Friday, September 19, 2008 at midnight (Broadway Time)
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Bedbugs!!! Reviewed by ANDY PROPST

Although the show, with its impressive pulsating rock score from Paul Leschen, aims for laughs, it more often succeeds in eliciting chills as the tonal problems of Fred Sauter's book and lyr…

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Heaven in Your Pocket - Reviewed by MARK PEIKERT

The cast's charm and verve just aren't strong enough to overcome the weak writing of this new musical.

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Calendar Girls
Review By DAVID BENEDICT

Creaky though this stage adaptation is, its faithful dedication to the genuinely affecting true story means that, by the skin of its teeth, the show gets away with it.

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Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words - Reviewed by MARK PEIKERT

If there is a problem with the marvelously frivolous and hysterically funny "Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words," it's the almost pathological obsession creator Eugene Pack has with…

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Quickening - Reviewed by RONNI REICH

With a bit too much ambition as its only real fault, Rebecca Tourino's new play, set in an abortion clinic, stands up as moving, important theatre.

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Refuge of Lies

Like so many plays about the Holocaust this is based on a true story. It's hard not to wonder whether the truth did not have enough inherent drama without silly inventions.

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THEATER BEAT: 'The Four of Us' by Itamar Moses at Elephant Theatre Lab

Also reviewed: 'The Friendly Hour' at Lankershim Arts Center; 'R.R.R.E.D. -- The Redhead Musical Manifesto' at GTC Burbank

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What's That Smell
Review by Adam Feldman

Making sport of musical theater is easy and fun, like shooting monkeys in a barrel.

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Three Changes
Review by Adam Feldman

But in the would-be thriller Three Changes, Nicky Silver merely lays an egg; the play is not even developed enough to be a full-fledged turkey.

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Lady
Review by David Cote

Lady leads you deep into the dark thickets of male camaraderie turned bitter and deadly.

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Fela!
Review by K. Leander WIlliams

Anyone who caught Broadway's boho-rock showpiece Passing Strange can attest to how weird and wonderful it is to see a musical that isn't your usual jazz-hands spectacular.

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Anger/Nation
Review by David Cote

The anarchic collective Radiohole has always celebrated the power of booze to act as a social as well as an aesthetic lubricant.

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Masque of the Red Death & The Tell-Tale Heart & The Bells
Review by Adam Feldman

Although only half of the show really works, the company has guts and a style of its own.

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King of Shadows
Review by Adam Feldman

The characters and plotting follow predictable formulas throughout, leaving the play too transparent to cast shadows of consequence.

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The Quarrel
Review by Raven Snook

The play shows some life when it turns to the personal lives of the at-odds pals and allows the actors to perform instead of pontificate.

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The Marvelous Wonderettes
Review by Raven Snook

The overall effect is akin to overdosing on cotton candy

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Southern Promises
Review by David Cote

This half-irreverent plantation melodrama finds Thomas Bradshaw caught somewhere between South Park and the History Channel.

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Sa Ka La
Review by Helen Shaw

The Norwegian playwright and novelist Jon Fosse isn't known for being a barrel of laughs. His obsessive, numbing language works like the teeth on a dull saw.

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The Passion Project
Review by Helen Shaw

The Passion Project shouldn't be watched, it should be entered into. After all, it is an act of devotion.

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Oh What War
Review by Garrett Eisler

To say this play ably simulates the fog of war is not, on the whole, a compliment.

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The Invitation
Review by Diane Snyder

Painting with the broad strokes of satirical farce, Parks gets in some biting barbs but, as too often happens in the real world, the people and the message involved get lost in shrill rambli…

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Johnny on a Spot
Review by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Under Dan Wackerman's serviceable direction, the cast keeps all the farcical plates spinning in the air, but not very high.

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There or Here
Review by Diane Snyder

Jennifer Maisel's characters act as stand-ins for statements about international interdependence

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Theater Listings

Selective listings from theater critics of The New York Times.

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[title of show] to Close On Broadway in October

When it closes, the musical will have played 13 previews and 102 performances.

