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Monday, April 29, 2019


It may not be Shakespeare, but this is a savvy and fiercely acted modern revival of John Webster s revenge tragedy.

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Between Sam Gold s staging and Glenda Jackson s performance, this production unfortunately falls flat.

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Lucas Hnath s fictionalized account of behind-the-scenes maneuvering during the 2008 presidential campaign is tightly written, but it pulls too many punches.

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MILLER’S TIME by David Cote

Arthur Miller s play about risking lives in exchange for corporate profiteering has not lost its relevance.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

‘Ink’ Sketches a Shadowy Portrait of Rupert Murdoch’s Rise by David Cote

'Ink' focuses on the early days of 'The Sun,' before Murdoch's global news empire profoundly shaped—and coarsened—the world we live in.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Nathan Lane Plays a Clown Juggling Comedy and Social Justice in Gory ‘Gary’ by David Cote

In Taylor Mac's new play, an updated take on 'Titus Andronicus,' Nathan Lane plays a street clown who survived the hangman and one day dreams of being called a fool.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

‘Hadestown’ Tries Like Hell to Spin a Concept Album on Broadway by David Cote

The road to 'Hadestown' was paved with good intentions, but the material that was a hit in Anaïs Mitchell’s 2010 concept album drags as a Broadway show.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Broadway Veteran Michael James Scott on the Whole New World of Stardom ‘Aladdin’ Opened Up by David Cote

Michael James Scott has paid his dues for decades; now the super-trouper gets top Broadway billing in 'Aladdin.'

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Monday, April 8, 2019

‘Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie’ Makes You a Fly on the Wall of a Fraught Focus Group by David Cote

The newest from The Mad Ones, 'Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie' invites us to play sociologists behind the fourth wall, watching a group of parents reveal their biases while discussing children's …

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Friday, April 5, 2019

FX’s ‘Fosse/Verdon’ Is Ambrosia for Show Folk by David Cote

It's witty, smart, handsomely shot and stuffed with juicy cameos.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Heidi Schreck Shreds Our Toxic Supreme Law in ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ by David Cote

In 'What the Constitution Means to Me' Heidi Schreck shows how the memoir-monologue can be electrified it within a harrowing historical context.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

The 11 Theater, Dance and Opera Performances to Catch This Spring by David Cote

From 'Hillary and Clinton' to an opera at the Met Museum, here are the must-see dance, opera and theater performances of the spring.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Kiss #MeToo Kate: A Broadway Classic Gets Consent by David Cote

Director Scott Ellis navigates the antique attitudes of the original 'Kiss Me, Kate' material deftly, giving this classic musical an update that meshes with our age.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Underpowered New Musical ‘Superhero’ Doesn’t Get Off the Ground by David Cote

Theater is Kryptonite for superheroes. 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' proved it, yet Second Stage's new musical from John Logan and Tom Kitt tackles the theme anyway.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Grief Lessons: Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge Probe Pain in ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ by David Cote

In 'Sea Wall/A Life,' Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge deliver quietly shattering monologues about what we make of grief, and what grief makes of us.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda Shows Off His Early Work, Bringing Back ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ by David Cote

Seeing Freestyle Love Supreme, the rap-improv troupe that Miranda founded in college, will give you a new understanding of the phenomenon known as 'Hamilton.'

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano Face Off in the Booze-Soaked Brotherly Beatdown ‘True West’ by David Cote

Casting is key when it comes to the warring brothers of Sam Shepard's 'True West.' Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano face off in Roundabout's new production.

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Friday, January 18, 2019


Many of the productions of the past year were tinged with a political aura.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019


The Moonlight writer offers a big-hearted portrait of young African Americans navigating class and sexual differences in private school.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018


Aaron Sorkin has left his fingerprints all over this stage adaptation, to mixed results.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Way Harsh Truth About ‘Clueless, The Musical’: It Stinks by David Cote

'Clueless, The Musical' hoped we’d care enough about the heroine, Cher, to overlook its synthetic tackiness.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018


Despite great acting, this techno-savvy adaptation is strangely out of step with some of the more searing themes in the original film.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

If We Could Turn Back Time, We’d Skip ‘The Cher Show’ by David Cote

'The Cher Show’ is a sequined Wikipedia entry with karaoke breaks.

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Cabaret Diva Bridget Everett Wants to Wrap Her Legs Around America by David Cote

'When you’re starting out in New York, you have to grab them by the balls and make them hear you.'

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Monday, November 19, 2018

‘King Kong’ director Drew McOnie wages gorilla warfare by David Cote

“We tamed the beast—you and I—we brought him to this city,” crows Carl Denham, the filmmaker and impresario in the new Broadway musical “King Kong.” The production’s beast tame…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

In a Crowded Broadway Season, Queer Teen Love Story ‘The Prom’ Deserves the Crown by David Cote

'The Prom' may be a candy-colored pop musical, but in a Broadway season dominated by atrocities like 'King Kong' and 'Pretty Woman,' it's a winner.

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Monday, November 5, 2018


Although Christopher Demos-Brown s play covers important issues of race, the story and characters are two-dimensional.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

‘School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play’ Is a Pecking-Order Teen Comedy With a Punch by David Cote

MCC Theater brings back Jocelyn Bioh’s 'School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play,' a cutting comedy with an emotional wallop centered around six school girls in Ghana preparing for a …

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‘The Ferryman’ Suffers From Its Countless Irish Clichés (Including a ‘Riverdance’ Sequence) by David Cote

The whiskey flows, rainbows are spotted, tall tales are told and Irish dancing breaks out over dinner.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

St. Ann’s Acid-Rock Take on ‘Oklahoma!’ Is Sexy, Suspenseful and Surprisingly Modern by David Cote

Backstage, they apparently call it 'Woke-lahoma!'

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