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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Willa Kim, Designer of Fanciful Costumes, Dies at 99 by Anita Gates

Ms. Kim won Tony Awards for her designs in “Sophisticated Ladies” and “The Will Rogers Follies,” and worked in dance and opera as well.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Tammy Grimes, the Original ‘Unsinkable Molly Brown,’ Dies at 82 by Anita Gates

The throaty actress and singer won a Tony Award for her performance in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” at age 26 and went on to a distinguished stage career.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Review: ‘In the Room,’ About Lessons Learned at a Writing Workshop by Anita Gates

Staged by the Slant Theater Project, Lawrence Dial’s drama tracks the connections among a motley collection of students and the plays they write.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Howard Davies, British Theater Director, Dies at 71 by Anita Gates

Mr. Davies directed renowned productions for the National Theater, the Old Vic and other British theaters, as well as nine productions on Broadway.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Nicole Haran, a Co-Creator of a Theater and a Web Series, Dies at 47 by Anita Gates

Ms. Haran made her first film, “Dive,” last year and was still in graduate school when she and three classmates founded the Barefoot Theater Company.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Review: In ‘Dead Shot Mary,’ a Pioneering New York Cop Walks the Beat by Anita Gates

Mary Shanley, the subject of this play by Robert K. Benson, was one of the first women to become a New York City police detective.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Steven Hill, Who Starred on ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Mission: Impossible,’ Dies at 94 by Anita Gates

Mr. Hill appeared in feature films and originated imposing lead roles on television series in the 1960s and in the 1990s.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Gloria DeHaven, Sweetheart in Many a Movie Musical, Dies at 91 by Anita Gates

Ms. DeHaven starred with June Allyson in “Two Girls and a Sailor,” Frank Sinatra in “Step Lively” and Judy Garland in “Summer Stock” before turning to TV roles.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Review: ‘Simon Says’ to Channel the Paranormal by Anita Gates

A breathless and hopeful atmosphere emerges as the performers make the audience part of the channeling.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Review: In ‘The Animals,’ What Schoolteachers Learned at the Lounge Room by Anita Gates

This engaging one-act directed by Gretchen Van Lente follows five teachers through the dramas of an academic school year.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Review: Writing to God Is One Leap of Faith in ‘City Stories’ by Anita Gates

“City Stories: Tales of Love and Magic in London,” at 59E59 Theaters, explores the hazy corners in which the laws of the universe can be bent.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Review: ‘Material Witness’ Explores Violence Against Indigenous Women by Anita Gates

This production at La MaMa, presented by Spiderwoman Theater and Aanmitaagzi and written by the cast, can be rowdy and playful even as it dramatizes horror.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Review: ‘Mabel Madness,’ a Singer’s 20th-Century Journey by Anita Gates

A one-woman show written and performed by Trezana Beverley tells the story of the singer Mabel Mercer, who even influenced Sinatra.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Review: In ‘Please Continue,’ Human Nature Gets a Lab Test by Anita Gates

This play at the Ensemble Studio Theater recalls a 1960s experiment involving perceived shocks and suffering.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Review: ‘Burning,’ Ginger Lazarus’s Take on the Cyrano Story by Anita Gates

In this update of Edmond Rostand’s 19th-century tale, Cyrano becomes Cy, a lesbian Army veteran.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Review: ‘A Dream of Red Pavilions,’ a Love Story Born in the Spirit World by Anita Gates

Jeremy Tiang’s adaptation of Cao Xueqin’s sprawling 18th-century novel about an aristocratic family focuses on a love story.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Review: ‘Plaid Tidings’ Brings Back the Forever Plaid Crew by Anita Gates

The holiday musical finds the quartet back from the afterworld and ready to sing.

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Review: In ‘The Great Divorce,’ Searching for Greener Pastures by Anita Gates

Some lost souls take a bus ride to heaven in this stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s novella.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Review: ‘Rose’ Offers a Matriarch’s Telling of the Kennedy’s Story by Anita Gates

Kathleen Chalfant portrays Rose Kennedy in this solo show put on by Nora’s Playhouse, at the Clurman Theater.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Review: In ‘Rothschild & Sons,’ Getting Even by Getting Rich by Anita Gates

Robert Cuccioli stars in this reimagining of “The Rothschilds,” which played on Broadway around the same time as “Fiddler on the Roof.”

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Review: ‘Who’s Your Baghdaddy?,’ on the Difference Between Credible and Reliable Intelligence by Anita Gates

This musical comedy at the Actors Temple Theater smartly delves into the missteps and acts of ego that led to the Iraq war.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Review: A ‘Cinderella’ of Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Peek-a-Boo by Anita Gates

This production by Company XIV and AMDM features showgirls and showboys and acrobatic performers in lingerie.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Jack Larson, a Playwright Better Known as Jimmy Olsen in ‘Superman,’ Dies at 87 by Anita Gates

Mr. Larson was hesitant to take the cub reporter role in 1951 for fear that he would be typecast. He eventually changed careers.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

This Pooch Has a Tony: Annaleigh Ashford on Playing a Poodle in ‘Sylvia’ by Anita Gates

The actress takes on the title role in A. R. Gurney’s play about a Manhattan love triangle (husband, wife and pet).

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Review: ‘Drop Dead Perfect,’ Winking Melodrama, Returns to St. Clement’s by Anita Gates

This one-act parody lives mainly for its adolescent double entendres and Everett Quinton’s delicious performance.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Review: In ‘Unity (1918),’ a Town Blindsided by Spanish Influenza by Anita Gates

With flashes of humor, Kevin Kerr’s play evokes the horrors of a 1918 pandemic that gave people no time to mourn.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Review: In ‘Delirium’s Daughters,’ Dad Wrestles Daughters’ Suitors, One Dead by Anita Gates

In this farce by Nicholas Korn, influenced by commedia dell’arte, a patriarch weighs the qualifications of three suitors courting his children; a fourth complicates matters.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Critic’s Notebook: The New York Musical Theater Festival Features Joy and Purpose by Anita Gates

Among the offerings at the festival includes final performances of “Songs for the Fallen,” “Manuel vs. the Statue of Liberty” and “Foolerie.”

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review: ‘Cagney,’ a Tribute to the Tough Guy Who Tapped by Anita Gates

The life and films of James Cagney are celebrated in a musical production at the Theater at St. Peter’s.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Does It Make Sense? Who Cares? It's a Pinter Play by ANITA GATES

The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey's production of "No Man's Land" by Harold Pinter is supported by four veteran actors and a skilled director.

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The Big Game Is Coming, but Where's the Coach? by Anita Gates

Layon Gray's play "All-American Girls" puts together an all-black female baseball team during World War II for a whodunit.

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