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Leslie Uggams: A Woman for All Ages; BC/EFA Flea; Lost Musical Found; Betty Buckley/Michele Lee Sing; WB Retrospective; More by Ellis Nassour

Leslie Uggams, celebrating over 50 years in show business, is not showing her age in The First Breeze of Summer; Theatrical bargains as BC/EFA's Flea takes over Theatre District; Burton Lane/Dorothy Fields TV musical unearthed; Betty Buckley and Michele Lee in concerts; American Masters showcases 85 years of Warner Bros. films.

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Spring Reawakening by Michael Portantiere

TV hottie Hunter Parrish leads an excellent new cast in the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening.

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'Entourage' actor coming to the Goodman by Chris Jones

The show opens in January at the Goodman Theatre. From there, it's Broadway bound.

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Pryce and Anderson to Star in New Donmar Productions

The Donmar Warehouse has added new productions of Athol Fugard's 1975 play Dimetos, which will star Tony Award winner Jonathan Pryce, and Ibsen's A Doll's House, which will feature "X-Files" actress Gillian Anderson, to its roster of productions at its home base in Covent Garden.

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Americans Stay Away, Stratford Cuts Staff by Richard Ouzounian

Heads roll at Canada's largest theatre.

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L.A. takes center stage for new musical theater By Jill Serjeant

When Dolly Parton's "9 to 5: The Musical" gets its world premiere on Saturday, it will be the fourth musical in as many years to open in Tinseltown before The Great White Way.

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Interactive Feature
From Sketch to Stage: Dressing Dickens

David Zinn talks about the costumes he designed for "A Tale of Two Cities."

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Tale of Two Cities Takes Us Back to the Barricades

Producers Barbra Russell and Ron Sharpe, acting alumni of Les Misérables, dove into the talent pool of that Tony winner to cast A Tale of Two Cities.

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Revolution (and Love) on Their Minds By BEN BRANTLEY

This lumpish musical adaptation of the beloved Charles Dickens novel is one of those unfortunate shows that are neither witty in themselves nor able to inspire wit in others.

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A Tale of Two Cities the Broadway Musical
Review by Matthew Murray

The good news about Jill Santoriello's musical version of A Tale of Two Cities at the Al Hirschfeld is that it's better than it has to be. But this adaptation of Charles Dickens's 1859 novel about the French citizens overthrowing the ruling class is still an éclair desperately searching for its cream filling and chocolate icing.

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Theatre at its worst by Richard Ouzounian

The audience stood and cheered at the preview I attended. Some even wept. So did I. But my tears were for the future of the musical theatre.

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Nothing revolutionary about 'A Tale of Two Cities' by Joe Dziemianowicz (** 1/2)

The season's new arrival isn't the best of times or the worst of times, just an uneventful 2 3/4 hours of your time.

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'Tale' needs more magic on Broadway By Jay Handelman

What seemed so impressive and in some ways spectacular about "A Tale of Two Cities" in Sarasota comes off as more down to earth on Broadway.

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"Two Cities" musical is not the best, nor the worst BY LINDA WINER

"A Tale of Two Cities" is a middling Masterpiece Musical, a paint-by-numbers throwback to the late - and, in this corner, unlamented - heyday of novelized epics on turntables. It has lots of…

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Spectacular Jungle Gym Set Dwarfs Dickens's Twin 'Cities' Drama by John Simon

"A Tale of Two Cities," which opened last night at New York's Al Hirschfeld Theater, sets the Broadway musical back, not quite to 1793 and the Reign of Terror, but far enough.

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A Tale of Two Cities
Reviewed by: David Finkle

Jill Santoriello's musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel never rises above the level of mediocrity, despite a first-rate cast.

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A Revolutionary Bore By TERRY TEACHOUT

Jill Santoriello's musical version of "A Tale of Two Cities" on Broadway is a protracted exercise in plodding mediocrity.

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Oft-told 'Tale' arrives as musical by Michael Sommers

The relentlessly mediocre musical's saving grace is James Barbour's terrific performance as Carton.

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A plodding musical version of 'A Tale of Two Cities' arrives on Broadway By MICHAEL KUCHWARA, AP Drama Critic

Haven't we been here before? And in much better crafted company?

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A Tale of Two Cities
Review By DAVID ROONEY

Taking on book, music and lyrics, theater novice Jill Santoriello gets points for ambition, but the confession that she began writing songs for the show during the first Reagan administratio…

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'Tale of Two Cities' features James Barbour and little else By Matt Windman (* 1/2)

Ms. Santoriello's songwriting lacks even the empty sizzle of a Frank Wildhorn show like "Jekyll and Hyde." Maybe she needs to work on the show for another two or three decades!

