Friday, January 24, 2020

No Lack of Chemistry, Onstage or Off by Vincent M. Mallozzi

When Kate Hamill first met Jason O’Connell there was an immediate spark that neither could act on. He later went from being her leading man to her real-life beau.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Review: In ‘Grand Horizons,’ Marriage Is a Long-Running Farce by Jesse Green

Bess Wohl’s new play puts a Neil Simonesque spin on the story of a couple considering divorce after 50 years.

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Review: The Comforts of the Cozy Scare in ‘The Woman in Black’ by Ben Brantley

This ingenious, bare-bones adaptation of Susan Hill’s Gothic novel — a long-running hit in London — allows audiences to take charge of their fear.

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Six Angels Singing the ‘Blues’ by Kelundra Smith

The Harlem-set “Blues for an Alabama Sky” finally arrives in New York, with a juicy role that has attracted African-American actresses across the country.

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Vienna’s Ambitious Burgtheater Tours the Ruins of Europe by A.j. Goldmann

Under a new artistic director, this season at Austria’s main playhouse includes 30 premieres, ranging from classical dramas to brand-new works.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Phylicia Rashad to Direct ‘Blue’ at the Apollo Theater by Gabe Cohn

A revival of the Charles Randolph-Wright play, with Leslie Uggams, had been slated to open on Broadway.

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How ‘West Side Story’ Was Reborn by Sasha Weiss

Inside the wildly ambitious effort to reimagine the classic musical for 2020.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Review: In ‘A Soldier’s Play,’ an Endless War Against Black Men by Jesse Green

The Broadway premiere of Charles Fuller’s 1981 drama finds premonitions of today in the story of a 1944 murder.

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Review: Shrinking Lives at a Big Box Store in ‘Paris’ by Ben Brantley

Racism is a stealth force in Eboni Booth’s astute study of the (mostly) quiet desperation of minimum-wage workers in Vermont.

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Mission Impawsible: How Much ‘Cats’ Can a Person Take? by Alexis Soloski

The assignment: Head to Boston to see the touring stage show and the movie musical all in one day. The result: a purr, a yowl or both?

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Monday, January 20, 2020

For 13 Years, He Has Humanized the Villain of ‘Oklahoma!’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Patrick Vaill took his final Broadway bow as Jud Fry, after performing in Daniel Fish’s production of the musical since college.

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Review: Bess Myerson’s ‘Ugly Daughter’ Recalls Miss America Dearest by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Barra Grant’s autobiographical solo play plumbs her fraught relationship with her mother, the famous politician and beauty queen Bess Myerson.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Review: Shakespeare’s ‘Timon’ Gets an Occupy Athens Makeover by Jesse Green

Kathryn Hunter stars as the fabulously rich Greek who understands the corrupting value of money only after she loses it.

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‘Emojiland’ Review: There’s a Rom-Com in Your Phone. With Music. by Laura Collins-Hughes

Everybody’s on hand, from a variety of Smileys to Nerd Face, and from Princess to Pile of Poo.

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Park Avenue Armory Celebrates Women’s Suffrage With 100 Artists by Devi Lockwood

To mark 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the Armory and a group of 10 cultural institutions are commissioning works from women.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

A Climate Show Was Canceled. Then Came the Finger-Pointing. by Michael Paulson and Cara Buckley

One of the nation’s most successful theaters, the Public, shortened the run of a monologue by a prominent artist-activist, Josh Fox. Now each party is blaming the other.

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Peter Larkin, Stage Designer With a Funky Asterisk, Dies at 93 by Neil Genzlinger

His Broadway work won him four Tony Awards. A different audience knew another of his designs: the Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

At Under the Radar, Avant-Garde Shows Leap Outside Reality by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green and Laura Collins-Hughes

The Public Theater’s festival has included 12 featured offerings, four cabaret acts and six pieces of developmental work. Here’s what our critics saw.

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In Hamlet and in Life, Ruth Negga Does Not Hold Back by Robert Ito

The Ethiopian-Irish actress returns to a “completely destroying” stage role. Next: a film adaptation of a 1920s novel about passing for white.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

‘How to Load a Musket’ Review: A Play About Re-enactors Gets Real by Alexis Soloski

Talene Monahon’s show at 59E59 Theaters feels provocative but unfinished, a pieced quilt of overlapping textures and ideas.

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‘Distances’ Review: Fumblingly Picking at the Knot of Race by Laura Collins-Hughes

In this experimental play, a white talk-show host and a black science fiction writer have a challenging conversation. Plus dancing.

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Feuding Families Take Center Stage by Matt Wolf

From the bloodbath of “The Duchess of Malfi” to the intergenerational confusion of “Snowflake,” family disputes are at the center of three plays in London.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

‘Lucy Barton’ Review: Laura Linney Finds Her Perfect Match by Ben Brantley

Ideally cast as a plain-spoken woman made of quiet steel, she acts the way Elizabeth Strout writes in this compelling adaptation of the 2016 novel.

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Review: Staging a Movie Melodrama in ‘The Conversationalists’ by Jesse Green

Music (and eventually emotion) cuts through the alienating layers of abstraction in this new work by the musician-storytellers James & Jerome.

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Riz Ahmed and Kahlil Joseph Among New Faces in BAM’s New Season by Peter Libbey

Favorites like Reggie Wilson and Steve Reich will also appear at the arts center in Fort Greene.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Sex Scene Evolves for the #MeToo Era by Lizzie Feidelson

Studios and theaters are hiring intimacy coordinators to keep actors safe. The twist: They’re also making the scenes sexier.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Cynthia Nixon to Direct Groundbreaking Lesbian Play on Broadway by Sara Aridi

The production, “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove” by Jane Chambers, is backed by producers including Ellen DeGeneres and Lily Tomlin.

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When Disability Isn’t a Special Need but a Special Skill by Jesse Green

Two productions at the Under the Radar Festival ask if the theater is ready to embrace the artistry of autism and other once disqualifying conditions.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

‘Maz and Bricks’ Review: Marching for Rights, With Signs of Romance by Laura Collins-Hughes

Set in Dublin during the run-up to Ireland’s vote to repeal its abortion ban, this play by Eva O’Connor too easily pairs up two damaged souls.

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Drawing on the Past, Living in the Present, Dreaming of the Future by Jesse Green and Ben Brantley

A jazz memoirist, a Palestinian rocketeer and Mexican myths set to music kick off the Public Theater’s annual festival of adventurous work from across the globe.

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Review: ‘Cartography’ Hops Around a Fractured World Map by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This documentary show, created to teach young audiences about the experiences of refugees, focuses on optimism and hope, perhaps to a fault.

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