Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Rib-Eye Steak With a Side of Shakespeare by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Our intrepid theatergoer ate her way through a spate of shows that make food part of the experience. Her stomach sometimes ended up fuller than her imagination.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Review: ‘Ruben & Clay’ Reunites ‘Idol’ Rivals for Christmas Fun by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, who once competed on “American Idol,” banter, sing and try to upstage each other in this holiday revue.

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‘Clueless: The Musical’ Review: The Film’s Charm Is Replaced by Sparkle by Ben Brantley

Amy Heckerling’s amiable but limp adaptation of her classic 1995 film suggests a peppy fan club putting on its own makeshift show.

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Alvin Epstein, Actor, Director and Master of Beckett, Dies at 93 by Diane Nottle

In a long stage career that took him from Yale to Broadway, he was steeped in the author of “Waiting for Godot,” acting in its Broadway premiere in 1956.

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Review: Downward Mobility Is Upward Morality in ‘Fabulation’ by Jesse Green

A revival of Lynn Nottage’s 2004 satire puts an unexpected spin on the religion of American reinvention.

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Acclaimed ‘Oklahoma!’ Revival Is Coming to Broadway by Michael Paulson

The darkly revisionist production, which was staged this fall at St. Ann’s Warehouse, will play the Circle in the Square.

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Q & A: The Travels of Tony Shalhoub, From Paris to Austin by John Ortved

The “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” actor never tires of the City of Light, was fascinated by the Roman ruins in Lebanon and would happily spend the rest of his days in a certain Texas college t…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Everything in Life Is Only for Now: ‘Avenue Q’ to Close in April by Sopan Deb

The puppet-filled musical that became an unexpected hit on Broadway in 2003 will be ending its Off Broadway run on April 28.

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Review: In ‘The Prisoner,’ Peter Brook Ponders Crime and Punishment by Ben Brantley

This gnomic tale from the fabled director portrays a man expiating a patricide outside a prison’s walls.

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Review: In ‘Noura,’ an Iraqi Refugee Leaves More Than Home Behind by Jesse Green

In her new play, loosely inspired by “A Doll’s House,” Heather Raffo is radiant as a New York architect caught between cultures.

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Critic’s Notebook: Two Timely Takes on Hans Christian Andersen’s Tales by Laurel Graeber

These classics, performed at Theater Row, are not holiday stories per se, but they have much to say about greed and goodness.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: Race and Sex in Plantation America in ‘Slave Play’ by Jesse Green

In a staggering professional New York debut, the playwright Jeremy O. Harris unpacks interracial relationships both antebellum and postmodern.

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Critic’s Pick: ‘The Jungle’ Review: Migrants’ Heartbreaking Search for Home in Calais by Ben Brantley

This extraordinary, London-born work of immersive theater places its audience at the fraught and energetic center of a migrant camp in France.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

After Dispute, ‘Mockingbird’ Blends Novel’s Spirit and Sorkin’s Voice Onstage by Michael Paulson and Alexandra Alter

Harper Lee’s estate objected to elements of Aaron Sorkin’s early stage adaptation. Now it arrives on Broadway with concessions from both sides.

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The Week in Arts: Chris Thile, J.K. Simmons, Handel’s ‘Messiah’ by The New York Times

The host of American Public Media’s “Live From Here” is broadcasting weekly from Town Hall in Manhattan.

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The Best Performances of 2018 by Wesley Morris

The movies and the plays and the TV shows are great, but what about the people in them? They’re right here — well, some of the very best are.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: An Electrifying Bryan Cranston Is All the Rage in ‘Network’ by Ben Brantley

Ivo van Hove’s stage adaptation of the 1976 film presents a pricelessly demented affair between a has-been anchorman and the cameras that love him.

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Faye Dunaway Is Slated to Play Katharine Hepburn on Broadway by Scott Heller

A producer announced that one Oscar-winning actress will play another in Matthew Lombardo’s “Tea at Five.”

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Critic’s Pick: The African Toll of the Great War, in Song and Shadows by Jason Farago

A fiercely beautiful historical pageant by the South African artist William Kentridge commemorates a million Africans who died in World War I.

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The Holidays in New York City: An Event Guide by Joshua Barone

The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, a site-specific “Christmas Carol” and more concerts, plays and events this holiday season.

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London Theater Reviews: In These Plays About Couples, Hell Is Other People by Matt Wolf

Three productions in London look at pairings (romantic and otherwise) that come to grief, including a retelling of the myth of Orpheus in the underworld.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Review: ‘Selkie’ Makes a Splash of Bad Romance by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Krista Knight’s muddled dramedy, an abusive husband and his fearful wife are joined by a mythological sea creature.

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‘Clueless’ Was Amy Heckerling’s Masterpiece. Is She Done With It? As If. by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Heckerling, the pioneering director behind “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” is turning “Clueless” into a musical. Will she finally get her due?

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Broadway’s ‘Torch Song’ to Close in January by Michael Paulson

The revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Tony-winning play will mount a national tour with Michael Urie continuing in the lead role.

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Philip Bosco, Tony-Winning Character Actor, Is Dead at 88 by Robert Berkvist

A familiar face for years in movies, on television and especially on Broadway, he had a particular affinity for the work of George Bernard Shaw.

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Review: Look! It’s ‘The Making of King Kong’! (No, Not That One.) by Jesse Green

A new play mocks the gender and racial ickiness of the 1933 movie — on a one-paw budget.

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Apollo Theater to Build New Performance Spaces by Sopan Deb

The storied Harlem institution will create spaces intended to incubate works by up-and-coming artists.

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Paul Gregory, Risk-Taking Showman in a Golden Age, Is Dead at 95 by Robert D. McFadden

His star rose in the 1950s and ’60s, when Broadway was ripe for experimentation. But he died in 2015 far from the limelight, and little notice was taken.

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The Best Theater of 2018 by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

It was a year when classics were reincarnated in deceptively modest interpretations, conventional story forms were tossed aside and strong voices roared.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Kanye West Called Out (on Twitter) for Cellphone Use During ‘The Cher Show’ by Michael Paulson

In the middle of the opening-night performance on Monday, the actor who plays Sonny Bono criticized Mr. West for looking at his cellphone. The rapper apologized.

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Review: In ‘The Cher Show,’ I Got You, Babe. And You. And You. by Jesse Green

The three faces of Cherilyn Sarkisian Bono Allman are the subject of a new Broadway jukebox musical that’s big on sequins, low on insight.

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