and a comedy show disrupt the taboos and clichés around abortion.

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Ralph Fiennes to Star in Play About Robert Moses at the Shed by Rachel Sherman

The production of “Straight Line Crazy,” by David Hare, will begin preview performances Oct. 18 and have a nine-week run.

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

‘Bodies They Ritual’ Review: Plush Robes and Cults by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Angela Hanks’s new comedy is set in Santa Fe, N.M., where five women of color have traveled for some fancy R&R laced with New Age spirituality.

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Friday, June 24, 2022

On Broadway, One Show Decides to Keep Masks. No, It’s Not ‘Phantom.’ by Michael Paulson

“American Buffalo,” at Circle in the Square, is sticking with masking till it closes, July 10, citing the “proximity of the audience to the actors” and “the staging in the round.”

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Review: Pacific Northwest Ballet Finally Makes It Back to New York by Siobhan Burke

On Thursday’s mixed bill, Ulysses Dove’s “Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven” was the most arresting and emotionally resonant work.

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Immersed in ‘Stranger Things,’ Then Strolling to Beckett by Alexis Soloski

Our writer checked out two very different experiences in New York. In Netflix’s TV re-creation, you fight Demogorgons. In “Cascando,” you walk off your existential angst.

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3 Theaters, 3 Plays, One Cast, All at Once by Holly Williams

The Crucible Theater in Sheffield, England, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a mind-boggling logistical challenge that also honors a declining industry in the city.

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The ‘Most Real Richard III There’s Ever Been’ by Alex Marshall

The Royal Shakespeare Company has cast a disabled actor to play the “deformed, unfinish’d” king for the first time. The choice has been hailed as a landmark moment.

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

‘Epiphany’ Review: A Holiday Party, but What Are We Celebrating? by Maya Phillips

In this heady Lincoln Center Theater production, Brian Watkins finds laughs and shivers in a pensive gathering of old friends.

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‘Transparent’ Musical Highlights Center Theater Group Season by Sarah Bahr

“A Transparent Musical,” with music and lyrics by Faith Soloway, will have its world premiere in May 2023 at Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

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‘Lessons in Survival: 1971’ Review: The Past Echoes in the Present by Laura Collins-Hughes

The writer James Baldwin and the poet Nikki Giovanni are at the center of a crackling work of verbatim theater at the Vineyard Theater.

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Performing and Creating as Equals Across the Age Gap by Siobhan Burke

“It’s not really like we’re dancing. It’s more just like we’re moving,” Heera Gandhu, 13, says of his collaboration with the choreographer Mariana Valencia at Abrons.

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Velcro or Snaps? The ABC’s of Stripping for a Cause by Brian Schaefer

Broadway Bares began as a response to the AIDS crisis. Thirty years later, the one-night-only burlesque spectacle remains a potent, frisky fund-raiser.

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‘Trevor: The Musical’ Review: He’s Coming Out by Amy Nicholson

A bullied eighth grader learns to shine in this filmed version of the stage musical streaming on Disney+.

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Molière, Turning 400, Can Still Surprise by Laura Cappelle

In an anniversary year for the playwright, new productions in the Paris region show why his work still appeals to myriad audiences.

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