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"A Tale of Two Cities" is the worst of times By Frank Scheck (Hollywood Reporter)

Unfortunately, this debut effort from writer-composer Jill Santoriello, who apparently has been working on the show for decades, demonstrates that Broadway is not the place for on-the-job tr…

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A Tale of Two Cities -- Reviewed by DAVID SHEWARD

If you somehow missed Les Misérables during either its original 16-year Broadway run or recent revival engagement, you need look no further than Jill Santoriello's syrupy musical version of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.

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Decent Melodies, Bad Wigs: 'A Tale of Two Cities' By ERIC GRODE

"Les Miserables," easily the best of its genre, had its own share of clunky lyrics and stale comedy. All the same, it was a far, far, far better place we went then than we go now.

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Review: "A Tale Of Two Cities" By: Roma Torre

The storytelling, the music, the direction, even the orchestrations are just too derivative not to beg comparisons, and guess which one comes out on top?

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A Tale of Two Cities

If I had just twelve words to sum it up: Fair enough adaptation, dashing, strong-voiced hero, eye-popping stagecraft, unmemorable Les-Miz-y score.

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Waiting for the best of times By Jacques le Sourd

If you loved "Les Miz" and "The Scarlet Pimpernel" on Broadway, you might like "A Tale of Two Cities."
A little.

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A magnificent Mandy Patinkin propels 'The Tempest' By JENNIFER FARRAR

From the first thunderclap to the final soliloquy, this "Tempest" is a triumph that will please all lovers of Shakespeare and good theater.

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The Tempest

Patinkin, looking quite imposing in his all white casual garb and sporting a neatly trimmed beard, rants with authoritative conviction and postures in a league with the better Prosperos I ha…

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The Tempest
Review By MARILYN STASIO

Toplined by Patinkin's commanding Prospero, this Classic Stage Company production slips through some earthbound staging constraints to soar on the lyrical wings of the play's poetry.

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The Tempest
Reviewed by: Dan Bacalzo

Mandy Patinkin's ill-conceived portrayal of Prospero is just one of the problems in Brian Kulick's haphazard staging of Shakespeare's play.

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The Tempest
Review by Matthew Murray

Brian Kulick's production looks like one that evolved outward from its star, but realized too late that the star thought his personality was supposed to be the show. So you get an inordinate amount of Patinkin, and very little anything else.

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The Tempest -- Reviewed by DAVID A. ROSENBERG

When Shakespeare's clowns almost steal the show, you know you're in trouble. So it is with Classic Stage Company's production of The Tempest, an insecure and inconsistent rendering of the Bard's last complete work.

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Ivanov
Review By DAVID BENEDICT

It's one thing to do justice to a masterpiece. It's quite another to take a rarely performed, rickety piece -- in this case, Chekhov's first full-length play, "Ivanov" -- and reveal it to be…

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Ivanov (*****)

This is not just another Chekhov revival but a richly intelligent rethink, writes Michael Billington

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Ivanov: high praise for a lowering play

Charles Spencer reviews Chekhov's Ivanov with Kenneth Branagh at Wyndham's Theatre

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Ivanov: Branagh's brilliant mid-life crisis By Quentin Letts

He makes it look easy, but this is a world-class talent.

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The secrets of NYMF By Adam Feldman and David Cote

The stars, hoping to attach themselves to the next breakout hit, have moved to a new corner of the show-tune sky: the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

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Just deserters By Helen Shaw

Director Mallory Catlett and her fearless crew charge into the heat of battle.

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How sweet it is By Helen Shaw

Chocolate Factory impresario Brian Rogers brings the avant-garde to Queens.

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Tammy Grimes
Preview by Adam Feldman

Tammy Grimes has always been one of a kind: authentically mannered, indomitably fey, with a voice that is part gravel and part sparkler, as though she were hungover from an all-night bender …

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Who's Laughing? by Army Archerd

Carl Reiner is laughing, that's who. The reviews on "Enter Laughing," the musical based on his book have put an added smile on Reiner's face.

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Holmes faces anti-Scientology protest on B'way

Thirty protesters chanted 'Scientology kills' outside the theater

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