Thursday, October 6, 2016

Cititour Review: Holiday Inn: The New Irving Berlin Musical by Brian Scott Lipton

“Holiday Inn: The New Irving Berlin Musical” will absolutely chase your blues away for two hours, but it isn’t quite good enough to warrant making a return reservation.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cititour Review: The Encounter by Diane Snyder

"The Encounter" a feast for the mind and the senses, and an exciting kickoff to the Broadway season.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Cititour Review: The Layover by Brian Scott Lipton

Perhaps there should be seat belts installed at Second Stage, because Leslye Headland’s dark-hued, thoroughly unsettling drama “The Layover” is full of turbulence, unexpected turns, an…

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Cititour Review: Engagements by Brian Scott Lipton

If you’re under 30, or work or play with people under 30, you probably know someone like Lauren, the heroine/anti-heroine of Lucy Teitler’s incisive comedy “Engagements,” now receivi…

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Cititour Review: Privacy by Brian Scott Lipton

Daniel Radcliffe returns to the stage in Privacy.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cititour Review: Motown the Musical by Brian Scott Lipton

There’s dancing in the streets of Manhattan again. 41st Street to be exact, the home of the Nederlander Theater where the crowd-pleasing “Motown the Musical” has resurfaced, 18 months …

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cititour Review: Oslo by Brian Scott Lipton

“Oslo,” J.T. Rogers’ dazzling drama about the back-channel peace talks that led to the groundbreaking (if short-lived) peace treaty between Israel and the PLO, now being given a 14-kar…

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Cititour Review: Taming of the Shrew by Brian Scott Lipton

...William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” a raucous, if now very politically incorrect, comedy in which a free-thinking firebrand of a woman learns to submit to the whims of …

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cititour Review: The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois by Brian Scott Lipton

Anyone familiar with the work of the prolific playwright Adam Rapp will hardly be surprised to learn there’s profanity, vulgarity, and a shocking act of violence in his one-act “The Purp…

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Cititour Review: An Act of God by Brian Scott Lipton

Revel in the remarkable talent of Sean Hayes, in An Act of God, while you have the chance.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Cititour Review: Hadestown by Brian Scott Lipton

Usually, I only tell my enemies to go to hell, but I’m making an exception. Friends, countrymen, whoever –get thee down to New York Theatre Workshop where Anais Mitchell’s remarkably d…

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cititour Review: Indecent by Brian Scott Lipton

If reading the newspaper isn’t enough to scare and remind you of the dangers of puritanism and censorship, one only needs to head down to the Vineyard Theatre to see Paula Vogel and Rebecc…

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cititour Review: The Judas Kiss by Brian Scott Lipton

Do people – and plays – deserve a second chance? These thoughts ran rapidly through my mind while watching Neil Armfield’s often stunning production of David Hare’s “The Judas Kiss…

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Cititour Review: Shuffle Along... by Brian Scott Lipton

George C. Wolfe’s “Shuffle Along or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed,” is a history lesson wrapped in a vivid theatrical entertainment wrapped in a reb…

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Cititour Review: Fully Committed by Diane Snyder

Jesse Tyler Ferguson makes a winning return to Broadway for the first time since Modern Family thrust him into the sitcom spotlight.

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Cititour Review: Tuck Everlasting by Brian Scott Lipton

“Tuck Everlasting,” the enchanting new musical version of Natalie Babbitt’s popular children’s novel now at the Broadhurst Theatre, may not be the ideal date night fare for an adult …

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Cititour Review: Waitress by Brian Scott Lipton

“Sugar. Butter. Flour.” These are the necessary ingredients for a good pie, as we’re constantly reminded in “Waitress,” the remarkably appealing musical adaptation of Adrienne Shel…

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Cititour Review: The Crucible by Diane Snyder

An explosive, resonant revival of The Crucible, Miller’s 1953 drama about fear and persecution during the Salem witch trials.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Cititour Review: Bright Star by Brian Scott Lipton

Steve Martin is a man of many, many talents, but on the evidence of the Broadway’s “Bright Star,” now at the Cort Theatre, writing the book of a musical simply isn’t one of them.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Cititour Review: She Loves Me by Brian Scott Lipton

Charming. Enchanting. Endearing. It’s almost a guarantee that these words will apply to any production of “She Loves Me,” the 1963 musical about two shop clerks in 1934 Budapest who ar…

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Cititour Review: Disaster! by Brian Scott Lipton

It can be hard to tell what piles up faster – the bodies or the belly laughs in Disaster!, the cleverly campy spoof of everything 1970s which has now landed at the Nederlander Theatre.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Cititour Review: The Humans by Diane Snyder

You can hear the echo of Death of a Salesman in Stephen Karam’s outstanding family drama The Humans, and the best new work by an American scribe this season.

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Cititour Review: Familiar by Brian Scott Lipton

To the Westons of Tracy Letts’ “August: Osage County” and the Blakes of Stephen Karam’s “The Humans,” let us add the Chinyaramwiras of Danai Gurira’s “Familiar,” now at Pla…

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Cititour Review: Red Speedo by Brian Scott Lipton

There’s definitely truth in advertising where “Red Speedo,” Lucas Hnath’s fascinating play now being given its New York premiere at New York Theatre Workshop, is concerned.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Cititour Review: Hughie by Brian Scott Lipton

Forest Whitaker stars in Broadway's 'Hughie'

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Cititour Review: Buried Child by Brian Scott Lipton

Ed Harris Shines In Buried Child

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cititour Review: Thank God For Jokes by Brian Scott Lipton

In his previous solo shows “Sleepwalk with Me,” and “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend,” Mike Birbiglia showed two really uncommon traits: a willingness to let theatergoers in on some extr…

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Cititour Review: Smart People by Brian Scott Lipton

There can be no more topical subject today in America than racism, especially the espousal on many fronts that white people hate and fear African-Americans. (Just ask Beyonce). As it happens…

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Cititour Review: Prodigal Son by Brian Scott Lipton

You could rightly argue that no one needs to see another play that is essentially a portrait of the artist as an angry young man. And then along comes John Patrick Shanley’s excellent new …

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Cititour Review: Broadway & The Bard by Brian Scott Lipton

Len Cariou's baritone voice still booms when needed in “Broadway & The Bard,” a highly diverting 80-minute solo show at Theatre Row’s Lion Theatre that takes advantage of the actor’…

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cititour Review: Skeleton Crew by Brian Scott Lipton

Dominique Morriseau’s outstanding new drama, “Skeleton Crew,” now at the Atlantic Stage 2, will have your motor running.

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