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Friday, December 3, 2021

Best Theater of 2021 by Jesse Green, Maya Phillips, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Digital innovation continued this year, but experiencing plays in isolation grew tiring. Then came an in-person season as exciting as a child’s first fireworks.

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Jennifer Nettles Had Sung ‘She Used to Be Mine.’ But Not While Crying. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The country singer and musical-theater fan was grateful to play the intense title role in “Waitress” not long after her Broadway-themed album came out.

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Impromptu Stephen Sondheim Wakes Fill Piano Bars With Tears and Tunes by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Lines of Stephen Sondheim fans formed outside Marie’s Crisis Cafe in Greenwich Village as news of his death spread. Inside, it was all-Sondheim on the piano.

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Review: ‘The Alchemist,’ a Play in Search of Comedy Gold by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Red Bull Theater brings on the cons and their marks in this adaptation of the 17th-century Ben Jonson work.

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Friday, November 12, 2021

Review: Theater Professors Are Under the Gun in ‘Preparedness’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In this workplace comedy, beleaguered colleagues struggle to come together for an active-shooter training exercise.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Review: What’s Past Is Prologue in ‘While You Were Partying’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This maddening, brain-scrambling show, which just opened at the esteemed Soho Rep, is nothing if not slippery, our critic writes.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Review: ‘The Mother’ Rises Up Again in the Name of Revolution by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Wooster Group’s production will prompt discussions about the company’s vision for Brecht’s “learning play.”

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Monday, October 18, 2021

Review: ‘Designing Women,’ With 30 Years of Pent-up Angst to Air by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s popular TV series comes to the stage with its sisterhood intact. But at times this revival feels a lot like a pretext to vent.

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Maryann Plunkett Says Goodbye to Her Lives in Rhinebeck by Elisabeth Vincentelli

She has portrayed three characters over the course of the 12 plays in Richard Nelson’s “Rhinebeck Panorama.” A decade later, it’s time to move on.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Adrian Lester Finally Arrives on Broadway, via Wall Street by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The characters he plays are “a departure from how people perceive” them. He’s testing perceptions again as one of the famous banking brothers in “The Lehman Trilogy.”

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Review: In ‘Never Let Go,’ a Solo Performer’s Heart Goes On by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Michael Kinnan’s sendup of “Titanic” explores the liminal space between tribute and affectionate satire.

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Monday, September 27, 2021

Review: ‘A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet’ Is Missing a Few Notes by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In this new musical, a singer’s future hangs on one song, but entrusting it to an inexperienced songwriting team is not, perhaps, the shrewdest choice.

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For a Broadway Torn by a Pandemic, a Split-Personalities Tonys by Jesse Green, Elisabeth Vincentelli and James Poniewozik

The streaming part of the ceremony actually did a better job conveying the electricity of being in a theater than the CBS special billed as “Broadway’s Back!”

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

A Cabaret Star and an Opera Star Walk Onto a Stage … by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The punchline is “Only an Octave Apart,” featuring the unlikely collaborators Justin Vivian Bond and Anthony Roth Costanzo at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

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Friday, September 10, 2021

‘Come From Away’ Review: Looking for Light in Somber Times by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The filmed version of this Broadway musical lands on Apple TV+ to deliver hope and kindness.

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Friday, August 20, 2021

Dudes on Ice: A Play About Hockey Tackles Masculinity, Too by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“Islander,” a skewed look at a New York Islanders season, examines extreme fandom, violence and the thrill of sports.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Theater to Stream: ‘Wicked in Concert,’ Christopher Lloyd as Lear by Elisabeth Vincentelli

An all-star lineup sings Stephen Schwartz’s indelible score, and Doc from “Back to the Future” is intriguing casting for a Berkshires production.

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As Venues Reopen, Will Streamed Theater Still Have a Place? by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The shutdown allowed increased access and artistic experimentation. But how much sticks is an open, and contested, question.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Colorado Opera House Attic Holds Century-Old Painted Sets by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Hundreds of painted sets were discovered after a century in the attic of the Tabor Opera House in Leadville, Colo.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Theater to Stream: Offerings on the Fringe of Edinburgh Fringe by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Other highlights include a project by Lisa Loeb, Dominique Morisseau’s “Detroit ’67” and a new production of “South Pacific.”

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Friday Night Footlights: How Theater Bonds a Colorado Town by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Silver mining may have disappeared, but Creede Repertory Theater has been an economic and cultural boon to its community for 50 years.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

After 40 Years, a Luminary of Theater’s Avant-Garde Departs by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“I have the energy, I have the interest,” says Blanka Zizka of the Wilma Theater. “But I need to go a different way.”

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

‘The Two Noble Kinsmen’ Review: Shakespeare, With a Hint of Celine Dion by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Drilling Company returns to live theater with this slapdash tragicomedy about two cousins who fall for the same woman.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Theater to Stream: ‘The Wolves,’ and More Archival Treasures by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Productions from the National Theater in Britain, a project from Billy Porter and a Yiddish musical celebration are among the highlights.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Theater to Stream: 'Notes on Grief' and Russell Brand's Take on Shakespeare by Elisabeth Vincentelli

An adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Notes on Grief,” Russell Brand’s take on Shakespeare and a two-day event anchored by a Milo Rau film are among the highlights.

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Friday, July 2, 2021

‘The Great Filter’ Review: Earth Men, Home Alone by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Frank Winters’s play, about two astronauts in lockdown after a mission, uneasily grafts tropes borrowed from hard sci-fi and odd-couple comedy.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Freddie Mercury and Virginie Despentes: What ‘We Are Lady Parts’ Is Made Of by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Nida Manzoor, the creator, writer and director of the series, shares what things inspired her to make a show about Muslim women in a punk band.

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Freddie Mercury and Virginie Despentes: What ‘We Are Lady Parts’ Is Made Of by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Nida Manzoor, the creator, writer and director of the series, shares what things inspired her to make a show about Muslim women in a punk band.

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

50 Years Later, ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ Still Charms and Challenges by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The long-running variety show went off the air a half-century ago this month. But much of it is officially available on YouTube. Here’s a look at some of the best moments.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

‘A Level of Abuse’: Laying Bare Theater’s Dirty Secrets by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Robert O’Hara and Torrey Townsend discuss their collaboration on “Off Broadway,” a biting satire about a company whose leaders are willfully oblivious of their racial and gender biases.

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Theater to Stream: A Dispatch From Britain and a Greek Classic by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Terrance McNally’s farcical “It’s Only a Play,” the revue “After Midnight” and productions from Russia are among the highlights.

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