Friday, January 18, 2008 at midnight (Broadway Time)

Mamet Takes on the Chief Executive By MICHAEL KUCHWARA

You might be forgiven for thinking that Nathan Lane was shot out of a cannon when the curtain rises on "November," David Mamet's maniacally funny new comedy now producing waves of laughter a…

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Lame Duck Lane Bests Turkeys in Mamet's New Farce: John Simon

A comedy and its production score a joint bull's-eye, and for a couple of hours on Broadway, all is well with the world.

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Review by Matthew Murray

This jubilant political comedy at the Barrymore delivers impressive returns by two methods that never seem in abundant-enough supply: bipartisanship and Nathan Lane.

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Mamet, Lane fill the Oval Office with yucks by Jacques le Sourd

Those belly laughs may just save you from total despair.

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Reviewed by: Brian Scott Lipton

Nathan Lane gives a masterful performance in David Mamet's crowd-pleasing comedy about Presidential politics.

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As Max Bialystock in The Producers,Nathan Lane's bilked little old ladies on walkers out of their hard-earned savings. But as President Charles H. E. Smith in David Mamet's November, his sel…

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This President Played For Laughs By MALCOLM JOHNSON

Mantello must also be credited with moving "November" so deftly that its essential hollowness never shows through.

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Mamet, Cornered in the Oval Office By BEN BRANTLEY

"November" is a David Mamet play for people who don't like David Mamet. I cannot say I see this as a cause for rejoicing.

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'November' a lame duck by MICHAEL SOMMERS

This ultimately sketchy, 90-minute piece proves to be no Mamet masterpiece despite a handsome, expertly performed production staged by Joe Mantello.

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Dziemianowicz: Expletives depleted in 'November'

David Mamet's new Broadway play, his first in 11 years, is called "November" but this shrill and high-decibel comedy could have easily been called "The Wild, Wild West Wing."

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Mamet and Lane make political parody By Matt Windman (** 1/2)

"November," David Mamet's first play to ever open cold on Broadway, should seem like pretty exciting stuff. And while it's still an uneven, half-baked play, it's also a good deal of fun.

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'November' hits a political funny bone all too easily by Chris Jones

It's a measure of the man's incomparable talents that you still nearly kill yourself laughing at times. But given the measure of the man and the tenor of the times, you don't really leave ha…

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Well, the target is in place but the bullets being fired in "November" are rubber. The slight play delivers the laughs without attempting to gouge too deep under anyone's skin, regardless of…

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Review: 'November' by David Mamet BY LINDA WINER

Instead of wit and fury, we get gags and grimaces. Instead of humor so daring that critics have been known to bite their own lips to maintain decorum, the comedy is so eager-to-please that w…

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"39 Steps' reborn in stage spoof By MICHAEL KUCHWARA

The joy of "The 39 Steps" is in watching that kind of stagecraft, seeing how Aitken and the actors make more out of less.

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Theater review: "The 39 Steps" BY ROBERT FELDBERG

"The 39 Steps" is an amusing novelty; just don't go expecting belly laughs.

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Granted, the show doesn't have anything profound to say, but dark humor this stylish and inventive is its own reward.

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Video: UrbanEye: Theater and Pierogies

Melena Ryzik attends "Etiquette," a performance piece in the Under the Radar festival.

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Let Me Down Easy

While the gifted artist has lost none of her ability to embrace the essence of her interviewees, this piece of holistic theater seems less anchored and tends to drift, lacking the profound c…

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Trojan Women

In times of worldwide violence the temptation to revisit Greek tragedy is irresistible. Classical Theatre of Harlem's Alfred Preisser imagines Euripides' tragedy in the wreckage of Penn Stat…

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Amazons and Their Men

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Sparks fly in 'Hephaestus' BY HEDY WEISS

Lookingglass weaves Greek mythology, Cirque du Soleil and 'Stomp!'

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Taking Life Philosophically, One Heartache at a Time By STEPHEN HOLDEN

Sandy Stewart and Bill Charlap turned the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel into a meditation room on Tuesday evening.

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Sandy Stewart and Bill Charlap: Make Me Rainbows
Reviewed by: Brian Scott Lipton

The mother-and-son duo make the most of some poignant ballads in their new show at the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room.

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In Bruges

Martin McDonagh tries his hand at genre and plot in his highly erratic filmmaking debut, "In Bruges."

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'This will horrify my colleagues'

A rooftop park, rehearsals open to the public, a new building ... Nicholas Hytner explains his vision for the National to Michael Billington

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The answer to Arts Council cuts? Cut the Arts Council by Michael Billington

Ossified, demoralised, opaque: the Arts Council should go. Hopefully successful theatres like the Orange Tree would no longer be penalised

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Flying the flag for American theatre by George Hunka

Neil LaBute thinks British playwrights have the edge when it comes to tackling political issues. Maybe he's watching the wrong American plays

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Catch a peek at "Double Feature" - for free - when NYCB opens its doors for two dress rehearsals, complete with orchestra, sets, costumes (by William Ivey Long) and Stro herself, who'll run …

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'Xanadu' star is singing our song, dear BY ROBERT KAHN

It's hardly uncommon for a Broadway ingenue to record a solo CD, but when the starlet decides to let her fans start choosing the tracks, that's ... a strange magic.

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Theater Listings

Selective listings from theater critics of The New York Times.

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Freakonomics Blog
Rocco Landesman Answers Your Broadway Questions By STEPHEN J. DUBNER

We recently solicited your questions for Broadway producer Rocco Landesman, and threw in a few of our own as well.

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Deco daze: Glamorous 'girl' is grand marshal of Art Deco Weekend BY CHRISTINE DOLEN

Original Ziegfeld Follies girl Doris Eaton Travis is in town to serve as grand marshal of the Art Deco Weekend kickoff parade.

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ASIAN POP: Man in the mirror

Jeff Yang catches up with playwright David Henry Hwang, whose latest work, "Yellow Face," is an uncompromising and unexpectedly personal wrestle with the thorny issues of race, culture and A…

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A vicious circle

In 1991, Ariel Dorfman brought the horrors of Pinochet's Chile to the stage in Death and the Maiden. Here, he explains why he is revisiting the play's darkest themes

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Yes to November! By: Joseph Marzullo

Jerry Seinfeld, Matthew Broderick, Neil Simon, Mariska Hargitay, Kelli O'Hara, Victoria Clark, Michael Urie, Molly Ringwald, and other stars help Nathan Lane and company celebrate the openin…

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November - Reviewed by DAVID SHEWARD

Joe Mantello allows David Mamet's outrageous satire to take flight by firmly rooting it in believable behavior. This "November" gets my vote.

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Theater review: Nathan Lane in 'November' BY ROBERT FELDBERG

Under Joe Mantello's very sharp direction, Mamet's mischievous look at life in the Oval Office rolls merrily along, with Lane leading the charge.

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Trojan Women - Reviewed by JERRY PORTWOOD

The production would be more successful if the layers of artifice were stripped away to allow the words to speak for themselves.

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MAKE 'EM LAUGH by Bill Stevenson

The 39 Steps is fun, fast-moving and inventive. Just don't expect Hitchcockian suspense in the bargain.

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'High School Musical: The Music in You' leaves out the real drama that sets amateur theater apart.

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Opera's Voigt spends a night on Broadway By Chris Pasles

The soprano returns to an early love as she performs a program of show tunes at UCLA.

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Kathleen Turner-Directed Crimes of the Heart Begins Off-Broadway; Rabe to Miss Shows

The Roundabout Theatre Company's Off-Broadway production of Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize-winning Crimes of the Heart begins previews Jan. 18. Lily Rabe, who was injured in rehearsals, will not perform.

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See you at...

Ethan Coen's off-Broadway debut by Michael Sommers
Hair-raising comedy by Peter Filichia

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COFFEE, tea or Carrie? "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker has been offered the role of the sexy Italian airline stewardess in the revival of the 1965 Broadway farce "Boeing-Boeing,…

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MUST be something in the water in the Broadway Theater District because what's growing up around there suddenly is a crop of one-person shows.

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Coming Attractions By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON

Julie White is coming back to New York theater, and "Shrek the Musical" is set to open in Seattle.

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Age no barrier for Harris BY PETER FILICHIA

Actress, 80, plays 10-year-old 'Oscar'

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The American Way By: Brian Scott Lipton

Deborah Voigt, k.d. lang, Kelli O'Hara, Eric Comstock, and David Yazbek take part in this year's eclectic American Songbook series.

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Mel Brooks shows that voodoo he does so well by Susan King

On Wednesday, the director will be at Santa Monica's Aero Theatre to launch a retrospective of his movies.

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Video Feature
A Sunday Kind of Love By: David Finkle, Edward Highfield, and Jordan Neuren

Daniel Evans, Jenna Russell, Michael Cumpsty, Jessica Molaskey, Alexander Gemignani, and Mary Beth Peil discuss acting in the Roundabout's upcoming revival of Sunday in the Park with George.

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Just Don't Call Her an 'It' Girl By KATE TAYLOR

Zoe Kazan hasn't had a vacation since June. That might sound like a bad thing, but for an actor, especially one just a few years out of college, it's actually pretty great.

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Ghost writer BY HEDY WEISS

Ask Irish playwright Conor McPherson about the place he imagined when he titled his play "Shining City" and he does not hesitate.

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In conservative Boston, three plays let it all hang out By Lauren Beckham Falcone

Three plays, three intimate theaters and more than enough monty, as male nudity takes the stage in "Angels in America," "The Little Dog Laughed" and "Blowing Whistles."

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'MY FAIR LADY' | Classic tale revels in instant celebrity of an earlier age

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Twin Peaks by J. Cooper Robb

Arden and InterAct epitomize the Philly renaissance.

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